Fall 2016 — Issue 26
Words of Note — The Magazine of the Butler School of Music
Letter from the Director A
s I begin my third year as Director of the Butler School, it’s been gratifying to realize that I have picked up a small but useful collection of insider knowledge along the way. I know, for example, to stay in the left lane traveling south through downtown at rush hour on Congress Avenue, even if everyone in front of me insists on turning left. I’ll still get through the red zone faster. And just the other day, I found myself using a Regents’ Rule to turn down an outrageous request to use our facilities. It would’ve been awkward to give my real reason for saying no, but that otherwise obscure bit of bureaucratic arcana backed me up. Shifting from the frivolous to the sublime, lately I’ve been remembering my thought process as I tried to decide whether to take this job more than two years ago. I keep coming back to the fact that I simply wanted to work with these proud, gifted, funny people. It turns out my instincts were correct. Collaboration is strength, and the generosity of our community gives us the resilience, power, and insight to navigate challenging times. Faculty log countless uncredited hours: helping a graduate student polish his written communication; helping an undergraduate figure out what she wants to do with her particular combination of skills, affinities, and quirks; helping a new colleague navigate the tenure system. Our staff are like a precisely choreographed troupe of dancers as they work together every day (both within the School and with colleagues across the University) to solve problems and remove obstacles. And all the while our students are watching intently, absorbing what kind of people and artists they can be. Such bigheartedness gives every student the resources to find an individual and independent voice; it welcomes and cultivates each person’s distinct potential contribution to our art. This brings me to the question of whether we at the Butler School should associate ourselves at all with a fairly controversial word these days: conservatory. Are we a conservatory? Are we the opposite of a conservatory? Down with conservatories! They are conservative, right? They’re traditional, stuffy, rigid, narrow, shortsighted, defensive, exclusive (the opposite of inclusive)—aural museums of the musical canon, in fact, and seriously in need of a good dusting. I’d propose instead that we proudly reclaim the secondary definition of the word, popular in Victorian-era architecture: a greenhouse made of glass, built to protect exotic and tender plants from the elements. (A related term would be incubator, lately revived in the startup world.) The faculty are our gardeners, rooting out weeds, tending the seedlings until they’re ready to be transplanted outside. Since the botanical metaphor can only be taken so far, I should stress that this is not as sleepy a process as it sounds. We’re not just incubating musicians but, crucially, giving them a safe place to take risks, stretch their wings (leaves?), even experience the occasional constructive failure. Through this continual experimentation we ensure that music will continue to sustain itself with new techniques, new compositions, new delivery systems, and new audiences. Grow with us! And #BSOMbody.
Mary Ellen Poole Director, Butler School of Music
Fall 2016 â€” Issue 26
Offbeat: The New Music of the Butler School
Planning for a Big Future
Q&A with Sonia Seeman
Butler News in Brief
2016/2017 Season Packages & Season Highlights
New Faculty & Promotions
Studio Updates & Student Awards
The Butler Society
DIRECTOR Mary Ellen Poole ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Jeff Hellmer COORDINATORS Jenny Catchings Claire Spera Andrew West
EDITORS Jenny Catchings Joanna Kaminski Russell Podgorsek Catrin Watts DEVELOPMENT Raine Munkens Andrew West
PUBLICITY Jenny Catchings Nick Galuban OPERATIONS Sonja Larson Page Stephens BOOK DESIGNER Nick Galuban
Offbeat: The New Music of the Butler School By Jenny Catchings & Claire Spera
Butler School alums have proven themselves to be excellent at developing unique music careers outside the traditional orchestra and chamber music world. To the call of success these featured musicians have answered with a graceful rebellion.
Bassoonist Rebekah Heller (M.M. 2004) is well acquainted with performing overseas. Since 2007, she’s been a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (www.iceorg.org), a move made as a result of her growing disillusionment with the traditional orchestra world. “I’ve been so incredibly happy and fortunate to work with such amazing musicians,” said Heller of her ICE colleagues, many of whom she knew from her undergraduate days at Oberlin Conservatory. Heller feels privileged to experience “strange and faraway places” as her musical endeavors take her all over the world. Her favorite destinations include Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest (featured in filmmaker Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo), and Fukushima, Japan, a town devastated by nuclear disaster where she and her colleagues ran workshops for very young students. “We spent every weekend indoors in music programs to avoid the toxic outside air. The students worked with world-class composers and all wrote amazing pieces for us—the youngest at age 4!” 2 | Offbeat: The New Music of the Butler School
An opportunity in New York City eventually led to Heller’s debut solo album 100 names, called “pensive and potent” by The New York Times: “My first year in ICE, I was presented with the opportunity to play a solo show in New York. I was frustrated by the lack of amazing new solo repertoire for bassoon, so instead of complaining about it, I decided to start commissioning a new body of repertoire. 100 names is the first set of such pieces. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, and from close collaborations with all the composers involved. The pieces feel incredibly intimate and are so much fun to perform.” Heller draws particular inspiration from her mentor, Butler School Professor of Bassoon Kristin Wolfe Jensen, who has continually put out solo CDs for the last 20 years. “Her passion and commitment to her own music-making is incredibly inspiring,” said Heller of Jensen. “She’s also an enormously talented pedagogue. I credit her with honing my technique and practicing methods. She still has a big role in the way I play today.”
Los Angeles-based flutist Catherine Baker (M.M. 2013) had never considered that Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 could be performed without a conductor, but such a staggering performance by new music ensemble Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (www.kco.la) changed her perspective. “I left that concert feeling inspired and moved, so I emailed the president and founder, Benjamin Mitchell, about how I could get involved,” she recounted. After a summer away at Tanglewood Music Festival, she returned to Los Angeles ready to wholly join the orchestra, lending both her musical and organizational talent to KCO.
I left Austin and started a graduate diploma at the University of Southern California, and I was very set on winning that ‘dream job’…I practiced hard, took auditions and even came close to winning a position.”
the end, my Butler “ In School education
equipped me with the tools to think very broadly about how my work, and the work of others, fits into contemporary society.
“This orchestra is completely run by the musicians from within,” explained Baker, adding, “The group was in need of a graphic designer. I was completely interested and began designing posters and brochures for marketing purposes; this has been my main responsibility, along with other administrative work. I am now part of a subset of musicians within the group called the ‘Core Musicians’ who plan and help run the orchestra.” In addition to conductor-less performance of classic works—those of Messiaen, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Dvořák, Mozart and Schoenberg, to name some—Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra prides itself on an expanding new music repertoire. Through its annual Call for Scores competition, now in its second year, the orchestra accepts original new music compositions for both orchestra and chamber ensembles. In 2015, Kaleidoscope received 400 entries from all over the world, with three pieces ultimately selected. This year, entries more than doubled.
But it was not until such a job was within reach that Baker understood the weight of its commitment. Chiefly, it would take her away from Los Angeles—a place that felt both kinetic and welcoming—where she was able to do so much at once: teach, collaborate in chamber music, play in regional orchestras and work on her burgeoning graphic design business. Baker decided, instead, to develop a more personal stamp of success: “I learned from the Butler School that in today’s artistic world, one must be open to other avenues of the arts in music. I would never say that my level of musicality is lower, because it is not, but I am actively looking at pursuing avenues of music that will create longstanding happiness in my life.”
Trombonist and composer Steve Parker (D.M.A. 2012), who still calls Austin home, also credits his educational roots at the Butler School with the unique trajectory of his music career. “There were so many incredible mentors at the Butler School that it’s difficult to name just a few,” he said. “First and foremost, my studio professor Nathaniel Brickens [professor of trombone] had a huge impact on me with his generosity, grace, humility and strong artistic convictions. He approaches music with such a poetic sensibility, and continues to teach me about being a selfless teacher to a studio of university students. Russell Pinkston [professor of composition] played an integral role in my growth at UT.
Baker is thrilled to take part in the competition’s process: “The Call for Scores has been one of [the orchestra’s] most successful events. I’m really excited to start selecting the pieces we will be featuring for our third season.” The road to collaborative new music projects, like that which Kaleidoscope promotes, was not without its twists and turns. After studying at the Butler School of Music under Professor of Flute Marianne Gedigian, who Baker dubs “a perfect mix of tough and inspiring,” she began working toward the concept of a “dream job.” Initially, that meant being principal flute in a traditional orchestra, but over time her dreams became more nuanced. “It’s been three full years since I graduated from UT and I can honestly say that I use so many of the lessons I learned at the Butler School daily.
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He helped me explore the possibilities and language surrounding live electronic processing, and his students have become some of my closest collaborators. He’s an all-around great guy — gentle, generous and brilliant.” While still a student at the Butler School, Parker (www.steve-parker.net) began working with the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin to develop the ambitious and avant garde SoundSpace program. Functioning as an interdisciplinary concert series, it has examined intersections between music, dance and visual art, all set in an immersive free space which allows the audience to navigate their own experience. Moreover, SoundSpace has yielded large participatory works, such as 80 trombones or 100 marching tubas, and hosted some of the most interesting interpreters in new music today from around the country. Parker credits his education as a building block to such independent professional decisions: “The best thing about my degree is that it gave me the freedom, time and support to pursue my interests, all while learning from inspiring faculty and students. I was lucky enough to have a generous fellowship at school, which essentially functioned as a three-year artist residency. With this luxury, I was able to explore new territory in extended techniques and live electronic processing, and collaborate with composers, pursue research on [20th-21st century composers] Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis, and present some of my work in far-flung places.” Shortly after graduating Parker started COLLIDE, a nonprofit that produces large-scale community art projects. The group has built interactive musical instruments and installed them at Austin’s City Hall parking garage; created performances to be played by ensembles of automobiles, pedicabs and bicycles; and facilitated a concert that utilized directional horns— such as conch shells—to suggest bat echolocation. That event took place, appropriately, under Austin’s famous Congress Bridge. Parker has also composed for nationally and internationally known groups, such as Ballet Austin, Texas Choral Consort and alt-arts festival Fusebox. His projects and performance opportunities have taken him to wonderfully varied locales, from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to the architecturally stunning Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “In the end, my Butler School education equipped me with the tools to think very broadly about how my work, and the work of others, fits into contemporary society,” said Parker. And contemporary, it is; Parker’s upcoming projects include the development of a musical bicycle at Austin’s Long Center (commissioned by the city’s Art in Public Places program) and a series of performances created for a fleet of unmanned flying drones.
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Like Parker, line upon line percussion (lineuponlinepercussion.org) — consisting of Butler School alums Matt Teodori (M.M. 2009, D.M.A. 2012), Adam Bedell (M.M. 2010) and Cullen Faulk (who attended as a bachelor’s student) — call Austin home. They formed the ensemble in 2009 when they were still students because, in Teodori’s words, “Our professor, Tom Burritt, emphasized percussion ensemble a great deal, and the most fun the three of us were having in school was playing in the UT Percussion Ensemble. However, the sad reality for most percussionists is that the last time you play in a percussion ensemble is when you’re in school. This didn’t sit right with us, so we wanted to find a way to keep playing together.” “Spending time with professors of percussion Tom Burritt and Tony Edwards definitely helped shape who we are as individual musicians and as a group,” explained Faulk, adding, “Since we formed at UT, their teaching is what the three of us have most in common, and I think it totally shows in how we play and talk about our music. We’ve often noted that when we go out to coach ensembles or perform master classes, our discussions will unfailingly hearken back to specific lessons we each remember Tom and Tony giving us.” Faulk also believes their education gave them insight into what a healthy work-life balance could look like for musicians. “Since Tom and Tony are both performers themselves, as well as teachers and family men, we had strong examples to look at for balancing the aspects of being a musician with those of everyday life. These are the things we grapple with in line upon line every day.” Bedell notes that the trio’s experiences at the Butler School have helped shape their trajectory as a collaborative percussion ensemble, pointing particularly to a Fall 2008 performance of Steve Reich’s Drumming as a springboard for a later collaboration with an Austin dance troupe. “It was the first time the three of us ever played together on one piece. This past May, we were able to perform it again with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company and had a mini UT Percussion Ensemble reunion with many alums who came in from out of town to perform with us. It felt like ‘getting the band back together!’” In Austin, line upon line self-presents four concerts a year, a series that gives them a regular performance outlet in their hometown. They also love collaborating with other arts groups, designating it as their “continuing education.” “We’ve been very blessed to work with two of the best professional dance organizations here in Austin, namely Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, with whom we’ve just completed our third collaboration, and Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, with whom we co-created Lumen in April,” said Teodori. “We’ve also had the privilege of working with dance soloists Rosalyn Nasky and Lisa del Rosario, pianist Charlie Magnone (D.M.A. 2016) and too many amazing percussionists to name, most of whom are UT alumni as well.”
Not surprisingly, line upon line has participated in the adventurous programing of Austin’s Fusebox Festival. In 2013, they gave the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s 1976 masterpiece Erewhon on opening night, a particularly memorable project due to the grand scope of the work’s instrumentation—150-plus instruments played over 65 minutes. The group has now played in 21 states across the U.S. and went to England, Germany and Switzerland in 2014.
Side Note New Music groups to see in Austin
“That trip resonated with me the most not just because those countries are such great countries to visit, but I was proud that our little trio could get us over there, and our rather ‘grass roots’ way of booking and traveling actually worked overseas as well,” said Faulk.
It’s important to note that these above stories are just a few examples in a larger ocean of innovation. Every day, countless Butler School alumni are undertaking exciting musical ventures, particularly in their own backyards. The Austin Saxophone Ensemble (www.austinsaxophoneensemble.com), a group wholly comprising alumni, regularly gives concerts for saxophone choir, frequently in collaboration with guest artists. This summer, they furthered their work by establishing camps in local schools, bolstering a healthy community of saxophone players and enthusiasts. A sextet of both current BSOM students and recent alumni, Hear No Evil, recently performed at the New Media Art & Sound Summit at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Golden Hornet Student Composers’ Concert at the North Door, and premiered seven works by student composers from the University of Texas in Bates Recital Hall. This season they are the featured ensemble at the UT Fine Arts Library’s Excessive Noise Concert Series event on October 8th. Tetractys (www.tetractysnewmusic.com) is a new music concert series headed by current BSOM students Christopher S. Prosser (D.M.A), James Burch (D.M.A. 2016), and Matthew Armbruster (M.M) and alumnus Nick Galuban (B.M. 2015). Fall 2016 marks the start of their second season. Their main focus is on presenting music written by living composers: each concert features a newly commissioned work and every year they present a “Composer Portrait” house concert.
Whether locally or abroad, artists will always be challenged to stake out unique space on the spectrum between tradition and innovation. However, more important than any stylistic choice is the courage to carve out their place at all. As recognized by alumni, the Butler School embraces such confidence—providing strength through institutional opportunities and challenges, but all in the service of individual paths.
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Planning for a Bright Future By
Director of Development
There’s a saying in the fundraising world, “work a plan and the plan will work.” While straightforward and concise, it should be added that it is the plan’s longterm impact that makes for truly great outcomes. The elements of a successful fundraising plan require a progressive strategy, focus, and frankly, a good bit of luck. This year at the Butler School of Music, we have been fortunate to experience the results of effective planning. In our most successful fundraising year since 2008 – the same year that Sarah and Ernest Butler generously named the school – we have received more than $7 million in commitments. The 2015-16 academic year brought a multitude of meaningful gifts for both student scholarships and programs such as the Longhorn Band Legacy Fund, Musical Lives, and the Hilley Piano Labs, among many others. If you glance to the next page, you will see a few of the programs listed that were impacted by the philanthropy of many, as well as the breakdown of the funds the Butler School received this fiscal year to-date. Currently, one in three students in the Butler School is on a full or partial scholarship – which is more than 300 individuals. Thanks to the generosity of many, we will add an additional 15 students to that group this fall and in perpetuity.
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Scholarship gifts are transformational for our students and our faculty. Not only do they allow students the ability to plan more effectively for their incurred educational costs, they support faculty members as they work to recruit the most talented students to join their studios. Planning for long-term success also means having conversations about future resources. Over the course of the year, the Butler School has been the recipient of several planned gift commitments. Such “future gifts” ensure stability, making legacy investments vital as our programs grow and flourish. We look forward to sharing with you the incredible impact being made by so many here at the Butler School of Music. As we embark upon a new school and fiscal year, you can expect to hear from us about projects like Musical Lives, the All Steinway School initiative, the Longhorn Band Legacy Fund, 40 Hours for the Forty Acres and more. Our future is bright. We invite you to make us part of your plan so that we can keep shining. To learn more about how you can support the Butler School of Music, please visit music.utexas.edu/give.
Breaking down the 2015-16 Fundraising Year Scholarships
Longhorn Band Legacy Fund
Unrestricted Gifts Program Support
Hilley Piano Labs Faculty support Musical Lives
1. Longhorn Band Legacy Fund
2. Hilley Piano Labs
The Longhorn Band Legacy fund was established in the fall of 2015 as a permanent endowment at the University of Texas at Austin to sustain the Showband of the Southwest for future generations. In less than one year, the fund has already raised more than $4.2 million dollars in cash gifts and commitments. This fund supports student scholarships, travel, performances, uniforms, instruments, equipment and more for the Longhorn Band.
Thanks to hundreds of alumni and friends of the Butler School, we have made outstanding progress on the Hilley Piano Labs campaign! The piano labs will be upgraded with all new student and instructor pianos, cosmetic and flooring improvements and more. The new equipment and upgrades will take place next summer, ready to welcome students in August 2017. Stay tuned to social media for construction updates.
3. 40 Hours for the Forty Acres
4. All-Steinway School
The Butler School of Music participated in the annual day of giving at the University of Texas at Austin. We are grateful to the 297 donors who helped us raise $75,872 for numerous programs and scholarships. The Butler School was one of the top fundraising units on campus, on a day that totaled more than $2 million raised!
Quality pianos are an essential tool of any music program, necessary for teaching, practice, and performance. Additionally, designation as an â€œAll Steinwayâ€? institution better positions the Butler School of Music to recruit the top-tier music leaders of the future. Over the past year, the Butler School has been working diligently toward this goal, an effort focused on raising significant resources to transform our aging piano inventory. Planning for a Big Future | 7
Sonia Seeman Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Butler School of Music
Public Affairs Director, College of Fine Arts
Sonia Seeman, associate professor of ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in Turkey for a book project. She plans to write about music as a form of labor, and will explore this issue through conducting research and supplementing already-collected materials on three Romani, or “Gypsy,” professional musician families.
What drew you to research these three families specifically? It’s interesting that in ethnomusicology and anthropology, we work closely with particular individuals and their communities as resources for insights into larger social and cultural issues, but then neglect to explore the details of their lives as important in and of themselves. This may be due in large part to the influence of quantitative sociological models, and to the attempt in ethnomusicology to move away from individual “Great Men” narratives that have previously dominated the fields of music study. I have been a close friend with these family members since the initial period of my Ph.D. fieldwork in the 1990s—a period of large-scale economic and political changes in Turkey. 8 | Q & A with Sonia Seeman
A significant aspect of fieldwork in ethnomusicology is framed by what we call participant-observation, which works extremely well in musical fields in which musical, cultural and social knowledge systems are modeled rather than explicitly stated. This is even more important with marginalized communities like Roman (the preferred term in Turkey for Romani or “Gypsy” groups), who continue to labor hard to escape their marginalized positions with minimal access to mainstream social services and political processes. These three families—Gümüş, Sesler and Kabacı— represent key contributors to Turkish classical and urban musical traditions. The Gümüş and Sesler families came from Greece during the 1920s’ forced population exchange in which Muslim families in Greece were forcibly moved to the new Turkish nation state, and Christian families in Anatolia were moved to Greece. The Sesler family was well known for their zurna (a folk oboe-like instrument) performers, and they moved to Turkish Thrace alongside their nonRoman patron families. The Gümüş family was the first to bring the G clarinet to Turkey and into Turkish Thracian musical traditions, and this family continues to provide musical services throughout Turkish Thrace and major urban areas such as Istanbul. The Kabacı family is typical of Roman musician families originally from Bulgaria, who immigrated to Anatolia in the late 19th century in the wake of the Crimean war. Many of their family members are active in the Istanbul, Ankara and Marmara regions, and also perform in the State Radio ensembles. Each one of these families represents significant contributions to the development of Turkish regional and urban music, and also demonstrates the impact of immigration on supporting the development of the new Turkish nation state. Also, each family has members who are involved in different aspects of music making. In addition to playing on the radio and in restaurants, weddings and festivals, members also run recording studios, providing arrangements for local and foreign artists. In this book, I wanted the family’s stories to tell a counter-narrative to the dominant portrayal of Turkish music as inherently ethnically Turk and only from Anatolia. Was there something in the already-collected materials that spoke to you? I already have so many hours of interviews and stories, which had not gone into my dissertation or articles, and I wanted their voices to tell these interesting and complex stories.
I believe that all music making is a form of labor, and what interests me is why we don’t talk about it! Western European classical musicians spend hours every day improving their craft, just like Roman professional musicians. And then there are additional forms of labor that we don’t acknowledge: networking to learn about repertoire, better performance opportunities, even mundane but significant activities such as fixing your instrument or taking care of your voice. Then in preparing for a performance, musicians spend hours getting the set up right, doing the advertising, finding sound equipment. With the Western European notions of “great men” and “gifted genius,” we forget that musicianship is a craft that requires constant human labor of various kinds. In addition, performing itself is a form of physical labor, which tends to be ignored or masked in order to preserve the mystique of so-called musical genius.
research project points “ This to the crucial contribution
of immigrant musicians to Turkish national music, while at the same time Turkey is the gateway to Europe and beyond for those fleeing Syria, Iraq and other conflict-ridden areas in the Middle East.
Can you further describe music as a form of labor? How is this different than a professional musician in Western culture?
What are the challenges in researching this subject? Is it notation and documentation? Or something else? The challenges in research have mostly to do with background research, which is currently the subject of an article in progress. While there have been significant studies of labor, most work on music and labor examines music as an accompaniment to labor movements or as an aid to physical labor, which again masks the fact that music IS labor. The other challenge is time. I have many recorded interviews, which I have not had the time to transcribe; so next year will be a gift of much-needed time to focus on this project, as well as gather more materials and begin drafting the book. Is there an anecdote or something that you’ve been really focused on lately from your research you can share? I have been thinking about the applicability of this project to many areas of my own life and to larger social and political issues. I have started my own Arabic-Turkish music ensemble, Aşk-i Meşk, and we have just begun a once-a-month residency at Marakesh Cafe and Grill in Austin. While the scale of our group is not on the intensive level of my musician friends in Turkey, our performances take a large amount of labor in addition to rehearsals, practicing on my own, and the time actually performing.
We can also look at the increasing amount of hidden labor that our faculty positions entail. I have also been struck by the strongly negative reactions of many U.S. citizens to immigrants and refugees. As someone who was a product of immigrant families on both sides who were fleeing violence, I am concerned about how our own country may be losing out on the benefits of willing, hard-working and productive future citizens. And this research project points to the crucial contribution of immigrant musicians to Turkish national music, while at the same time Turkey is the gateway to Europe and beyond for those fleeing Syria, Iraq and other conflict-ridden areas in the Middle East. Q & A with Sonia Seeman | 9
Butler News in Brief
1. Longhorn Band Makes a Move
The Sept. 4th season opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish begins a new era for the University of Texas Longhorn Band. After spending years in the south end zone of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the band is moving to Section 18 in the northeast corner, a much more acoustically advantageous placement that will also bring the band back to the heart of Longhorn fandom. Said Mike Perrin, Texas athletic director, “I thought it was important to bring the Longhorn Band back to where we have more Longhorn fans. Having them separated down at the end, while it had some advantages, did not sound the same and did not create the same feeling of excitement and spirit in the stadium that I wanted.” Scott Hanna, director of the Longhorn Band, is also looking forward to the new location. “This move will have a major positive impact on our game atmosphere,” he said. “Mike Perrin has been the driving force for this change, and we are grateful beyond words for his leadership."
2. Professor Duke Inducted into UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Professor Bob Duke, head of the Division of Music and Human Learning at the Butler School, is among three educators who were inducted into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers in April. He was the only University of Texas at Austin professor this year to be inducted. Created to recognize exceptional educators at UT’s eight academic institutions, the academy serves as a system-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education. Members must be previous recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, which Professor Duke received in 2009. Professor Duke has taught at UT for an impressive 31 years, inspiring students and colleagues alike. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor-skill learning, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
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3. New Young Professional String Quartet Comes to Texas
Invoke (www.invokesound.com), the newest young professional string quartet in residence to study under the Miró Quartet, has arrived at the Butler School of Music. Since its inception in 2013, Invoke has been selected as artist in residence at Strathmore, emerging young artist quartet at Interlochen Center for the Arts and fellowship string quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts Academy. Invoke consists of Nick Montopoli (violin and banjo), Karl Mitze (viola and mandolin), Zachariah Matteson (violin) and Geoff Manyin (cello), all of whom previously attended the University of Maryland. The Butler School welcomes Invoke, known for its genredodging sound, to Austin’s music scene. “It's going to be such an amazing opportunity to be studying under such awesome performers as the Miró Quartet,” said Matteson. “We're also very excited to join the Austin community. It's such a vibrant musical scene and we can't wait to see how Austin and UT will inspire us to grow both professionally and musically.” Invoke was selected by the Miró Quartet for the two-year residency from a competitive international applicant pool. The quartet will receive weekly coaching and private study with members of the Miró Quartet, prepare for competitions, perform with the UT Symphony Orchestra and the New Music Ensemble on a rotational basis, and benefit from comprehensive guidance in career management and networking. The quartet members will receive their Artist Diplomas in chamber music at the end of their Butler School tenure.
4. Music Abroad: Students and Faculty Perform in Pakistan
Over spring break, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Sonia Seeman, Lecturer in Acting Quetta Carpenter and six Butler School students and alumni (Julia Dixon, Laura Jorgensen, Franklin Piland, Chia-Hao Hsu, Chris Ozley and Lee Redfield) traveled to Karachi, Pakistan for a unique opportunity. There, they gave two performances with Pakistan's National Academy of Performing Arts, the culmination of The University of Texas at Austin South Asia Institute's three-year U.S. Department of State University Partnerships Grant. U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed 350 music lovers to the concert, saying, “The university partnership highlights our efforts to develop musical talent in Pakistan, while building people-to-people ties between our two nations. This performance shows the power of music and culture to bring people together.” News in Brief | 11
5. Butler Alum Shares Lessons Learned As a graduate student at the Butler School of Music, Robert Honstein (M.M. 2007) had the opportunity to hear guest speakers and alumni of the school share their work, stories and advice for building a successful music career.
Titled Conduit, the 15-minute piece was inspired by Zigelbaum + Coelho’s Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, an interactive lighting installation from a private art collection in Detroit that changes color based on touch.
“I learned so much from that,” Honstein said. But it also left him wondering, “How do I get to where you are?”
Aside from his work as a composer, Honstein also co-founded Fast Forward Austin (www. fastforwardaustin.com) with fellow Butler alums Steven Snowden (D.M.A. 2014) and Ian Dicke (D.M.A. 2012). Through small concerts and its eighthour marathon concert each spring, Fast Forward brings classically trained musicians and their music to younger audiences.
In March, Honstein was back on campus from Boston to share his journey with Butler School students: “I’m just starting out. I’m at the beginning. There’s something good in sharing about the value of being in that in-between place,” he said. “It’s not too long ago I was a student, so I have that perspective of building my career.” Honstein’s visit on campus coincided with Eighth Blackbird’s performance of one of his original compositions at UT’s McCullough Theatre.
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“We try to find alternative venues for music typically seen in a concert hall to take away the formality and etiquette. It’s more comfortable,” Honstein said. “It’s a trend happening all over the country. In Austin, there are so many young people here. That crowd might be interested in our music in the right setting.”
6. Tetractys New Music
Tetractys—co-directed by cellists James Burch (D.M.A. 2016) and Matt Armbruster (current M.M. Student), clarinetist Nick Galuban (B.M. 2015) and composer/ conductor Chris Prosser (current D.M.A student)—is a new music concert series that serves the cultural needs of Austin by contributing to the cultivation of a thriving new music scene. At the heart of the organization is the belief that the contemporary composer offers insight and reflection into our common human experience. Tetractys endeavors to be the conduit through which the composer and audience connect.
First season highlights include commissioning and premiering three new works by Austin based composers, performing on the ATX Composers Showcase at SXSW, and two performances at The Blanton Museum of Art. During their first season, Tetractys collaborated with over thirty musicians and composers from the Austin area, and all collaborators were paid for their work. Next season plans include two new commissions, a performance on the Blanton’s SoundSpace concert series, and the creation of an evening-length piece in collaboration with Austin dance company, Dance Waterloo.
7. Jake Heggie Residency In February, the Butler School welcomed San Francisco-based composer and pianist Jake Heggie for a week-long residency. His visit coincided with the University of Texas at Austin premiere of his original operas Three Decembers and At the Statue of Venus by the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center, with world-premiere orchestration for the UT New Music Ensemble of At the Statue of Venus. The recipient of the Butler School’s 2015-16 Eddie Medora King Award, Heggie gave master classes to voice, opera and composition students and attended rehearsals of his works throughout the week. Said Heggie of his residency, “It was an inspiring, memorable and deeply meaningful week — my first time at The University of Texas at Austin. I found the campus welcoming, engaging, diverse and beautiful. The singers, pianists and composers I worked with were inquisitive, talented, eager for ideas and perspective, and ready to work. The singers cast in my operas performed at a very high level and brought the pieces to life with the support, encouragement and guidance of their teachers — the outstanding faculty at the Butler School. I was deeply moved and overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit that greeted me. All of this was capped off by receiving the Eddie Medora King Prize, which is a great honor that I will always cherish.” Wrote the Austin Chronicle of At the Statue of Venus, “The work asks a lot of its sole performer in 20 minutes — a range of feelings in swift succession, from jitters to pique to peace; comic timing; vocal and physical expressiveness; stamina; and, not least, the ability to hold a stage alone for a third of an hour — but on March 4, Chan Yang Lim rose to the challenge, deftly negotiating Rose’s hairpin turns of emotion, landing the laughs, and, especially, kindling a flame of comfort and optimism in that recollection of being ‘a lucky, lucky child.’” Likewise, the ensemble performance in Three Decembers was met with a glowing review by the Austin Chronicle: “After 90 minutes of familial discord and grief, the voices of [Ellie] Shattles, [Julia] Taylor, and [Jawan] Jenkins intertwining in harmony was not only sweet but a reassuring sound of what it is to be loved.”
8. Album Releases In October, the UT Wind Ensemble—with Professor Jerry Junkin, conductor—released The Shadow of Sirius (Longhorn Music, 2015) featuring Professor of Flute Marianne Gedigian, a Blu-Ray Audio recording of works by the Butler School’s Professor Steven Bryant (Concerto for Wind Ensemble), John Mackey (Kingfishers Catch Fire) and Joel Puckett (Shadow of Sirius). In March, the ensemble released Wine Dark Sea (Reference Recordings, 2016), recorded after the ensemble’s summer 2014 World Tour. The album debuted on the Billboard Classical Chart at #20 and was described as "music of variety and substance, stylishly played; another Rolls-Royce recording from Reference” by MusicWeb International. Wine Dark Sea includes work by Butler School professors Dan Welcher (Spumante) and Donald Grantham (J’ai été au bal), as well as John Mackey (Wine Dark Sea). Associate Professor of Composition Russell Pinkston’s Balancing Acts (Ravello Records, 2016) showcases a selection of his compositions for acoustic instruments and electronic sounds. Works range from the purely electronic Orb Spells (2004) — a five-movement piece heavily based on Indian tabla rhythms — to the purely acoustic, such as Full Circle (2013) — written for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano — and Summer Rhapsody (2006) — a short work for violoncello and piano commissioned by renowned cellist Carlos Prieto. Professor of Jazz John Fremgen’s Everything that Spring Can Bring (Longhorn Music, 2016) features Fremgen on bass, Professor Jeff Hellmer on piano, Brannen Temple on drums and Elias Haslanger on tenor saxophone. The six-track album includes Fremgen’s original compositions NPR and Blue World, the latter of which he originally wrote for the UT Alternative Improvisation Music Ensemble.
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2016–2017 Season Packages
Subscription Options The Butler School of Music is thrilled to offer Season Packages for the 2016/2017 performance year—an opportunity to enjoy our top-tier concerts at a reduced, subscription rate. Joining is easy, flexible and affordable. Your patronage extends direct support to the artists who make this rich experience possible. Additionally, ticket proceeds help to expand our diverse program of free performances, available to all audiences throughout the season. We invite you to join us in spending the upcoming year in engagement with world-class artists and their enriching work. Here are your options for an enhanced musical experience:
Butler Season Subscription Package
Butler Opera Center Package
Choose at least four performances from the 2016/2017 Season and receive 40% off tickets.
Choose three of Opera’s four performances and receive 50% off tickets.
Package includes our best ensembles and operas, as well as guest artist and faculty recitals. Although this subscription is open throughout the year, we encourage early reservation to ensure availability of top choices.
Options include three main stage productions (with four performance dates each) and a recital with alumna soprano Mary Dunleavy and maestro Kelly Kuo. This package is available for purchase through January 25, 2017.
This is just a slice of the Butler School’s aural offerings in the 2016-17 season. Visit our online calendar at music.utexas.edu/calendar to discover hundreds of free events, up-to-date information and to purchase tickets. Event schedule is subject to change. 14 | Season Packages and Season Highlights
2016–2017 Season Highlights
Jonathan Gunn, clarinet Our new clarinet professor will perform with pianist Anton Nel and brass & woodwind faculty Monday, September 12, 7:30 PM Jessen Auditorium
Mary Dunleavy, soprano Kelly Kuo, piano Friday, January 27, 7:30 PM Jessen Auditorium
Miró Quartet The Complete Brahms String Quartets Thursday, September 15, 7:30 PM Bates Recital Hall OCTOBER Anton Nel and Christopher Guzman Music for Four Hands Sunday, October 9, 4:00 PM Bates Recital Hall NOVEMBER LaTex A festival of electronic music written by students at universities in Louisiana and Texas Friday, November 4, 8:00 PM Saturday, November 5, 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM Jessen Auditorium
FEBRUARY Butler Opera Center Little Women by Mark Adamo Jessica Burton, director Kelly Kuo, conductor New Music Ensemble Thursday, February 23, 7:30 PM Friday, February 24, 7:30 PM Saturday, February 25, 7:30 PM Sunday, February 26, 4:00 PM McCullough Theatre MARCH Wind Ensemble at Texas Performing Arts World Premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Symphony No. 2 Jerry Junkin, director Sunday, March 5, 7:00 PM Bass Concert Hall
Symphony Orchestra Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor Monday, November 28, 7:30 PM Bates Recital Hall
2017 Longhorn Jazz Festival Cyrus Chestnut, piano Jazz Orchestra Jeff Hellmer, director Saturday, April 8, 7:30 PM Bates Recital Hall In partnership with Texas Performing Arts
Holiday Choral Concert Combined UT Choirs James Morrow and Joseph Bolin, conductors Monday, December 5, 7:30 PM Bates Recital Hall
Chamber Singers J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor Friday, April 7, 7:30 PM Bates Recital Hall
To purchase subscription packages or individual performance tickets, go to music.utexas.edu and select “Concerts & Events”.
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Ethan Frederick Greene 1982–2015
Terri E. Neubert
Ethan Frederick Greene, born October 10, 1982, of South Orange, NJ passed away on September 13, 2015 in Orlando, FL.
Terri Elizabeth Neubert was born April 16, 1960 in Wichita, Kansas. She passed away April 8, 2016 following a very brief illness.
Greene was a composer and sound artist. He earned a B.A. in music from Amherst College, a M.M..in composition from Rice University, and a D.M.A. in music composition from University of Texas at Austin. Greene most recently served as assistant professor of digital arts at Stetson University in Deland, FL.
Neubert received her B.A. degree in music performance and business from Wichita State University. She entered the program to focus on piano but was inspired to pursue violin, leading her to a professional career with the Wichita Symphony. She received her teaching credentials from The University of Texas at Austin, and taught and played in the Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera Orchestras.
Greene created music and sound art for concert hall, gallery, stage and screen. He received numerous awards and recognition for works that spanned a wide array of musical genres, including A Way Home, a bilingual children's opera commission by the Houston Grand Opera and performed at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, NM. Currently, Greene’s piece entitled Anthropogenic, described as a sonic forest environment that adapts to human motion, is on display at the Hand Art Center in DeLand, FL.
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Priscilla Pond Flawn
Dr. H. Bryce Jordan
Priscilla Pond Flawn was born March 20, 1926 and passed away April 12, 2016.
H. Bryce Jordan, president emeritus of Penn State University, former interim president of the University of Texas at Austin, and president emeritus of the University of Texas at Dallas, passed away peacefully at his home in Austin on April 12.
Flawn graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a B.A. degree in English and a minor in organ. She supported The University of Texas for over 50 years. In 1985, with matching funds from the Board of Regents, two additional Priscilla Pond Flawn Professorships were established—one in Organ or Piano Performance in the School of Music and one in Early Childhood Education in the College of Education. As part of the Bass Performing Arts Center 2001 Gala, two scholarships in the College of Fine Arts were created in her honor—one in theatre and dance, and one in music.
In 1946 he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received both a B.M. and M.M. degree. In 1949, he returned to Abilene to join the music faculty at Hardin-Simmons as an assistant professor, teaching there for two years. In 1952, he enrolled in the graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Ph.D. in historical musicology with a minor in comparative literature. In 1954, Jordan joined the faculty of the department of music at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he rose from assistant professor to full professor and served as director of graduate studies in music. In 1968, The University of Texas at Austin appointed Jordan the university's initial vice president of student affairs, a post he held for two years before being named the university's interim president in 1970.
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As a student of the late Dean E. W. Doty, Joyce Gilstrap Jones (M.M. 1953) became the first person to receive a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, she has played in 48 states and 12 foreign countries. During her 43-year tenure as professor of organ and organist in residence at Baylor, she designed eight of the campus pipe organs and played in the dedication concerts on five major organs, a record unequaled at any other university.
James Sclater (D.M.A. 1970) has received American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) awards every year since 1990. At his retirement from teaching in 2010, Mississippi College named a Chamber Music Series in his honor. Scheduled for release soon are three CDs which contain works by Sclater: “Light Upon Silver,” songs for voice and piano performed by Viola Dacus; “Sweet Swingin’ Suite,” performed by the Argot Trio; and “Beyond the Rainbow,” performed by Jos Milton.
In 2015, Lottie Lipscomb Guttry (B.M. 1956) published a historical novel, Alligator Creek, based on the true story of her Civil War ancestors. The novel was wellreceived in both her hometown of Longview, Texas and beyond. She was the featured author for the Lake City/ Olustee reenactment and festival in Lake City, Florida on February 13-14, 2016.
Although she has recently put away her cello, Elaine Needham (B.M. 1956) is still pursuing the arts. She began writing fictional short stories after studying with Catherine Ann Jones, an award-winning playwright and actor.
1960s Anna Marie Norman Wanasek (B.M. 1960) is currently serving as president of Lubbock Music Teachers Association. She maintains an independent music studio, serves as program co-chair of the Lubbock Music Club (affiliated with National Federated Music Clubs), substitutes as organist at St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church and serves as president of Northwest Texas Diocesan Daughters of the King. Andrew Rudin (B.M. 1962) was described on Temple University's WRTI (90.1 FM) as “one of the hottest new Philadelphia composers” after his piano trio, Circadia, was premiered in December 2015. In January, Rudin's Sic Transit was premiered by the North Jersey Regional Band. His Soliloquy for unaccompanied cello was part of BargeMusic (New York) Here and Now Festival in September 2015. Judy Hershiser Scherschligt (B.M. 1967, M.M. 1969) plays cello with the Celebration string quartet in the Denver metro area. She also plays with the Littleton Symphony, which she co-founded in 1983-84. She does solo work upon request such as performing for private events. 18 | Alumni Updates
John Akins (D.M.A. 1971) remains an active composer after his retirement from teaching. His special oneminute piece, Fantasy on Yellow Rose, was premiered by the Austin Mandolin Orchestra for part of a "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" presentation under the auspices of Robert Voisey's Vox Novus organization. In the first half of 2016 he wrote two teaching pieces for young pianists to provide an introduction to atonal and serial styles: one for a commission by University of Iowa doctoral candidate in piano, Nathanael Filippelli; the other, a short electronic work based on recordings he made of roosters he heard crowing daily while on a musical mission trip to Haiti in 2013.
Bassoonist James Jeter (B.M. 1971) once again performed for the Conducting Institute Orchestra at Bard College this past summer. He also taught and performed at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan, making this his eleventh summer at the camp. He continues to perform as the principal bassoon for the Cecilia Chorus in New York City and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, as well as to freelance in the New York City area and coach chamber music at the 92nd Street YMCA.
Though mostly retired, David Smith (B.M. 1968, M.M. 1973) continues as an adjunct instructor at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas. In addition to directing the Lufkin Community Band, which he founded in 2001, he also is music director and conductor of the East Texas Wind Symphony.
Jerome Bierschenk (B.M. 1974) was named chair of the Department of Music at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, he is the director of choral activities and directs three choirs, teaches aural skills, choral conducting, voice and composition. He and his wife Marilyn reside in Fort Worth and especially enjoy being new grandparents to their 14-month-old grandson, Justin.
David Caffey (B.M. 1972, M.M. 1974) is professor of music in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he served as director of the School of Music from 2005 to 2013. He just completed his 42nd year of work at the university level (22 years in teaching and 20 years in administration). In addition, he has worked at California State University-Los Angeles, the University of Denver, Sam Houston State University and Southern Oregon University. He was inducted into the California Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 2011.
Patricia Casserly Lassiter (B.M. 1974) has been teaching music outside of the traditional classroom for over 40 years, giving home-educated children the opportunity to have professional music instruction and group experiences. Lassiter is involved with three children’s choirs, of which a significant number go on to major or minor in music at the university level.
Hank Hehmsoth (M.M. 1975), a composer and jazz performing artist in the School of Music at Texas State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Senior Specialist Program grant to Santiago, Chile this summer. Hehmsoth will conduct master classes of contemporary American jazz in performance and theory at the Pro Jazz Professional Institute. He will also teach jazz arranging and composition, and perform citywide jazz festival concerts with Chilean musicians.
Shirley Kirshbaum (B.M. 1975) has been an innovator in arts management and public relations since 1980. Kirshbaum Associates Inc., (kirshbaumassociates.com) provides worldwide representation and PR for artists, including Pinchas Zukerman, Sir Andras and The Israel Philharmonic. Kirshbaum has always been passionately committed to artists in the classical music world, an excitement fostered in the Music department of UT Austin.
In late 2014, the University of North Texas Press published Richard Orton’s (M.M. 1975) book, The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family, which documents black community-building in the Jim Crow era through photographs and oral history. The book won a Best Book award from the East Texas Historical Association in 2015. Additionally, the Stephen F. Austin State University’s Cole Art Center is sponsoring the creation of a traveling exhibit based on the book to be available in 2017.
Billie Woods (Dorsey) (B.M. 1975) currently performs in a duo known as Suite Journey (suitejourney.com) with her friend and music partner, Deborah Schmidt. Suite Journey's latest album, "Tibet, Land of my Tears," was inspired by an extraordinary journey to Nepal and Tibet and released in October 2015. As part of Suite Journey's plan to help preserve Tibetan culture and support the Tibetan people, 50% of all sales are donated to the cause. They perform in local Austin venues regularly, and present "Sing and Tell" house concerts, a Tibetan Travelogue weaving story and song with a slideshow, to shine a light on the situation in Tibet.
Linda Poetschke (M.M. 1976) retired from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2016, after 32 years on faculty. Linda has enjoyed a professional performing career throughout the United States and Europe. She has been awarded an Outstanding Faculty Award from the UTSA Alumni Association and an endowed scholarship in her name was established in 1998. Professor Poetschke is also the co-founder and program director for the Taos Opera Institute, a summer opera-training program held in the Taos Ski Valley, NM that bridges the gap between academia and apprentice programs.
Kathi Thomas (B.M. 1976) is running for the US Congress, Texas Congressional District 25. Please visit kathiforcongress.com for more information.
Robert Curtis (Ph.D. 1977) and Dean Mechling Curtis (M.M. 1977) still play four-hand and two-piano music together and teach piano part-time. The two left their jobs in New Orleans (as head of the Tulane University Music Library and Music Department faculty and as lead teacher of Classical Instrumental Music at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, respectively) in 2004 to relocate to California to care for disabled family members. They are fortunate to live with their collie in the beautiful Oakland hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2008 Cheryl Coward King (B.M. 1977) has been busy teaching drama at the Travis Academy of Fine Arts (TAFA) in Fort Worth. Previously she taught elementary music and theater arts for 30 years in the Birdville Independent School District. Her husband, David King (B.M. 1976) retired from FWISD in 2011, where he was a band director. In her spare time, King is involved in community theatre, enjoys her grandchildren and of course supports the Longhorns!
1980s Cindy Horstman (M.M. 1981) has been performing, recording, writing, and arranging for four decades. Classically trained, she is the first recipient of a Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Horstman co-founded the jazz duo, 2tone, with bassist Michael Medina. 2tone has toured nationally for 20 years and their recordings have received critical acclaim. Horstman has given clinics nationwide and recently conducted her ensemble arrangements for the youth ensemble at the American Harp Society convention, the TMEA harp ensemble, the UT Longhorn Music Camp and the Ector County ISD harp program. Horstman is currently teaching harp at Collin College in Plano, TX with an emphasis on arranging, particularly in the jazz idiom. Her most recent composition is “Carillon Wave,” an original work and honorable mention winner of the American Harp Society in Dallas 2015 Composer Competition. Alumni Updates | 19
John Boulanger (B.M. 1982) recently sang three performances of Wagner's Götterdämmerung with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, bringing his number of performances with the company to 400. These performances were part of the critically acclaimed "American Ring" directed by Francesca Zambello, with Philippe Auguin on the podium. In July he created a role in a world-premiere of a comic-opera, Do Not Disturb, being given as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. In the fall he creates a role in a new musical version of Karel Capek's R.U.R., the play that coined the word "robot." He is also preparing to give performances of Franz Schubert's three song-cycles "in repertory," first in the Washington, D.C. area and then in Milwaukee, WI, where he will perform them with his sister, Margaret Boulanger Hagedorn (B.M. 1978, M.M. 1980) as collaborative pianist.
Susan Dahlberg (M.M. 1982) moved from Houston back to her hometown of Jupiter, Florida six years ago to be closer to her parents. Sadly, her father (an engineer and musician) passed away in 2014 but she continues to frequent social events with her mother. Dahlberg has given 12 concerts in Florida and has acquired a large piano studio, among which are students from the performing arts middle and high schools. She is currently vice president of the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association and has judged numerous festivals and competitions.
Daniel Girardot (B.M. 1983) presented his final examination for the doctor of ministry degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in June 2016. His D.Min. project and treatise was entitled, "Spiritual Formation for Pastoral Musicians: Disciples in Ministry." He is the director of Liturgy and Music at St. Theresa Catholic Church. They were invited to sing for a Papal Mass with Pope Francis in June 2016. His three children are also musicians, and together with his wife they serve the Austin faith community in music ministry.
Carol Barlow (B.A. 1986) continues to enjoy traveling with her family and photographing beautiful places. Her destinations in 2015 were Sweden (for the aurora borealis), Grand Teton NP, and a cruise around the Balkan Peninsula. Visits to both daughters will take her to Washington, DC and France in 2016. At home, Barlow is active in her church, leading the adult hand bell choir and teaching ESL. Her international students and their children have become Barlow's piano students as well.
Alda Oliveira (Ph.D. 1986) has released a new book, The Pontes Approach for Music Education: Learning to Reach Out, published by Paco Editorial (São Paulo, Brazil, 2015). This book explores the Pontes approach to Music Education. The Pontes approach defines six elements to serve as a guide for thoughts, plans and actions for competent musicians and music educators: Positivity, Observation, Naturalness, Technique, Expressivity, and Sensibility. You may find this book in Portuguese version (paper) and in English version (e-book) at Amazon.
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Betsy Schramm’s (M.M. 1986) music has been cited for its “visionary quality”, “impressive lyricism” and has been called “expansive, daring, and unpredictable”. Her music (www.BetsySchramm.net) has received numerous professional awards and has been played and broadcast in New York City, Boston, and London. Schramm’s 2015 Grammy nominee eligible CD, Arrays of Light, features Mark Ponzo performing the brass music of Betsy Schramm, with Greg Beyer, percussion, and the Chicago Gargoyle Brass. In fall 2017, Voices of Freedom premieres with Mark Davis Scatterday and the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Paul Burgett, narrator. Schramm earned a Ph.D. in Composition at the Eastman School of Music and received a Fulbright scholarship for study at Cambridge University and at the English National Opera. BBC Radio 3 produced broadcast recordings of Betsy Schramm’s two E.E. Cummings cycles. The Minnesota Ballet with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra premiered American Mosaic to critical acclaim: “Comparisons with Aaron Copland were inevitable”. Chicago Gargoyle Brass premieres A Mighty Fortress and Holy, Holy, Holy in 2017.
Neela Kinariwala (Ph.D. 1987) moved from her long-time home in Austin back to her hometown, Honolulu, four years ago and is now working full time as a Suzuki violin teacher at Punahou Music School. She has a studio of 45 violin and viola students and team-teaches group classes as well as music fundamentals classes for children ages 3-18. The Suzuki program at Punahou includes about 90 students and each year holds five student recitals in one week in order to accommodate them all.
In January 2016, Martha Thomas (B.M. 1975, D.M.A. 1987) was named the second recipient of the Despy Karlas Professorship in Piano at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Established by family and friends of the late music professor, this professorship honors Karlas’s multi-faceted contributions to the music program at UGA. From national and international performer to renowned teacher, her legacy lives on through the many students, colleagues, and musicians whom she inspired. Additionally, two of Thomas’s UGA piano students have recently placed in competitions. The Dunamis Piano Duo (doctoral students of Thomas) was awarded First Prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition this spring, Third Place in the US International Duo Piano Competition in January and competed in the Chicago International Duo Piano Competition this past June.
Carole Stephens Mason (B.M. 1988) was named Principal of French Elementary in Klein ISD. This is a brand new school for the district and will be a Fine Arts Integrated Campus. Carole is in her 28th year an an educator.
Kiyoshi Tamagawa (D.M.A. 1988) is the associated dean and professor of music at Southwestern University. Tamagawa appeared with the Temple Symphony Orchestra in 2016, conducted by Thomas Fairlie. They performed the “Piano Concerto in E-flat major, K. 482” by Mozart. Tamagawa’s CD with cellist Hai Zheng (B.M. 1988, M.M. 1990), Remembrance, was released in May 2016 on the Amatius Classics label.
1990s Chilean-American pianist Pola Baytelman (D.M.A. 1990) is a distinguished artist-in-residence at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where she was chosen to present the Moseley Lecture-Recital, the highest honor Skidmore confers on a colleague. In addition to her groundbreaking CD featuring the work of brilliant Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz (Elan) and her recording of Schumann’s “Humoreske” (Centaur), listed by American Record Guide as one of the top three performances of the classic work, she has released two additional recordings: From Chile to Cuba and Celebration of the New with Jan Vinci, flute. Baytelman is also the author of a book on Albéniz’s piano music, and was recently involved in a documentary film project (to be released in 2018) with Albéniz’s leading biographer. Baytelman made her performance debut with the Chilean Symphony Orchestra at 17, graduating from the University of Chile’s National Conservatory before earning a master’s degree and an artist’s diploma under Russell Sherman from New England Conservatory while a Fulbright scholar. At UT, Baytelman studied with Nancy Garrett. More available at www.polabaytelman.com.
Keith Clifton (B.M. 1990) is professor of musicology at Central Michigan University, where he teaches all levels of music history and courses in popular music, world music, and opera. His recent publications include scholarly reviews for "Fontes Artis Musicae," "H-France," and "Opera Journal" and an article titled "Yes, it's a brilliant tune: Quotation in Contemporary American Art Song" for the Journal of Singing (January-February 2016). His paper titled "Musique à la mode: Poulenc's "Babar" and the Rebirth of Lifestyle Modernism" was presented in May 2015 at the Third Biennial Music Research Colloquium held at Louisiana State University. He presented on Poulenc's "Quatre chansons pour enfants" in July 2016 at the biennial meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Having recently completed a term as president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the College Music Society, Clifton was recently appointed to the Committee on Career-Related Issues of the American Musicological Society.
New York-based pianist and Steinway artist Richard Dowling (D.M.A. 1990) will perform the complete piano works of Scott Joplin in two consecutive recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in April 2017, exactly 100 years to the day Joplin died in New York. Dowling will be the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's works in public. His Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin multi-CD set will be released in fall 2016. Dowling will also perform all-Joplin concerts across America throughout 2017, including a recital in Austin at First Presbyterian Church on the Austin Chamber Ensemble's 2016-2017 series. Dowling is well-known and critically acclaimed for his definitive interpretations of George Gershwin and American ragtime and for his scholarly work on Maurice Ravel. More available at www. richard-dowling.com.
Joyce Gilstrap Jones (M.M. 1953)
Lottie Lipscomb Guttry (B.M. 1956)
James Sclater (D.M.A. 1970)
James Jeter (B.M. 1971)
Kathi Thomas (B.M. 1976)
David Caffey (B.M. 1972, M.M. 1974)
Cindy Horstman (M.M. 1981)
Martha Thomas (B.M. 1975, D.M.A. 1987)
Kiyoshi Tamagawa (D.M.A. 1988)
Pola Baytelman (D.M.A. 1990)
Richard Dowling (D.M.A. 1990)
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In 2015, mezzo-soprano Cindy Sadler (B.M. 1990) revisited several signature roles, including her “smartly sung and portrayed” Marquise de Berkenfield in La fille du regiment in her company debut with Mill City Summer Opera; her “amusingly overripe” Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with the New Orleans Opera Association; and Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette in a “standout performance” with Austin Opera. She also made her company debut as Mrs. Quickly in Odyssey Opera’s Sir John in Love, where Boston Classical Review praised her as a “dark-toned presence.” She stage directed The Magic Flute, with her own new translation of the dialogue, for Spotlight on Opera, the professional development program she founded and directs. Under her guidance, Spotlight recently gained 501(c)(3) status, and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season. Sadler also revamped her Business of Singing consultancy with an array of new services and online classes for singers. Upcoming engagements include reprises of her Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera and Marquise de Berkenfield with Austin Opera. She also will stage direct Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Caltagirone, Sicily, and Carmen with Spotlight on Opera in San Marcos, TX. More available at www.cindysadler.com.
Mary Robbins (D.M.A. 1992) presented a session at the 2016 Music Teachers National Association Conference on teaching Mozart performance according to his expression markings. Her article, “Mozart: The Elephant in the Classroom,” was also published this year in the International Journal of Musicology. In addition, her website (joyofmozart.com) was recently launched as a resource for today’s musicians to explore Mozart’s compositional and performing style.
Claire Wachter (D.M.A. 1993) and Dean Kramer (M.M 1975, D.M.A. 1992) returned to Austin to give a two-piano recital and master class at The University of Texas in October 2015. Wachter and Kramer also gave recitals, lectures and master classes during an invited residency at the University of Chile in Santiago. Wachter launched her online video series “The Virtual Piano Pedagogue” in 2015 (virtualpianopedagogue.com), which has been viewed in over 100 countries and generously funded by the Oregon Community Foundation. Steinway Artists Wachter and Kramer are members of the piano faculty at the University of Oregon.
Art Brownlow (D.M.A 1994) was selected as a recipient of the University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016. Brownlow has taught for over 30 years in higher education, currently as professor of music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, he won the 2014-15 College Music Society Instructional Technology Initiative Award, and he was also selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2015. Brownlow’s recent book, Teaching Music History with iPad, is available for free in the Apple iBooks Store.
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Kristen Stoner (Smith) (B.A. 1995), associate professor of flute at the University of Florida, performed a solo recital at the College Music Society International Conference in June 2015. She followed the conference with a European tour, performing and giving master classes in Italy, France, and England. In fall 2015, she formed Duo Anno 1647 with pianist Manabu Takasawa. The group was featured on the Dimanches Musicales concert series at the American Cathedral in Paris and at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music. Stoner was also invited to present at the College Music Society Summit on 21st Century Music School Design at the University of South Carolina. In August 2015 she performed twice, conducting the Collegiate Flute Choir competition winners, and adjudicating the High School Young Artist Competition at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego.
Grayson Wagstaff (M.M. 1990, Ph.D. 1995) is in his second term as dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.. During 2015, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary with a yearlong series of events including a sold-out Kennedy Center Gala featuring some 350 students, faculty and alumni. Other events included concerts featuring all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, newly composed music for the Stations of the Cross, and a celebration of the tradition of musicological research by the school’s faculty and alumni.
Randall Goldberg (B.M. 1996) presented papers at meetings of the American Musicological Society, Allegheny Chapter of the AMS, and the State University of New York Fredonia’s Musicology Lecture Series. He has also published in Notes. Goldberg earned tenure and promotion to associate professor and became director of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in July 2016.
In spring 2016, Sheryl Murphy-Manley (Ph.D. 1996) was selected from over 360 faculty for the Excellence in Teaching Award at Sam Houston State University. Murphy-Manley joined the SHSU faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to full professor in 2013. In 2015 she served as president of the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter, and she is managing editor of the Chapter’s Proceedings publication. She is currently coordinator of the Musicology Area at SHSU, and she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in musicology and research.
Don N. Parker (D.M.A. 1996), professor of music/ percussion and assistant chair at Fayetteville State University, and Geoff Haydon, professor and coordinator of Piano Studies at Georgia State University, have just released a 2nd CD as The Haydon/Parker Duo. Entitled Reunion, it features jazz tunes from the not-so-standard collection of swing, bebop, Latin, fusion and commercial styles in a piano/vibes duo setting with the addition of acoustic bass. The CD is available on iTunes, Amazon or www.parkerlinchmusic.com.
In May 2016 Stephen Burnaman (D.M.A. 1997) performed “Organ Fantasia” on “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by David Parker (B.M. 1969) in an alumni collaboration. The piece was performed on the refurbished sanctuary organ at Hyde Park Baptist Church. Brunaman is chairman of music at Huston-Tillotson University and Parker is a professor of music at Austin Community College.
Susan Gillis Yarad (B.M. 1997) lives in Summit, NJ, and works as Senior Editor at Carnegie Hall. She recently completed the Antarctic Ice Marathon on Union Glacier in Antarctica. It was her 7th marathon and 3rd continent in her quest to join the 7 Continents Marathon Club.
Jenny Ong (B.M. 1997) presents a music marathon fundraiser benefiting Connecticut Kids in Crisis, a nonprofit emergency shelter. The June 2016 concert at Pequot Auditorium in Southport, CT featured the talents of Ong’s Fairfield County pupils and young pianists. Ong holds a B.M. in piano performance and a M.A. in music pedagogy from Columbia University. Ong also trained abroad at Sydney Conservatorium and received advanced certificates from Trinity College of London. Her mentors include the late Danielle Martin, Mykola Suk and Hiroko Nakamura.
Deborah Schwartz-Kates (Ph.D. 1997) received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her forthcoming work on the book, Revealing Screens: The Film Music of Alberto Ginastera. She also received an NEH Summer Stipend and a Provost Research Award from the University of Miami in support of this project. Currently, she serves as an advisory board member of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart-Online. In 2016, she will travel to music conferences and festivals in Basel, Switzerland, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bloomington, Indiana, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Vancouver, BC to participate in celebrations to honor the Argentine composer, Alberto Ginastera, in the 100th year anniversary of his birth.
Music Performance alum David Cloyd (B.M. 1998) is currently hard at work on his third studio album with ECR Music Group, while also serving as the label’s executive vice president of creative operations and running his own imprint, Hook & Ladder Records. He has also been a part of I Respect Music, a grassroots artist’s advocacy group started by recording artist, producer and label owner Blake Morgan. The group’s petition to get American artists paid for radio play created the largest spontaneous grassroots movement in American music history. It played a crucial role in the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015, a landmark bill. Visit www.irespectmusic.org to sign the petition and learn how you can show your support.
Kristen Stoner (Smith) (B.A. 1995)
Deborah Schwartz-Kates (Ph.D. 1997)
David Cloyd (B.M. 1998)
Kendra Welton-Lipman (B.M. 1998)
Anthony Lanman (B.M. 2000)
Jacob Harrison (B.M. 2001)
Allison Sanders (B.A. 2001)
Ariel Ortega (D.M.A. 2003)
Julee Kim Walker (B.M. 2003)
Michelle L. Herring (B.M. 2004)
David Guidi (D.M.A. 2006)
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Kendra Welton-Lipman (B.M. 1998) is choral director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School of Austin, TX. She just returned from a spring tour of Austria with her select Upper School Madrigal Singers. While in Austria the singers performed full concerts in various historical venues including Vienna’s St. Peter’s Church and the St. Wolfgang Lake Chapel just outside Salzburg. While acapella singing is their mainstay, Welton-Lipman’s Madrigal Singers performed a diverse multi-cultural and contemporary repertoire of music, which includeed piano and percussion accompaniments. Sam Lipman (B.M. 2015), a current master’s student in UT’s music composition program, and spouse to Welton-Lipman, served as the accompanist. In Austin, they enjoy living as part of the residential community on the St. Stephen’s Episcopal School campus with their two young children, Harper and Asher. Annual concerts in the school’s beautiful chapel are always open and free to the public. More information available at www.sstx.org/choir.
Micheal Gonzales (B.M. 1999) is beginning his 18th year as a music teacher and chorus director in the Valley Central School District in Montgomery, NY. Gonzales also directs the Middle School Select Chorus, which has performed across New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. This spring the Select Chorus participated in its first New York State School Music Association Majors festival and earned a Gold rating. Also an active performer, Gonzales has sung with the Rhinebeck Choral Club, the State University of New York New Paltz College-Community Chorale, and the Columbia University Teachers College Chorale. In addition, Gonzales is currently the guitarist in a popular local jazz quintet Soulia and the Sultans. He lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with his wife Carie (B.S. 1999) and their two daughters, Eleanor and Vivian. More info available at souliaandthesultans.com
Catherine McGuire (B.M. 1999), after deciding to pursue another passion in public service in 2002 and working for the City and County of San Francisco for 11 years, has taken a position as the chief financial officer of the ASan Francisco Police Department. She continues to play bass in a local community orchestra and is constantly learning new styles of music. Currently, she is exploring the world of electronic music, an appetite for which she whetted at the Butler School of Music.
2000s Shaun Hillen (B.M. 2000) is pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology at Arizona State University. Prior to this, he worked as a teacher candidate supervisor and string methods instructor while earning a M.M. in music education (also from ASU). This followed a twelve-year career teaching high school band, elementary general music, and elementary and junior high orchestra in the Texas public school districts of Victoria, Copperas Cove, Conroe, and Katy. 24 | Alumni Updates
In 2015, Anthony Lanman (B.M. 2000) premiered his first concerto for electric guitar in Madison, WI with the percussion ensemble, Clocks In Motion, as both composer and electric guitar soloist. He is currently fulfilling commissions for percussionist Kyle Lutes, new music pianist Holly Roadfeldt, and chamber orchestra Chatterbird. In 2016, Anthony also joined the faculty of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.
Alan Guckian (B.M.2001) was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator award. Out of 4500 music educators nominated, he made it into the top 25. He has also recently been named a quarter-finalist for the 2017 award. Guckian continues to teach band and orchestra at Eastside Memorial High School in Austin, where his program was recently honored by the mayor and city council. He performs regularly in the central Texas area, and his trombone quartet has been selected to perform at many venues, including the TMEA Convention in San Antonio and the Capitol Rotunda in Austin.
Jacob Harrison (B.M. 2001) is the director of orchestral activities and associate professor of music at Iowa State University. He had his ballet-conducting debut in December 2015, leading performances of The Nutcracker with Ballet Arizona and The Phoenix Symphony. Additionally, in 2015 he led the “Pops on the River” and “Home for the Holidays” concert series with the Chattanooga Symphony. Upcoming in the fall of 2016 he will lead the Iowa All-State Orchestra.
Allison Sanders (B.A. 2001) has had a very rewarding career in the arts, all stemming from her time at the Butler School of Music. She has recently decided to change careers and follow her passion for animals and science, and has been accepted to the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Allison will begin her studies in the fall of 2016.
Francisco J. Cabán-Vales (D.M.A. 2003) performed the Puerto Rican premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s 2nd Violin Concerto Op.61 in a concert with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. The concert took place in May 2016 at the Pablo Casals Symphonic Hall of San Juan. The PRSO was conducted by Music Director Maximiano Valdes. In a review, the performance was praised for its “tenderness, strength, and beauty.”
Ariel Ortega (D.M.A. 2003) has just completed his 14th year teaching choral music and his 7th year in the Bartlesville Public Schools in Oklahoma. Although he acknowledges being in enemy territory, Oklahoma has been very good to him. In February 2015, he was selected as the Teacher of the Year for the Bartlesville Public Schools. Ortega’s choirs at Central Middle School have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and sight-reading contests, and have won the Sweepstakes Award at the Heartland Music Festival every time they have competed.
Additionally, his 8th grade treble choir was selected to perform as an honor choir at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention in January 2016. Ortega and his wife Yeni are kept very busy by their two young boys, Julian (aged 4) and Daniel (aged 2).
Melody Rich (D.M.A. 2003), has been named associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at Hardin-Simmons University where she is currently associate professor of voice.
Julee Kim Walker (B.M. 2003) is assistant professor of flute at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is also the artistic director and host of the Texas Summer Flute Symposium. In March 2016, Walker traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to appear as guest artist at the Guri Project and as soloist with Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão. In April 2016, she was awarded the Texas A&M University-Commerce Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. Also in April, she performed as a featured artist with the Houston Flute Club Flute Fest, and gave performances at Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, Richland College, Eastfield College, and the Dallas Public Library. She performs regularly with FlutAria!, the Sherman Symphony, and Lyric Stage, and has performed with the Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony. Walker resides in downtown Dallas with her husband Brian, trumpet professor at Tarleton State University. She received her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and D.M.A. from the University of North Texas.
Joanne Britz (M.M. 1993, D.M.A. 2004) has been promoted to the rank of full professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Pittsburg State University, effective fall 2016. Britz has been at Pittsburg State University since 2001.
In December of 2015, Brian S. Cassidy (B.M. 2002, M.M. 2004) released his debut solo album, Alpine Seas. The record will be re-released in Europe by French label Microcultures in September 2016. Cassidy is also the founder of the Wren & Shark Record Collective, a nonprofit record label where all proceeds go directly to the artist. As a multi-instrumentalist and arranger with the band Okkervil River, Brian appeared on NPR, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Company, Austin City Limits on PBS, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Michelle L. Herring (B.M. 2004) is assistant professor of music education at Columbus State University, where she teaches undergraduate courses in elementary and choral music methods and conducts the community children’s chorus, Voices of the Valley. She earned a Ph.D. and M.M. in music education from the University of North Texas. Prior to graduate work, Herring taught middle school choir for eight years in Austin, TX, where she was recognized as “Teacher of the Year.” While teaching in the public schools, Herring was instrumental in transforming her campus into a fine arts academy.
Rebecca Fairweather Haskins (M.M. 2005) was appointed adjunct instructor of oboe at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in fall 2015, as well as principal oboe of the Temple Symphony. She took on these positions in addition to her ongoing roles as principal oboe of the Brazos Valley Symphony and second oboe of the Round Rock Symphony. Fall 2015 also marked her return to private teaching after three years of hiatus spent caring for her three young daughters.
Erik Heine (Ph.D. 2005) is a full professor at Oklahoma City University. His first book, James Newton Howard’s Signs: A Film Score Guide, was published in January 2016. He also presented at the Voicing the Soundtrack Conference, held in Austin in honor of David Neumeyer in April 2016. In May, Erik was appointed as assistant director of the Honors Program at Oklahoma City University.
Mike Vernusky (M.M. 2005) was invited to speak and perform at the inaugural Festival Internacional de Música Experimental in Sáo Paulo, Brazil. While there, he spent two weeks as an artist in residence attending concerts, presenting his work, and meeting other composers from across Brazil. Vernusky was also an invited composer at the Mise-En Music Festival in June, where his piece Thou was performed at the Taipei Cultural Center.
Joshua Bennetch (M.M. 2006) founded Harrisonburg Music School in order to provide quality piano instruction for piano students in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He plans to expand by providing lessons for other instruments within the next year. You can find out more about his studio, located in downtown Harrisonburg, at hburgmusic.com.
David Guidi (D.M.A. 2006) currently directs the jazz band and teaches applied saxophone at Southwestern University, and recently took on the position of assistant dean of students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin. He is active as a performer, composer, and clinician with TMEA and other organizations throughout Texas. Along with his wife, Shana (M.M. 2005), and daughter, Charlotte, they recently welcomed Eleanor Grace to the world in April. Shana is the owner and director of Monarch Suzuki Academy (www.monarchsuzukiacademy.com), a director of the Austin Suzuki Institute and advocate for Suzuki education.
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Naseem Khozein (B.A. 2006) has been the head director of Middle School Orchestras at Waco ISD, a 90% poverty district. As a first year teacher, Khozein earned 1s on stage with Tennyson Middle School Orchestra in the UIL competition, and has grown the middle school orchestra program by 50% for next year. She wrote and directed an orchestra promotional video to recruit even more students. Khozein also performs with flamenco guitarist/ singer, Eric Harper, and Persian jazz violinist, Farzad. She performed with the Dallas String Quartet at the Global Women’s Network Summit and was a soloist at the Annual Conference of the Association of the Friends of Persian Culture. In addition to teaching and performing, Khozein has devoted private students and a sweet twoand-a-half-year-old daughter at home, whom she adores.
Valerie Little (M.M. 2006) achieved tenure status as assistant principal librarian with the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2015. She continues to be an active freelancer on viola with the Minnesota Opera and the Mill City String Quartet. The quartet recorded works by Arriaga and Mendelssohn for Minnesota Public Radio in the summer of 2016, and will be performing and teaching in the public schools next year as a MPR Class Notes Artist-in-Residence.
Last season, Soprano Megan Pachecano (B.M. 2006) earned critical acclaim as Anne Page in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera of Boston under the baton of Maestro Gil Rose, in Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival with Orchestra of New Spain as Une Amante Enchantée in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse and Mystery in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. Concert highlights included a solo cabaret recital at the historic Odeon Theater, singing Michal in Ad Astra Music Festival’s semi-staged performances of Handel’s Saul, her first Messiah as a guest artist with Helena Symphony, and the soprano solos in Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder with Denton Bach Society. She returned to Caramoor International Music Festival as a Bel Canto apprentice artist, and was a finalist in the 2015 Shreveport Opera Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition and recipient of The Dr. and Mrs. Bob Robinson Award. In the recording studio, she created the role of Elizabeth on the cast album of Stephen Melillo’s Son of the Storm. This coming season, Pachecano returns to Ad Astra Music Festival to perform Iphis in Handel’s Jephtha, and to Astoria Symphony Orchestra for a pops concert at the Queensborough PAC. She makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in Beethoven’s Fidelio in the spring of 2017.
Natalie Ball (B.M. 2008) and Richard Flores (B.M. 1990) took two performing ensembles from the Southwest High School Band in San Antonio, including 110 students, to perform at Carnegie Hall in March 2016. The performances were in conjunction with the National Band and Orchestra Festival and were adjudicated by H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz, and Craig Kirchoff. Both bands received stellar comments from the adjudicators.
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Michael Benson (M.M. 1995, D.M.A. 2008) became department chair for Music and Visual Arts at Malone University in 2015. He completed a three-year term on the Malone General Education Committee and was elected to the Faculty Senate. In addition, he received promotion and tenure to associate professor. Malone University received Associate Membership in the National Association of Schools of Music and has purchased three new pianos as a part of the Malone All-Steinway School Initiative. During the summer of 2015 Benson, in collaboration with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Dr. Rachel L. Waddell, initiated the first academic music camp, focused on developing chamber music skills for 7-12th graders. He continues to serve Ohio Music Teachers Association as the state chair for Buckeye Auditions and has been elected vice-president of membership for the 2016-18 term. Nationally, Benson continues to serve Music Teachers National Association as chair of the Collegiate Grants Committee. He remains forever grateful to the University of Texas at Austin and the many professors he was privileged to work with during his studies.
Lindsay Gamble (B.M. 2008) is currently the director of bands at Pleasant Ridge Middle School in Overland Park, Kansas. In August 2015, she and her husband David welcomed their first child, John.
John Irving (B.A. 2005, B.M. 2008) was appointed director of choral activities this fall at Christopher Newport University where he conducts the chamber choir and women’s chorus, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. After graduating from UT, John taught at Fordham High School for the Arts in New York City, located in the poorest congressional district in the US. His choirs collaborated with conductors Marin Alsop and David Robertson and performed at Carnegie Hall where the New York Times praised their performance as “not just exuberant but polished and precise.” John was also founding choral workshop director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute “Count Me In” program, an initiative that delivers musical instruction to middle school students whose schools are without a choral music program. He recently earned a master’s degree from Westminster Choir College and doctorate in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, and served as interim music director of the Denton Bach Society. In addition to his responsibilities at CNU, John is artistic director of the Ad Astra Music Festival, which brings together emerging young artists, community members, and professional musicians for three weeks every summer in central Kansas. Martin McCain (M.M. 2006, D.M.A. 2008), associate professor of trombone at Texas State University, received the Presidential Distinction Award in teaching. He released his third solo CD, Trombone Czar: The Extended Version, which received two Global Music Awards in addition to being featured in the Billboard magazine as an emerging artist. McCain performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and has been engaged to play contrabass trombone in the Croatian National Opera’s production of Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder.
He served on the faculty at the SliderAsia Music Festival, Brazilian Trombone Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Martin was also a guest soloist with the United States Army Brass Quintet at the American Trombone Workshop and gave the South American premiere of James Kessler’s Concerto for bass trombone and orchestra with the Orchestra Sinfonica da Universidade Federal da Paraiba in Brazil.
Valerie Little (M.M. 2006)
Megan Pachecano (B.M. 2006)
Michael Benson (M.M. 1995, D.M.A. 2008)
Martin McCain (M.M. 2006, D.M.A. 2008)
Jennifer Iverson (Ph.D. 2009)
Cherise Lagasse (B.M. 2009)
Sarunas Jankauskas (D.M.A. 2011)
Nathan Koch (D.M.A 2011)
Artina McCain (D.M.A. 2011)
Dana Zenobi (M.M. 2003, D.M.A. 2011)
Johan Botes (D.M.A 2012)
Patrick A. Scott (M.M. 2010, D.M.A. 2012)
Daniel Gee (M.M. 2009) received tenure as assistant principal violist with the Austin Opera and Austin Lyric Opera.
Jennifer Iverson (Ph.D. 2009) has taken a job as assistant professor of theory in the music department at the University of Chicago. She previously worked as assistant professor at the University of Iowa. She is currently writing a book about electronic music at midcentury, and enjoys spending time with her two children Ian (aged 7) and Della (aged 5).
Austin Kimble (B.M. 2009) is an Austin-based pianist, musical director, educator, conductor, composer, and arranger whose career has spanned the worlds of jazz, classical, musical theatre, and pop music. Kimble is known for his versatility, creativity, and brilliant musicianship. He is the 2015 recipient of the Broadway World Austin Award for “Best Musical Direction,” and toured Tokyo last summer with his jazz quartet. He performs with numerous bands including The Kimbles (meetthekimbles.com), the Austin Kimble Trio (facebook.com/AustinKimble), JazzBonez, and the Jazz Inc Big Band. Kimble teaches music classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. His experience as an educator includes all instruments and skill levels, specializing in jazz piano, trumpet/brass, and vocal coaching.
Soprano Cherise Lagasse (B.M. 2009) has embarked upon an international career, having already worked with the renowned Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice singer in her home state of New Mexico and now in opera houses throughout Europe. Lukow performed the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the direction of Sherrill Milnes at the Estates Theatre in Prague. A review by The Prague Post labeled her participation with the 2015 Prague Summer Nights Festival as a “standout among the young talent.” Naji Hakim described Lukow’s participation in the soprano solo of his contemporary composition “Magnificat” as radiant.
Jason Peña (B.M. 2009) was recently promoted to staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps in April 2016. He currently performs as a Soprano Bugler in “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Peña performed during Fleet Week in New York at Times Square, the 9/11 Memorial and Liberty State Park. Aside from his performing responsibilities, he is the chief music librarian for his unit.
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As a section leader, Peña directs, guides and conducts rehearsals for the Marines under his care. He plays “Taps” at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen Marines every month, and during Friday Evenings as a crowd educator he presents knowledge of Marine Barracks to visiting guests. He travels over 50,000 miles annually performing all over the US for military families and dignitaries. His career performance highlights include joint performances with the New York Philharmonic in 2011 and at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in 2014. He also serves at National Community Church.
Thomas Dempster (M.M. 2004, D.M.A. 2010) was appointed assistant professor of music theory and composition at Claflin University as of August, 2016. At Claflin, Dempster teaches the core theory sequence, aural skills, counterpoint, composition, and bassoon. Dempster previously served on the faculties of South Carolina State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the Governor’s School of North Carolina. He has enjoyed recent performances of his compositions at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference, the National Association of Composers USA National Conference, the New Music on the Bayou Festival, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, the New York City Electronic Music Festival, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Music Symposium, and the International Double Reed Society. He recently received recognition and grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Music Teachers Association, and held a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts from January to February of 2016. This past summer, he was an invited composer for the Osage Arts Community Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium.
2010s Flutist Stephanie Ray (B.M. 2010) moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 2010 to begin her Master of Music program at the Peabody Conservatory. A self-proclaimed activist for new music, Stephanie serves as the artistic director of the Baltimore-based new music collective, the Lunar Ensemble. The Lunar Ensemble has held residencies at the Frost School, Fredonia, Tulane and Peabody, and has been featured at the PARMA Music Festival, Brooklyn’s New Music Bake Sale, and most recently at the New Music Gathering. Celebrating their seventh season this fall, the group is working with students from the Maryland Institute College of Art to create large installations for a concert inspired by Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King. Ray co-founded and co-organizes the underground classical music movement, Classical Revolution Baltimore, and collaborates with local artists like the Baltimore Boom-Bap Society, EMBODY, Alash Ensemble, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Ray led the Classical Revolution National Conference this past fall in Baltimore. Along with running her own private lesson studio, she regularly performs with the Annapolis Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony. 28 | Alumni Updates
Clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas (D.M.A. 2011) has been appointed as the assistant professor at James Madison University, School of Music. Since 2012 he has served on faculty at Wichita State University and as principal clarinetist of the Wichita Symphony.
Nathan Koch (D.M.A 2011) recently completed is fourth year as the assistant professor of bassoon at Sam Houston State University. He enjoyed an active year of teaching and performing, including engagements with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, and a concert at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo with his double reed ensemble, Quartex.
Paul Marbach (B.A. 2011), along with a team of fellow alumni, has been working hard developing Picardy, a music theory and ear training app. Recently, he moved to New York where he will be working as a software developer for Uber.
Artina McCain (D.M.A. 2011) will join the faculty of the University of Memphis as assistant professor of piano. She will also release Legacy, a solo album of works by American composers.
Bibiana Vergine (B.M. 2009, M.M. 2011) received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Princeton University in January 2016. Her dissertation was entitled “The Hymns of Medieval Southern Italy: Music, Politics, and the Transformation of Local Liturgical Song.”
Recipient of a 2014 Citation for Inspiration in Teaching from The American Prize, soprano Dana Zenobi (M.M. 2003, D.M.A. 2011) was selected as a national finalist (Art Song, Professional Division) for the third consecutive year in 2015. In October, Zenobi premiered “Love While You May” with trombonist Eileen Meyer Russell. Other performance highlights include Achsah in Handel’s “Joshua” with the San Gabriel Chorale and music by Steve Reich with line upon line percussion. She presented songs by the Boulanger sisters at the American Colleges of the Southwest Gender Studies Conference, and a recital of art song by women composers with Dr. Chuck Dillard. Zenobi is on the faculty at Southwestern University, where she is the founder and director of the Sarofim Vocal Competition for high school singers. She was recently elected secretary of the South Texas National Association of Teachers of Singing chapter, and directs BELTA (www. belta.org), a nonprofit that provides free crowdfunding services to artists. In May 2015, Zenobi and her family welcomed their second child.
Johan Botes (D.M.A 2012) has been assistant professor of piano at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) since fall 2014. He has most recently appeared as soloist with the Bainbridge Symphony in Seattle, with fellow Longhorn Wesley Schultz (D.M.A 2010) conducting, as well as the Juneau Symphony in Alaska.
Apart from being in demand as judge and guest teacher at various universities and state music associations, Botes also co-created the annual Austin Piano Festival with Matthew McLaughlin and Michael Schneider. 2016 marks the fourth anniversary of the festival.
Christopher L. Diaz (M.M. 2012) is finishing his Ph.D. in digital composition from The University of California at Riverside. His dissertation is focused on three dimensional composing and aural symmetry.
Lane Harder (D.M.A. 2012) premiered his Prelude and Fugue in D-Flat Major by marimba soloist Makoto Nakura at the Queens New Music Festival in May of 2016. Phillip O’Banion’s recording of Harder’s solo piece for percussion and electronics, “The Void,” was released on the album Digital Divide in April of 2016. Voices of Change presented SMU’s Meadows Percussion Ensemble, Jon Lee, conductor, in a performance of Harder’s song cycle, “La Razon del Viaje,” for mezzo-soprano, piano, and percussion quartet on a subscription concert at Dallas City Performance Hall in March 2016. Harder’s marimba quartet, “Africa Hocket,” was performed by the Aledo High School Percussion Ensemble at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, TX. Imperial Brass performed Harder’s transcription of Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” on a subscription concert in September 2015. Harder presented a talk entitled “Contrapuntal Motive in Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello” at the 2015 European American Musical Alliance Summer Program in Paris, France. Ballet Lubbock and the Texas Tech University Percussion Ensemble choreographed a work to Harder’s percussion octet, “Carey,” for its dance show Percussion Pointe in 2015. Harder was appointed lecturer of music composition and theory at SMU in 2016.
Abigail Mace (D.M.A. 2012) gave a guest artist residency at Butler University in March 2016, presenting a collegelevel piano master class and a solo concert at EidsonDuckwall Recital Hall. This appearance was a part of Mace’s Scandinavian concert tour, “Nordiske Minder,” featuring works by Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian composers. Mace is currently performing this program at venues across the Midwest. Her paper on Bach pedagogy, “Balking at Bach: Inspiring Successful and Enthusiastic Performances of J. S. Bach’s Keyboard Works in Resistant Students,” was presented at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association in June 2016 and will be presented at the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association conferences in October of 2016. Mace is a member of the faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp where she teaches applied piano, chamber music, and piano seminar.
In 2016, Patrick A. Scott (M.M. 2010, D.M.A. 2012) was named in The Diapason as one of 20 leaders under the age of 30. Selections came from a field that included over 130 nominees who were evaluated based on career advancement, technical skills, creativity & innovation, and awards & competition prizes.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in music from the Butler School in 2012, Will Thothong (B.A. 2012) has since also graduated with a B.S. in nutrition. This year, out of over 2,000 applicants, Thothong was 1 of 200 selected for an interview for the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston, and is currently waitlisted for the incoming class this fall. Aside from school, Thothong is happily married, living in Austin, and is doing plenty of traveling before dental school begins.
Rebecca Atkins (B.S. 1994, Ph.D. 2013) will join the music education faculty this fall at the University of Georgia as assistant professor of music education. Previously she was assistant professor of music education and the coordinator of music education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In early spring 2017, look for Rebecca’s article in the Journal of Research in Music Education. Page Stephens (M.M. 2013) made her Austin musical debut in September as Yvonne in Austin Shakespeare’s production of Sunday in the Park with George. She had a busy fall performing at UT: she was the mezzo soloist in King David with the UT Choirs and Wind Ensemble, sang Ravel’s “Histoires Naturelles” with D.M.A. collaborative pianist Chien-Lin Lu in Pale Blue’s UT performance of “Sehr Flash,” and sang Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Simple Songs” with the UT New Music Ensemble. In March, she premiered “Stücke Surréalistes,” three new songs for singer, viola, and steel drum by Russell Podgorsek (D.M.A. 2013) as part of the Fine Arts Library Excessive Noise series. Stephens also performed in a concert of mostly baroque music with Professor Rick Rowley and talented Butler School students. This May she performed Steve Reich’s “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ” with line upon line percussion. Additionally, she sang on Reich’s famous “Drumming” in a fantastic collaboration between line upon line percussion and the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company entitled “More or Less.” Stephens launched her website this spring: pagestephens.com.
Under the direction of Kevin Jedele (B.M. 1999) and Alyssa Trittin (B.M. 2013), Lake Travis Middle School Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the National Concert Band Festival in March 2016. Their students performed on the Campus of Butler University as part of the festival. Jedele lives in Austin with his wife and two sons, and performs with the Austin Symphonic Band in addition to his middle school teaching responsibilities. Trittan also lives in Austin and performs with the Cedar Park Winds.
The Texas Guitar Quartet (TxGQ), which consists of Isaac Bustos (M.M. 2004, D.M.A. 2010), Jonathan Dotson (M.M. 2007, D.M.A. 2010), Alejandro Montiel (B.M. 2002, D.M.A. 2009), and Joseph Williams II (D.M.A. 2013), has been extraordinarily busy in the past year. Highlights include performing with Grammy winning artists the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Conspirare Company of Voices, along with the Dublin Guitar Quartet in the world premier of a new work for by American composer Nico Muhly at Bass Concert Hall in April 2015. Alumni Updates | 29
In July 2015, the TxGQ performed a series of concerts in Palencia, Spain, as artists in residence for Camino Artes. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the quartet has had performing and/or teaching engagements at Roosevelt University, The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Texas A&M University, The Abiline Philharmonic, and others. This summer, TxGQ traveled to Nicaragua for several performances of the Concerto Andaluz by Joaquin Rodrigo with the Nicaraguan National Orchestra, and began recording their second full length CD consisting of their own arrangements of orchestral works by Mozart and Ravel.
Bassoonist Pearson Altizer (B.M. 2014) performed concerts with the Philadelphia, San Antonio, and New World Symphony Orchestras. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut playing principal on Mahler Symphony 1 with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. This summer he joins the development team at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.
Austin Bradley (M.M. 2014) and Natalie Cummings (M.M. 2012) met during their time in the Butler Opera Center and married in 2014. Together, they manage Bradley Music Studio, catering to 100+ voice and beginning piano students of all ages in the Austin area. They teach in their home and out of area schools, helping students achieve their individual goals and aspirations. Of particular note for 2015-2016 year are: admissions to top-tier colleges with substantial scholarship for pursuit of a music degree, three All-State Choir members, Classical Singer Competition finalist, two Sarofim competition winners, three SMART Opera finalists, and countless top ratings at UIL Solo and Ensemble competition and Region Choir members. In addition to private teaching, the Bradleys are sought after clinicians and consultants on topics ranging from All-State Choir audition preparation and college admissions processes to the effective running of a private studio. They perform frequently and—when possible—together, and have appeared this year with Austin Baroque Orchestra, Austin Playhouse, Beerthoven, and Spotlight on Opera.
After spending two years abroad as a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Steven Snowden (D.M.A. 2014) has maintained a busy schedule as a full-time freelance composer. In addition to numerous chamber and large ensemble commissions, he was selected from 457 applicants as winner of the 2016 American Composers Forum National Competition and the 2015 Lydian String Quartet Prize, the largest chamber music commissioning prize of its kind in the US.
Rolando O. Velazquez, Jr. (M.M. 2014) just completed his second year of the Doctorate of Music program in trombone at Indiana University. He is currently in the studio of Peter Ellefson. Velazquez has performed with many large ensembles and chamber groups in the Jacobs School of Music, such as the Concert Orchestra, University Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and the IU Brass Quintet. 30 | Alumni Updates
He also performs with the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic. In June of 2015, Velazquez attended the Cleveland Trombone Seminar as a participant, and was a finalist in the Seminar’s Mock Orchestral Audition. Velazquez also served as the associate instructor of trombone for the 2015-16 school year, with duties that included teaching private lessons, organizing audition weekend activities, and assisting the trombone faculty with numerous projects.
Clarinetist Pam Wilkinson (M.M. 2014) is an active freelancer and private teacher in the Austin area. This year she founded the Balcones Reed Quintet, which has performed several concerts over the 201516 season. She performs regularly with the Austin Chamber Music Center’s educational outreach program and gives performances through Symphony of Soul, an organization dedicated to sponsoring concerts in residential medical and retirement facilities. In fall 2015, Pam joined the performance faculty at Concordia University Texas in addition to teaching students in middle and high school. During the summers, Wilkinson is on the woodwind faculty of Friends Music Camp, located in Richmond, Indiana. Wilkinson also regularly performs at her church and as a guest at a number of other churches in the area.
Steven Brennfleck (D.M.A. 2015) formed a professional choir, the Ars Longa Ensemble, based in Austin. The group’s members include many current and former UT students. Brennfleck continues to maintain an active professional singing career. Upcoming performances include appearances with the Portland Opera, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, and the American Bach Soloists. He recently returned to BSoM to perform the role of the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Dr. James Morrow and the UT Chamber Singers.
Wayne Ching (B.M. 2013, M.M. 2015) joined the Cactus Pear Music Festival’s 20th season as a festival artist this summer, performing chamber music concerts across south Texas. He appeared alongside principal musicians from orchestras across the U.S. including Minnesota, San Antonio, and North Carolina.
Eli Fieldsteel (D.M.A. 2015) has accepted a tenuretrack position at The University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign as assistant professor of music composition and director of the experimental music studios.
Matt Hightower (D.M.A. 2015) was hired on as visiting assistant professor of tuba/euphonium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in August 2015. In February 2016 he performed on the college teacher’s recital at the United States Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Washington D.C. He was recently offered the tenure track position at A&M-Kingsville and will continue in the fall as an assistant professor.
Since his graduation, Dillon Sparks (B.A. 2015) has gone on to be an active producer/DJ in the Central Texas region. Wall of Sound Productions signed him in early February 2016, facilitating performances at corporate functions, weddings, and clubs. During the weekdays he works as a product design specialist for Music Computing, a music technology company that designs and constructs touchscreen monitors and custom production keyboard stations used by such artists as Madonna, Korn, Keith Emerson, Maroon 5, and Prince. One of his endeavors includes collaboration with a band of his colleagues, Chic-A-D, which fuses elements of jazz with the timbres and techniques used in electronic dance music. Exact dates for their much anticipated album tour will be announced soon.
This spring, Katie Chapman (B.M. 2014, M.M. 2016) completed her M.M. in ethnomusicology with a focus in Latin American music. Her masterâ€™s report demonstrates how the Cuban rumba can be studied to further understand Cuban gender identity by observing the voice. Following graduation, Chapman began a new full time position at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. There she is doing administrative work on a $3.5 million grant project that is studying audience building in performing arts nonprofit organizations. In her new-found, postgraduate school free time, Chapman is enjoying the Texas sunshine and rekindling her love of cooking and performing.
Page Stephens (M.M. 2013)
Russell Podgorsek (D.M.A. 2013)
Pearson Altizer (B.M. 2014)
Steven Snowden (D.M.A. 2014)
Rolando O. Velazquez, Jr. (M.M. 2014)
Pam Wilkinson (M.M. 2014)
Steven Brennfleck (D.M.A. 2015)
Eli Fieldsteel (D.M.A. 2015)
Matt Hightower (D.M.A. 2015)
Katie Chapman (B.M. 2014, M.M. 2016)
Kevin Jones (D.M.A. 2016) has been appointed assistant professor of jazz trombone at the Florida State University College of Music.
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Assistant Professor of Clarinet
Senior Lecturer in Music and Human Learning
Appointed by Maestro Louis LangrĂŠe to the position of Principal Clarinet in 2014, Jonathan Gunn joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2004 as the associate principal and E-flat clarinetist, and served as acting principal from 2010 to 2014. Previously Gunn was the principal clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic from 1998 to 2004. In addition to his tenured positions, Gunn has performed as guest principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has also played with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh and the Colorado Symphony Orchestras.
Amy Simmons most recently served as assistant professor of instrumental music education at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before receiving her Ph.D. in music and human learning from The University of Texas at Austin, Simmons was a band director in the Lewisville Independent School District. She is the current chair of the Instructional Strategies Research Interest Group for the National Association for Music Education and has been a longtime member of the State Research Committee for the Texas Music Educators Association. Since 1990, Simmons has performed as an active freelance oboist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, San Antonio Lyric Opera, Camerata Chamber Winds, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
Committed to the education of the next generation of clarinetists, Gunn gives masterclasses around the country, and has served on the faculty of the BuffetCrampon Summer Academy. In 2015, Gunn will teach at the Aria Academy. Gunn was on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and shared in the duties of overseeing the clarinet department. He has also been on the faculty at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Goshen College, Andrews University and Seton Hill University. Born in Sheffield, England, Gunn started his musical career playing violin and piano and began studying the clarinet after moving to the United States at age eleven. He received a Bachelor of Music from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Master of Music from Duquesne University. Gunn is married to Jennifer Gunn, who plays piccolo and flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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In the Fall of 2010, she was also on the faculty of Texas State University School of Music as an assistant professor of instrumental music education. Simmonsâ€™ ongoing research on human learning and memory has generated many publications in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. She has presented her work in 30 international, national, and state conference venues.
James Buhler joined the University of Texas music faculty in 1999 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2005. Buhler chaired the Graduate Studies Committee in Music from 2010-15 and has been director of the Center for American Music since 2012. He teaches courses in form and analysis and in music and media, his principal area of research. He is the coauthor of Hearing the Movies, now in its second edition from Oxford University Press, coeditor of Music and Cinema, one of the best known scholarly anthologies on music and film, and is author of more than two dozen published scholarly articles in the area of music and media.
Charles Carson is a musicologist whose interests are African-American/American expressive cultures, popular music, jazz, film music, and music and culture.
Professor of Music Theory
This past year, he organized, along with Hannah Lewis (assistant professor of musicology in the Butler School), Voicing the Soundtrack, a symposium of top scholars in the field of music and media who gathered to honor David Neumeyer, professor emeritus. He is currently organizing the fourth North American Conference on Video Game Music, which will be hosted by the Butler School in January 2017.
Associate Professor in Musicology
A graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Carson is a former Howard Mayer Brown Fellow for the American Musicological Society. He received his Ph.D. in music history from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation entitled â€œBroad and Market: At the Crossroads of Race and Class in Philadelphia Jazz, 1956-1980.â€? He has presented and published in a number of venues, on topics ranging from theme park music to smooth jazz. Carson has been promoted to associate professor of musicology.
Buhler is currently finishing a book, Theories of the Soundtrack, for Oxford University Press and has been named series editor of California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media, published by the University of California Press. Buhler has been promoted to professor of music theory.
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Faculty Updates Elliott Antokoletz, professor of musicology, continues as editor of the new book series entitled Sources and Studies in Music History from Antiquity to the Present, a Verlag Peter Lang publication. He also continues as the New Series editor of the International Journal of Musicology. Antokoletz chaired the session on 20th century music in a meeting held by the International Musicological Society at the Juilliard School of Music in June 2015. As part of that session he presented a lecture entitled “Consistency Versus Deconstruction: Evolution of the Interval Cycles in Twentieth-Century Music from Stravinsky, Berg and Bartók to Perle.” His book on Stravinsky’s Russian ballets, in progress, will be his 12th publication. His 2014 book, titled A History of TwentiethCentury Music will appear this month in paperback (Routledge 2016). Antokoletz was in residence for three days at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (March 2016) to present a series of master classes on the Bartók string quartets. He was also invited to Trinity University (April 2016) to present a seminar on the history and genesis of the New York Bartók Archive, and to give a public lecture on the transformation of eastern European folk music sources in Bartók’s music. Ezekiel Castro, lecturer and director of the UT Mariachi Ensemble, was asked to contribute to an article regarding the earliest established viola ensemble in the United States by the Journal of the American Viola Society (vol. 32, no. 1, Spring 2016). In the spring of 1958, the UT Viola Ensemble had performed in numerous locations across the New York area, culminating in a concert at Carnegie Hall. Castro was interviewed on the subject and provided a 1958 photograph with Governor of Texas Price Daniel, Professor of Viola Albert Gillis and the seven members of the UT Viola Ensemble. In May 2016, Castro was awarded the Carlos E. Casteñeda Academic Excellence Award by UT Austin Latino Community Affairs for being the faculty commencement speaker at the spring 2016 Latino Graduation. Not only did this event celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments, it also recognized the parents, guardians, and mentors whose support and encouragement helped foster their success. Robert DeSimone, professor in opera and director of the Butler Opera Center, was an invited judge at the XVIII Concurso Internacional Canto Lirico in Peru, the most important voice competition in Latin America, where he presented two master classes on arias by Puccini. DeSimone directed the Butler Opera Center productions of Hansel and Gretel, Three Decembers and The Dialogues of the Carmelites. During the summer he directed a new production of Madame Butterfly for the Festival de Opera Panama City and The Magic Flute for the Festival de Opera San Luis (Mexico’s newest opera festival in Sal Luis Potosi), and was a judge for the prestigious El Concurso de Canto “Linus Lerner.”
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Robert Duke, Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning, completed his term as the national chairperson of the Society for Research in Music Education, hosting the National Association for Music Education Biennial Conference in Atlanta. He presented the results of several original research projects at that meeting and at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco. He gave a keynote lecture for the Congreso Internacional de Innovación Educativa in Mexico City, as well as lectures for the Music Teachers National Association, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and the Texas Music Educators Association. He also held brief residencies at the University of Western Ontario, Western Carolina University, University of Saskatchewan, Bowling Green State University, Ohio University and Northwestern University. In August, he was an adjudicator for the first International Arts Olympiad in Taipei, Taiwan. He will begin co-teaching a course on brain and behavior at UT’s new Dell Medical School this fall. Professor of Ethnomusicology Veit Erlmann became co-editor of the new journal Sound Studies, published by Routledge. The inaugural issue appeared in January 2016. As local arrangements committee chair, Erlmann oversaw the smooth operation of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in December 2015. Concurrently, he convened and chaired an international symposium on “Music, Property and Law” that took place at the Julius Glickman Conference Center. During the spring semester Erlmann served on the final selection committee of the National Humanities Center and presented at Duke University his ongoing research project on copyright in the South African music industry. John Fremgen, associate professor of jazz studies, kept a busy schedule performing and teaching. In addition to teaching at the Longhorn Jazz Improvisation Camp, he was also an instructor at the PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp for Kids in Houghton, MI. The camp is an intensive two-week experience for approximately 60 children from around the country that culminates in a full-blown professional rock stage experience. Fremgen taught alongside members of the Alan Parson’s Live Project. He also played several concerts with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross, including a sold-out performance at the Paramount Theater in Austin, a threenight engagement at Disney World as part of the Epcot: Eat to the Beat concert series, a five-night engagement at Billboard Live! in Tokyo and Osaka, and a week-long residence at the Blue Note in Honolulu, HI. Highlights from Professor of Flute Marianne Gedigian’s year include her feature as flutist with strings and piano on a recording with the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players. The album, Finding a Voice: The Evolution of the American Sound, is comprised of music by composers concerned with American contemporary musical identity. The ensemble toured the east coast with this repertoire
and performed at the Butler School. Gedigian presented the east coast premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto Elegia in Boston with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, where she formerly served on faculty. Gedigian presented recitals and masterclasses at the Boston Conservatory and Flutistry Boston. She was also a guest artist at The Consummate Flutist in Pittsburgh. Gedigian returned to the Brevard Music Center as instructor of flute as well as principal flute in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. In addition to a memorable solo recital on harpsichord and piano in UT’s Jessen Auditorium, Associate Professor of Piano Sophia Gilmson helped inaugurate a newly purchased harpsichord at Emporia State University. She says: “What an amazing country this is! I wonder, in my native Russia that is so rightfully proud of its cultural traditions, would I find a beautifully tuned two-manual harpsichord in a town comparable to Emporia, Kansas? Absolutely not. And here they ask me how I would like the harpsichord to be tuned. And when I shyly say: If possible, I prefer meantone, they reply: Of course.” Professor Gilmson was featured on KMFA’s “From the Butler School,” hosted and produced by Dan Welcher, and “Pianoforte,” hosted by Carmel O’Donovan. Gilmson’s residency in Reno, NV, sponsored by the Northern Nevada Music Teachers Association, was greatly enriched by beautiful hiking around Lake Tahoe and in the Sierra Nevada. This summer, Gilmson celebrated her 40th year in the United States. The celebration culminated at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany where, as a favored artist, she is invited back repeatedly. Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Professor of Music Composition Donald Grantham’s La canción desesperada (soprano, baritone, violin and choir) was recorded by Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor) for Harmonia Mundi records and released in September 2015. The soloists were Lauren Snouffer, soprano, James Bass, baritone, and Stephen Redfield, violin. The recording was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. J’ai été au bal was recorded on a disc entitled Wine Dark Sea by the UT Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin conducting. The work was also recorded on a disc entitled Scenes and Variations by the USAF Heartland of America Band for Naxos Records. The War Prayer (baritone and orchestra, based on a text by Mark Twain) was recorded for Longhorn Records with David Small, baritone, and the UT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann. The Contemplations of Hafiz (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and orchestra) premiered in May 2016, presented by Chorus Austin. The 50-minute work was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ensemble. Fantasy on ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ was commissioned by the Big Spring (TX) High School Band (Rocky Harris, conductor) and premiered in December 2015. Grantham has been commissioned to compose a work for the Marine Band to be premiered in December 2016 as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the Midwest Convention. He has also been commissioned to compose a work for the 2017 CBDNA National Convention for the Small Bands Program. Marlene and Morton Meyerson Professor of Music Theory Robert S. Hatten was recently elected president of the Society for Music Theory. He gave four keynote addresses during the spring and summer, drawing from
his forthcoming book on virtual agency in music: at the 13th International Congress on Musical Signification in Canterbury, England, where he also performed Frédéric Chopin’s Ballade in F minor; at the Symposium on Musical Rhetoric at the Boito Conservatory in Parma, Italy, where conservatory students performed scene four of his one-act opera, Compassion; at the Graduate Student Music Conference at The University of Arizona, where he also co-directed a student workshop on form in 19th-century music; and at the international colloquium, “Penser l’art du geste en resonance entre les arts et les cultures,” organized by the Sorbonne in Paris. Hatten served as chair of the program committee for the Semiotic Society of America conference last fall in Pittsburgh, where five of his seminar students gave papers in a session he organized. His article, “Schubert’s alchemy: transformative surfaces, transfiguring depths,” recently appeared in Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Hellmer enjoyed an active year of performing and teaching. He directed the UT Jazz Orchestra in numerous concerts, including their appearance with renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford as part of the Longhorn Jazz Festival. He returned to Marian’s Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland, for a week-long gig with drummer Butch Miles. For the tenth consecutive year, he conducted and performed as a soloist with the Dallas Winds on their concert series. Hellmer performed at UT with visiting saxophonist Chris Potter, and was active at numerous venues on the central Texas scene. His Massive Open Online Course in Jazz Appreciation enjoyed a third successful run on EdX, with over 10,000 students participating. He also directed all-region jazz bands in Austin and Houston, and performed and adjudicated at the Riverside Community College Jazz Festival. He taught at the Idyllwild Arts Jazz Camp as well as at the Longhorn Jazz Camp, and continued to serve as associate director of the Butler School of Music. Music Librarian and Senior Lecturer David Hunter’s book The Lives of George Frideric Handel was published by Boydell and Brewer in November 2015. Dr. Hunter was interviewed on BBC Radio 3 and on KUTX about the book. In January, he was appointed Interim Head of the Fine Arts Library. He will be overseeing the creation of The Foundry, a makerspace with a recording studio, during the summer of 2016 and the redevelopment of the fourth floor of the FAL into new classrooms and offices during the spring and summer of 2017. Mary D. Bold Regents Professor in Music and Human Learning Judith A. Jellison’s new book, Including Everyone: Creating Music Classrooms where All Children Learn, was published by Oxford University Press. She also completed a book chapter in The Child as Musician. Jellison gave the keynote address at the First Colloquium on Inclusive Music Education Research in Cork, Ireland, and presented her research with her co-authors, UT alumnae Laura Brown (Ph.D. 2012) and Ellary Draper (Ph.D. 2014), at the 32nd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Scotland. She and her co-authors also gave eight research and clinic presentations at national conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the American Music Therapy Association, and three research and clinic presentations at the annual conference of the Faculty Updates | 35
Texas Music Educators Association. Jellison currently serves as the chair of TMEA’s newly created Committee on Inclusive Music Education. Professor of Bassoon Kristin Wolfe Jensen presented master classes and performances at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Columbus, GA, The University of Nebraska at Lincoln Double Reed Days and the Texas Double Reed Society Conference at Sam Houston State University. She judged the final round of the biannual Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and served on the panel “MQVC Founders Discuss Gender Issues in Classical Music” during a symposium at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. At home, Professor Jensen soloed with the UT Symphony Orchestra in Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann. She also enjoyed her 11th season with the International Festival Institute at Round Top summer festival and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. As guest Music Director of the UT New Music Ensemble in the spring, Kelly Kuo, music director and conductor of the Butler Opera Center, led collaborations that included a concerto with Professor of Flute Marianne Gedigian and the world-premiere performances of Jake Heggie’s orchestration of At the Statue of Venus. The opera was presented in a double bill with Heggie’s Three Decembers. As interim music director for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Kuo was hailed as “a leader of exceptional musical gifts,” leading critically-acclaimed performances with soloists including Butler School Professor of Double Bass DaXun Zhang. Other highlights included making his conducting debut with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, returning to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to lead a program of opera scenes with the Ryan Opera Center, playing recitals with Butler School Professor of Cello Bion Tsang and the Fenici Trio, leading subscription concerts with the Oregon Mozart Players (including one with soprano Mary Dunleavy, a UT alumna), guiding productions of Hansel and Gretel and The Dialogues of the Carmelites for the Butler Opera Center, and conducting performances with the Malta Youth Orchestra at the Zigzajg Festival, for which he invited Butler School professors Brian Lewis and Roger Myers to join him as string mentors. Delaine Fedson Leonard, senior lecturer in harp, performed two short collaborative recitals in April: one with organist Jeremy Chesman and one with oboist and Butler School Assistant Andrew Parker. In May, she premiered Donald Grantham’s The Contemplations of Hafiz with Chorus Austin, and traveled to Columbus, GA in June to perform with Kristin Wolfe Jensen at the International Double Reed Society Conference. Leonard taught Suzuki Teacher Development Workshops at Utah State University, Henry & Emory College and The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She continues to serve as Educational Group Coordinator for the American Harp Society, and sits on their Grants and Nomination Committees. In addition to attending the AHS National Conference in Atlanta, GA, Leonard adjudicated the 5th Young Artists’ Harp Seminar National Competition in Raburn Gap, GA. In April, the Butler School of Music Harp Studio hosted a performance by AHS Young Artist Katherine Siocchi and the 3rd Harpalooza, a collaborative performance of the University of Texas Harp Ensemble and 43 middle- and high-school harpists from Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock and Odessa. 36 | Faculty Updates
Professor of Violin and holder of the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy Brian Lewis maintains an active performance and teaching career around the globe. He performed concertos with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Northern Lights String Orchestra, St. Bart’s Festival Orchestra, Heifetz Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Toronto at the Glenn Gould School at the Canadian Broadcast Centre. Tours as guest artist and clinician took Lewis to Australia, South Carolina, Germany, St. Barthélemy, Costa Rica, Kansas, Alaska, Japan, Colorado, Virginia and France. Lewis performed a recital of Beethoven sonatas in San Antonio with Butler School colleague Rick Rowley. UT alumna Angela Draghicescu invited Lewis to perform William Bolcom’s Duo Fantasy at her debut concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Lewis continues to serve as artistic director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at UT, the StarlingDeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard and the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS, as well as concertmaster of the St. Bart’s Festival Orchestra in the French West Indies. John Mills, professor of jazz composition and jazz studies, composed the chamber work Winds of Change, which was premiered by the Texas State University Trumpet Ensemble at the National Trumpet Competition. He wrote string arrangements for long-time Count Basie Vocalist Carmen Bradford’s appearance with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, as well as new orchestral arrangements for Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. His brass section arrangements and saxophone performances were featured on Australiabased singer/guitarist Eugene Hideaway Bridges’ CD Hold On, which was nominated for Contemporary Blues Record of the Year at the Blues Awards in Memphis. Mills showcased his original jazz compositions with his band Times Ten at SXSW, where he also performed with Beto y Los Fairlanes and indie-rockers My Jerusalem. He played multiple woodwinds in the pit orchestra for Ballet Austin with Graham Reynolds and Broadway Across America shows Kinky Boots and Motown the Musical. Mills played saxophone for the all-star Eddie Durham Tribute Orchestra and behind such Texas icons as Jimmie Vaughan and Marcia Ball. Mills returned to Canada for the Ottawa BluesFest with The Texas Horns, where they performed as horn section in residence for the 15th year, backing up such prominent artists as Noel Gallagher of the British band Oasis. Robin Moore, professor of ethnomusicology, completed a new edited book collection comparing progressive approaches to applied music pedagogy in university contexts, both within the United States and internationally. The volume, tentatively called Music Futures, has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press and is expected to appear in 2017. He continues to work on a separate book project featuring translated essays by Cuban author Fernando Ortiz on music and dance. Ortiz, one of the founders of Afro-Latin American Studies, is well known to Spanishspeaking readers but remains relatively unknown in the United States. Moore gave invited presentations at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, Syracuse University, Cornell University and elsewhere. He continues to edit the Latin American Music Review Journal.
Roger Myers, professor of viola, enjoyed a year of varied and rewarding activities, which included teaching classes and playing as guest principal viola with the Malta Philharmonic Youth Symphony in three concerts that celebrated the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. The concerts were played at the historic Teatru Manoel in Valletta which, having been built in 1731, is the third oldest continuously operating theater in Europe. In January, Myers recorded a CD in Hamburg, Germany, with the acclaimed French harpsichordist Céline Frisch, of original viola music from the Bach family, featuring works by J.S. Bach and his sons C.P.E., J.C.F. and W.F. Bach. The recording was done on Myers’s Guadagnini viola tuned down to Baroque pitch and using gut strings. It is expected to be released in early 2017. Myers traveled widely teaching master classes and playing at four summer music festivals: the Sunflower Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Festival Institute at Round Top and the Montecito Music Festival in California. Luisa Nardini, associate professor of musicology, completed the revision for her book Interlacing Traditions: Neo-Gregorian Chant Propers in Beneventan Manuscripts (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2016). Her essays have appeared in the Festschrift for Alejandro Planchart, the Oxford Companions to Music and World Christianities and Music and Censorship, and the proceedings of Cantus Planus Study Group (Venice, 2014). She has three forthcoming contributions: writings on the largest Italian collection of medieval music theory, the manuscript Montecassino 318; a book titled Liturgical Hypertexts; and editing the proceedings of the conference “Intersecting Practices in the Production of Sacred Music ca. 1400-ca. 1650.” She offered research presentations at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Sannio (Italy), and presented at symposia at the Radcliffe Institute, the University of Tennessee, at a conference on Dante in Certaldo, Italy, and at the meeting of the Cantus Planus Study Group in Dublin (jointly with Bibiana Vergine). Nardini was a referee for more than ten journals and research institutions and taught two new courses, one for the UT Plan II Honors Program and another, Singing Chant, designed to teach chant according to medieval pedagogy that also resulted in two performances at the Blanton Museum and the UT Fine Arts Library. Anton Nel, holder of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long endowed chair in piano, had another busy season performing and teaching in the United States and abroad. Highlights include concerti, chamber music and recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston and Denver. In Austin he performed a solo recital, a recital with colleague Bion Tsang, as well as the Saint-Saëns “Egyptian” Concerto with the Austin Symphony, led by Peter Bay. Nel appeared as harpsichord and fortepiano soloist in concerti by members of the Bach family with Keith Womer and La Follia Austin Baroque. Increasingly in demand as guest teacher, he taught master classes across the United States and at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. In addition, he gave a series of solo piano and chamber music classes at the Manhattan School of Music as a visiting professor. In May, he traveled to China
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to teach and perform at the Sichuan International Piano Festival in Chengdu, followed by his annual artist-faculty residencies at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. He is ADMTA’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year. Guido Olivieri, senior lecturer in musicology, co-edited the volume Arcomelo 2013 (LIM 2015) that gathers selected papers from the international conference on the 18th-century composer Arcangelo Corelli. He presented this publication in an interview on Italian National Radio. Olivieri has also been the musicology advisor for research into a previously unknown manuscript of Corelli’s violin sonatas. The project included the critical and facsimile editions of the manuscript, with Olivieri’s introductory essay, and the recording of the sonatas by the Ensemble Aurora, for which he wrote the liner notes. A successful CD of concertos by the young French cello virtuoso Edgar Moreau also includes Olivieri’s liner notes. In February 2016, he chaired the local committee of the 7th Biennial National Conference of the Society for 18thCentury Music, which included a well-attended concert by La Follia Austin Baroque of music from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Olivieri published an article on 18th-century Neapolitan instrumental music in the Basler Jarbuch für Historische Musikpraxis and has been invited to Naples to introduce a concert and collaborate on a project to record the repertoire he has rediscovered and studied. In 2015-16, Assistant Professor of Saxophone Stephen Page visited the campuses of Baylor University, Duquesne University, Youngstown State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Minnesota as a guest artist and clinician. In performance, he was featured as a soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble, UT Trombone Choir and the University of Minnesota Celebration Orchestra. Page’s chamber ensemble, Zzyzx Quartet, was featured at both the International Saxophone Symposium hosted by the United States Navy Band and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, where they premiered Barlow Endowment winner Ben Hjertmann’s new work for saxophone quartet. Page served as an adjudicator for the solo competition at the NASA Conference, where he also premiered Gregory Wanamaker’s newest work for saxophone and piano, of Light and Shadows. Mary Ellen Poole, director of the Butler School of Music, took a team of six Butler School faculty to the College Music Society Summit titled “Twenty-First Century Music School Design” at The University of South Carolina, in June 2016. She participated in a panel titled “Elephants, Dinosaurs and Dragon Slayers” on institutional impediments to lasting change. Rick Rowley, senior lecturer in vocal accompanying, spent most of July and August in Salzburg with the FAVA Salzburg program. While there, he coached singers from all over the world in art song, and directed Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor. This year he was again a preliminary judge for the San Antonio International Piano Competition, where he, along with violinist Brian Lewis, also inaugurated their series of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. With Butler School of Music Professor of Tuba Charles Villarrubia, he toured major Texas universities, 38 | Faculty Updates
culminating in a Halloween night concert performance in Bates Recital Hall. In addition to performing, Rowley also read stories and poems on that concert, as he had previously done on a brilliant concert put together by Russell Podgorsek (D.M.A. 2013) earlier in the fall. Rowley gave classes for both pianists and singers at various Texas universities, and played a recital at UT Austin in January, where he was joined by Tamara Sanikidze for Schubert’s Fantaisie in F Minor. With Page Stephens (M.M. 2013), Rowley created a Baroque concert involving student performers from the Butler School. In the fall, he joined conducting alumnus Wesley Schulz for performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 in the Seattle area. During the summer, he began performing and recording the complete Mozart piano sonatas for the Mozart Festival Texas in San Antonio. He is again working with Darlene Wiley and Butler School alumnus Phillip Hill in organizing and programming the Butler Opera Center Young Artists Program. This year, Principal Opera Coach and Lecturer in Opera Studies Tamara Sanikidze enjoyed taking active part in the preparation of Butler Opera Center’s productions of Hansel and Gretel, Three Decembers, At the Statue of Venus and The Dialogues of the Carmelites as well as numerous opera scenes and arias. She considers coaching and mentoring the next generation of opera singers and coaches her most important and satisfying work. Recently Sanikidze joined the voice and vocal piano faculty at Music Academy of the West, where she works alongside the great mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. As an official pianist for Placido Domingo’s Operalia: The World Opera Competition, Sanikidze traveled to London to perform on stage at the Royal Opera House. She took part in the preparation of a well-received production of The Barber of Seville with the San Francisco Opera and played a recital with Quinn Kelsey and Marjorie Owens for Performance Santa Fe. This summer, Sanikidze will return to Music Academy of the West, travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, for Operalia, and perform recitals with Thomas Hampson and Leah Crocetto. Next fall, she will return to the San Francisco Opera to work on Francesca Zambello’s new production of Aida. Sonia Tamar Seeman, associate professor of ethnomusicology, facilitated a Pakistani-based fusion project, Sangat, with students and faculty from the Butler School and the National Academy of Performing Arts (Karachi, Pakistan). Three concerts in Texas in December 2015 were followed by workshops and three concerts in Karachi in March 2016. Seeman was elected Secretary to the Board of the National Society for Ethnomusicology. Her work on music and gender was presented at the Feminist Theory and Music Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in August, and she served as chair and discussant for the roundtable “Looking Back: Gendered Histories, Herstories and Theirstories of Ethnomusicology Part 1: Foundational Female Voices in Ethnomusicology” at the National Society for Ethnomusicology conference in December 2016. She presented on music as labor at the Open University’s The Hidden Musicians Revisited (Milton-Keynes, England) in January 2016, and on a focused study on the relationship between labor and ethno-national identity formation at the Music of South, Central and West Asia Conference held at Harvard University in March 2016. She wrote the liner notes for the Smithsonian Folkways recording
Playing Til Your Soul Comes Out: Music of Macedonia, released December 2015. She received a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship for 2016-17 and will be conducting field research on music as labor in Turkey. Professor of Ethnomusicology Stephen Slawek presented a paper at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, hosted by the Butler School. A featured event on the conference program was a concert by the UT Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Slawek. To assist in the preparation for this performance, Slawek arranged a one-month residency by Javanese master musician Pak Rasito Purwopangrawit. Slawek, a core faculty affiliate of the UT South Asia Institute, and completed his final year as faculty coordinator of the three-year BSOM-NAPA University Partnership, funded by the US State Department and administered by the South Asia Institute. The culminating project of the partnership, a joint ensemble comprising Pakistani musicians from the National Academy of Performing Arts and students from the Butler School, included the premier performances of an original composition by Slawek in Austin and Karachi, Pakistan. In addition to completing his fifth (and final) two-year term as head of the Musicology/Ethnomusicology division, Slawek continued his service on the editorial board of the Society for Asian Music. He also joined the board of directors of a non-profit organization in New Delhi, Strings and Steps, which is dedicated to the presentation of the classical performing arts of India. Professor of Composition Dan Welcher had an unusually productive year, being on sabbatical for the spring 2016 semester. Awarded a fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, he lived in that glorious and spiritually profound place for three months (late January to late April), working on three projects: The Sun is but a Morning Star (trumpet and carillon), commissioned by Yale University for the 50th anniversary of the Harkness Carillon; As Light as Bird from Brier (soprano saxophone and piano), commissioned by the Butler School of Music for Stephen Page; and Symphony #6, “Three Places in the East,” for wind ensemble, commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles from around the United States. During the fall 2015 semester, Welcher led three performances by the UT New Music Ensemble, which he continues to direct since founding the group in 1979. Visiting composers Anna Clyne and Aaron Jay Kernis were on hand in October and November, respectively, to hear their works performed and to teach. Welcher also enjoyed a three-day residency at The University of Iowa School of Music in February, giving master classes, a public lecture on his music and hearing two large chamber works played at a concert on Valentine’s Day. Senior Lecturer in Violin Sandy Yamamoto started off the 2015-16 academic year coming out of a residency at the Skaneateles Festival in New York with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Amidst her busy teaching schedule, her touring highlights included performing with Eighth Blackbird during the fall season, with world-renowned musicians at the St. Bart’s Music Festival, and being a featured artist at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo. She ended the academic year on a high note, being honored with the 2016 Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award.
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BUTLER OPERA CENTER
The Butler Opera Center’s successful 2015-16 season included: Hansel and Gretel; the world premiere orchestration of At the Statue of Venus on a double bill with Three Decembers (both by Jake Heggie, performed with the composer in residence); The Dialogues of the Carmelites; An American Evening: The Bernstein Project; and opera scenes programs. Partnering for a second year, BOC singers performed in Austin Opera/BOC master classes featuring guest artists as master teachers. Current M.M. students Azalea Laredo and Margaret Jumonville were staff directors for the Opera NEO program in San Diego, and soprano Stephanie Doche (current M.M. student) attended the program as a singer. Jessica Burton (current D.M.A. student) directed for the summer BOC Young Artist Program and for the FAVA program in France.
Current D.M.A. student Celil Refik Kaya was awarded a prestigious Presser Foundation Award to study the music of Carlo Domeniconi with the composer in Turkey. Kaya completed his first recording for Naxos in the fall of 2015, featuring music of Jorge Morel, and he will begin recording a complete series of Domeniconi’s music for the same label in the fall. In June, he won First Prize in Eliot Fisk’s Boston Guitar Festival International Competition. Tyler Rhodes (B.M. 2016) will begin his M.M. degree at the Yale School of Music; he was the only new student accepted into the guitar studio for the fall.
CHAMBER MUSIC After two years in residence at the Butler School, the Cordova Quartet — Matthew Kufchak (A.D. 2016), Andy Liang (A.D. 2016), Niccolo Muti (A.D. 2016) and Blake Turner (M.M. 2016) — graduated from the Young Professional String Quartet Program, playing an impressive final recital to a packed Bates Recital Hall audience in March. FLUTE Recent graduate Timothy Hagen (D.M.A. 2014) won First Prize in the Texas Flute Society’s 31st Annual Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, held in Denton in May 2016. As a member of QuinTexas, Charlotte Daniel (D.M.A. 2015) was awarded the Silver Medal at the 43rd Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Katherine Blair Francis (M.M. 2014) is a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic and was recently named as fellow in the New World Symphony. Daniel Velasco (M.M. 2011) was recently hired as flute instructor at The University of Akron School of Music. In addition to these individual achievements, the entire Butler School flute studio presented a benefit concert to support The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, an organization that provides leadership training for Afghan women studying at American universities. The flute studio collaborated with local high school flutists and provided all publicity, both printed and digital, and live-streaming on YouTube. The event raised over $12,000. 40 | Studio Updates and Student Achievements
HARP In April, the Butler Harp Studio hosted a performance by AHS Young Artist Katherine Siocchi and the third biennial “Harpalooza”, a collaborative performance of the UT Harp Ensemble and 43 middle- and high-school harpists from Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock and Odessa, TX. The concert featured guest performances by Jeremy Chesman, Katherine Siocchi and others. Outside of Austin, current pre-collegiate student Johanna Hein performed by invitation at the USA International Harp Competition’s “Stars of Tomorrow” concert at Indiana University in Bloomington. Former pre-collegiate student Amy Buescher was featured in an article in Harp Column magazine. HORN After winning the Horn Ensemble Competition at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles last August, the UT Horn Choir, under the direction of Patrick Hughes, went back to work on new repertoire for a number of performances in the spring of 2016, most notably at the TMEA convention in San Antonio and the Mid-South Horn Workshop in Norman, OK. At the Oklahoma workshop, a Big XII collaboration extraordinaire took place as eight of UT’s finest horn players teamed up with eight students from Oklahoma State University to perform Bruce Broughton’s incredibly difficult and flashy Fanfare for 16 Horns. This was the second ever performance of the work, and the first by a student ensemble. Further collaborations between the two horn choirs (aptly named the OSuT Connection) and their directors Patrick Hughes and Lanette LopezCompton are in the works for joint concerts performed in Austin and Stillwater, OK, next fall.
The UT Jazz Studies division had an active year that culminated in a performance with the UT Jazz Orchestra and trumpeter Terell Stafford as part of the Longhorn Jazz Festival. This performance featured arrangements crafted especially for the concert by Zac Evans (M.M. 2016) and Bryan Kennard (current M.M. student), as well as by faculty member John Mills. On the day of the concert, 15 high school jazz bands performed for adjudicators, receiving constructive comments and awards for outstanding performances. Another highlight of the year was a weeklong visit by jazz saxophonist and composer Chris Potter, who gave classes in improvisation, composition and jazz theory, and performed with members of the jazz faculty in a standing-room-only concert. Count Basie’s longtime tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence also gave an improvisation clinic during the spring. On-campus concerts by the Jazz Orchestra, AIME and the Jazz Ensemble continued to feature compositions of students and faculty associated with the program. In addition to those concerts, ensembles were active at various Austin venues, including the Elephant Room and the Midday Music Series at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Recent graduates of the Butler Opera Center’s opera coaching program have secured outstanding employment this summer and beyond. Aurelia Andrews (M.M. 2016) will be a Young Artist with the 2016 Glimmerglass Festival, after which she will be joining the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. Keenan Boswell (D.M.A. 2016) returned for his third season with the Carmel Bach Festival this summer, and will continue to serve as music director of Peace Lutheran Church in Austin.
MUSICOLOGY/ETHNOMUSICOLOGY The Musicology/Ethnomusicology division experienced an event-filled year in 2015-16. Several division faculty served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the Society for Ethnomusicology’s 60th Annual Meeting, which was hosted by The University of Texas. Veit Erlmann organized a pre-conference symposium on the topic “Music, Property and Law.” The conference included performances by Sonia Seeman’s ensemble Aşk-i Meşk and the UT Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, codirected by Stephen Slawek and Rasito Purwopangrawit, who was artist in residence for the month prior to the conference. The division supported the residencies of Canto and Rabbi Haim Ovadia, who gave guest lectures and performed Iraqi Jewish Hebrew and Arabic songs with the UT Middle Eastern Ensemble ‘Bereket’, and the Ensemble Lucidarium, which offered guest lectures and a concert of early modern Jewish music in commemoration of the institution of the Venetian Ghetto. Current and former graduate students received several awards and recognitions. Alexander Kreger (M.M. 2016) received the prestigious Harrington Fellowship for doctoral studies in the Religion and Society program at UT Austin, Eben Graves (Ph.D. 2014) received a post-doctoral fellowship in ethnomusicology at Columbia University, and Heather Buffington-Anderson (Ph.D. 2016) will begin a tenuretrack position in music at Claflin University.
PIANO AND PIANO PEDAGOGY Julia Masters (B.M. 2015), a student of David Renner, is enjoying the remarkable success of her program entitled “You Must Be Kidding! Matthay for Young Beginners?” Originally her term paper for Sophia Gilmson’s undergraduate piano pedagogy class, Masters developed it further during independent study with Gilmson. Since then, she has presented it at a variety of conferences, including the 2016 Music Teachers National Conference in San Antonio. She has also been invited to give a lecture via Skype at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. TROMBONE Fresh off an amazing summer that featured a UT Trombone Choir performance at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain, the trombone studio enjoyed a very successful 2015-16 year. Jeanette Velasco (B.M. 2016) won the Brass/Woodwind/ Percussion Division of the UT Concerto Competition, and has been accepted into the graduate program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dillon MacIntyre (B.M. 2016) spent the fall 2015 semester as an exchange student at the Royal Conservatory of Music Aarhus in Denmark, and will attend Northwestern University next year. The studio placed a record number of students in the finals of 2016 International Trombone Association competitions: Manny Arredondo (M.M. 2016, under-25 tenor trombone solo), Tanner (under-25 bass trombone solo) and Velasco (bass trombone orchestral excerpts). MacIntyre and Tracy Heim (current B.A. student) were named UT Presidential Scholars, and Justin Dunlap (current B.M. student) was named a Forty Acres Scholar. Studio Updates and Student Achievements | 41
Roger Myers’s viola studio continued to see a variety of important student activities and accomplishments this past academic year. Notable were a number of students and alumni attending national and international summer music festivals. Amongst these were Christopher Alley (B.M. 2015, Festival Institute at Round Top), Elizabeth Asher (current B.M. student, Montecito Music Festival), Alejandro Duque (M.M. 2015, Sunset ChamberFest Music Festival), Alexander Smith (current D.M.A. student, a fellowship student at Montecito), Priscilla Soto (current M.M. student, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival), Thomas Wong (current B.M. student, National Orchestral Institute) and Michael Zahlit (B.M. 2016, Montecito). Vincent Marks (M.M. 2015) performed with the prestigious National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, in 2016. Alice Ping (B.M. 2016) won the UTSO String Concerto Competition and performed William Walton’s Viola Concerto in April. Graduating seniors in viola received invitations to master’s programs at several prestigious institutions. Andrew Haduong (B.M. 2016) will attend The University of Southern California. Ping received scholarship offers to The Cleveland Institute of Music, The College-Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati and The Juilliard School, where she will pursue a master’s degree with Roger Tapping. Also, Zahlit won scholarships to the Boston, Cincinnati and San Francisco Conservatories, and will pursue his master’s degree at DePaul University in Chicago.
Students of Brian Lewis continue to receive recognition on and off the UT campus. Magdiell Antequera (current B.M. student), Marisa Ishikawa (current M.M. student) and Douglas Kwon (current D.M.A. student) soloed with the Austin Civic Orchestra as part of the Texas Rising Stars series, a collaboration between ACO and the strings division at the Butler School. Grace Youn (current A.D. student) soloed with the Balcones Community Orchestra in November. In conjunction with the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series, a total of seven public master classes were hosted, involving several Butler School strings students and collaborative pianists. Guest artist teachers were Cho-Liang Lin, the members of the New Oxford String Quartet from Canada, and Ani and Ida Kavafian.
Highlights from Sandy Yamamoto’s violin studio include Clara Brill (M.M. 2015) signing with Universal Music Classics as a member of the group Mother Falcon, with whom she continued her extensive touring throughout North America and released a new album entitled Good Luck Have Fun. Matthew Chan (current B.M. student) continued to serve as the assistant director of the University of Texas String Project, and was the recipient of the TMEA Scholarship Award. Former student Rachel Shapiro (M.M. 2011) has completed two years as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet and will be competing in the Banff International String Quartet Competition with her quartet, the Aeolus Quartet, in August. VOICE Jihee Han (current D.M.A. student) attended the Aspen Festival, Lauren Gusman (current B.M. student) the Miami Summer Music Festival, Dylan Morrongiello (B.M. 2016) the Saratoga Opera and Dayoon Song (current D.M.A. student) the “Naked Voice” program at Northwestern’s Summer Voice Institute. Priscilla Salisbury (M.M. 2016) performed in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin’s production of The Gondoliers in June. All five students are members of Darlene Wiley’s voice studio.
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The 2015–16 Austin Critics’ Table Awards, given annually by an informal group of arts writers from the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle, recognize outstanding achievements in the arts in dozens of categories.
Alumnus Steven Parker (D.M.A. 2012) won the Best Chamber Performance category for the Traffic Jam project, which creates and realizes compositions featuring an ensemble of cars, trucks, pedicabs, bicycles and conventional instruments in live performance.
Senior Lecturer in Voice Donnie Ray Albert was nominated for Best Singer for his performance as Amonasro in Austin Opera’s Aida. Also nominated in this category were Chan Yang Lim (current D.M.A. student) for At the Statue of Venus and Eric Neuville (M.M. 2008) for Conspirare’s The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson.
Former Director of Choral Activities Craig Hella Johnson and his Grammy-winning choral ensemble Conspirare took the Best Choral Performance category for Johnson’s original composition Considering Matthew Shepard. The Butler Opera Center’s productions of At the Statue of Venus and Three Decembers by Jake Heggie won Best Opera. Current D.M.A. student Julia Taylor shared the Best Singer category for her performance in Three Decembers.
Ensemble VIII, an early music vocal ensemble created by Director of Choral Activities James Morrow, was nominated for Best Choral Performance for its Gloria in Excelsis Deo! Christmas program. Conspirare received a second nomination for Great Big Choruses. Professor of Piano Anton Nel and Professor of Cello Bion Tsang were nominated for Best Chamber Performance for their concert of cello sonatas by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dohnányi. Line upon line percussion — trio of percussionists Matt Teodori (D.M.A. 2012), Adam Bedell (M.M. 2010) and Cullen Faulk (B.M. 2012) —were nominated for their performances of Xenakis’s Pléïades with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. Conspirare’s The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson was also nominated in this category. In the Best Original Composition/Score category, Steve Snowden (D.M.A. 2014) was nominated for Honk if you… and Russell Podgorsek (D.M.A. 2013) for Gypsum and Ash. Professor of Composition Donald Grantham was also nominated for So Long as Days Shall Be, and Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard received a second nomination in this category. Anton Nel and Bion Tsang were also individually nominated in the Best Instrumentalist category, as was pianist Michelle Schumann (D.M.A. 2003). Conspirare, Ensemble VIII and line upon line percussion all received additional nominations in the Best Ensemble category. Studio Updates and Student Achievements | 43
Butler School of Music Student Achievements
COMPETITIVE BUTLER SCHOOL AWARDS Eleanor Alexander Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies, 2015-2016 Fall: Zachary Evans, M.M. Jazz Composition Spring: Altin Sencalar, B.M. Jazz Studies Sidney M. Wright Piano Competition, 2015-2016 Bogum Park, M.M. Piano Performance — 1st Tier Da Eun Choi, D.M.A. Piano Performance — 2nd Tier 2016-2017 PRESSER FOUNDATION SCHOLAR Corina Santos, B.M. Violin Performance EXTERNAL MUSIC AWARDS
2015 The American Prize, Art Song Division Abigail Jackson, M.M. Opera Performance — Semifinalist 2016 American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competitions Justin Dunlap, B.M. Trombone Performance — 1st Place Evan Sankey, D.M.A. Trombone Performance — Finalist Sterling Tanner, D.M.A. Trombone Performance — 1st Place
2016 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Jon Fielder, D.M.A. Composition — for Dissociation Sequences (C23H28O8)
2015 Australian Marimba Competition Andrew Sickmeier, D.M.A. Percussion Performance — 2nd Place
2016 Boston Guitar Festival International Competition Celil Refik Kaya, D.M.A. Guitar Performance — 1st Prize
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2016 Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition Nicholas Goodwin, M.M. Flute Performance — 2nd Prize
2016 Classical Minds Festival and Competition Audra Vigil, B.M. Guitar Performance — 1st Prize Fred Springer, B.M. Guitar Performance — 4th Prize
2016 Classical Singer Competition, University Division Sahel Salam, B.M. Voice Performance — Semifinalist
2016 Guitar Foundation of America Festival Celil Refik Kaya, D.M.A. Guitar Performance — 4th Place Chad Ibison, D.M.A. Guitar Performance — Semifinalist
2016 Guitar Symposium and Competition, Columbus State University Nicolas Emilfork, D.M.A. Guitar Performance — 3rd Prize
2016 International Peace Scholarship, YOA Youth Orchestra of the Americas Luz Elena Sarmiento, D.M.A. Clarinet Performance
2015 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Alex Avila, M.M. Tuba Performance — 1st Place
2016 Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition Nicolas Emilfork, D.M.A. Guitar Performance — 3rd Prize 2016 Maverick Flute Soloist Competition Tamara Drury, B.A. Music — 2nd Prize 2016 National Trumpet Competition, Large Group Category UT Trumpet Septet — 2nd Place Greg Horner, Joseph Jennis, Casey Martin, Miguel Perez, Luke Scallan, John Vitale and Lance Witty 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Competitions Nathan Mertens, D.M.A. Saxophone Performance — Semifinalist, Solo Gilbert Garza, M.M. Saxophone Performance — Semifinalist, Solo Vermilion Quartet — Semifinalists, Quartet (Gilbert Garza, Gordon Gest, Nathan Mertens and James Sterling) 2016 Sarah & Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition Matthew Thomas, B.A. Composition — 1st Place (Andromeda) 2016 Texas International Guitar Competition Ian Tuski, D.M.A. Guitar Performance — 4th Place ACADEMIC PAPER PRESENTATIONS
2016 Music and the Moving Image Conference Tatiana Koike, M.M. Music Theory — “Musical Exoticism in Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings: Interpreting the Dialogue Between the Virtual and the Real” Steven Rahn, Ph.D. Music Theory — “Elemental and Corruptible: The Sound of Empowerment and Moral Conflict in The Dark Knight Trilogy”
2016 Symposium on Prokofiev and the Russian Tradition Joel Mott, Ph.D. Music Theory — “Modulation, Thematic Emergence, and Symphonism in the First Movement of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony” 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic Julie Stephens, M.M. Music & Human Learning — “The Role of Self-Talk in Music Practice Cognition”
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The 2015â€“16 Butler Society The Butler Society is a community of annual supporters whose generous contributions provide enrichment and professional growth opportunities to students and faculty in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. We appreciate the support provided by members of the Butler Society and invite those who have not participated to consider becoming a member by making a gift today. Listed below are Butler Society members for the period of September 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. We gratefully acknowledge our permanent Butler Society members who have committed $1 million or more to the school over their lifetime. For more information about giving and the Butler Society, please visit music.utexas.edu/giving.
BUTLER SOCIETY PERMANENT MEMBERS Cumulative gifts of $1,000,000 and above
Sarah and Ernest Butler Richard M. Church, Jr. Timothy Ann Sloan+ and Vincent R. DiNino+ E. Sheryl Goodnight Mary Winton Green Kent Wheeler Kennan+ Gail and Jeff Kodosky Teresa and Joe Long Richard E. Rainwater+
BUTLER SOCIETY ANNUAL MEMBERS
Gifts received September 1, 2015â€”June 30, 2016
Gifts from $100,000 and above DiNino Family Trust Kent Kostka Anton Nel Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Gifts from $10,000 Anonymous The Dow Chemical Foundation William George Mary Ann and Andrew Heller The Roy F. & Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Sandra E. New William Phillips, III Linda Ball and Forrest Preece, Jr. Maria Putter Schwab Charitable Fund Samuel Skibell+ J. Greg Wilson Eva and Marvin Womack
Gifts from $1,000
Isrzel Aguilar Gregory Allen Austin District Music Teachers Association Sarah White Baird Thomas Baker Bank of America Charitable Foundation Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund Yvonne Barry Cathryn G. Berninger+ Robert Blevins Frances and Doug Brown R. Malcolm Brown, Jr. Cheney Crow Cherrie Droutz ExxonMobil Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund P. Bailey Gartner Col. Ben I. Gomez Elizabeth and Scott Hanna Richard Hartgrove Martha Hilley April Hinkle The Junior League of Austin Stephanie and Jerry Junkin 46 | 2015/2016 Butler Society
Ruth Killam James Kirksey Mark and Becky Konen James Littlefield Christina Cuellar Lotz Lucia Palacios Maley Donna Beth McCormick John Mills Elizabeth and Jeffrey Morris Hilary Olson Pearson Inc. Jo Lyn Peters Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Mary Ellen Poole Anne Hart Rea A. David Renner Bronwyn and Vernon Rew, Jr. Boong Ryoo Stacey Schlitz Marc Seriff Susan and David Sheppard Andre Sylvester Walker Beasley Public Policy Project Amanda and Andrew West Mary and W. Dexter White Paula Wong
Gifts from $500
Donnie Ray Albert ASCAP Austin Knife & Fork Club Nannette Borden Andrew Broselow Douglas Carpenter Michael Churgin Nancy Dembny Douglas Dempster Delia Duson David Ellis Lucette Flanagan Steven Fleckman Martha Doty Freeman Friends of the University Bonnie Gilson Pamela and Craig Greenway Grady Hallman Margaret Hermesmeyer Gloria Hooper IBM International Foundation Martha Kopra Delaine Leonard Edward Lopez Michelle LoTurco Martha MacDonald Rachel Mathers Michael Perrin Mick Roemer Oscar Saenz Nicholas Schroeder William Sherrill David Stromeyer William Stutts, Jr. Lawrence Tu Doris Wood
Gifts up to $499 Sandra Adland Mary Afflerbach John Akins Kathleen Alfano David Allen Jody Allen Sarah Allen Carmen Alspach Jonathon Altizer Gloria Amescua-Supak Vicki Santa Ana Dennis Andrulis Jason Anthraper Austin Symphony Orchestra Daniel Bacic Kason Bakouris Charles Ball Rebecca Baltzer Kristen Banford Timothy Barber Susan Barnes Carol Barwick Tim Bauerkemper, Jr. John Bechtel John Beck Daniel Becker Nicholas Bedwell Claire Bellar Felicia Benavidez Allen Benson Collin Bjork Kaitlynn Blalock Ken Blalock Kim Blalock Kelly Blanscet Carolyn Bobo John Boeger Paula Boldt Sarah Borshard Delia Botbol Linda Botimer Mark Boucher Gregory Bradley Elizabeth Brady Evelyn Brady David Breeding Roslyn Breen Tacey Brewer Nathaniel Brickens Clara Brill Jerome Brillhart Carol Brown Larry Brownstein Thomas Brumley Kelly Brune Randy Buckspan James Buhler Cole Burger Judith Burns Rachel Butler James Cain Mary Stewart Calcote Megan Canney Patricia Cantu Carlos Capra Britt Cawthon Central Audio Systems Inc. W. LaJean Chaffin Jo Ann Champion
Shub Chandrasekaran Timothy Cheek Lee Chesney Daniel Ching Chandy Chinnasamy Mae Chng Kayla Chon Emily Chow Edward Chung Joanna Yongya Chyu Isaiah Cisneros Timothy Clark Ashley Clarke James Clarke Roland Cole Diana Collins Ben Compton Richard Conant Allen Condit Whitney Coons Thelma Cooper Tyler Cox Paige Crail Robin Craven Caroline Creeden Kevin Crook Elizabeth Currens Paralee Cain Curry Joe Dahlstrom Clifton Darby Eric Daub Shellie Davila L. Michael Davis Anne Marie de Zeeuw Joan Dean Temd Deason Gaye Decker Andrew Dell'Antonio Andrew Denman Kristal Dick Nicholas Disalvio Edna Dominguez Larry Donald Nancy Driver Amy Duke Peter Eichhubl Rami El-Farrah Laura Eryou William Fedkenheuer Austin Ferguson Roger Ferrell Richard Flake John Fleming Ramiro Flores Stuart Folse Joslyn Fox Kaci French Robert Frisby Brian Frock George Frock Nicholas Fryman Cheryl Fuller Sunil Gadgil Joshua Gall Beatriz Galuban Nicholas Galuban Sean Garde Nancy Garrett Gilbert Garza, Jr. Marianne Gedigian
B. Joann Gerbig Tracy Germani Todd Gernert Gordon Gest Fred Gibson Jeanne Gibson Sophia Gilmson Joshua Gindele Randall Goldberg Gerald Goldman Hector Gonzales Jessica and Damian Gonzales Carlos Gonzalez Josemaria Gonzalez Alexandra Gotliboski Hilton Gottschalk Donald Grantham Susan Grasso Emma Graves Gary Green George Gregory M. Russell Gregory, Jr. Jeffrey Grimes Andrea Guerrero Juan Guerrero Enrique Guevara Michael Gultz Myles Gushiken Jo Guzman Michelle Habeck Rebecca Haden William Haehnel, III Lori Hahn Allison Hall Anne Hall Chris Hall Sue Hall Heather Halstead Alexander Hamilton Nan Hampton Billy Harrell Virginia Harrod William Harvey Robert Hatten Sally Hawkins Joann Hayamoto Bonnie Hedges Jacquelyn Helin Heather Henry Adrian Hernandez Michael Hertel Kami Hieb Amanda Hildebrand Marcia Hildebrand Pamela Hildebrand Clarence Hill, Jr. Hills Bank Donor Advised Gift Fund Edward Hinderer Zachary Hindes Matthew Hinsley Brenda Hohman Kelsey Holbrook Lavona Holland Adam Holzman Lola Hood Mark Hormann Elizabeth Hotchkiss Simone Houlihan Takako Howell Cheryl Hoxie-Mastin Hannah Huckaby William Huckaby Alyssa Hudson-Clark Diana Hudspeth Lisa Hughes Patrick Hughes David Hunter Mason Hurtte Robert Hurtte, Jr. J. F. Iafeta-Lelauti Patricia Itzkoff Bianca Jackson Allida Jamrack Judith Jellison Linda Jennings Kristin Jensen Justin Jette Danielle Johnson Keith Johnson Marc Johnson Clifton Jones Kody Jones
Sarah Jones Laura Jorgensen Dolly Joseph Fred Junkin, Jr. David Kahn Joanna Kaminski George Kamiya Monica Meng-Harn Kang Lawrence Kearns Patricia Kelly Ryan Kelly Sarah Kemmerling G. Wayne Kesterson Tony Kiang Kay Kidd Whitney Kirk Sharon Kite James Klein Lyn Koenning Jenny Kondo Brad Kosley Ghislaine de Regge Kozuh Cheryl Krewer Allison Kubis Andrew Kull Jonathan Kulp Jonell Kuntschik Kelly Kuo Kevin Kwaku Ferne Kyba Marika Kyriakos Katrina Lamphier Gabrielle Landeros Robert Lane Lynn Langley John Largess Rhonda Latham Kathryn Lauchner Law Offices of Mary Alice Boehm-McKaughan Desmond Lawler Leadership Austin Audrey Lee Carolyn Lee Charles Lee Morgan Lee Bobby Leshikar Brad Leshnower Melanie Lewis Rohan Limaye John Lindley Tamara Linn Belinda Linstrum Greg Lipscomb Little Longhorn League David Littrell Jennifer Loehlin John Loessin Sondra Lomax Elizabeth Love David Loveless Owen Lovell C. J. Luebke-Brown Mark Lyon Matthias Maierhofer Betty Mallard Eik Mar Marigot Capital Advisors Gerald Martinez Lauri Martino Thomas Mays, III Scott McAlister Artina McCain Amelia McCarron Evelyn McCarty Molly McCoy Michael McKaughan, Jr. Billy Jon McPhail Evelyn Meisell Manuel Mendez Douglas Merschat Henry Merschat Nathan Mertens Rhonda Meyer Charles Michalik Megan Milliorn Lynn Mock Mollie Molnar Mary Monahan Tammie Moore Mu Phi Epsilon Peggy Mueller
Raine Munkens George Nakamoto Sheree Naquin Luisa Nardini Clinton Nesmith Kellene Newman Tom Nichols Coral Noonan-Terry Kelsey Nussbaum Steve Nussbaum Suzan Nyfeler Hortense Offerle Patricia Ohlendorf Estela Olevsky Guido Olivieri Julie Olsen Sheldon Olson Ariel Ortega Daniel Oshiro Doris Oshiro M. Joan Owen Michael Owen Bianca Padavick Cindy Padavick Stephen Page Catherine Pankey Richard Pantaleo Chorong Park Don Parker Tracy Parker Mary Parse Suzanne Pence Gregory Pendleton PepsiCo Foundation Inc. Katherine Perez Janet Peri Brian Peterman Kristie Peterman Melissa Petrek-Myer Phillips 66 Company Elizabeth Pliego Russell Podgorsek Caleb Polashek Courtney Pope Suzanne Potts Linda Preece Catherine Purdy Robert Purdy Sara Beth Purdy Franz Puyol Bonny Rabago Elida Ramirez Cynthia Ramos Alexandra Raska Emily Reding Adriana Redmond William Reynolds Rowena Richter Patricia Del Rincon-McQuiston Jason Edward Roberts LaFalco Robinson Stacy Rodgers Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza Carlos Rodriguez Elma Rodriguez Elizabeth Rosinbum Roger Ross Stanley Roux, Jr. Brynn Ruiz Stephanie Rula Kermit Sarber Jeanne Sasaki Denise Parr Scanlin Judy Scherschligt Ben Schneider David Schreck Laurie Scott Paul Scully Judy Seidel Sawyer Sellers Jeri-Lynne Severance Kaytiann Severen Matthew Sheehan Sophia Sherman Katharine Shields Kelly Shoenfelt Ryan Showers Nita Shuffler R. Frank Simon Shea Sinclair Melinda Sirman Stephen Slawek
Dawn Slayton Richard Sloan David Smith Hope Smith Linda Smith Max Snodderly Curtis Sokness Andrea Sokol-Albert The Larry and Annette Sondock Foundation Humberto Soto Billie Southern Lynda Southwick W. Jarrod Sparks Claire Spera Sue St. John Gay Stanek Bill Stegeman Page Stephens Sylvia Stern Scott Stewart Leah Stolar Georgeann Strong Christopher Stutz Hang Su Kellie Sullivan Richard Tackett Kiyoshi Tamagawa Pat Taylor R. Kerry Taylor Norma Terrell Martha Thomas Marvin Thomas, Jr. H. Casey Thompson Mary Tollefson Jesus Torres Kelsey Toungate Terry Trentham Irma Trevino Kathryn Truesdell Bion Tsang Robert Tull John Turci-Escobar Michael Tusa Doug Upchurch Veronica Vacula Margaret Vagalatos Colette Valentine Linda Butler Van Bavel Janis VanderBerg Nicole Vaughan Arminda Velasquez Charles Villarrubia Jessica Voigt Raymond Votolato Mary Waddell Jennifer Walker Nicholas Walther Wayne L. Catching Trust Marcus West David Wheeler Catherine Whited Surangi Widyaratne Pamela Wilkinson David Williams Timothy Wilson Byung Woo Mack Wood Stephen Wray Cynthia Wren Abigail Wunneburger Douglas Wunneburger Satoko Yamamoto Man-Li Yew Byung Yoo Wade Yost Flossie Young Rose Yurcina Sofia Zamora Tony Zapata Daxun Zhang Hai Zheng-Olefsky Ryan Zysk
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Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Endowments The Butler School of Music greatly appreciates those who have established an endowed gift, and by doing so have forever linked their names, or those of family members, friends or organizations, to the excellence in this program. For more information on how to establish a new endowment or how to give to an existing endowment, please visit music.utexas.edu/giving
William D. Armstrong Music Leadership Endowment Ball/Preece Jazz Studies Fund Edward Brookhart Award in Music Education Ann Callaway Brown Endowment Fund for the UT String Project Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Endowment College of Fine Arts String Quartet Endowment Moton H. Crockett, Jr. and Martha Crockett Endowment for Big Bertha Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair Fund for Director of Bands Robert M. Gerdes Music Program Endowment The Eddie Medora King Award for Musical Composition Longhorn Band Legacy Fund Music Education Endowment Fund Music Leadership Program Endowment David O. Nilsson Solo Pianist Award Kermie F. and David W. Sloan Endowment for the UT String Project
Mary D. Bold Regents Professorship of Music Sarah and Ernest Butler Professorship in Opera Sarah and Ernest Butler Professorship in Opera Conducting Sarah and Ernest Butler Professorship in Music The Wayne L. Catching Professorship in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Faculty Fellowship for the Longhorn Band Director Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Opera Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Music Parker C. Fielder Regents Professorship in Music Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professorship in Organ or Piano Performance David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy M. K. Hage Centennial Visiting Professorship in Music Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music History of Music Chair The Wolf and Janet Jessen Centennial Lectureship in Music Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Cello Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Piano Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professorship in Music Marlene and Morton Meyerson Professorship in Music
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Alamo City Endowed Scholarship for Pianists Nelson Turner Allison Endowed Scholarship Burdine Clayton Anderson Scholarship in Music Burl H. Anderson Endowed Presidential Scholarship for the Creative Arts Richard S. Barfield Endowed Scholarship Wayne R. Barrington Endowed Scholarship in Horn Steve Barton Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Piano Dr. Morris J. Beachy Choral Fellowship Betty Osborn Biedenharn Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Mary D. Bold Scholarship Fund Brook Boynton Endowed Presidential Scholarship Brittany Brown Endowed Scholarship in Music Cheryl and Robert Butler Endowed Fellowship in Music Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler Centennial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Opera Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Opera Butler Opera Center Endowed Presidential Scholarship Butler Opera Center Endowed Presidential Scholarship 2 Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Opera Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Opera 2 Pauline Camp Operatic Voice Scholarship The Wayne L. Catching Endowed Scholarship in Piano Performance Eloise Helbig Chalmers Endowed Scholarship in Music Therapy and Special Education Joy B. Chandler Endowed Scholarship in Organ Pearl DuBose Clark Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Barbara Smith Conrad Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts Mary Frances Bowles Couper Endowed Presidential Scholarship for Graduate Students in Piano Performance Mary Frances Bowles Couper Endowed Presidential Scholarship for Undergraduate Students in Piano Performance Ainslee Cox Scholarship in Music Patsy Cater Deaton Endowed Presidential Scholarship William Dente Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Opera Vincent R. DiNino Longhorn Band Presidential Scholarship Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the President of Tau Beta Sigma Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the University of Texas Orchestras The Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the President of the Longhorn Band Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the President of Kappa Kappa Psi The Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the Longhorn Band Drum Major E. W. Doty Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music
E. William Doty Scholarship Fund Whit Dudley Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Harp Ron Edelman Scholarship for Piano Education Faculty Endowed Scholarship in Music Marguerite Fairchild Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Priscilla Pond Flawn Endowed Scholarship in Music Fondren Endowed Scholarship in Music Dalies Frantz Endowed Scholarship Fund Friends of Cello Scholarship David Garvey Scholarship Fund Garwood Centennial Scholarship in Art Song Performance Mary Farris Gibson Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Mary Farris Gibson Memorial Scholarship in Music Thomas J. Gibson IV Endowed Presidential Scholarship Annie Barnhart Giles Centennial Endowed Presidential Scholarship Annie B. Giles Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music Albert Gillis Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Strings Mary Winton Green Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Margaret Halm Gregory Centennial Scholarship Andrew R. Gurwitz Longhorn Band Scholarship Verna M. Harder Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Louisa Frances Glasson Hewlett Scholarship in Music Nancy Leona Dry Smith Hopkins Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Piano Virginia McBride Hudson Endowed Scholarship Lee and Joe Jamail Endowed Presidential Scholarships for the Longhorn Band Michael Kapoulas Endowed Scholarship in Composition Jean Welhausen Kaspar 100th Anniversary Endowed Longhorn Band Scholarship Kent Kennan Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Music Composition or Theory Donald and Charlotte Knaub Endowed Scholarship in Trombone Lennart and Daniel Kopra Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar or Music Education Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Piano Scholarship Anna and Fannie Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund Georgia B. Lucas Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Pansy Luedecke Scholarship Fund Danielle J. Martin Memorial Scholarship J. W. "Red" McCullough, Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Jazz Studies Suzanne and John McFarlane Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Vocal and Choral Arts Suzanne and John McFarlane Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Winds W. K. Milner, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Music Music Endowment Fund
Gino R. Narboni Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Orchestral Conducting Hettie Nel Endowed Scholarship in Piano Willie Nelson Endowed Presidential Scholarship Sandra E. New Endowed Scholarship in Music Education Jonilu Swearingen Nubel Endowed Scholarship Paul Olefsky Cello Scholarship Nelson G. Patrick Endowed Scholarship in Music Education Leticia Flores Penn Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Piano William C. Race Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Piano Louis W. Rase and Sophie Braun Rase Scholarship Fund A. David Renner Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Piano Lucille Roan-Gray Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Phyllis Benson Roberts Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music E. P. Schoch Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Band The Mary A. Seller-Yantis Endowed Presidential Scholarship Willa Stewart Setseck Scholarship Mary Elizabeth Sherrill Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Mary Elizabeth Sherrill Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Organ John W. and Suzanne B. Shore Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Effie Potts Sibley Endowed Scholarship Fund Lomis and Jonnie Slaughter Scholarship in Music Timothy Ann Sloan Scholarship for the Clarinet Section Leader Carl and Agnes Stockard Memorial Endowment Fund Texas Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Mollie Fitzhugh Thornton Music Scholarship Fund The Trammell Scholarship Endowment in Music Laura Duncan Trim Scholarship in Music Elizabeth Anne Tucker Centennial Scholarship Ruth Middleton Valentine Endowed Presidential Scholarship Erette A. Vinson Endowed Marching Band Scholarship Lois Johnson White Endowed Presidential Scholarship Thenoba Gwendolyn Boyett White Endowed Presidential Scholarship Ward and Sarah Widener Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Robert Jeffry Womack Endowed Presidential Scholarship Lola Wright Foundation Centennial Endowed Scholarship Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Scholarship Shirley Sue and Frank Howell Zachry Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music
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