Assistant professor of composition Omar Thomas becomes a Yamaha master educator

Friday, January 15, 2021
  |  Yamaha Educator Suite
Omar Thomas is an assistant professor of composition at The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. He is helping educators rethink the way that they can build non-exclusionary curricula.

"Encouraging students to be 'small in their greatness and great in their smallness,' Thomas has an honest, modern view on composition and musical growth. He inspires students and educators alike to test boundaries, supported by a belief that people are naturally going to stumble at times when they're pioneers."

2020 Rainwater Innovation Grants Announced

Friday, November 20, 2020

At a time when so much of the world has been put on pause, the 2020 Rainwater Innovation Grant projects show us just how unstoppable creative energy is.

Renowned Trumpeter Billy Hunter Joins the UT Faculty

Friday, November 6, 2020
  |  Alcalde
Principal trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004, Hunter joined the Butler School of Music faculty beginning Fall 2020.

'“He’s also an open, democratic leader. If you have an idea, Billy’s default is to try to find a way to make that work, to incorporate your idea into what the group is doing. He leads by example with his playing.” Those qualities, Sprott says, will make him a great educator at UT, adding that for Black trumpet players—of which there are so few, percentage-wise—seeing someone in an authority position will move the needle for diversity and inclusion. Hunter tells me that he’s already working behind the scenes to diversify the Butler School, from student population all the way up to administration.'

Professor Veit Erlmann launches new research project

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Veit Erlmann for the recent approval of his new research project, The Sound of Hate: Hate Speech, Sound and the Law. The project is a comparative study of racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and antisemitic hate speech and its relationship to sound, music, and law in the U.S., Germany, and South Africa.

Idea for Popular Docuseries "Now Hear This" Born from Scott Yoo's Residency at the Butler School of Music

Friday, September 18, 2020
  |  The Washington Post
Violinist Scott Yoo's residency at the Butler School of Music inspired Harry Lynch to create the popular PBS docuseries "Now Hear This".

"Lynch met Yoo at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music, where Yoo was hosting an event he normally held as part of Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., which he directs. “Notable Encounters” was imagined as “a museum docent’s guide” to a particular piece of music — in this case, the trios of Brahms and their metaphorical relationship to his life . . . Lynch immediately took to Yoo’s engaging, jargon-free, dot-connecting approach to potentially esoteric musical ideas. There, in an audience of about six, he saw a show forming before his eyes."