Dylan Morrongiello will join the rosters of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 2021-22 season

Sept. 14, 2021

Morrongiello (B.M., Voice and Opera, 2016) will cover Monostatos in The Magic Flute, and The Metropolitan Opera covering the Dean of the Faculty in Cinderella, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Player 2 in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and Sellem in The Rake’s Progress.

Butter Music and Sound signs composer Jocelyn Chambers

Sept. 14, 2021 | Shoot Online

Recipient of the 2021-2023 NBCUniversal Composer Diversity Initiative, Chambers (B.M., Music Theory, 2017) has had a dynamic career as a self-titled “composer-creative” entrepreneur. She is the owner of Sweets by Jocelyn, a baking business she started at six years old; author of “The Era of Mixed Feelings,” a collection of curated stories about adolescent experiences and struggles; founder of the online magazine “Majesty Mag”; and host of “The I Am Loved” podcast, which discusses love and self-love.

Megan Pachecano releases album on the BMOP/sound label "The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane" by Arnold Rosner

Sept. 14, 2021 | Musical America

"The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane" is a joint project with Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Pachecano (B.M., Voice and Opera, 2006) sings the title character of Lady Jane Grey, a role she also performed in the World Premiere on February 1, 2020 at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA. She also made a house and role debut as the title character in Chicago Opera Theater's live-streamed production of Daniel Catán's "La Hija de Rappaccini" in April 2021. Opera News said of the performance, "Megan Pachecano boasted an ample, shimmering lyric soprano as Beatriz."

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Andrea Ramos records album with pianist Masaru Sakuma

Sept. 14, 2021 | Musica Selecta

Ramos' (M.M., Voice and Opera, 2013) album will feature two song cycles "Tres Poemas de Alfaro" and "País de Sombra" by Bolivian composer Jaime Mendoza-Nava. The CD is expected to be released by the end of the year. Ramos has been serving as the Associate Director for Music for the Diocese of Austin since 2013. In January 2021, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. 

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Butler School senior wins audition with Austin Symphony Orchestra

Sept. 9, 2021

Nick Hammel, a Butler School senior majoring in violin performance is now the youngest musician in the Austin Symphony Orchestra after he recently won an audition for the Principal Second Violin position. He trains at the Butler School under Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Performance Sandy Yamamoto. 

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The Butler School comes alive as students and teachers return

Sept. 2, 2021

We just passed the one-week mark in our return to mostly in-person activities here at the Butler School, and students and teachers are cautiously getting back to making music, research, teaching and learning. We captured the first few days in this audio story, so grab a coffee and pop in the ear buds to hear how things are going!


Recent Butler grad wins prestigious Emerging Voices Fellowship

Aug. 23, 2021

Cary Peñate was recently selected for one of the prestigious Emerging Voice Fellowships for the 2021-22 year. It comes following the completion of her doctoral degree in ethnomusicology from the Butler School of Music Earlier this year.

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Butler School announces 2021-22 season

Aug. 12, 2021

The 2021-22 Butler School of Music performance schedule is here! After a year without in-person performances, we are safely welcoming audiences back to our community and getting back to what we love. This year features an array of performances, kicking off Friday, Sept. 10, with the Miró Quartet­­––the Butler School’s quartet in residence since 2003––in Bates Recital Hall.

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Cuba sings its political story

Aug. 9, 2021 | The Wall Street Journal

Photo by, Prensa Latina/Associated Press

Butler School of Music Ethnomusicology Professor Robin D. Moore wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal detailing the role of music in Cuba's political history,  and the protest song, "Patria y Vida," that has become the soundtrack of this summer's demonstrations. “We represent the dignity of an entire people who have been crushed at gunpoint and by meaningless words,” the lyrics read. 

Alex Amsel appointed assistant conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra by Robert Spano for the 2021-22 season

Aug. 9, 2021 | Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Amsel (B.M., Conducting, 2012) will lead the orchestra in a variety of programs including Symphonic, Chamber, Family and Education concerts. Prior to this appointment, he was selected to the Aspen Conducting Academy, where he will perform in eight concerts this summer at the Aspen Music Festival.