Luis Rodriguez appointed Director of Artistic Operations for Plano Symphony Orchestra in Plano, TX

April 27, 2022

Rodriguez (B.M., Voice and Opera, 2010) is also the Music Director for Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, TX.

The world premiere of Dwight Bigler's (D.M.A., Conducting, 2006) new composition for choir and orchestra, "Mosaic for Earth," took place at Virginia Tech Moss Arts Center

April 27, 2022

The recording will be released on the Tonsehen label in both audio and video formats. "Mosaic for Earth" weaves together music, literature, visual arts, and science into a celebration of nature and exploration of humanity's impact on it. 

Claudia Chapa will serve as the first curator for the Hispanic and Latinx program at Austin Opera

April 7, 2022 | Austin 360

With a multimillion-dollar infusion, Austin Opera is expanding its Spanish-language programming. Local philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler have given the fine arts company $3.3 million. One of Chapa's (Vocal Performance) responsibilities in her role will be to make sure Hispanic and Latinx programming is represented in all of Austin Opera's platforms, according to the company, which include performances at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and Concerts at the Consulate, a series Chapa currently curates that is produced with the Consulate General of Mexico.

Dana Zenobi promoted to assistant professor at Butler University

January 24, 2022 | Navona Records

Zenobi (M.M., Voice and Opera, 2003/D.M.A, Voice and Opera, 2011) continues to excel as a performer and pedagogue. Her debut album, Joys Abiding: Soprano Baritone Duets by Historical Women Composers, recorded with fellow UT alumni baritone Oliver Worthington and pianist Chuck Dillard, is out on the Navona label in February 2022.

Charlotte Lee named a “Top 30 Professional of the Year” by Musical America

January 14, 2022 | Primo Artists

This 2021 distinction applauds the heroes of the music industry, the people who saved the day during the pandemic. Lee (B.A., Music, 1998) has been honored for her distinctive advocacy leadership through the pandemic in founding PAMAC (Performing Arts Managers and Agents Coalition) and playing a pivotal role in the industry-wide lobbying effort that led to the enactment of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program, providing $16.5 Billion in relief to the U.S. arts and culture industry.

Keenan Fletcher appointed to Texas Commission of Arts

November 22, 2021 | Daily Trib

Fletcher (B.M., Violin Performance) has performed with the Texas Chamber Orchestra in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is a director of orchestra and chamber ensembles as well as a professional classical and jazz violinist. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed the Llano resident to the commission Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Joseph Christopher Colarusso celebrates with his 10-time Grammy Award winning band's 50th anniversary with new record "Half a Hundred Years"

October 30, 2021

Colarusso's (B.M., 1996; M.M., 1996; D.M.A., Music, 2015) band's new record is now available everywhere. It features the group's original members, current band members and special guests including Willie Nelson, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Bill Kirchen and Lee Ann Womack. Recent performances have included prestigious venues like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Moody Amphitheater in Austin and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. 

Christopher Auchter to perform in the Houston Grand Opera chorus

October 29, 2021 | Houston Grand Opera

Auchter (B.M., Music Performance, 2019) will perform in for Dialogues of the Carmelites and Romeo and Juliet this spring.