an oboe player, trumpet player, and a marimba player with mallets.

Bachelor of Music • Master of Music • Doctor of Musical Arts • Artist Diploma

Performance majors receive professional applied training with a member of our artist faculty. In addition to weekly private study, students receive instruction in music theory and music history, participate in ensembles and chamber music, and present public recitals.

A strong sense of community is built through weekly studio classes, which provide solo performance opportunities and a forum to discuss topics such as orchestral and operatic excerpts, performance anxiety, teaching strategies, effective practicing, and audience engagement.

Students also benefit from an active artist-in-residence program, with recent master classes by Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen, Grammy-nominated flutist Brandon Patrick George, and tenor Rafael Davila, a Butler School alumnus and regular performer with the Metropolitan Opera.

The UT Symphony Orchestra holds an annual Concerto Competition; brass, wind and percussion, string, and piano students can compete to play as a concerto soloist with the orchestra in one of the season’s concerts.

Performance Areas

Winds & Percussion

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon | Saxophone | Horn
Trumpet | Trombone | BassTrombone | Euphonium | Tuba | Percussion


Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Harp | Guitar


Piano | Collaborative Piano | Organ


Voice | Opera


Saxophone | Trumpet | Trombone | Guitar | Piano | Double Bass | Drums

a clarinet player, violinist, and cymbals player poser for the camera

Winds, Percussion & Strings

Led by a faculty of internationally-recognized teachers and performers, students receive training in the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students achieve a high degree of professional competence and appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods. The flexible, rigorous undergraduate and graduate curricula help students become confident performers, knowledgeable musicians, skillful teachers, and productive individuals who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all dimensions of professional life.

Brass Faculty

Patrick Hughes
Associate Professor of Horn

Billy R. Hunter, Jr. 
Professor of Trumpet

Nathaniel Brickens
Professor of Trombone 

Charles W. Villarrubia
Professor of Tuba/Euphonium

Woodwind Faculty

Marianne Gedigian
Professor of Flute

Jonathan F. Gunn
Associate Professor of Clarinet

Stephen Page
Associate Professor of Saxophone

Andrew Parker
Assistant Professor of Oboe

Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Professor of Bassoon

String Faculty

Daniel Ching
Associate Professor of Practice in Violin 

William Fedkenheuer
Associate Professor of Practice in Violin 

Brian Lewis
Professor of Violin

Sandy Yamamoto
Professor of Violin

John Largess
Associate Professor of Practice in Viola

Roger E. Myers
Professor of Viola

Joshua Gindele
Associate Professor of Practice in Cello

Bion Tsang
Professor of Cello

Delaine Fedson Leonard
Senior Lecturer in Harp 

Adam Holzman
Professor of Guitar

Percussion Faculty

Thomas Burritt
Professor of Percussion 
Director of Percussion Studies

Richard Huntly
Lecturer in Percussion 

Ivan Trevino
Lecturer in Percussion

A Pianist smile into the camera from a Piano.


In addition to weekly private study, piano students receive instruction in sight-reading and accompanying both vocalists and instrumentalists. Butler School pianists perform with chamber groups, the New Music Ensemble, and large ensembles. Pianists have additional opportunities to compete through the Sidney M. Wright Competition in Piano Accompanying and the Nilsson Solo Pianist Competition.

Organ students study the technique and art of organ playing, with special emphasis on figured bass and improvisation. Bates Recital Hall is equipped with a magnificent Visser–Rowland tracker organ and students have access to practice instruments by Redman, Austin, Casavant, and Reuter.


Learn about the Collaborative Piano program here

Keyboard Faculty

Gregory Allen
Professor of Piano

Andrew Brownell
Assistant Professor of Piano

Anton Nel
Professor of Piano and Chamber Music

Gregory Eaton
Lecturer in Organ and Harpsichord

Butler Opera students perform in a production of Eugene Onegin

Vocal Arts & Opera

The voice and opera program provide the vocal training necessary to move into professional and educational careers. Our graduates are well prepared for professional careers in opera, higher education, public and private school teaching.


The international opera training program offers academic and practical experience for vocalists, stage directors, and opera coaches. Each year our undergraduate and graduate students participate in at least three fully-produced mainstage operas and one to two scenes programs covering a broad range of repertoire. Led by a dynamic resident faculty, the program also welcomes the world’s leading opera professionals in residencies and masterclasses. Composers Jake Heggie, Mark Adamo, and maestro James Conlon visited the Butler School in recent years to personally coach students and lead performances.

More About the Butler Opera Center


In addition to lessons with the school’s professional faculty, students perform three to five complete operas each academic year, coach vocalists, and collaborate with composers, conductors, and stage directors in a wide range of repertoire. Students of the program will receive training in operatic repertoire, languages, conducting, keyboard technique, music theory, and music history to excel in future musical endeavors.


Storytelling is essential for humanity, and stage directors shape the stories they tell in this complex artform. Opera directing students are encouraged to find a powerful voice while learning many necessary technical skills, both traditional and cutting edge. They will explore standard and new operatic repertoire in a variety of languages, while directing students in diverse projects that includes fully supported productions.

Vocal Arts & Opera Faculty

Donnie Ray Albert
Senior Lecturer in voice

Jill Grove
Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice

William Lewis
Professor of Voice

Cynthia Morrow
Assistant Professor of Practice in Voice

Rick Rowley
Associate Professor of Practice

Nikita Storojev
Associate Professor of Voice

Darlene Wiley 
Professor of Voice

Douglas Kinney-Frost
Principal Conductor, Butler Opera Center

Chía Patiño
Stage Director, Butler Opera Center

Carlos Capra
Lecturer in Opera

Tamara Sanikidze
Director,  Butler Opera Center