Retired Butler Professor inducted into Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame

Oct. 18, 2021

University of Texas at Austin PTF Emeritus Fellow Martha Hilley, who taught group piano and pedagogy at the Butler School for 36 years, was recently inducted into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame. 


Butler Professor is honored with 2021 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Oct. 13, 2021

The Butler School of Music proudly announces one of our very own was selected for a 2021 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Professor of Trombone Nathaniel Brickens is one of 27 winners, and will receive an award of $25,000 for his outstanding performance. 



Students gain professional experience through Sandy Yamamoto & Friends concert

Oct. 12, 2021

Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Sandy Yamamoto said collaborations with professors was very meaningful to her as a student. That's why she created the Sandy Yamamoto & Friends concert, which gives Butler School students the opportunity to perform with her, John Largess and Joshua Gindele from Miró Quartet. The rehearsal schedule is short and rigorous, mirroring that of many professional groups. But Yamamoto said the ultimate goal is to learn from one another and, most importantly, have fun! 


Longhorn Music Camp on hiatus for summer 2022

Oct. 11, 2021

The Butler School of Music’s Longhorn Music Camp will be placed on hiatus for the summer of 2022. This decision was difficult, and not made without careful thought and deliberation; but like many other summer camp programs, we are faced with a complex series of logistical and financial complexities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.


Butler professor travels to U.K. to receive Dent Medal for lifetime achievement in musicology

Oct. 8, 2021 | The Daily Texan

"Celebrating lifetime achievements for his work, associate professor Drott of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music won the 2020 Dent Medal, a Royal Music Association award recognizing “outstanding contributions to musicology.” Last week, Drott traveled to the U.K. to receive his acknowledgement and deliver a presentation on his recent music research." 


Butler lands new percussion lecturer Ivan Trevino

Oct. 8, 2021

The Butler School warmly welcomes our newest Lecturer in Percussion Ivan Trevino, a Mexican-American composer, percussionist, writer and arts advocate. 

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The story behind "Of Our New Day Begun" by Omar Thomas

Oct. 8, 2021

The Butler School's Wind Ensemble played in Bates Recital Hall recently for the first time in over a year. One of the pieces performed was "Of Our New Day Begun," by Assistant Professor of Composition Omar Thomas. He wrote it in response to the 2015 domestic terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine Black Americans were killed by a white supremacist. This is the story of how the composition came to be.

Dr. Ruben Balboa III appointed as a lecturer for the 2021-2022 academic school year at Texas State University

Sept. 28, 2021 | Texas State

Balboa (D.M.A., String and Harp, 2020) will be teaching String Techniques, String Techniques II and Instrumental Performance Literature. He is also the new string project coordinator and assistant director of the University of Texas at Austin String Project.

Edward R. Lopez receives the 2021 Outstanding Music Industry Award from Texas Bandmasters Association

Sept. 28, 2021 | Texas Band Masters

The Music Industry Award, received by Lopez (B.M., Music and Human Learning/Music Education, 2008), is presented by the TBA Board of Directors to a Business Member who has a long history of supporting music education and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Alta Marie Boover records album "Life (and Love)

Sept. 28, 2021 | Dr. Alta Marie Boover records album "Life (and Love)"

Life (and Love) was released by Centaur Records on August 6 and is now available anywhere you buy music: Amazon, Apple, Spotify, etc. It includes two song cycles, Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben and Sara Carina Graef's A Woman's Life and Love. Dr. Boover (D.M.A, Voice and Opera, 2007) and Dr. Tian recorded the album in the summer of 2019. Critical praise from the early release noted: 

"Boover's mezzo-soprano provides just the right penetration of warmth and immediacy to put these songs across with the greatest effect. And let's not forget her superb rapport with Tian, whose role calls upon her to conclude the cycle with a postlude by the piano based on a reprise of the first song. At this point, it all comes together beautifully, the piano effectively carrying on the vital message of A Woman's Life and Love where more words would only prove superfluous. Beautifully realized in the present performance, it adds to a very noticeable feeling of unity." -Atlanta Audio Club