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WELCOME TO AUSTIN! You’re probably wondering whether the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin is the smart choice for this stage in your musical life. Will the faculty guide you to reach your full potential? Will their accomplishments inspire you? Will they prove to be the mentors you need? What about your colleagues, your fellow students? Will they challenge you and support you? Will they introduce you to new ways of thinking about things? Are they curious and brave? And Austin— are the rumors true? Is it a great town to be a musician? Are breakfast tacos the meaning of life? Does it really get that hot in the summer? I asked myself the same questions a few years ago, with a slightly different twist, as I made the decision to join the Butler School of Music as its director. I was able to answer in the affirmative and I’m thrilled to be here for the ongoing adventure that is music at The University of Texas at Austin. Read on, come visit and make up your own mind—we like independent thinkers here. Photo by Carlin Ma

Mary Ellen Poole Director, Butler School of Music The University of Texas at Austin


Areas of Study


Distinguished Faculty


Remarkable Facilities

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Chamber & Collaborative Music


Conducting, Theory & Composition


Jazz Studies

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Music & Human Learning


Musicology & Ethnomusicology


Outreach & Scholarship Opportunities DIRECTOR Mary Ellen Poole


CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Borshard Daniel Seriff

EDITOR Jenny Catchings Texas State Capitol and UT Tower


AREAS OF STUDY Chamber Singers

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UNDERGRADUATE Bachelor of Music Composition Music Studies: Choral (teacher certification) Music Studies: Instrumental (teacher certification) Jazz Performance1 Jazz Composition1 Performance

Bassoon Cello Clarinet Collaborative Piano Double Bass

Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition Emphasis Self-Designed Emphasis2

Euphonium Flute

GRADUATE Master of Music Chamber Music Collaborative Piano Composition Conducting Ethnomusicology Jazz Composition Jazz Performance1 Literature & Pedagogy Music & Human Learning Musicology Opera Coaching Opera Directing Performance Theory Artist Diploma Instrumental Vocal

French Horn Doctor of Musical Arts Collaborative Piano Composition Conducting Jazz Composition Jazz Performance1 Music & Human Learning: Jazz Pedagogy Music & Human Learning: Piano Pedagogy Opera Coaching Opera Directing Performance Vocal Pedagogy Doctor of Philosophy Ethnomusicology Music & Human Learning Musicology Theory

Guitar3 Harp Oboe Organ Percussion Piano Saxophone Trombone Trumpet Tuba Viola Violin Voice

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Jazz degrees are available in double bass, guitar, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone and trumpet. B.A. in Music self-designed emphases are selected the sophomore year and must be approved. Emphases cannot be in performance, jazz or music studies. Classical and jazz guitar only.


DISTINGUISHED FACULTY The faculty of the Butler School of Music is comprised of 100 of the most outstanding performers, composers and scholars in their fields. They perform internationally with ensembles like the London Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They collaborate with living legends that range from Andrea Bocelli to Willie Nelson. They have been recognized with awards from the Fulbright, MacArthur, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Together, Butler School of Music faculty offer their students a wealth of knowledge from the world’s leading conservatories and universities.

Study and train with a faculty dedicated to mentoring and cultivating the next generation of talented musicians. 350 Undergraduate Students 300 Graduate Students 1:7 Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Bass Concert Hall

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Bates Recital Hall Photo by Nathan Russell

REMARKABLE FACILITIES Butler School students have access to

125 high-quality, soundproof practice rooms, Photo by Ben Aqua

including dedicated practice rooms for organ, harp and percussion. 60 practice modules are equipped with grand pianos. Private lessons are given in the individual studios of our renowned performance faculty.


650-seat Bates Recital Hall, with its magnificent 5,315-pipe Visser-Rowland tracker organ

400-seat McCullough Theatre, featuring a 30-ft. proscenium stage and orchestra pit

320-seat Jessen Auditorium, an acoustically stunning recital and chamber music venue

175-seat Recital Studio, a multi-use facility

3,000-seat Bass Concert Hall, the flagship theatre of Texas Performing Arts


1,000+ items for use in traditional, early music and non-Western ensembles

220+ pianos, including 47 Model B 7-ft. and 13 Model D 9-ft. Steinway grand pianos

5 harpsichords and 1 fortepiano

6 organs, including 3 large organs and 3 practice organs

Kyahi Rosowibowo “The Majestic One” Gamelan


SPECTACULAR ENSEMBLES The Butler School of Music produces more than Photo by Daniel Cavazos

600 concerts and events each year. Students have the opportunity to perform in solo recitals, chamber groups and instrumental and vocal ensembles. Students perform on campus and tour nationally and internationally with our major ensembles: The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Longhorn Band, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Singers and Butler Opera Center.

The Wind Ensemble is one of America’s elite wind bands. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate music students, the Wind Ensemble recently embarked on a world tour that reached three continents over four weeks with stops in North America, Asia and Europe. Graduates of the Wind Ensemble hold positions in all Washington, D.C.- based military bands and major symphony orchestras throughout the world, in addition to those serving as noted educators and conductors. Photo by Nathan Russell

The Longhorn Band also known as The Showband of the Southwest, is composed of more than 350 students from majors across campus. Throughout the fall, the band performs at all University of Texas football games and post-season bowl games. Additional performances include pep rallies, parades and a special halftime show with the Longhorn Alumni Band. In the spring, Longhorn Band members participate in one of four concerts bands, a jazz ensemble or percussion ensemble. Photo by Jerry Hayes


The Symphony Orchestra is the premier orchestral ensemble at UT Austin, with a highly selective membership of graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to performing several major concerts on campus throughout the year, this talented group of musicians tours nationally and performs at special events in the community. Members also have the opportunity to perform in the Opera Orchestra. Photo by Nathan Russell

The New Music Ensemble is widely regarded as one of the best student ensembles of its kind in the U.S. Featuring solo, chamber and large ensemble works by living composers and those of the recent past, in addition to works of student composers, the New Music Ensemble presents six full-length concerts annually. This unique group consists of a 16-member core ensemble and is made up of the most proficient student instrumentalists and singers in the Butler School of Music. Photo by Daniel Cavazos

The Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music’s top jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra has performed with such luminaries as Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Stefon Harris, Chris Potter, John Clayton and Maria Schneider in recent years. The ensemble’s repertoire often features compositions of its members. The Jazz Orchestra’s latest recording, “In The Thick Of It,” is available on iTunes.

Photo by Daniel Cavazos


The Chamber Singers are the premier choral ensemble at UT Austin, with a highly selective membership of 24-32 singers. In addition to performing several major concerts on campus throughout the year, this talented group of singers tours nationally and internationally.

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The nationally– recognized

Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center


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is devoted to the development of undergraduate and graduate singers, opera directors and opera coaches interested in professional and educational careers. Students work with outstanding faculty, accomplished composers, librettists, guest conductors and other opera professionals. Butler Opera Center presents three fully produced main stage productions each academic year. Recent productions include Madama Butterfly, Les Enfants terrible, La Hija de Rapaccini, the premiere of New York Stories, The Consul, Die Fledermaus and Don Giovanni. The Butler Opera Center also presents opera scenes and aria concerts.





Wind Ensemble

Butler Opera Center

Jazz Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Wind Symphony

Chamber Singers

Jazz Ensemble

Opera Orchestra

Symphony Band

Concert Chorale

Jazz Combos

University Orchestra

Longhorn Band

Opera Ensemble

Longhorn Pep Band

University Chorus

Alternative Improvisation Music Ensemble

Concert Bands

SMALL ENSEMBLES African American Vocal Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble

New Music Ensemble

Bassoon Ensemble

Harp Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Bereket Middle Eastern Ensemble

Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble

Saxophone Ensemble

Conjunto Ensemble

Javanese Gamelan

Steel Pan Ensemble

Early Music Ensemble

Mariachi Ensemble

Svaranjali Ensemble

Ensemble 109: Pop Choral Ensemble

Marimba Band

Trombone Choir UT LongHORN Choir City Limits Brass Quintet Photo by Raymond Thompson



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The Division of Chamber & Collaborative Music focuses on the importance of training young musicians in more intimate chamber collaborations. The division houses the Collaborative Piano program and the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence program, as well as chamber music for all instruments.

COLLABORATIVE PIANO Students in this professional training program work with faculty in instrumental and vocal collaborative activities including private lessons, master classes, juries, recitals and large ensembles. The Collaborative Piano program also functions as a service component of the Butler School of Music, helping to provide an integrated collaborative support system for all performance areas.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL STRING QUARTET IN RESIDENCE Every two years, one advanced pre-professional ensemble is selected to study with the Miró Quartet for a two-year residency. The chosen quartet receives weekly coachings and private study with members of the Miró Quartet, prepares for competitions, performs with the Symphony Orchestra or the New Music Ensemble on a rotational basis and receives comprehensive guidance for career management, networking and organization.

CHAMBER MUSIC The Butler School of Music is committed to the philosophy that small group collaborations, from duos to larger, un-conducted chamber groups, establish an essential foundation in musical communication and listening skills. The Chamber Music curriculum offers course credit toward undergraduate and graduate degree requirements in piano, strings, brass and woodwinds. Under the organizational umbrella of the Division of Chamber & Collaborative Music, groups are formed and faculty coaches assigned. Outreach performances are required as an important part of today’s community dynamic. 10


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Graduate conducting programs in the Butler School of Music are highly selective and provide exceptional training through close mentorship and opportunities to lead a diverse range of ensembles. Students prepare for careers in professional and academic settings through a study of music history, music theory and related fields. The musical environments provided by The University of Texas and Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” represent an ideal setting for graduate study in band, choral and orchestral conducting.


Our innovative music theory faculty are developing theories of musical meaning and interpretation across a wide range of repertoires, from Renaissance to 21st century, including film music and popular music. Flexible course selection from a wide range of seminars allows students to develop an individualized and interdisciplinary program unique to their artistic voice and musical interests. An internationally–recognized composition faculty provides individual lessons in a wide range of styles and genres including wind ensemble, orchestral, choral, chamber music, electro– acoustic music and film scoring. Student works are read and performed by the wind ensembles, orchestras and a graduate string quartet. Students also present their music in public concerts and festivals. Photo by Nathan Russell


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Jazz majors have the opportunity to perform in a variety of large jazz ensembles, a writers’ band, small combos and student-sponsored jam sessions. A calendar of frequent guest artists and clinicians to the campus—including Chris Potter, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Terrell Stafford and Maria Schneider— highlighted by the annual Longhorn Jazz Festival, further enhance the creative climate of the program. Jazz Orchestra

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The Jazz Studies program offers a unique and comprehensive curriculum for serious jazz musicians. The distinguished faculty of acclaimed performing artists, whose backgrounds and experiences span the entire spectrum of the music industry, guide students toward complete instrumental mastery with a strong emphasis on individual artistic expression, always toward the ultimate aim of the program — to develop performers and composers who will be among the future elite of jazz musicians.


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Organ students study the technique and art of organ playing, with special emphasis on literature appropriate to the individual student. The Organ Studio is richly equipped with a magnificent Visser–Rowland Organ and a recently– acquired Aeolian–Skinner Organ, as well as practice instruments by Redman, Austin, Casavant and Reuter. The Organ Studio is also the nucleus of the unique Center for Studies in Sacred Music, through which a Sacred Music Emphasis in the M.M. Organ Performance degree is possible.

Piano majors receive a high degree of professional interaction with our distinguished faculty, who have trained generations of highly–regarded musicians and teachers. In addition to weekly private study, students receive instruction in sight– reading and accompanying. Butler School of Music pianists perform with chamber groups, the New Music Ensemble and large ensembles, as well as present solo recitals. Pianists also compete in the Sidney M. Wright Competition in Piano Accompanying, the Nilsson Solo Pianist Competition and school-wide concerto competitions.

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The program in Music & Human Learning is one of the most comprehensive and highly regarded in the country. Nearly a third of the undergraduate students in the Butler School of Music are pursuing a career as a music educator. The Bachelor of Music programs in Choral and Instrumental Music Studies prepare students for productive lives as successful teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Students participate in all of the major performing ensembles in the Butler School of Music and study with artist faculty. All courses in the music teacher preparation program are taught in the Butler School of Music by faculty with years of successful experience as public school teachers. Alumni of the Music Studies programs have achieved a consistent record of 100% job placement. Graduate programs in Music & Human Learning are uniquely designed to broaden and refine the knowledge and skills of experienced educators who aspire to advanced careers as teachers and scholars in all dimensions of professional education. A wide variety of coursework is offered in applied teacher training, music therapy and piano pedagogy, as well as in the perception, cognition, psychology and neuroscience of music.


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The Division of Musicology & Ethnomusicology of the Butler School of Music is committed to the integration of musicology and ethnomusicology, history and ethnography. Students are encouraged to challenge the shifting boundaries between Western “art� repertories, non-Western traditions and popular music. Graduate students receive substantial training in a variety of historical, historiographical, analytical, cultural and ethnographic issues before specializing in a historical period, geographical area or a combination of these and other fields. Undergraduate students may select a Musicology or Ethnomusicology emphasis within the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH The Musician Referral Service is a program that matches excellent Butler School of Music musicians with clients on and off campus who are looking for performers and private instruction. Through this service, students hone their skills while earning valuable career experience and compensation. The Chamber Music Outreach Project teaches strategies for community engagement through performance. Students enrolled in chamber music participate in one of several different community outreach projects each semester. Longhorn Music Camp, supervised by Butler School of Music students and faculty, provides an outstanding level of instruction to thousands of young musicians from across the state and country each summer. String Project and Piano Project are two of the finest programs in the U.S. for the training of teachers and the development of young talent. Children aged four and up receive weekly string or piano instruction from undergraduate and graduate music majors.

SCHOLARSHIPS All students admitted to the Butler School of Music are automatically considered for Butler School of Music-administered, merit-based scholarship awards and in the case of admitted graduate students, fellowships and teaching assistantships. Nonresidents of Texas are eligible to be awarded out–of–state tuition waivers. There are no separate or additional applications for these awards.

More than 60% of incoming students receive merit-based awards from the Butler School of Music. 16

Academic scholarships and financial aid awards are available through the Office of Financial Aid.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS VISIT UT AUSTIN We invite you to attend information sessions, tour the facilities, participate in a Shadow Day, see a performance or schedule a one-on-one appointment. Plan your visit at HOW TO APPLY Complete the ApplyTexas Application to The University of Texas at Austin at Select “College of Fine Arts Unclassified Music” as your major. — Freshman Deadline: December 1 — Transfer Deadline: March 1 Complete the Butler School of Music Application at Select your preferred music major (performance, music studies, etc.) on this application. The Butler School of Music application will allow you to request an audition or interview date and upload letters of recommendation, prescreening materials, portfolios and résumés, as appropriate to your program. — Deadline: December 1

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS VISIT UT AUSTIN We invite you to tour the facilities, see a performance or schedule a one-on-one appointment. Plan your visit at HOW TO APPLY The online applications will allow you to submit letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a résumé and transcripts. Submit test scores, request an audition and upload prescreening materials, a portfolio, writing samples and sample teaching videos as appropriate to your program. Complete the ApplyTexas Application to The University of Texas at Austin at — Deadline: December 1 Complete the Butler School of Music Application at — Deadline: December 1

CONTACT US Butler School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Butler School of Music Graduate Admissions Cover Image: String quartet on South 1st Street Photo by Nathan Russell

Butler Viewbook 2016  
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