The Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund has made an historical investment in current and future Longhorn Band students. Last week during the UT Austin’s annual day of giving, “40 Hours for the Forty Acres,” the Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund committed $1,240,000 to the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, including a $600,000 general scholarship fund along with nineteen named scholarship funds.
Stella Bokyung Yoon is a soprano singer and current student of the Butler Opera Center, which will be presenting Mozart’s The Magic Flute from April 22 - 29. Ms. Yoon performs in the role of Pamina in this fantastical two-act opera.
Thank you for all your support during this year's 40 Hours for the Forty Acres! Because of you, we FAR surpassed last year's fundraising for a stunning grand total of almost $1,400,000.
The Cohen New Works Festival, presented by Broadway Bank, is a biennial, week-long showcase of new work created by students at The University of Texas at Austin held in various locations in and around UT campus.
We are very proud to announce the first undergraduate and graduate student recipients of the Rainwater Innovation Grants, as well as their exciting endeavors.
On April 1, 2017 Dr. Sanikidze will have her first major faculty concert since joining the Butler School in 2015. Along with David Small, Associate Professor of Voice, they will perform a program featuring selections from Beethoven, Ewazen and Poulenc.
Luisa Nardini, associate professor of musicology at the Butler School, has been awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies fellowship to take place in 2018.
We are proud to announce that Yevgeniy Sharlat, associate professor of composition and music theory at the Butler School of Music, has been selected by Kronos Quartet to compose a new string quartet for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.
The Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund has made a gift to The University of Texas at Austin of just over $83,000 to complete the funding of five scholarships established by the late Vincent R. DiNino, former Director of the Longhorn Band.
A new $5 million endowment will advance the study of music produced by Americans at the Butler School—from roots to jazz to film music to the concert hall.
Alums Matthew Teodori, Cullen Faulk and Adam Bedell of line upon line percussion are the subject of this feature in the Austin American-Statesman.
Our own QuinTexas woodwind quintet took home the Silver Medal in the Fischoff Competition's Senior Wind Division. Congratulations to Charlotte Daniel (flute), Freddie Blood (oboe), Nicholas Councilor (clarinet), Laura McIntyre (bassoon) and Rose Valby (horn).
Our students, faculty, staff and alums are nominated in five categories for awards.
Sonia Seeman, associate professor of ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in Turkey for a book project. She plans to write about music as a form of labor, and will explore this issue through conducting research and supplementing already-collected materials on three Romani, or “Gypsy,” professional musician families.
Professor Bob Duke, head of Music and Human Learning at the Butler School, is among three educators who will be inducted into the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers on April 19. He's also the only University of Texas at Austin professor this year to be inducted.
The 2016 College of Fine Arts commencement speaker is dancer and choreographer Alvin Rangel (M.F.A. Dance, 2012). This year's commencement takes place May 20.
Blake Cooper (M.M. Tuba, 2009), a former student of Professor Steve Bryant, is featured in this AXE commercial.
The Miró Quartet brought Ginastera's cycle of three quartets to life with fiercely intense accounts at the intimate Rose Studio, reported The New York Times, where they were presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its series of string quartet cycles.
Butler School head piano technician Charles Ball is tasked with the job of tuning and fixing UT’s 220 pianos, which are spread across campus.
This week's From the Butler School on KMFA, Classical 89.5 features the Butler Trio--Colette Valentine (piano), Josh Gindele (cello) and Sandy Yamamoto (violin)--along with Roger Myers (viola), playing Beethoven and Brahms. Take a listen.
Cellist James Burch (D.M.A. 2016) will be the soloist in the world premiere performances of composer Graham Reynolds' “Once Beginning” for Ballet Austin, April 1-3 at the Long Center.
Over spring break, Professor of Ethnomusicology Sonia Seeman and six Butler School students traveled to Karachi, Pakistan to give two performances with Pakistan's National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), the culmination of the UT Austin South Asia Institute's three-year U.S. Department of State University Partnerships grant.
San Diego Union-Tribune classical music critic Christian Hertzog called Professor of Composition Yevgeniy Sharlat's String Quartet No. 3, commissioned by the Aizuri Quartet, "the most startlingly compelling string quartet by an under-50 American composer I’ve heard in years." Read the review here.
The Saxophone Studio is looking to raise $7,000 to assist students in paying for registration, transportation and lodging while attending the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conference. Give to the Hornraiser campaign here.
Released two weeks ago by the UT Wind Ensemble, Wine Dark Sea has hit the Billboard at #20.
Our students and alums were all over South by Southwest, including Tetractys, a new music group made up of Butler School students. KMFA Classical 89.5 went to the ATX Composers' Showcase and produced this piece highlighting James Burch (D.M.A. student in cello).
Robert Honstein, M.M. Composition 2007, was on campus to see the performance of one of his works by Eighth Blackbird, and met with Butler School students.
Eighth Blackbird's performance of Hand-Eye, which includes a section of three mini-movements composed by Butler School alum Robert Honstein (M.M. Composition, 2007), received a rave review in the Austin American-Statesman. Wrote the Statesman, "Those three movements have handsome, lyrical lines, but also a rhythmic punch."
MusicWeb International reviewed the UT Wind Ensemble's album Wine Dark Sea, recorded on the Reference Recordings label after the ensemble's summer 2014 World Tour. "Music of variety and substance, stylishly played; another Rolls-Royce recording from Reference," writes the reviewer.
The UT Trumpet Ensemble made it to the finals of the National Trumpet Competition in Denver, Colorado and placed second in the Maller Trumpet Large Ensemble Division.
Ian Tuski won 4th Prize at the 15th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival held at UT Dallas.
Current D.M.A. student Nicolas Emilfork and Butler School alum Robert Brown beat out over 60 other competitors to take 3rd and 4th Prize, respectively, at the 17th Annual Guitar Symposium & Competition at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.
KMFA's Dianne Donovan chats with world-renowned American composer and Guggenheim Fellow Jake Heggie, who was in residence at the Butler School to oversee the production of two of his operas, performed by the Butler Opera Center. Learn about his process and about the two operas--and hear some of the music!
Texas Homes for Sale's recent guide featured the Butler School of Music.
San Francisco-based opera composer Jake Heggie was interviewed about his week-long residency at the Butler School in advance of the opening of the Butler Opera Center's productions of two of his works, "Three Decembers" and "At the Statue of Venus."
The Butler School hosts San Francisco-based composer and pianist Jake Heggie Feb. 22-26, 2016, the recipient of the school’s 2015-2016 Eddie Medora King Award.
Our own Miró Quartet, performing a portion of the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle February 5 at the Lincoln Center, will dig into Beethoven’s middle period. Read more in The New York Times.
Jakovljevic, a visiting scholar in the Butler School's Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology through the Harrington Fellowship Program, focuses on traditional music of the Balkans.
Composer, sound designer and Butler School professor Russell Pinkston's new album on the Ravello Records label, Balancing Acts, is now available for purchase.
Daniel Kopp (M.M. 2017) performed on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra, with Jaime Laredo conducting and Emanuel Ax as piano soloist. The New York Times reviewed the Christmas Eve concert.
Professor of Jazz John Fremgen's new album on the Longhorn Music label, Everything That Spring Can Bring, is now available for purchase.
The Austin Chronicle named the Miró Quartet and Professor Bion Tsang among the top 10 dance/classical music treasures of 2015. The quartet was named for its performance of Schubert's String Quartet No. 15 in G Major on their latest album, Transcendence, while Tsang was called out for his 90-minute cello performance during a screening of Hitchcock's pre-talkie film The Lodger.
Professor Jeff Hellmer's edX free online Jazz Appreciation course begins January 19, 2016. Learn more in this interview KJAZZ 88.1 FM conducted with him.
Among the CDs featured on this list by Austin360 are ones by the Butler School's Professor of Percussion Thomas Burritt, the Miró Quartet, and the Aeolus Quartet (former graduate string quartet in residence).
Nick Galuban (B.M. 2015) Among Three College of Fine Arts Graduates Recognized at December Commencement Ceremony
The Butler School's Nick Galuban (B.M. clarinet performance, 2015) was one of three College of Fine Arts students recognized at December's fall 2015 commencement ceremony for his outstanding work among the college's undergraduates.
School of Nursing student Francesca Revella has played the clarinet since seventh grade and didn't plan to stop anytime soon, so when she enrolled at UT Austin, she joined the Longhorn Band.
The Butler School's jazz guitar program has been named one of the top 25 in the U.S. by publication Jazz Guitar Online.
The Butler School's director of bands, Professor Jerry Junkin, was among a group of representatives from the College of Fine Arts who traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in October to collaborate with high schools and programs to encourage more students to pursue higher education in the fine arts.
Diana Burgess (B.M. 2015) has hit the road with indie-orchestral pop band Mother Falcon. Here, she talks about how performing with the Butler School's UT Symphony Orchestra and in chamber music groups prepared her to perform with Mother Falcon.
As part of its 20th anniversary, the Miró Quartet announced they would give away a free master class to a school music program, with hopefuls submitting videos via social media. The quartet has announced the winner: Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Austin Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan takes the field with the University of Texas Longhorn Band band during halftime on Thanksgiving Day's football game versus Texas Tech. This marks the first time a hometown pop music performer has performed with the band as part of its halftime show.
Current Butler School students James Burch (D.M.A. in cello), Matt Armbruster (M.M. in cello), Christopher S. Prosser (D.M.A. in composition) and Nick Galuban (B.M. in clarinet) are fundraising for their newly founded non-profit organization Tetractys, which features a new music concert series that contributes to the cultivation of a thriving new music scene in Austin.
Alan Guckian (B.M. Music Studies 2001), band director at Eastside Memorial High School in East Austin, is one of 25 finalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award, beating out 4,500 other nominees.
Violin faculty member Sandy Yamamoto, mother of two boys, discussed with the Austin Chronicle how having kids has affected her music career and ways of working.
The University Orchestra kicked off the school year with its first fall performance October 13. Austin Chronicle reviewer Robi Polgar described this “maiden voyage” as a “pleasure cruise” with audience-friendly music that offered “earfuls of drama.”
Texas Monthly named Texas Performing Arts' upcoming screening of Frankenstein (1931), with a live score played by the UT Wind Ensemble, a "must-attend event."
Russell Podgorsek (D.M.A. 2014) Teams with Lit Journal to Create Original Compositions Inspired by Short Stories
Butler School alum and staff member Russell Podgorsek (D.M.A. 2014) teamed with lit journal NANO Fiction to create short stories with original scores. The result is Sehr Flash: Fiction Becomes Music.
Butler School alumna Meera Gudipati (B.M. 2015), currently a master's student at the Yale School of Music, is joining the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as principal flutist.
Diana Burgess (B.M. 2015), cellist of the orchestral indie band Mother Falcon, releases her first CD on the Universal label October 9.
Time Warner Cable News Reporter Victoria Maranan takes a look at color guard, and what makes the activity more unique, artistic and involved than what meets the eye.
New Butler School of Music Professor of Oboe Andrew Parker's latest CD, The Singing Oboe, has been named CD of the Week by Boston classical station WCRB for two weeks in a row.
Beginning September 1, the Miró Quartet's new album, Transcendence, and associated documentary are available for FREE for the entire month of September. Transcendence is the last masterwork of Franz Schubert, a must-hear recording for lovers of any kind of music. Explore the website and download Transcendence plus an additional four albums for free.
Mark your calendar for the October 9 release of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble's Shadow of Sirius, a Blu-Ray Audio recording of works by Steven Bryant (Concerto for Wind Ensemble), John Mackey (Kingfishers Catch Fire) and Joel Puckett (Shadow of Sirius).
Our Miró Quartet (faculty string quartet in residence) has decided to share its performances with the world, for free. In September, they’ll be offering five of their albums online at no cost, including the latest recording, Transcendence, featuring Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major.
Hak Min Kim (D.M.A. opera directing 2009) has been named director of the Korean National Opera in Seoul, Korea. This position is one of the most important arts positions in the country and comes at a time when opera is gaining a strong audience in Korea. Kim had established himself as the premier opera director in Korea prior to being named to the National Opera and is also an associate professor of theater and film at Kyung Hee University.
Kelly Kuo, current interim music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and conductor of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center, is one of five finalists selected to audition to be the next leader of the 32-member Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. The finalists were winnowed from a field of 200 applicants from three continents during a six-month review.
Brian Heim (B.M. Composition 2014) was selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. While a student at the Butler School, he studied under professors Dan Welcher and Yevgeniy Sharlat. Selected from an application pool of more than 600 submissions, the 28 young composer award-winners were recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.
NBC News spent a day at the Butler School's third annual summer Mariachi Camp. The brainchild of Butler School Lecturer Ezekiel Castro, the camp "aims to immerse young U.S. Latinos into the rich heritage of the beloved Mexican musical genre."
Texas Standard reports, and current Butler School clarinet doctoral candidate Roy Park comments. Listen for him at 0:47.
Professor of Ethnomusicology Robin Moore, along with co-author Alejandro L. Madrid, was interviewed by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch regarding his new book, Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance.
The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference, has awarded Professor Jerry Junkin the Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor.
Senior Lecturer and Instructor of Violin Sandy Yamamoto was named Best Instrumentalist at the 2014-2015 Austin Critics' Table Awards for her performance of Franck: Sonata in A Major. See the full list of winners here.
In this multimedia piece in the Austin American-Statesman, Director Ezekiel (Zeke) Castro and his Mariachi Paredes - UT Mariachi Ensemble are profiled.
Learn about the progress of the Martha Hilley Piano Labs Upgrade Campaign, and learn how you can make a difference.
Professor David Small was named a "Texas 10" for excellence in teaching, as nominated by UT alumni.
French exchange student Valentin Guerin's Pyro-Trombone is featured in The Alcalde.
Scott Hanna has been named the new director of the Longhorn Band at The University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Robert Duke was selected as the recipient of the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, awarded to one UT Austin professor annually for excellence in teaching.