Butler student featured in inventive new "post-opera"

Monday, July 26, 2021

Butler doctoral student Saïd Pressley performed recently in a new "post-opera" written and directed by Lynn Lane called "The Greying Rainbow." The video can be viewed on Vimeo, and it explores multiple sides of Pressley's character, the protagonist who is dealing with the difficulties of isolation, something Lane said is timely amidst the pandemic. 

Recent Butler alumna talks family, heritage in post-grad interview

Friday, July 16, 2021

One hundred years ago in a small home in Laredo, Texas, a woman named Maria Antonia Decker lived with her husband and eight children. Decker loved music, especially opera, and listened to Un bel di vedremo, an aria from Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, over and over again. She dreamed of one day visiting the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio to see a show, but the constraints of motherhood, housework and little extra money for travel kept Decker from realizing her dream.  

During her journey through the Butler School of Music, recent alumna Sydney Pérez has kept that story of her great-great-grandmother close to heart.

Butler student helps formerly homeless musicians record their songs

Friday, July 9, 2021

After playing a song he had written six years ago over and over in his head, Vernon Rust finally got his chance to record it recently at the Mosaic Sound Collective in Austin’s far eastside. He played guitar and sang vocals and was accompanied by recent Butler School of Music alumnus Matthew Gustafson who played cello. It was made possible with funding from the Graduate Music Award from the Presser Foundation, which was awarded to Butler School doctor of musical arts candidate Abbey Young last spring.

Butler School Launching New Virtual Student Concert Series Beginning July 8th

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The pandemic posed monumental challenges, but Butler School of Music students persevered. They came together, masked up and physically distant, in small ensembles to rehearse and record recitals and continue doing what they love, even when they couldn’t perform for live audiences. This series features some of the best works from the past year with a mix of ensembles, chamber strings as well as a world premiere from the Butler School’s Opera Center. The series offers the students the opportunity to showcase their work with broader audiences.

Ethnomusicology Student Helps Rediscover Music from Famous Dominican Composer

Thursday, June 24, 2021
  |  The City College of New York

Butler School Ethnomusicology student John Bimbiras contributed to an eight-year-project produced by a team of students, professors, and seasoned career experts called The Petitón Trilogy, a three-part celebration of the life and work of Maestro Rafael Petitón Guzmán (1894-1983), a Dominican composer, arranger, lyricist, bandleader, pianist, and trombonist. The trilogy, set to release on July 2nd, consists of a recording recreating Maestro Petitón’s music; a gala, limited-edition illustrated book documenting Maestro Petitón’s life and work; and a scholarly article demonstrating Maestro Petitón’s overall impact on the world of music.

Butler School student helps chronically homeless showcase talents in outdoor concert

Monday, June 14, 2021
  |  KXAN

Butler School doctor of musical arts student Abbey Young produced an outstanding day of musical fun yesterday at Community First! Village on Austin’s far eastside. The event, which featured musical performances of village residents and others, many of whom have experienced chronic homelessness, was funded by the Butler School’s Rainwater Innovation Grant. Community members came out to hear the music, dance, eat lots of good food and enjoy conversation and good company.

Butler School says goodbye to Director Mary Ellen Poole

Monday, June 7, 2021

It’s with great sadness that the Butler School of Music announces the departure of Director Mary Ellen Poole on July 31st. She has accepted a position as Carnegie Mellon University's Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts beginning August 1st.

UT alumnus Cliff Croomes named next director of Longhorn Band

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Cliff Croomes

The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin has named Cliff Croomes as the new associate director of bands and the director of the Longhorn Band. He will step into this new role June 1. Croomes is a 2001 graduate of the Butler School of Music and an alumnus of the Longhorn Band. He most recently served as the assistant director of bands at Louisiana State University and as the music director and principal conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge.

Risus Quartet sweeps prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

Monday, May 17, 2021
  |  The Violin Channel

The Risus Quartet, comprised of Butler School Students Haeni Lee, Jieun Yoo, Mary Eunkyung Chang and Bobae Lee resident in Seoul, South Korea during the pandemic, won a gold medal in the Senior Strings Division and the Grand Prize at the 48th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Notre Dame, Indiana. The quartet was trained remotely over the past year by Butler School Violin Professors Sandy Yamamoto and Daniel Ching.