Donald Hale selected as the lone Finalist Honorable Mention for the 2022 American Prize in Conducting

June 22, 2022 | The American Prize

Hale's (B.M., Composition, 2019) qualifying performance was of Joel Puckett's flute concerto "The Shadow of Sirius" in collaboration with the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony and Dr. Shauna Thompson, professor of flute. Hale currently serves as Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Bands at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. 


UTSO conductor selected for prestigious Career Assistance Award

June 20, 2022 | The Solti Foundation U.S.

Two BSoM students win Presser awards

June 14, 2022

The Presser Foundation awarded two Butler School students, Khalil Gray (M.M. | Bassoon Performance) and Ariana Chan (B.A. | Oboe) two of their annual grants.


Butler School welcomes acclaimed violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta in Fall, 2022

June 7, 2022

The Butler School is thrilled to welcome Vijay Gupta as part of its Con Brio: Acclaimed Visitors Series this fall semester.

Lydia Villarreal found Mariachi Orgullo, the first mariachi program in Richardson ISD

May 23, 2022 | Twitter

Villarreal (B.M., Music and Human Learning/Music Education, 2016; M.M., 2018), Orchestra Director at Berkner High School in Richardson, TX, started planning the program in the fall of 2021 and began the program in Spring 2022. During this first semester, Mariachi Orgullo received a first division rating at the Grand Prairie Mariachi Festival and has performed at various events in the community. The incredible interest from students and the success of Mariachi Orgullo has led mariachi to be offered as a class for the 2022-2023 school year.


Butler professor awarded prestigious UT fellowship

May 5, 2022

The Butler School’s John Turci-Escobar, assistant professor of instruction in theory and associate dean for undergrad studies, is one of four recipients of the 2022-23 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the first Butler School professor to win the award in a decade.  



New Music Ensemble to make final performance of 2021-22 season

May 2, 2022

In the UT New Music Ensemble, students explore contemporary repertoire created by living composers and those of the recent past. In fact, many of the works performed by the group are composed by students.