Dr. Ricardo Zuniga has been appointed to a faculty position as professor at the National University Panamá

July 27, 2021 | Univerisity of Panama

Zuniga (D.M.A., Double Bass Performance, 2015) has been appointed to a faculty position as Double Bass professor at the National University Panamá in Panamá. 

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Recent Butler alumna talks family, heritage in post-grad interview

July 23, 2021

One hundred years ago in a small home in Laredo, Texas, a woman named Maria Antonia Decker lived with her husband and eight children. Decker loved music, especially opera, and listened to Un bel di vedremo, an aria from Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, over and over again. She dreamed of one day visiting the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio to see a show, but the constraints of motherhood, housework and little extra money for travel kept Decker from realizing her dream.  

During her journey through the Butler School of Music, recent alumna Sydney Pérez has kept that story of her great-great-grandmother close to heart.

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Butler School hosts 31st annual conductor's workshop

July 22, 2021

The Butler School of Music completed its 31st annual wind conducting workshop Thursday in one of the school’s first in-person events since the pandemic began.

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Butler student helps formerly homeless musicians record their songs

July 22, 2021

After playing a song he had written six years ago over and over in his head, Vernon Rust finally got his chance to record it recently at the Mosaic Sound Collective in Austin’s far eastside. He played guitar and sang vocals and was accompanied by recent Butler School of Music alumnus Matthew Gustafson who played cello. It was made possible with funding from the Graduate Music Award from the Presser Foundation, which was awarded to Butler School doctor of musical arts candidate Abbey Young last spring.

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Daniel Fears was named KUTX Artist of the Month

July 15, 2021 | KUTX

Following the release of Fears' (B.M., Music Performance, 2013) powerful new six-song EP, "Canopy," Jeff McCord from KUTX called it "intimate, intense and sublime." 

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Maryn Gier Taylor selected as a 2021 Tillman Scholar

July 1, 2021 | Pat Tillman Foundation

Taylor (B.A., Woodwinds, 2000) is currently a PhD student at UT Tyler studying human resource development with a focus on the effects of gender bias on the workplace. The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to unite and empower remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.

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Kimberly Theodore Sidey recently joined Chorus America as Program Officer in Music Education

July 1, 2021 | Chorus America

In this role, Sidey (B.M., Music Education, 2005) will be responsible for launching the inaugural Music Education Partnerships Grants program. This new funding opportunity is designed to support partnerships between community choruses and schools to increase access to choral music education and promote non-arts learning and cultural literacy, all while upholding the principles of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Melissa Muñoz has been selected for one of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Future of Music Faculty Fellowships

June 23, 2021 | Cleveland Institute of Music

Muñoz is one of the the 35 Black and Latinx music professionals who are pursuing or considering academic careers. The fellowship will prepare them with the skills, insights and networks to flourish professionally and influence generations of musicians.

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Dr. Nicole Taylor will be performing songs by Black Composers at LOLA's free online concert

June 4, 2021 | Sightlines

LOLA, or Local Opera Local Artists, will present a free online concert featuring soprano Dr. Nicole Taylor (M.M., Music, 2006; D.M.A., Music, 2011) performing songs by Black Composers. Pianist Nikki Birdsong accompanies. The concert is at 4:30 p.m. CDT on June 5 on LOLA’s YouTube Channel.

Altin Sencalar to release his 3rd album as a leader on the New York City Record Label Outside in Music/Next Level.

June 4, 2021 | Outside in Music

Sencalar's (B.A., Jazz Studies, 2017) album features BSOM alumni Daniel Dufour, Dr. Utah Hamrick, and Dr. Pete Rodriguez along with esteemed saxophonist, Roxy Coss. Leaning heavily into elements from both sides of his unique heritage, Altin’s music finds a holistic synergy as he tastefully tailors Afro-Latin, Turkish, and Jazz musical traditions to create a sound both fresh and new to his listeners, and true to his diverse heritage. Reconnected will be available Friday August 27th, 2021.