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THE MAGAZINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS BUTLER SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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Outside the Music Box … Butler School of Music Outreach


SARAH AND ERNEST BUTLER SCHOOL of MUSIC College of Fine Arts The University of Texas at Austin

The Magazine of The SARAH AND ERNEST Butler School of Music

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Interim Director Glenn A. Richter Associate Directors Jeff Hellmer Robert DeSimone C. Winton Reynolds Director of Graduate Studies Eugenia Costa-Giomi

Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Director of Undergraduate Studies Steven Bryant Director of Admissions Suzanne Pence

Guest Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

New Endowments and Gift Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Assistant Director for Development Lauren Zachry-Reynolds WORDS of NOTE Volume 26: September 2011–August 2012 Editor and Designer John Wimberley

Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Student Activities and Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Butler Society and Endowments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Publicity Krysta Gonzales Contributors B. Glenn Chandler Krysta Gonzales Evan Leslie C. Winton Reynolds Glenn A. Richter Lauren Zachry-Reynolds Photos for Cover and Outreach Stories Evan Leslie Laura Naski Raymond Thompson The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. Stop E3100 Austin, Texas 78712-1555 www.music.utexas.edu


Dear Friends: There are moments in the life of a school when we must pause to recognize the work and achievements of a leader who made a real difference. Glenn Chandler’s eleven years at the University of Texas Butler School of Music, one of the longest music leadership terms in recent history, helped push the school to new heights. The teaching faculty grew to one hundred, and the combined undergraduate and graduate population expanded to more than 750 students. I asked three colleagues whose own UT careers paralleled Chandler’s term to comment on his contributions, and there are common themes in the salutes.

“Over the last decade, Glenn Chandler has made an enormous contribution to advancing our ambitions for the Butler School of Music to become the preeminent public university music program with a comprehensive and richly interdisciplinary approach to music education, performance, and research.” —Doug Dempster, Dean, UT College of Fine Arts

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“Glenn Chandler’s eleven years as Director of the Butler School of Music have been transformative. Under his stewardship, faculty hires, curriculum advancements, and programmatic changes have helped to create one of the finest schools of music in the country. The greatest charge of an administrator is to hire good people and allow them to excel. Glenn Chandler has always understood this challenge. His vision and understanding will allow future faculty and students to benefit from his legacy of leadership.” —Adam Holzman, Professor of Guitar

“Music is an expression of the human spirit and of the spiritual quality unique to the human condition. Music is an intrinsic part of what we are, from the way we speak to the kinds of songs we sing. Babies are lulled to sleep with it; we grow up with it; we live with it as adults”. —Morton Gould, Composer, Conductor, ASCAP President The late Morton Gould wrote these words after he was challenged to define music. Live performances, amplified through our outreach program, connect our students to the power of music and real audiences. An audience may be awed by the virtuosity of a young artist, but unless that young artist can communicate with listeners, future engagements could suffer. Gould also understood that music is for a lifetime. The UT String Project, directed by Laurie Scott, introduces music to young children. The New Horizon Project for seniors (over 50) encourages amateur musicians to keep music as a lifetime pursuit, a door to a better quality of life. Dr. Jack Moncrief, M.D., has practiced medicine for the past 50 years, including kidney, heart, pancreas, and lung transplant management. He is presently director of a large dialysis facility and trains individuals to carry out their own procedure at home. For the past 15 years I have been privileged to participate in a music outreach program sponsored by the UT Butler School of Music. My week is now planned to allow me to enjoy and participate in a 50-piece band, which I have never done before. I have learned that one is never too busy to commit to a truly loved endeavor. Now, at 75 years of age, I have found a new career. I do however continue to practice medicine full-time. Delightful combination. —Dr. Jack Moncrief, M.D.

Glenn Chandler provided over a decade of insightOutreach opportunities allow our faculty to meaful leadership that transformed the Butler School sure the commitment of their students to the Glenn A. Richter of Music. He guided the school through a period of highly competitive world of the arts. A career in unprecedented growth in both size and excellence. music performance or music education is chalHis instrumental role in securing the Butler endowment left a legacy for lenging, requiring patience, devotion, discipline, and a deep toolgenerations of future students. box of pure skills. After forty years in music education, I know how —Jeff Hellmer, Professor of Jazz Studies much and why the parents of college music students worry about this career choice. It is never easy. I love Nadia Boulanger’s quote. The Transformative, finest, vision, ambitions, comprehensive, growth, beloved composition teacher, one of Donald Grantham’s significant legacy; wonderful descriptions of Glenn Chandler’s work during his teachers and influences, had it right: service to the music school. Personally, I found a supportive leader willing to let me explore the addition of a music industry program. When I have a new pupil, I would say to them, “Can you live without muToday, forty young musicians pursue concentrations in the music sic? If you can live without music, thank the Lord and goodbye! Because business and arts administration, and another dozen use the sound it is only unavoidable that you must do music. You can never love music production concentration to prepare for careers in the capture and with enough devotion. If not, you are making a mistake. artistry of musical sounds. The recently-created and trademarked —Nadia Boulanger, Composition Teacher Longhorn Music label has produced top-flight recordings, distributed These are just a few values offered through the outreach experience. by NAXOS through both digital and hard copy formats. There are many more, and the words and pictures in this edition All of us owe Glenn Chandler a standing ovation for this wonderful effectively illustrate the value of music in our lives, the value of composite work now called The Butler School of Music. outreach, the value of music and the arts. There is another quality of Glenn Chandler’s legacy, the central theme of this edition of Words of Note, which we call outreach. As you will see in the following pages, the musical talents of our students and faculty touch all parts of the Austin community. Solo recitals, collaborative performances, chamber music, and small ensembles enrich this wonderful arts environment we call Austin. These opportunities allow our students to test their musical proficiencies and much more.

Glenn Richter, Interim Director Butler School of Music The University of Texas at Austin

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Outside the Music Box … Chamber music students cultivate new audiences through community outreach

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very member of our Butler School faculty and staff looks forward to the day when graduates review the terms of their first contracts as professional musicians. We also aspire for our graduates to become artist leaders, generously sharing their talents with neglected communities and advocating for a broader appreciation of music. These parallel goals of employment and good citizenship are beginning to intersect. Struggling with dwindling audiences and finances, prominent professional orchestras, opera companies, and concert presenters have been forced to explore fresh, aggressive ways of building community interest and support. In the past, a newly hired musician could expect to simply commute to a traditional concert hall for a day’s work of rehearsals and formal evening concerts. The job description detailed on our students’ first contracts will expect more, requiring regular and extensive nontraditional performances in the community. The Butler School of Music is proud to be at the forefront of preparing music students to tackle the challenges of the changing modern reality. We offer an innovative curriculum that provides enriching, real-world performance opportunities and specialized training in audience engagement, encouraging

our students to actively cultivate new audiences, challenging them to share their music with anyone in any setting. Teaching creative strategies for community engagement is a major element of the undergraduate and graduate chamber music curriculum and the Butler School’s overall educational mission. Each semester, students enrolled in chamber music are required to participate in one of seven different community outreach projects conceived and directed by the Butler School’s community outreach coordinator, Evan Leslie. Projects are designed to challenge our students, placing them in a variety of unconventional performance environments, where they must interact with a diverse array of community audiences of all ages. In workshops, coaching sessions and outreach master classes, our illustrious chamber music faculty share specific strategies for relating to each distinct type of audience. In the spring 2012 semester 125 chamber music students ventured out of the safety and comfort of our building to bring music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Here are a few chamber music outreach project highlights:

Arts Pep-Rallies at Texas NeuroRehab Center During the spring 2012 semester, chamber music students from the Butler School were involved in an innovative residency at the UT Charter School at the Texas NeuroRehab Center (TNRC). TNRC is home to about 60 children affected by complex medical, behavioral, and learning difficulties such as autism or brain injury. Over the course of three months, four chamber music ensembles made ten visits, performing music during the Charter School’s weekly “arts pep-rallies.” In addition to the pep-rallies, The Aiana String Quartet, UT’s young professional quartet-in-residence, worked extensively with middle and high school students in the classroom, using live performance of Bartok’s third string quartet to inspire creative writing and art projects.

The Skyros Quartet—Sarah Pizzichemi, Marina Branković, Justin Kurys, Willie Braun (not pictured)—performs during the Music Expedition Scavenger Hunt Concert at Texas Memorial Museum. 2

A variety of different Butler School ensembles presented pep-rally concerts for the entire K-12 student body in the school’s gymnasium. TNRC pep-rallies are like any other school’s pep-rallies, with students wearing school colors (burnt orange, like UT!) and waving pom-poms, running through a reception line of teachers and therapists, offering high-fives and pats on the back. TNRC pep-rallies focus on academic

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and artistic accomplishments, rather than sports. Children take turns sharing good news from the week, reciting original poems and stories and singing songs. Butler School students served as emcees and as the in-house band. TRNC children heard performances from a UT flute and guitar duo, a brass quintet, and two string quartets. Each performance was designed to be interactive, with commentary, listening games, movement, and discussion. During frequent visits, the TNRC children overcame struggles with communication and interpersonal skills, and enthusiastically welcomed their new musician friends, actively participating in concerts and lingering afterwards, eager to meet our Butler Students one–on–one. “The project has been a tremendously successful learning experience for everyone involved,” said Dorothy Goodman, principal of the TNRC UT Charter School. “These children rarely enjoy experiences that others take for granted—exposure to music, art, and mentorship from compassionate adults from the community. When the UT musicians visit, our students come to life with excitement. They’re more creative. They’re more open, engaged and motivated. It’s been wonderful.” “It’s been extremely gratifying to see the TNRC students enjoying the performances, but I’m especially thrilled with the growth I’ve observed in the UT performers,” said Evan Leslie. “The children at TNRC are so

The Aiana String Quartet - Jillian Annie Bloom, Mario Anton Andreu, Roseminna Watson, Hanna Hurwitz - pose with UT Charter School teacher Jamie Reichardt after a class visit about music and mask making.

What Starts Here Changes the World By Jacqueline Perrin, Senior, Piano Performance Major

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elsey tapped me on the shoulder. “What are we supposed to be doing right now?” she whispered, unsure. We were seated side-by-side, attending a classical chamber music concert in the vast Bates Recital Hall, watching as the stage manager rearranged stands in utter silence. I considered her question for a moment, and it occurred to me how odd this experience must be for a “layperson.” I’ve made it a point to bring non-musician friends to classical music performances, and my guests unfailingly express uncertainty or worry regarding conventions classical musicians find so commonplace. These experiences have allowed me to look at classical concerts not as they have been, but as they could be. I am the founder and president of a student organization called Classical Reinvention, which aims to share classical music with a broader audience by changing aspects of the presentation style and concert environment, while also preserving the integrity of the art form. With professional orchestras struggling and audiences writing off classical music as an irrelevant, dead art form, musicians need to be bold and creative. If we do not begin to advocate for our art form, who will? In Spring 2012, Classical Reinvention began staging monthly productions to experiment with new strategies for sharing music with wider and more diverse audiences. Our performances include visual stimuli, audience inclusion, clear communication of our expectations of the audience, and a theme to tie it all together. Our second concert, entitled Music Under the Stars, experimented with an unconventional venue’s effect on audience engagement. We presented four fifteen-minute acts, utilizing varied instrumentation and time periods. The final act featured UT student composer Joel Love’s exquisite work, Synchronicity in Purple Minor, a reflection on artwork he encountered at UT’s Blanton Museum of Art. We originally planned to offer this performance on the roof of the

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astronomy building, with public access to the impressive $20,000 telescope. As luck would have it, it started pouring rain an hour before the performance, so my team and I did some fancy footwork to convert a classroom I had reserved into a makeshift black-box theater. Even with the quick change of plans, the intimacy of the room allowed for discussion and collaboration with the audience. During each piece, audience members used paper, writing utensils, chalk, and mosaic pieces to illustrate their reactions to the music. Following each performance, I facilitated a discussion in which audience members shared responses and artistic renderings inspired by the music. People read poems aloud, explained abstract drawings depicting the music, and representations of the performers themselves. We discussed the history of music and the performers’ experiences learning the music. The entire concert was a very intimate and highly participatory experience, which was moving and gratifying for everyone involved. I have received invaluable support and inspiration from the Butler School of Music. The Butler School represents a coalition of devoted, intelligent, talented, and unusually kind human beings. Faculty and staff members such as Robert Freeman, Evan Leslie, Chuck Dillard, Glenn Richter, and Kathy Panoff have graciously given me their guidance and advice, which has proven to be extraordinarily helpful. My experience with Classical Reinvention has completely changed my perception of and interaction with classical music. I want to ignite a passion for classical music in all generations. There is so much that this music has to offer, and it is so underrepresented in our culture today. My future plans include major collaborations with visual artists, dancers, and actors. Perhaps being young and foolish infuses me with unrealistic aspirations. Perhaps. But I heard once that “what starts here changes the world,” and I’m inclined to believe it.

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imaginative and curious, and their reactions to music—their questions and comments—have clearly impacted the musicians. I think the UT students will remember this experience for the rest of their careers.” “My experience with the UT musicians was amazing. It moved me in many positive ways. The music opened the calmer side of me and unlocked my creative qualities,” said a TNRC student. The Butler School and UT Charter Schools will continue the project next year, and they will expand the program, offering a similar residency for foster children attending the UT Charter School at Helping Hand.

and retirees. Students and residents mingle after concerts, enjoying multigenerational fellowship and passion for music. “At Longhorn Village, up in the hills of Austin, UT’s ongoing gift of music has been our delight!” wrote Marian Heilbrun, a Longhorn Village resident. “I’m constantly amazed that gifted young musicians, chosen from all over the world, come to us, sharing their knowledge and experience in engaging and refreshing post-concert conversations. They give us ‘The Keys to the Kingdom of Music’ for which we are deeply grateful.”

Forty Acres Concerts at Longhorn Village For the past several years, the Butler School has presented the monthly Forty Acres Concert Series at Longhorn Village (LHV) retirement and assisted living community. LHV is home to hundreds of senior citizens, many with mobility limitations that keep them from attending evening concerts away from home. With that in mind, Butler School’s Forty Acres Concert Series brings enriching performances to them. Most importantly—these folks are family! The majority of residents at LHV are UT alumni and they share our pride in hearing the accomplishments of our current students. The 2011–12 school year was full of memorable chamber music performances. In December, Professor Delaine Fedson led the UT Harp Ensemble in a delightful concert of holiday favorites, culminating in a clever, original arrangement of The Eyes of Texas spliced together with Handel’s Hallelujah chorus, which brought the audience to their feet with laughter and “hook ‘em horns” gestures. In February, the Aiana String Quartet not only performed a beautiful concert, but they also invited the audience to join them in a “very open rehearsal.” In this unique concert format, residents were empowered to stop the quartet at any moment to ask a question or pose a suggestion. The Aiana even polled the audience when they found themselves debating an interpretive decision about the music. Other chamber music ensembles guided the residents through a world tour of music, from Argentine tangos to Scandinavian brass quintets. The series culminated in April with JAM!, a jazz appreciation month performance by the Longhorn Jazz Band. The band, made up of undergraduates representing many different majors throughout the university, played favorite mid-century jazz standards for a packed house of over 200, including special guest Vincent R. DiNino, emeritus director of the Longhorn Band. Residents danced in the aisles and raucously sang The Eyes of Texas to close the show. The Forty Acres Series has blossomed into something much more significant than monthly concerts. With frequent visits, the Butler School has nurtured a cherished relationship with this community of alumni

The Skyros Quartet charms children at Texas Memorial Museum.

Music Expedition: A Children’s Scavenger Hunt Concert at Texas Memorial Museum On March 3, as part of the campus-wide open house Explore UT, five Butler School chamber music groups presented child-friendly, interactive mini-concerts among the exhibits in the Texas Memorial Museum. Small audiences encountered each concert by following a scavenger hunt map through the four-story museum. Each mini-concert was designed to relate music to the scientific displays in the various galleries. To honor central Texas’ prehistoric history as a social gathering place of dinosaurs, a string quartet held a dino-dance party in front of the fossil remains of a triceratops. A violin and viola duo used the famous variations in Handel-Halverson’s Passacaglia to help their young audience imagine the diverse flight styles of birds in the avian gallery. Children and parents crammed in between the glowing glass cases of colorful, stuffed birds, mesmerized by the virtuosity of the two Butler School undergraduates. In the museum’s paleontology lab, a flautist led an “aural excavation” through layers of modern music to find an ancient musical quote by Debussy. Right next door, children used toothbrushes to excavate a real fossil, with the help of a museum docent. In the nocturnal animals gallery, a trio of violin, flute, and harp asked their audience to close their eyes and listen intensely to changes in their music, just like a nocturnal animal would. After completing all of the musical and scientific activities, children received a prize. About 400 children and parents participated in the Music Expedition scavenger hunt concert. Families and school groups came to the campus from all over Texas to participate in Explore UT. After the success of this initial collaboration, the Butler School and the Texas Memorial Museum plan to produce a similar scavenger hunt concert next year, along with other, new family-friendly programs.

Cultural Campus Concert Crawl

Longhorn Village residents sing “The Eyes of Texas” at a Forty Acres Concert.

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Aiming to immerse the campus in music, on April 14, twenty Butler School chamber music students simultaneously presented concerts at four of UT’s acclaimed museums—the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts

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Center in the department of Art and Art History. In the weeks prior to the concert crawl, students worked diligently with faculty and the community outreach coordinator to compose presentations that would be accessible and informative to an audience new to classical music. In designing their programs, the students endeavored to choose music that would relate to the art and exhibits in the various performance spaces. On the afternoon of the crawl, guests encountered a wide variety of music and ensembles stationed throughout the campus. A quartet of tubas bellowed ancient chorales under a canopy of dinosaur bones at the Texas Memorial Museum. A flautist “beatboxed” and purred new music to delighted crowds in a contemporary art gallery at the Visual Arts Center. Two blocks down the street a string duo engulfed the Blanton’s beautiful blue atrium in Ravel’s exotic harmonies. At all of the concerts, Butler School students engaged their audiences in a casual conversation about the music they were performing, sharing photos of the composers, and welcoming questions throughout their presentations. Concerts repeated throughout the afternoon, so that museum goers could travel at their leisure from venue to venue, learning about music, art, science, and history. Over three hundred people participated in the concert crawl, including a bike tour group, a public school teacher training group, and retirement home groups. All of the concerts were presented as part of regular museum admission, with no additional cost. “Our audiences were very engaged and interested in our program,” said Conner O’Meara, a graduate clarinet student. “My experience performing at the Ransom Center was VERY rewarding and artistically satisfying!” When our students graduate and embark on their careers, they will feel special confidence and insight, reflecting on memories of uncommon instruction and performing opportunities provided at the Butler School of Music. At the Butler School, we’re preparing our students to tackle the new challenges of the 21st century. We’re proud to be at the forefront of community outreach training. By placing our students in unconventional performing situations, where they interact with a wide variety of community audiences, we’re enabling them to envision a fuller role for themselves in society. We’re encouraging them to be creative, compassionate, and versatile artists that enrich and inspire every audience they encounter.

Conner O’Meara, clarinet; Aaron Wright, bassoon; and Bradley Emerson, piano; perform at the Harry Ransom Center during the April 14 Cultural Campus Concert Crawl . WORDS of NOTE

Disco Classical By Mackenzie Slottow, MM Spring 2012, Flute Performance

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space had been cleared as a dance floor in the middle of the bar. The crowd formed a circle, anticipating the action with drinks in hand, as a wind quintet unleashed the first raucous chords of Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango. After a few minutes of music, a pair of bejeweled dancers swept into the circle, dipping and swinging the piece to its energetic finale. April 11, 2012, marked an unusual evening at the Butterfly Bar on Manor Road: a DJ, two live bands, and eight classical music acts played between 8 pm and midnight in an event I designed and called Disco Classical. Musical acts ranged from brass quintet playing video-game music to flute with electronics; from a string quartet’s Balkan dance tunes to saxophonists hitting tambourines with their feet. Classical acts segued into popular dance music at the top of each hour. Throughout my time at the Butler School, I’ve wanted to create a classical music experience that was engaging for people who didn’t already love it. My goal with Disco Classical was to bring people together in a familiar environment where they could experience something they had probably never heard before—a variety of musical styles and combinations of musicians. I wanted someone to walk away saying, “Wow, that was cool, I’m going home and looking up more music like that!” While some in the audience weren’t as eager to dance (the “disco” part of Disco Classical), my friends and I were. The atmosphere was extremely relaxed and full of good cheer. Patrons approached me expressing their excitement about the music and the way it was presented, and although I had not given thought to a second installment of Disco Classical, I was assured by many people that they would be present and bring their friends to the next one! Full of amazingly creative people with diverse interests and backgrounds, UT is an ideal environment for turning an idea into a reality. Over forty individuals were involved in the making of Disco Classical from start to finish, most of whom were students. Two incredible resources at the Butler School facilitated the process, and will doubtless fuel many other students’ creative musical projects in the future. First, a student group called Classical Reinvention formed at the Butler School in January 2012, dedicated to presenting classical music in newly inviting and engaging ways. The Butler School Outreach Office provided the crucial inspiration and knowledge necessary to get started and see the event through to the finish. Outreach Coordinator Evan Leslie specializes in projects that bring classical music out of Bates Recital Hall and into the Austin community. Evan patiently mentored me through the process of producing an event from scratch. I’m also profoundly grateful for the support and inspiration of my flute teacher, Professor Marianne Gedigian. Looking back on Disco Classical, I realized that creative presentation and programming of music can encourage listeners to step into the unfamiliar and gain new perspectives to carry into their personal and professional lives. By celebrating communities (in this case UT’s nightlife-loving students) and introducing them to new sounds and experiences, I can link my passion for playing to a broader goal: using music to build a cooperative global community with concert experiences that encourage creative thinking and open-mindedness.

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Bach Cantata Project Completes Sixth Season and four in the spring), a Bach cantata is performed in the Atrium of the Blanton Museum to standing-room-only audiences. Each month, different student conductors study and rehearse a Bach cantata, preparing soloists, chorus, and instrumentalists for the noon performances. The Blanton pairs a specific work of art in its collection to each cantata and provides a post-concert walk to talk about the work. The project has become one of Austin’s most popular classical events, developing a strong following of enthusiastic regulars, including the School of Music’s namesake supporters Sarah and Ernest Butler. The Bach Cantata Project was started by Dr. James Morrow, UT Director of Choral Activities, in the fall of 2006 to provide an opportunity for UT graduate choral conducting majors to work with singers and players in the rich repertoire of Bach’s cantatas. Morrow states, “I was an Artist/Fellow of the Bach Aria Festival and Institute as a graduate student, and I never forgot the enormous impact that amazing encounter with Bach’s music had on me as a musician and as a human being. It opened my mind to the genius of Bach, and I wanted to create a similar, ongoing opportunity for our students and community to experience more of this incredible repertoire than just the few cantatas that are well-known.” Thus far, forty-four of the 200 plus surviving cantatas have been performed, and the popular concert series has no end in sight. “At this rate, we’ll cover all the cantatas in about another 20 years,” says Morrow, “then, we’ll happily start the whole thing over again.”

Bach Cantata Project performance in atrium of Blanton Museum

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he Bach Cantata Project completed its sixth successful season in April 2012. From the beginning, the BCP has been a joint venture of the UT Choral Program and the UT Blanton Museum of Art. At noon on the last Tuesday of each month of the long semesters (three in the fall

Morrow never envisioned that the Bach Cantata Project would become such an audience favorite. “My original motivation was completely about the musical experience, that’s all. I was caught off guard by the incredible audience response, but could not be more delighted. It’s a testament to the greatness and enduring value of Bach’s music, of course.” The Bach Cantata Project will be right back in its regular time and place at the University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art this fall for season seven, with no signs of slowing its momentum in performing these great works.

BSOM Ensembles Perform at Tejano Monument Unveiling

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The Tejano Monument is a multi-statue monument on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol grounds honoring the contributions of early 6

Spanish-Mexican settlers and their descendants to Texas. The unveiling marked a 12-year effort by Hispanic business and education leaders to honor Spanish and Mexican pioneers, seldom mentioned in Texas history. “It should have always been here, because we’ve always been here,” said Rep. Richard Raymond of Laredo.

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he UT Mariachi Ensemble along with the Conjunto Ensemble performed at the unveiling of the Tejano Monument on the State of Texas Capitol grounds in March 2012. Both ensembles performed at the groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year. The UT Mariachi Ensemble is under the direction of Ezekiel (Zeke) Castro, charter UT String Project student (1948) and teacher and conductor of orchestras while in undergraduate school (1957–1961). The Conjunto Ensemble is led by faculty members Jean Jacques (JJ) Barrera, Joel Guzman, and Robin Moore.

UT Mariachi Ensemble, directed by Zeke Castro (third from left, second row)

Mariachi and Tejano conjunto dance rhythms are an integral component to Tejano culture and the UT ensembles were honored and excited to commemorate the state’s monument to the culture and history of the Tejano population. “The future of Texas is tied directly to the future of Hispanics,” said Gov. Rick Perry at the ceremony, “and I believe we have a glorious future ahead of us.”

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Butler School to Host Esteemed Competition and Festival for Young Violinists

2012 Austin Critics’ Table BSOM Winners Butler School of Music faculty, students, and alumni had a strong presence among the Austin Critics’ Table nominees and winners this year. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards, in its twentieth year, are given annually by an informal group of local arts critics. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in June. A list of Butler School winners follow:

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n January 2012, the Butler School of Music announced that it will host the 2014 Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists from February 21 to March 2. This biennial competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists, will be held in North America for the first time in its 29-year history. “We are thrilled that 2014 will be the Menuhin Competition’s first year in the United States. Over the years many entries and prize winners have come from America, and we are very excited that the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin has the vision and creativity to stage this unique music event,” said Gordon Back, artistic director of the Menuhin Competition, which is based in the United Kingdom.

Past winners of the Menuhin Competition have gone on to major international careers, including Nikolaj Znaider, Julia Fischer, and Ray Chen. To date, 23 of the prizewinners have been from the United States. The competition is open to violinists under the age of 22. Accepted applicants vie for cash prizes, scholarships, concert engagements, and the loan of fine violins. The competition is the only one of its kind, combining competition rounds with a 10day festival of performances and master classes given by jurors. Past jurors have included such distinguished violinists as Maxim Vengerov, Pamela Frank, and Miriam Fried.

Young Yehudi Menuhin with famed conductor Bruno Walter (1931). Menuhin displayed extraordinary talents at an early age, soloing with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of seven.

The timing of the competition coincides with the Butler School of Music’s centennial. “Hosting the Menuhin Competition’s first North American appearance is testament to the Butler School of Music’s rising prominence, not only in this country but around the world,” said former BSOM Director Glenn Chandler. “The Butler School and the Menuhin Competition share a common goal of cultural exchange in education.” The Menuhin Competition is held in a different city every two years. Previous hosts have included the Royal Academy of Music

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in London, the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing hosted the competition in April 2012, with 11 of the 42 selected competitors being American.

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated violinists. He founded the Menuhin Competition in 1983 with the goal of enabling young violinists from all over the world to study in an environment rich with cultural exchange. Menuhin established the Yehudi Menuhin School in England in 1963 and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1957.

Classical Music Outstanding Symphonic Performance Austin Symphony with Bion Tsang, violoncello (current faculty) Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor Outstanding Instrumentalist Daniel Ching, violin (current faculty) Puts: Credo Outstanding Chamber Performance Steve Parker (current student) Cage: Musicircus, Blanton Museum of Art Outstanding Choral Performance Conspirare (featuring current faculty Nathaniel Brickens, Thomas Burritt, Rebecca Henderson, Patrick Hughes, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, and alumnus Brian Shaw) Samuel Barber: American Romantic Outstanding Original Composition/Score (Tie) Steven Snowden (current student): For So Long It’s Not True Ian Dicke (DMA, 2012): Musa Visual Art Outstanding Work of Art: Installation Line Upon Line Percussion Ensemble (alumni)/Norma Yancey and Emily Little: “seeing times are not hidden,” Architecture in Music/Music in Architecture

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he 2011-12 Butler Opera Center Season brought a diverse repertoire to the McCullough Theatre. Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Gian Carlo Menotti, BOC Director Robert DeSimone presented a new production of Menotti’s musical drama The Consul (photos above) in October, conducted by guest conductor Kelly Kuo.

Butler Opera Center 2011–12

Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (photos right and below right) was presented in April with a special second-act Gala in each of the four performances. Guest artists included outstanding Butler School of Music faculty and guest conductor Robert Spillman. Daron Hagen’s New York Stories (photos above and below left), three one-act operas set in a New York apartment building, was performed as a trilogy for the first time in February, an American premiere. The all-student-directed-and-designed production featured video as scenic elements.

The Butler Opera Center Ensemble (Undergraduate Opera) became a major part of the Center two years ago. During 2011-12, the Ensemble presented four performances: a staged production of Dido And Aeneas with the UT Early Music Ensemble, a Rogers and Hammerstein Concert, chorus for Die Fledermaus, and an Aria Concert.

All photos on this page by Nathan Russell

Butler Opera Center Young Artists Program

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he Butler Opera Center Young Artists Program (BOCYAP) completed its third season in June 2012. Designed for talented young high school singers, the program began in 2009 with 17 students from Central Texas high schools, along with 10 Butler School of Music faculty. By the 2012 season, the program had expanded to 49 singers and 21 faculty. Students from over 50 high schools in the Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Marcos, and San Antonio areas travelled to Austin once per week during the month of June. The program engages students in challenging classes, lessons, and performance opportunities. The curriculum covers individual voice instruction and classes related to the art of singing, including diction, song and aria interpretation, and the science behind vocal production. At the program’s end, students perform a vibrant and extensive Solo and Opera Scenes Concert. The BOCYAP goal is to provide intensive solo training for gifted young singers who wish to pursue a singing career. Recent graduates of the program have received full scholarships from the University of North Texas, Baylor University, Oberlin Conservatory, Vanderbilt University, Georgetown University, Berklee School of Music, Oklahoma University, and the University of Texas at Austin. 8

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Christopher Atzinger (BM 1999) was recently granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He also celebrated the release of his fourth commercial CD, which features solo piano music of Judith Lang Zaimont on the Naxos label. His concert engagements in the last year have included performances in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Malta. Karol Ann Badgett (DMA 2008) is now a Christopher Atzinger featured composer at Alpha Major Publishing of Houston, Texas. Alpha Major publishes educational materials for music students and teachers including theory workbooks, musicianship lesson plans, and original music. Dr. Badgett currently has twenty compositions in the Alpha Major catalogue, including duets for onepiano, four-hands, ensembles for two and three violins and piano, and primary piano solos. The piano duets were premiered in June  at the Alpha Major Showcase for the Texas Music Teachers’ Association State Convention in Grapevine, Texas. James Barry (MM 2000) had a year of work focused on his new opera, Smashed: The Carrie Nation Story, commissioned by Opera on Tap in Brooklyn, New York, with Austin-based librettist Timothy Braun, directed by Kathleen Stakenas. The story is a modern, comedic look at the life of Ms. Nation, who showed her displeasure of alcohol consumption by terrorizing bar patrons with a hatchet. In January 2012 a libretto reading was presented at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Several scenes were showcased at Barbès bar and performance space in June 2012. A full workshop of the opera and local flash mob bar performances are planned for December 2012, moving toward premieres in Texas and New York City in March and April 2013, followed by performances by several Opera on Tap James Barry national chapters. The Holyoke Civic Symphony opened its past season with Barry’s orchestra piece Snapshot. Hustle, a new work commissioned by the Brandon High School Orchestra in Tampa, Florida, premiered in February 2012, and was performed on a tour to California. Songs written by Barry for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s play Porcelain and Pink were performed on a 10-show run across New York City, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn in the Xoregos Performing Company’s production One Act Gems in May. Please visit www.james-barry.com & www.youtube. com/HSMusic2010 for more information.

piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers.” Beard played in three concerts at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention and served as a judge for the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition. She presented a lecture-recital on the flute music of Philip Glass at the 2012 British Flute Society International Convention in Manchester, England. Beard and percussionist Tomm Roland, who perform as the duo Zephyrus, headlined the 2011 Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, California, and won the College Music Society’s inaugural Chamber Music Competition in 2011. Sean Beavers (BM 1998) was recently named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Liberty University, where he continues to serve as Associate Professor of Guitar. Dr. Beavers’ administrative role focuses on program assessment, faculty evaluation, and supervision of undergraduate residential programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Beavers has been asked to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Guitar Foundation of America.

Sean Beavers

Dwight Bigler (DMA 2006) is in his third year as Director of Choral Activities at Virginia Tech. In May 2012, he led the Virginia Tech Chamber Singers on a tour through Italy, performing at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and St. Mark’s in Venice. Bigler is currently composer-in-residence of the Festival Choir of Madison and regularly receives commissions from around the country. His composition Miss Mackenzie was a winner of the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Choral Music Series. He presented the work at the NCCO national conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, and it has now been published by NCCO. The work was also featured in a lecture as part of Virginia Alexis Ebbets Buffum Tech’s Visible Scholarship Initiative at the Newman Library in 2012.

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Enjoying an active career on the world stage, flutist Christine Erlander Beard (MM 1998, DMA 2003) was a featured guest artist at the 2011 European Piccolo Festival in Jezersko, Slovenia, where she performed alongside world-renowned piccoloists Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Nicola Mazzanti, Matjaž Debeljak, and Nicole Esposito. A review of the festival in the Canadian journal Flute Focus stated that Beard’s performance “…should be essential listening for all composers/orchestrators…for it shatters any notions that the WORDS of NOTE

Jeremy Brown (DMA 2006) recently obtained tenure as Associate Professor and has served a year as Chair of the Music Department at Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto and Menifee, California.

Dwight Bigler with the Virginia Tech Chamber Singers in the Vatican

Alexis Ebbets Buffum (MM 2006) is the solo violinist on two films recently produced. The first is Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. Graham Reynolds composed music for this film. Buffum also recorded on Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, featuring music by David Wingo. The Texas Guitar Quartet, comprised of BSOM graduates Isaac Bustos (DMA 2010), Jonathan Dotson (DMA 2010), Alejandro Montiel (DMA 2009), and Joseph Williams II (DMA Guitar Performance) released their debut album, Red, in March 2012. The recording contains

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new pieces and arrangements for guitar quartet, including the worldpremiere recording of Antoine de Lhoyer’s Air Varié et dialogué and Joseph Williams’ Red quartet.

performed at the Music Society Composers Concert at Capilano University in Vancouver by Ian Davidson and Vanguel Tangarov, who again performed the piece in June at the National Association of Composers/ USA East Coast Summer Fest at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City. Ditto was a featured pianist at an 18-Century Spanish Music concert during the 43rd American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting in San Antonio, where he performed solo keyboard works and accompanied tenor Yuri Porras. Additionally, Ditto composed a commissioned score for Broadway and Alley Theater performer Peter Lobdell’s theater production, Scherzando, performed at Amherst College in September 2011.

William Henry Caldwell (MM 1978) is a full professor and chairperson for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He continues to perform as a baritone in recital and guest appearances with symphony orchestras. As conductor of the Grammy-nominated Central State University Chorus, he has toured the United States, Europe, and Asia, with solo performances in Cairo, Egypt. Professor Caldwell recently returned from China, where he conducted the CSU Chorus in performances in Shanghai and at the U. S. Embassy in Beijing. He continues to prepare the Central State University Chorus for its annual performance with the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. The Chorus appeared on national state television from Salzburg, Austria, with a viewing audience of eight million during its particiWilliam Caldwell (center) with Franz Welserpation in Musikantensthal für Intercultur. Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra Anne Clark (DMA 1988) and her singer-songwriter daughter Elizabeth, have created an original children’s musical based on Janette Oke’s children’s book, Ducktails. The Community Chamber Orchestra LLC, founded and directed by Dr. Clark, was awarded grants from the PatsyLu Fund for Women’s Music Projects, Open Meadows, and the Puffin Foundation to present performances of the musical drama Ducktails in June 2012 in Morganville, Kansas. Dr. Clark has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Worldwide Who’s Who as “Professional of the Year in Musical Direction.” Currently working on his third studio album, David Cloyd (BM 1998) has started his own label imprint, Hook & Ladder Records, as a home for the developing artists emerging from his Buffalo recording and production studio. The label launched in Summer 2012 with the July release of Fragile Chances, the debut album from newcomer Caroline Fenn. Cloyd has also been named Executive Vice President of Creative Operations at ECR Music Group (formerly Engine Company Records) of New York City. Jack Cooper (DMA 1999) was co-writer and presenter of a National Endowment of the Humanities and American Library Association grant for the three part “Jewish American Song Writers” series presented at the University of Memphis. He was guest conductor for the Arizona AllState Honor Jazz Ensemble at the 2012 Arizona State Music Convention. Cooper served as a book reviewer for JazzTimes magazine, and his reviews can be viewed online at that publication’s website. He served as music arranger and conductor for Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville in October 2011. He continues to do staff arranging and composing for Alfred Music Publications and has over 100 works in publication with Alfred, RGM, 3 to 2, Increase Music, UNC Jazz Press, and Brass 4 Publishing. As a woodwind player, Cooper performed most notably recently with the Memphis Symphony and Deana Martin. Cooper will soon complete his 15th year at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, where he is an Associate Professor of Music. Pas de Deux, a duet for oboe and clarinet by Charles Ditto (MM 1994, DMA 1998), received three national and international performances in the past season. In February 2012, Paul Chenin and Rochelle Oedeman performed the piece at the College Music Society Composers Concert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In March, the piece was

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Alexandre Dossin (DMA 2001) has recently made several CD recordings. Russian Transcriptions, his second recording to be included in Naxos’ prestigious international series “Complete Piano Works by Franz Liszt,” was released in June. In August, Rachmaninoff: Prelude in c# minor, op. 3 no. 2, Preludes op. 23 was released on Schirmer Performance Editions. Lieder, with soprano Charlotte Pistor, was released in September. His recording of Rachmaninoff: Preludes op. 32 is to be released in 2013, also by Schirmer. A full discography is available at www.dossin.net. Dossin performed several all-Liszt recitals in 2011-12, during the Liszt bicentennial celebrations, including performances in New York City, Washington D.C., Connecticut, and Virginia. He performed with orchestras in Brazil and in the U.S., and taught and performed in international festivals in both countries as well. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society, and is the president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society. He is also on the advisory board of the Liszt-Garrison International Competition in Baltimore. Dr. Dossin was the artistic director of the 2012 Festival of the American Liszt Society, held at the University of Oregon, where he has taught since 2006. Mezzo Soprano Helen Fanelli (née Shuler) (BMA 1983) was recently selected as one of ten finalists in the American Opera Idol Competition hosted by the Connecticut Concert Opera. In December 2011, Fanelli sang with the Chelsea Opera Chorus in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” concert with orchestra at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City. She performed the Bach B Minor Mass Aria, “Agnus Dei,” in an April 2012 concert at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck, New York, where she has been the alto soloist since 2005. Fanelli was invited to sing in a “Random Act of Culture” concert with Opera Philadelphia Chorus in September 2012. Her website is www.classicalsinger.net/ HelenFanelli Sharon Birkman Fink (MM 1973) sang musical theatre after her study at UT and later married baritone Richard Paul Fink, who recently won a Grammy Award for his Metropolitan Opera recording of Dr. Atomic by John Adams. She stayed very active in music until 2002, when she transitioned to the world of business and psychology to become CEO of her father’s company, Birkman International, Inc., in Houston. She noted that she is in a three-generation Longhorn family, as her father earned his doctorate at UT and her youngest daughter has now completed her freshman year there. Christopher Guzman (DMA 2011) recently won the top prize at one of the most prestigious piano competitions in Europe, The Orléans International Piano Competition, which heavily promotes its winner in France and abroad. The day after winning, Guzman performed his Paris début at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, with the performance recorded and broadcast on France Musique Radio. In addition, the

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In addition to his work as a director and teacher, Alan E. Hicks (DMA 2009) recently published his first book, Singer and Actor; Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer (Amadeus Press, 2011), and has begun work on a second. Hicks has served on the production staffs of Thomas Heflin (DMA 2009) continues as Program Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Florida Grand Manager at the Manhattan School of Music PrecolOpera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Tulsa Opera as lege Division, a Saturday music program that has rewell as directing productions for Palm Beach Opera, cruited some of the most talented middle and high Tulsa Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Sam Houston State school musicians in the New York area. A professional University, and the University of Iowa. His production jazz trumpet player, Heflin headlined for two nights of Susannah at UT’s Butler Opera Center in 2008 won along with trombonist and former UT faculty member First Prize in the National Opera Association’s Opera Thomas Heflin Ron Westray in September 2011 at Smalls Jazz Club in Production Competition. Hicks has held Visiting AssisGreenwich Village. The event was a CD release party tant Professor positions at Sam Houston State Univerfor his recent album, Live from Austin, recorded during his time at UT. In sity and the University of Iowa, and taught acting at Druid City Opera October, Heflin’s sextet, Spectrum, was also one of the groups featured Workshop for the past two years. at “The Spot,” a new music series at the Brooklyn Lyceum. He performed Erin Jepson (BA 2004) was recently proas a sideman in two recent recordings : Bill Mobley & The Smoke Big moted to Director of Events and Patron Band - Vol. 1-2 - Live At Smoke, recorded at Smoke Jazz Supper Club and Services at Walton Arts Center in FayLounge in Manhattan, and Kelly Powers Project, a quintet album featuretteville, Arkansas. Walton Arts Center, ing pianist Kelly Powers. In January 2012 Heflin gave a clinic at the Jazz Arkansas’ largest and busiest center for Education Network Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, entitled “Bringthe performing arts, has recently taken ing Jazz History to Life Through Multimedia Presentations,” in which he over the Arkansas Music Pavilion, a 7,500 outlined ways to engage large lecture classes through techniques he seat outdoor music venue, and is also learned while serving as Assistant Instructor for a large Jazz Appreciapresenting a summer concert season tion class at UT. at the Riverfest Amphitheater in Little Erin Jepson Rock, Arkansas. Hank Hehmsoth (BM 1975, MM 1976), a faculty member in the School of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been selected as the James Jeter (BM 1971) continues to perform as principal bassoon for MacDowell Colony Norton Stevens Fellow for 2012, an award based the Westfield Orchestra in New Jersey and the St. Cecilia Orchestra in on the spirit of the artist’s work and importance to the world commuNew York City. He taught and performed again for his seventh sumnity of artists. Hehmsoth has also been mer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan, where he was awarded a New Music USA grant in muprincipal for opera, symphony orchestra (including the Verdi Requiem, sic composition for 2012. In May Hehmbroadcast on NPR) and concert wind ensemble. Dr. Jeter was featured soth represented the Texas State School on Danilo Mezzadri’s solo flute recital, performing Charles Ruggiero’s of Music during an international lecChobim - Six Jazz Compositions in Honor of Frederic Chopin and Antonio ture/performance tour in Chile, where Carlos Jobim for Flute, Bassoon & Piano for Blue Lake’s Faculty Series. he conducted a lecture/clinic and percompetition funded a tour of France conservatories and the recording of a CD. Guzman was appointed last year as Assistant Professor of Piano at The Pennsylvania State University.

formed at the Instituto Profesional Projazz in Santiago. Two Hehmsoth works were premiered in April 2012. Freedom STOMP was performed for the first time at the Mysterium for New Music concert on the Texas State campus. The premiere of Carlos ‘n Charlie’s was performed at Hank Hehmsoth the 15th Annual Inside Out Steelband Festival, One World Theatre, by the Knights of Steel, one of the most respected steelbands in the country. The composition received the JCOI Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Special Recognition award in 2010 from Columbia University. Hehmsoth was runner-up for the 2011 Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities. Chris Heldt (MM 2011) has been active in the Austin and Texas music scenes since he graduated. In the fall of 2011, Heldt served as adjunct instructor of trumpet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he taught applied lessons and assisted with studio and brass methods classes. Locally, Heldt taught private lessons and was a member of the Cedar Park Winds and Austin Civic Orchestra. In the fall of 2012, Heldt begins DMA work at the University of Georgia, where he will be a graduate teaching assistant and study with David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. WORDS of NOTE

Conductor Garrett Keast (BM 1995) continues to impress European audiences with fresh interpretations and the technical excellence of his productions. The 2011-12 season was packed with operatic debuts in Paris, Berlin, and Bonn, including a new Opera de Paris production of Faust with Roberto Alagna, a premiere of the Georg Friedrich Haas opera Bluthaus with the Oper Bonn and SWR Sinfonieorchester, and repertoire performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Upcoming highlights include debuts  with the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Wuppertal Sinfonieorchester, Fort Worth Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Nashville Symphony and Ballet.

New book by Alan Hicks

Janice N. Killian (PhD 1980), Chair of Music Education at Texas Tech University since 2002, recently received the prestigious 2011-12 Chancellor’s Council Award for Distinguished Teaching, Texas Tech’s highest award for teaching. Killian is currently editor of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and chair of the executive committee of NAfME’s Society for Research in Music Education. Rev. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, PhD, (MM 1977) is Professor of Religion at Shaw University Divinity School and serves on the clergy staff at Young Missionary Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, both in Raleigh, North Carolina. The author of over twenty books and numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Kirk-Duggan was named as 2011 Excellence in Research Award Winner 11


at Shaw University. Her most recent book, coauthored Il Trovatore, Dr. Leaf returned to Eugene, Oregon, in June with Marlon Hall, is Wake Up!: Hip Hop, Christianity, and for his seventh season performing at the Oregon Bach the Black Church (Abingdon, 2011), which explores the Festival. intersections of Black sacred and secular music. Dr. KirkBZ Lewis (BM 1992) won his sixth Emmy in June 2012. Duggan was also named in 2011 to the YWCA Academy of The chief producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist of his Women in the Area of Education, a distinguished group of Studio 132 has garnered 14 Emmy nominations for his women honored for their accomplishments and commitstudio work, and in the past two years, five artists from ment to the YWCA mission. Additionally, Dr. Kirk-Duggan his studio have made the Grammy long list. was a 2011 Black Religious Scholar Group Honoree at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical LitMartha MacDonald (DMA 1986) maintains a studio of erature annual meeting in San Francisco. She was named clarinet, flute, and piano students and is currently the 4th one of the Black Religious Scholars Group’s Womanist Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan Vice-President and Music Advisor on the Mu Phi Epsilon Legends at an event entitled “What Manner of Woman International Music Fraternity Board of Directors. Is This? Womanist Gala and Black Church Summit” in New York City in March 2012. Dr. Kirk-Duggan’s beloved husband for over 28 years, Hon. Composer/conductor Joseph Martin (MM 1983) directed the DistinMichael “Mike” Allan Kirk-Duggan, died in October 2011. A Professor guished Concerts International New York chorus and orchestra in a perEmeritus of the McCombs School of Business, Michael Kirk-Duggan formance of his own choral works on a Memorial Day (May 28, 2012) was a UT professor from 1969 to 1993. Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan is curconcert “Of Faith and Freedom” in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. The rently working on several books as well as preparing to present a vocal repertoire of Martin compositions included The Awakening, one of his concert in Fall 2012. most performed choral compositions; The Epitaph, a Memorial Day anthem; Song for the Unsung Hero, written in the days following the 9-11 Dan K. Kurland (BM 2010) continues to pursue his masters at The tragedy; and the world premiere of A Festive Call to Freedom, a call to Juilliard School. In September 2011, he performed with Austin-native citizenship and liberty. Twenty-one choirs from thirteen states made up violinist Charles Yang to a standing-room crowd in Lincoln Center’s Ruthe chorus. Widely recognized for his sacred and secular choral combinstein Atrium. He also led and performed in the first ever Dueling positions, Martin’s music is published by numerous publishing houses, Pianos Concert, featuring performances by second-year students in with over a thousand compositions currently in print. Juilliard’s collaborative piano. He had the privilege of collaborating with faculty and students, working with instrumentalists and vocalists. In February 2012, Kurland coached with soprano Lucy Shelton in preparation for the “FOCUS! 2012: John Cage at 100” festival, featuring collaborations with vocalists Karen Vuong and Carla Jablonski. During the spring, he played for UT Professor Anne Epperson during her spring master class at The Juilliard School, in addition to performing at the school’s Czech Liederabend. He performed an all-Britten program with tenor Spencer Lang, for which Kurland was said “to deliver a full palette of musical colours...an ideal collaborator” and that “the two musicians had everything worked out to the finest detail Brett Mitchell yet it all seemed wonderfully spontaneous and alive” (Philip Gardner, “Oberon’s Grove” blog). In summer of 2012, he returned to the faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy.

Sidra Lawrence (PhD 2011) recently received an appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University beginning in Fall 2012.

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Nathan Leaf (MM 2002, DMA 2006), Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at North Carolina State University, performed as a Conducting Fellow at the Providence Renaissance Institute in Rhode Island in February 2012. Selected through national audition, the fellows were coached in the music of Monteverdi, Tomkins, and Byrd by members of the acclaimed early music ensemble I Fagiolini. Having completed his third season as North Carolina Opera’s chorus master with productions of Carmen and

Matthew Middleton (BM 2003) recently began doctoral studies in organ at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying with Janette Fishell. He was a competitor in the National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance and was invited to compete in the upcoming Grand Prix de Chartres in France. He accompanied two choirs— Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and Christ Church Cathedral of Hartford, Connecticut—on their residencies at the English cathedrals of Coventry, Norwich, and Lincoln in August 2012. The Trinity choir premiered Middleton’s newly-composed Preces and Responses at Norwich. Brett Mitchell (DMA 2005) has been appointed as Music Director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston after serving as guest conductor Matthew Middleton there for five productions over the past three seasons. As an Assistant Professor at the Moores School of Music, Mitchell will lead the opera program in up to four fully staged works each season. Mitchell has also been selected from over 400 applicants as one of only 24 conductors to compete this year in the 6th International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti in Frankfurt, Germany, and begins his third season as Music Director of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra this fall.

Gary Mortenson

Gary Mortenson (DMA 1984) has been named the inaugural Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University. Mortenson served as Head of the Department of Music and assumes this post following the realignment of performing arts

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disciplines at the university and the recent approval of the new school by the Kansas Board of Regents.

seven-year position as Director of Bands at Taylor (Texas) Middle School, where his ensembles have earned numerous awards.

Mathayo Bernard Ndomondo (PhD 2010) foMary Robbins’ (DMA 1992) review of Understandcused his doctoral research at UT on the intersecing Mozart’s Piano Sonatas  (Irving) for the  Motion between music, gender, religion, and state zart Society of America was published in the Fall agencies in the war against HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. 2011 MSA Newsletter and in March 2012, on the He is continuing with this area of research in a MSA website (www.mozartsocietyofamerica.org). one-year postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by In June 2012, her cadenza for Mozart’s Rondo for the African Humanities Program in collaboration Horn and Orchestra, K. 371, was performed in with the American Council of Learned Society. Sweden by the principal horn player of the HelMary Robbins and Paul Badura-Skoda “What I want to get across to the people through singborg Symphony Orchestra. Engraving of her this research,” states Dr. Ndomondo, “is that performances that focus on compositions 26 Cadenzas, Lead-Ins and Embellishments for Mozart’s the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Tanzania are more than spaces for messagePiano Concertos K.466, K.467, K.482, K.491, K.503 and K.537, which follow oriented or crowd-attracting activity, but serve as sites upon which the style of Mozart’s own examples, was completed in early 2012. Her not only the manifestations and negotiations of power relations and ongoing work on Mozart style and performance includes her present gendered and spiritual identities take place, but also as avenues for writing codifying sound relationships as indicated by Mozart’s notation the collective production of diverse types of of expression markings in his manuscripts, and how those relationships knowledge such as musical, biomedical, relican be achieved by performers on modern instruments. gious and indigenous knowledge about healComposer Andrew Rudin (BM 1962) returned to UT in April for a pering in the context of HIV/AIDS.” In addition formance of his septet Chiaroscuro by Dan Welcher and to his research activity, Dr. the UT New Music Ensemble during the 50th anniversary Ndomondo also works celebrations of his graduating class. His Sonata for Cello as a lecturer and head of and Piano was performed in Philadelphia shortly therethe music division in the Department of Fine and after, and Masha’s Arias was heard in the final concert of Performing Arts at the Unithe Brooklyn New Music Collective. Rudin’s Sonata for versity of Dar Es Salaam, Violin and Piano will be performed in Dallas next seaTanzania. son by Voices of Ed Nichols Change, and a Edmund L. (Ed) Nichols (MM 1957) recently had his CD of his three personal and career papers as a U.S. Senior Foreign string sonatas Service agricultural diplomat accepted by the Poage is in production Legislative Library at Baylor University. Nichols’ ca- New CD by Linda Pelleymounter with Centaur reer summary can also be seen on the website of the Records. Texas State Cemetery where he and his wife Sandra Heiligman Nichols, CPA, (BBA UT 1960) will be interred. Cindy Sadler (BM 1990) continues to enjoy a busy performLinda L. Pelleymounter (MM 1984) recently completed a compilaing career. The 2011-2012 seation CD of her past piano performances, which includes compositions son saw her making numerous by Schumann, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, role and house debuts to rave Bach, and Chopin. The CD is available reviews, including Gertrude in Andrew Rudin with through iTunes and CD Baby. Linda is curRomeo & Juliette with Florida clarinetist Shih-Wen Fan rently employed in genetic research at Grand Opera (a role she also the Mayo Clinic. She recently published sang with San Antonio Opera), the Old Baroness in Vanessa with Saraan article in the journal Molecular Genetsota Opera, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro with Kentucky Opera, ics and Metabolism on a new method to the Marquise de Berkenfield in La Fille du Regiment with Opera Idaho analyze next-generation sequencing and Sugar Creek Festival, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, and Zita data using concepts from both sensitivin Gianni Schicchi with the Princeton Festival. Upity analysis and patcoming engagements include a return to Opera tern recognition. Idaho as Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and to Austin She believes that Kendall Prinz Lyric Opera as Martha in Faust. She will also direct some of her ideas a workshop production of Un ballo in maschera arose from her experiences in music, and that in January 2013. Sadler continues to administer context is important when analyzing both music and stage direct for her opera troupe, Spotlight and a person’s DNA. on Opera, now in its 6th season, to write for Classical Singer Magazine, and to offer her Business of Kendall Prinz (DMA 2010) was recently named Singing workshops across the US. Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Instrumental Music Education at Northwest Missouri State Pianist John Salmon (DMA 1988) had a busy year University, where he will teach the trombone, that included a concert tour of China, with reciteuphonium, and tuba studio, as well as teaching als in Shenyang, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Tongliao. several music education courses. He is leaving a Cindy Sadler He gave lecture-recitals on the piano music of WORDS of NOTE

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music of Nikolai Kapustin at the Music Teachers National Association conference in New York and at “The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music” conference at West Virginia University. He also performed and gave clinics at the Festival for Creative Pianists at Colorado Mesa University. He appeared at the Sunday Jazz Showcase in New Bern, North Carolina, performed music of Gabriel Fauré at the Focus on Piano Literature symposium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and collaborated with the GroundWorks Dance Theater of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, which is using his recording of music by Dave Brubeck for a new choreographic production.

Larissa Chace Smith’s (MM 2006) band, The Hello Strangers, recently won the AirPlay Direct “Win an Americana Record Deal Contest,” which includes a record contract with IMI Music in Nashville, radio distribution, promotion, and other services and opportunities. More info can be found at thehellostrangers.com.

Bassoonist Amanda Swain (BM 2009), who earned her MM from Northwestern University in June 2011, has led an active freelance career in Chicago since leaving UT. In addition to being a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, MuNaomi Seidman Larry Schnitzer (BM 1984) has just completed his 22nd sicNOW, Camerata Chicago, New World Symphony, and year as Director of Bands at Naaman Forest High School in the Garland, others. She also toured the Midwest in October 2011 and appeared on Texas ISD. Under his direction, the Ranger Bands have received 46 conthe famed Dame Myra Hess series in March 2012 with her Fischoff-winsecutive 1st division ratings at University Interscholastic League marchning woodwind quintet, The City of Tomorrow. In July 2012, Swain was ing and concert competitions, and have won 18 contests at both the awarded 2nd place in the prestigious regional and national levels. He and his wife, Laura, have a 10th-grade Gillet-Fox International Competition. daughter, Jessica, who plays trombone and a son, Jacob, who will enter This fall, she will relocate to her homeUT this fall as a Music Studies major with an emphasis in horn. town of Houston to begin recentlywon positions as Principal Bassoon of Dan Schwartz (MM 2008) was recently appointed Assistant Professor the Houston Grand Opera and Second of Oboe at the University of Oklahoma. He was teaching at OU on a Bassoon of the Houston Ballet. one-year appointment, and will begin his appointment as a tenuretrack Assistant Professor in the fall of 2012. John Len Wiles (DMA 2008) is Assistant Professor of Music at the UniverDeborah Schwartz-Kates (PhD 1997), Chair of the Musicology Departsity of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, ment at the University of Miami, authored a chapter on Argentina, UruIowa. He conducts the vocal ensemguay, and Paraguay for the contemporary bles, which include Cantorei, the UNI collegiate textbook Musics of Latin America Singers, and the Varsity Men’s Glee (W. W. Norton, 2012). The book, edited by Asa Williams UT Professor of Ethnomusicology Robin Club, and also directs the graduate Moore, also includes a chapter by alumnus program in Choral Conducting. During the past year Wiles began the T. M. Scruggs (MM 1985, PhD 1994). This Northern Iowa Bach Cantata Series (based on the Bach Cantata Project past year, Schwartz-Kates published an established at UT Austin), conducted UNI’s performance of Mozart’s Rearticle on the letters of Alberto Ginastera quiem, and was nominated for a Dean’s Award in Teaching Excellence. at the Library of Congress for the journal In addition, the Varsity Men’s Glee Club of over 50 members sold out six Notes (2011). She was invited to speak at performances over the past two years, and Wiles conducted the group the Cultural Counterpoints conference, in during a tour to Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna in May 2012. Recently, honor of the 50th anniversary of the Latin Wiles founded Northern Voices, a summer ensemble comprised of uniAmerican Music Center at Indiana Universiversity students and community members dedicated to singing sacred Deborah Schwartz-Kates ty. She is a Contributing Editor to the HandRenaissance music in cathedrals and basilicas in Iowa. book of Latin American Studies, a major international reference for IberoAmerican scholarship. Asa J. Williams (BM 1979) graduated with High Distinction from Liberty University in May 2012 with a Master of Science in Accounting deNaomi Seidman (DMA 2007) has accepted an appointment as Assisgree. He has worked as an Internal Revenue Agent for the Internal Revtant Professor of Flute at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, enue Service (IRS) in Fort Worth, Texas, and is currently a Senior Team to begin fall 2012. A frequent soloist, orchestral, and chamber musiCoordinator with the IRS based in Atlanta, Georgia. cian, Seidman has performed with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, Bradley Williams (BM 1986, MM 1991) was recently appointed Assisand has also participated in many festivals. In May 2010, she was invited tant Chair of Voice at the New Engto perform in the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico. In land Conservatory. With an extensive 2011, she performed with the Vienna Piano Trio and the Walden Champerforming career in opera as a tenor ber Players. Dr. Seidman is a founding member of the Rhapsoidos Trio, in the bel canto repertoire, Williams which includes soprano, flute, and piano. has appeared in major productions in theaters around the world, including Daniel Seriff (MM 2003) returned to the UT family in October 2011 Gran Teatre del Liceu, , Opera de Borwhen he was hired as Assistant to the Director and Graduate Admisdeaux, Royal Danish Opera, Opera du sions Coordinator at the Butler School of Music. Rhin in Strasbourg, and many more. He may be heard on disc as Salvini in Jeri-Lynne (White) Severance (MM 1987) co-wrote an article “EduBellini’s Adelson e Salvini on the Nuova cators Maneuvering the Challenges of RTI Conferences Guidelines for Era label and as Scott in Harvey Milk on Success” that was published in The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Winter edition 2012. Bradley Williams the Teldec label. 14

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Paul Merkelo

Christopher Adkins

Jayne Stadley

Francesca Arnone James Dunham

Stephen Mead

David Kim Alvin Chow Angela Cheng

Gerry Pagano Cho-Liang Lin

Chloë Hanslip John Clayton

Julie Smith

Laurence Lesser

A few of the year’s distinguished guests

Mark Nuccio

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

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New Releases from Longhorn Music

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onghorn Music, the official record label of the Butler School of Music, has earned a reputation for releasing exciting and engaging performances of classical music. The label aspires to capture the best musical moments offered by the Butler School and distribute them to audiences worldwide, while providing an innovative hands-on education for students. Longhorn Music releases are exclusively distributed by Naxos America.

In the Thick of It UT Jazz Orchestra; Jeff Hellmer, Director Released November 2011 In the Thick of It features compelling compositions by students Mike Sailors, Gabriel Santiago, and Marcus Wilcher, as well as the music of jazz faculty member John Mills. The album reveals the exciting variety of compositional voices found in the Butler School’s jazz composition program, while also showcasing the polish, virtuosity, and premier style of the UT Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jeff Hellmer. The Butler School is proud to share the amazing professionalism and artistry of our jazz students and faculty.

Gobo: Commissions and Premiers for the Oboe Rebecca Henderson, oboe Released March 2012 This album is the Longhorn Music debut for acclaimed oboist and UT professor Rebecca Henderson. Commemorating her illustrious career of championing new music for the oboe, this album includes five brilliant new commissions or premiers of chamber music with oboe. Faculty composer Russell Pinkston composed the album’s title track, Gobo, for oboe and electronic sounds. Faculty members Kristin Wolfe Jensen (bassoon), Robert Freeman (piano), and Rose Taylor (narration) are also featured. A rare collection of masterfully performed, attractive new chamber music for woodwinds, Gobo is a wonderful addition to the Longhorn Music catalogue.

Many Sided Music Æolus String Quartet Released March 2012 Many Sided Music is the Æolus Quartet’s second release on the Longhorn Music label, and it

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represents the culmination of the student quartet’s two years as the Butler School’s Young Professional String Quartet-in-Residence. The album features three virtuosic works by emerging young American composers, anchored by William Bolcom’s beloved Three Rags for String Quartet. UT composition student Steven Snowden’s Appalachian Polaroids is also featured. With the Æolus having completed their studies at the Butler School in May of 2011, we are thrilled to release this album as a reflection of the exemplary education, mentorship, and support that the school offers its students.

I, too Icy Simpson, soprano, and Artina McCain, piano Released August 2012 A collection of rarely-heard vocal art songs and spirituals composed or arranged by African-American composers, I, too features fantastic debut performances by two immensely gifted recent UT graduates, soprano Icy Simpson and pianist Artina McCain. The recording’s inspiration was drawn from their desire to increase the awareness of this particular musical heritage and style. I, too features an attractive variety of beautifully performed inspirational songs, providing profound insight into past and present African American culture. The album was made possible in part by a generous gift from Admiral Bobby Inman.

Upcoming Releases Starry Crown UT Wind Ensemble; Jerry Junkin, Director This recording is the first UT Wind Ensemble project on the Longhorn Music Label. The album’s title work, Starry Crown, was written by faculty composer Donald Grantham.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cello: Bach Unaccompanied Suites for Violoncello Performed on the Double Bass DaXun Zhang, Double Bass Acclaimed virtuoso DaXun Zhang, Assistant Professor of Double Bass, performs his own transcriptions of three of Bach’s famous suites for unaccompanied cello.

Beethoven Razumovsky Quartets Miró Quartet The Butler School’s celebrated faculty string quartet-in-residence will soon release the second album in its series of the compete string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Center for American Music Explores Musical Diasporas

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working on a book on the same topic. his past spring, the Center for American Music (CAM) was pleased to host a number of The Center was keen to integrate music perforguests as a part of its annual invited speaker’s mance into the series this year, and members series. The theme for this year’s were excited by an opportunity series was American Music(s): to partner with the UT Middle Musical Diasporas in the US. This Eastern Ensemble, led by Dr. year’s goal was to attempt to Sonia Seeman. Through the expand the definitions of Amerefforts of Dr. Seeman, the two ican Music through an exploragroups were able to bring in tion of the variety of musical renowned Armenian-American communities that comprise the multi-instrumentalist Souren American musical landscape. Baronian, as well as several of The series sought to investigate Souren Baronian his frequent collaborators. Over the ways in which these groups’ a two-day period, Baronian musical practices and beliefs serve to connect and his colleagues gave master classes and and/or distinguish them from American culture workshops, and included a fascinating lecture and society as a whole. To that end, a number in which Baronian recounted his vast experiof scholars, eduences in jazz and world music. The weekend cators, and perwas capped by an exhilarating performance formers were inby Baronian and the Middle Eastern Ensemble vited to explore before an audience that drew from both the these issues in University and the Austin community. relation to their own work. The final guest of the semester was The first event Dr. Tamar Barfeatured Ingrid zel of Wellesley Monson speakCollege. In her ing on the oftalk, Dr. Barzel ten-overlooked explored what connections bemany refer to as Ingrid Monson tween the R&B the “radical Jewand avant-garde traditions in black music, seen ish tradition” of through the impact of the great tenor saxomusic emanating phonist John Coltrane. As Quincy Jones Profrom New York Tamar Barzel fessor of African-American Music at Harvard, City beginning in Dr. Monson is one of the foremost experts on the 1980s. Many of the composers associated music of the African diaspora, having pubwith this scene used music to explore their lished and lectured widely on a variety of relatconnection to their Jewishness, with a diverse ed topics. Her early work was built around ethrange of outcomes. Through various musical nographic research she undertook as a profesexamples, Dr. Barzel explored the complicated sional jazz trumpet player in New York City, exrelationships between tradition and individuploring the almost clairvoyant connections bealism within this movement. tween musicians in jazz ensembles. Her curThe past year’s series continued rent research focuses on a variety the string of successes undertakof musical practices in contemen by CAM recently. Each lecture porary Mali. was well-attended, and resulted The second speaker of the series, in a number of lively discussions Rick Mook, is currently Assistant that extended well beyond the Professor of Music at the Universcheduled ending of each event. sity of Arizona, where he teaches Going forward, the center will courses in American music. His be concentrating its efforts on a presentation looked at the tradinumber of significant projects, chief of which will be hosting tion of the barbershop quartet, the U.S. chapter of the Internawith an eye towards the ways Rick Mook tional Association for the Study in which the tradition framed of Popular Music conference in middle-class ideas about white2013. CAM is generously funded by the Butler ness and masculinity against a backdrop of Endowment and led by Glenn Richter. increasing social change. Dr. Mook is currently

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A Busy Summer for Butler School Collaborators

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n the fall of 2008, the Butler School inaugurated a new graduate degree program in Collaborative Piano along with a complete Collaborative Piano Area in the Chamber Music and Collaborative Arts Division. Under the leadership of internationally renowned collaborative pianist and pedagogue Anne Epperson, the program continues to expand and flourish, as evidenced by the following highlights of a few months of collaborative activity by faculty and students in the division. Anne Epperson was on the jury of the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition, was the featured clinician at the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association state conference, and returned to the artist faculty of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Colette Valentine was official collaborative pianist for the Washington International String Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior and Young Artist Piano competitions, and the prestigious William Kapell International Piano Competition, in addition to her collaborative positions at the Marina Piccinini International Flute Masterclasses, the National Flute Association convention, and the Adult Chamber Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. Chuck Dillard served as Music Director of the Austin-based Spotlight on Opera as well as participating as coach/conductor for the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program. He was a featured performer at the International Double Reed Society conference in collaboration with bassoonist Maya Stone (DMA 2010). Nyle Matsuoka (MM 2011) was on the staff of the Butler Opera Center Young Artists Program (BOCYAP) and Spotlight on Opera. Allie Yuying Su (DMA 2012) was also on staff for the BOCYAP and the Franco American Vocal Academy in Elgin, Texas, and was appointed to join the full-time collaborative staff at the Oberlin College Conservatory. Tomoko Kashiwagi (DMA 2011) returned to the collaborative staff of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, joining UT collaborative staff pianist Alex Maynegre and Aram Arakelyan (MM 2012). Christina Wright-Ivanova (DMA 2012) was a repetiteur at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and DMA students Suyeon Kim and Jacob Coleman received fellowships to study at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. 17


New Endowments at the Butler School of Music

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heryl and Robert Butler, daughter-in-law and son of Sarah and Ernest Butler, have recently established the Cheryl and Robert Butler Endowed Fellowship in Music, providing unrestricted support for the outstanding graduate students in the Butler School of Music. This new endowment will make it possible for the Butler School to recruit and retain the best and brightest students pursuing advanced degrees in any musical discipline, from music theory and musicology to performance and education.

Greg McCoy, a McCombs School of Business alum who for many years seriously studied and played the cello before deciding to switch career paths, was a potential candidate for giving toward the Friends of Cello Scholarship. He had recently made a Bion Tsang gift to the Butler School to express gratitude for having the opportunity to study with retired UT Professor of Cello Paul Olefsky. When approached for a gift to the Friends of Cello Scholarship, he responded enthusiastically, yet not without first asking if he could establish a separate named endowment to honor his former teacher. The Paul Olefsky Cello Scholarship, established by Greg McCoy, honors the legacy of his most influential teacher, while providing enduring support for outstanding cello students in the Butler School of Music for generations to come. Scott Newton

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Mary Ann and Andrew Heller have for years given outright cello scholarships to help the Butler School of Music attract and retain the best and brightest students. But a year or so ago, the Hellers set out to raise an unprecedented level of endowed scholarship support for cello students. Thanks to the Hellers’ vision and leadership and for the many individuals, foundations, and corporations that responded so generously with gifts of support, we now have the Friends of Cello Scholarship. Established in honor of Bion Tsang, this new scholarship will be used for the benefit and support of outstanding cello students in the Butler School of Music.

Greg McCoy and Paul Olefsky

Vincent DiNino Establishes New Gifts

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rofessor Emeritus of Bands Vincent DiNino has created three additional planned gifts for the Butler School of Music. The Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the President of Kappa Kappa Psi provides support to the President of the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Professor DiNino became the first full-time director of the University of Texas Longhorn Band in 1955 and made significant changes that gained the band national prominence as the Showband of the Southwest.

The Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the President of Tau Beta Sigma supports the President of the Beta Gamma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. The Vincent R. DiNino Endowed Scholarship for the University of Texas Orchestras is given in honor of Professor of Instrumental Conducting Gerhardt Zimmermann for the support of outstanding Butler School of Music orchestral players or orchestral conductors at the graduate or undergraduate levels.

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He has extended his support of the Longhorn Band just as actively into the area of development and philanthropy. He and his late wife, Jane, in conjunction with former bandsmen and friends, established a Chair for the Director of Bands at UT. He has also established a Professorship in the Butler School for the Director of the Longhorn Band, numerous Presidential Scholarships for Longhorn Band students, and has donated funds for research projects and provided support for orchestra as well as band activities at the Butler School of Music. SARAH & ERNEST BUTLER SCHOOL of MUSIC


Another Banner Year for the UT String Project The UT String Project offers scholarships and instrument rental at significantly reduced rates based on a family’s ability to pay. A grant from the Seawell Elam Foundation makes it possible to offer tuition support and to acquire additional instruments, enabling more children and their families to participate.

David and Kermie Sloan

Kermie F. and David W. Sloan Endowment for the UT String Project

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elebrating a shared legacy in music, the Kermie F. and David W. Sloan Endowment for the UT String Project was established by David Sloan (B.M. 1959 and D.M.A. 1970) to provide permanent unrestricted support for the UT String Project, the Butler School of Music’s exemplary teacher training and community outreach program. Dr. Sloan tells the story behind this important new endowment for the Butler School of Music in his own words: Kermie was always the big support for everything I did in music performance. It was quite natural for her, as a former music major at Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College. She brought her commitment to her studies as a former pianist for her church and other organization in South Memphis during her high school years. Her music activities were cut short to raise her family in Mississippi. When we met in Oxford, she was active in supporting the youth activities at St. Peter’s, and as a chorus member at the University. She was an undergraduate in business. Upon completing her degrees, we were married, and moved to Austin, where I began work with the Eanes I.S.D. She knew the kids in the orchestras, and parents, other musicians I worked with, and many other directors in the state. She worked “behind the curtain” for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association board, and was supportive when I was serving TMEA as Orchestra VP. We enjoyed attending operas together in Austin, Houston, Ft. Worth, New York, and Chicago. A few years ago, we discussed establishing some endowment for educational purposes for children–music–string instruction. We settled on the UT String Project. Making the original donations were fruitful, yet not especially dynamic. After her death last summer (August 2011), with the aid of the Development Department, I decided to change the name of the endowment to the Kermie F. and David W. Sloan Endowment for the UT String Project, as it is today. It was a beneficial move, making the endowment more obvious to Kermie’s family and friends. The change also makes the direction of the endowment more attractive to my friends and colleagues. The purpose of the endowment is to provide financial support for the director of the project, at his/her discretion. We would appreciate your participation. —David W. Sloan, D.M.A. WORDS of NOTE

A matching grant by a private foundation is helping to provide an unprecedented level of scholarship support for String Project students for the 2012–13 academic year. The foundation has offered a grant of $5,400 with the stipulation that only gifts made by first-time donors or by those who have not contributed to the String Project in at least two years will qualify for the match, encouraging new friends and supporters to give. As of September 1, 2012, $3,100 has been raised, providing $6,200 in merit-based scholarships for continuing UT String Project students. A critical prerequisite for learning the violin or the cello is an instrument appropriately sized to the student. With full support from the Genivieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation, the UT String Project is able to place perfectlysized string instruments in the hands of the four and five-year-olds currently enrolled in the program. With instruments that fit properly, these children are far more likely to enjoy their music studies and find success.

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Gift Highlights for 2011-12

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Miró Quartet Records Beethoven Cycle with Help from Friends

UT Conjunto Ensemble Miró Quartet ecording the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets has long been considered a benchmark achievement for professional string quartets. Through accomplishing this ambitious goal, the Miró Quartet further establishes itself among the most celebrated string quartets in the world. The Budapest, Guarnieri, and Emerson string quartets all have recorded the Beethoven cycle.

Mariachi and Conjunto Ensembles Continue to Flourish Due to Widespread Support

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As these recordings will come to define the Miró Quartet, it was extraordinarily important to have the very best recording engineer on the project. This is why the Miró Quartet selected Da-Hong Seetoo, Grammy awardwinning classical producer and engineer. Likewise, the Miró has linked the success of their recording with the University of Texas at Austin, where they hold permanent faculty positions, by recording on the Butler School label, Longhorn Music. One might ask what value there is in yet another recording of the Beethoven cycle. Over time tastes change and interpretations of these well-known works vary dramatically. With this in mind, the Miró Quartet staged their recording to relate their age and stage of artistic development with that of Beethoven at the time of composition. In other words the quartet members, who are all roughly the same age, recorded opus 18 when they were all 28 to 30 years old. Now that they are in their midthirties, they are ready for Beethoven’s middle period. In a few years, the Miró will tackle the latter middle and eventually the late string quartets to complete the cycle. Members of the Miró String Quartet and indeed the entire Butler School of Music are grateful for the support of Richard Hartgrove and Gary Cooper, Mary Ann and Andrew Heller, Joe and Terry Long, and Gail and Jeff Kodosky, who made this benchmark recording possible.

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or former Mayor of Austin Gus Garcia and former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, next to seeing their sons graduate from the UT Law School, one of their most fulfilling experiences as alums of The University of Texas at Austin has been their return to campus to see the development of two Mexican-American performance ensembles: The Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan and The Tex-Mex Conjunto. When they were students, these groups did not exist. Since 1977, when the first Mexican-American ensemble, a mariachi, was formed, performance of this music at UT has served not only to preserve traditions, but it has also provided students the opportunity to experience through words and song the history and culture of Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Participation in these groups has been tremendously meaningful for students at UT Austin, as is demonstrated by numerous student testimonials. Due to the long-term effect of the economic downturn beginning in 2008, the State of Texas has been projecting revenue shortfalls years into the future. As a result, funding allocations for UT Austin have been significantly reduced. Were it not for significant private support, the valuable Mexican-American ensembles program might have been scaled back or even cut. In December 2010, Mayor Garcia and Senator Barrientos sent an e-mail appeal to the Hispanic Texas Exes. Thanks to the overwhelming response, the Mariachi and Conjunto ensembles have been allowed to continue, making it possible for UT students to accept an opportunity of a lifetime. That opportunity came when IBC Bank President and CEO Renato Ramirez along with former Austin Mayor Gus Garcia and other members of the Tejano Monument committee invited the Mariachi Tejastitlan and Texas-Mex Conjunto to perform at the Tejano Monument unveiling ceremony that took place on the Capitol grounds in March. Since their appearance, these ensembles have seen an unprecedented level of financial support and are receiving further invitations to perform for other events off campus. The Butler School of Music is ever grateful for Renato Ramirez, Gus Garcia, Gonzalo Barrientos, and members of the Hispanic Texas Exes for their advocacy and support, as well as for music director Zeke Castro for his leadership and vision for these ensembles. It is vitally important not only to the students, but also for the citizens of Texas and the Southwest that this music continues to be played.

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rofessor of Piano Gregory Allen has been in demand as a juror in various piano competitions during the past year. After serving on the panel of judges for the 2011 Van Cliburn Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, he was invited to screen applicants for the 2012 PianoTexas Festival at TCU. He also judged the finals in the High School, College, and Young Artist divisions of the MTNA Regional Competition. Upon the retirement of Professor Betty Mallard, Allen has taken over the administration of the Sidney Wright Competition in Piano Accompanying. He taught and performed in the inaugural season of the Clear Creek Music Festival in Oregon and returned there for the 2012 summer session.

the Texas Choral Consort. In December, she performed for her 10th year at St. Mary’s Cathedral Celtic Christmas Concert. In March 2012, she taught master classes for the Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter of the American Harp Society, Inc. (AHS). During the summer she taught Suzuki Association Teacher Development Workshops and student master classes at Colorado Suzuki Institute, Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute, Utah Suzuki Institute, and the American Suzuki Institute. Throughout the academic year, Fedson collaborated with soprano and UT alumna Kathryn Findlen for several performances at Good Shepherd Episcopal. 2012 is Delaine Fedson’s second year as President of the AHS, Inc. The organization celebrated its 50th Anniversary and 40th National Conference in New York City in June 2012.

Elliott Antokoletz, Professor of Musicology, has published a book, Music and Twentieth-Century Tonality: Professor of Musicology Robert Freeman accompaHarmonic Progression Based on Modality and the InterGregory Allen nied cellist Carlos Prieto on a tour in January 2012 val Cycles (Routledge, co-author Paolo Susanni). Two that included performances in El Paso and Lufkin, Texas. Freeman gave others are currently in press: The Musical Language of the Twentieth a keynote address and piano performance in March at a scholarship Century, The Discovery of a Missing Link: The Music of Georg von Albrecht event in honor of Isidor Saslav at Stephen F. Austin State University. He (Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Peter Lang) and A History of Twentiethgave a guest lecture on branding of music schools at the UT McCombs Century Music in a Theoretic-Analytical Context (Routledge). Antokoletz School of Business, and also presented a keynote address for a chapter presented master classes and lectures on the Bartók String Quartets at meeting of the College Music Society. the University of Missouri at Kansas City He performed at an event in memory in March 2012. He also presented masof UT alumnae and philanthropist ter classes on various string quartets Amy McGlaughlin at the Museum of at Charles Castlemen’s Chamber Music Fine Arts in San Angelo. In November, he served as narrator in the UT Festival in Boulder, Colorado, in July. Antokoletz continues as editor of New Music Ensemble’s performance of Walter Walton’s Façade, directed the annual International Journal of Musicology (Frankfurt am Main: Peter by Dan Welcher. He also performed in a UT Quest series presentation Lang) and as member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Revista Brasileira with UT Professor Lucien Douglas narrating. Freeman continued to de Música (School of Music, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). serve as a board member of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA) recently awarded the IdoProfessor of Composition Donald Grantham’s Concerto For Tuba, comlos del Barrio Music Award to UT Mariachi Ensemble director Zeke Casmissioned by a consortium of 11 ensembles, was premiered by Charles tro. ALMA established this lifetime achievement award to recognize Villarrubia and the UT Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Carnohighly influential Latino musicians, promoters, and broadcasters from chan, at the College Band Directors National Association Convention Austin. in San Antonio in March 2012. Grantham’s Stomp was performed in February 2012 at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Andrew Dell’Antonio, Professor of Musicology, was recently named to by the All-State Band, conducted by Sharon Lavery. Baron Piquant On the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Comprising approximately Pointe was premiered by the Columbus State University Wind Orchestra 5% of the tenured faculty, the Academy provides leadership in imin December 2011. Numerous other performances of Grantham’s works proving the quality and depth of undergraduate education. Each year, were heard around the country and in Japan, Norway, Sweden, Cananew members of the Academy are selected through a rigorous evaluda, Spain, and the UK. Grantham orchestrated the music for the vidation process. Honorees are awarded the title University Distinguished eogame Lococycle, recorded by the Czech Philharmonic in May 2012. Teaching Professor and serve for the duration of their tenure. He served as composer-in-residence at Indiana University and Western Veit Erlmann, Professor of Ethnomusicology, was awarded the MerWashington University. Grantham’s Bum’s Rush was recorded by The cator Prize by the German-based Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft U.S. Coast Guard Band, conducted by CDR Kenneth W. Megan, at the (German Research Foundation), the largest research funding organi2011 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convenzation in Europe. The Mercator is a highly sought-after award that altion in Taiwan, and released by Mark Records. We Remember Them, a lows German research universities to provide residencies to outstandcomposition for SATB a cappella choir commissioned by The University ing international scholars. The award carried a one-year residency at of Texas for the “UT Remembers” ceremony, was featured at two tenHumboldt University in Berlin, where Erlmann also won a major grant year commemoration ceremonies of 9/11. It was performed on Septo host an international conference on intellectual property law, his tember 11, 2011, at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, in the presence new research topic. During his leave of absence from UT, Erlmann lecof the U.S. ambassador, 40 other ambassadors, and members of the tured extensively at major institutions in Germany (HU Berlin, FranzFrench government. The cathedral choir was conducted by Lionel Sow. Liszt-Hochschule Weimar, Leipzig, Frankfurt), Switzerland (Lausanne), The piece was also sung on the same date by 200 choristers in Copley Belgium (Gent), Sweden (Uppsala), and South Africa (Cape Town, StelSquare, Boston, and was broadcast on WERS radio. We Remember Them lenbosch, Western Cape). In addition to publishing several articles in has been recorded by Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, leading journals such as differences and Qui Parle, he also wrote and on the CD Requiem (Harmonia Mundi). directed a radio feature for Deutschlandradio Kultur and was featured Eugene Gratovich, Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music, on Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) and Radio Swiss. Erlpresented a seminar on American Violin Music at the Innsbruck Conmann holds the Endowed Chair of Music History at the Butler School. servatory of Music in Austria in July 2012. He performed the Beethoven Delaine Fedson had a busy year of performances with the Austin and Sonata No. 7 at the International Academy of Music near Florence, Italy, where he served as a faculty member. He performed with the Raphael San Antonio Symphonies, and with the choral groups Conspirare and

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Trio at the Cathedral of Peter and Paul in Warsaw (“On War and Peace [Inner in Casstelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy. and Outer]: A Complex Series of OpposiA world-premier performance of Fantions in Beethoven’s Agnus Dei and Op. tasy by Roy Harris was arranged by his 111 from 1822”); and Houston Baptist former student, American composerUniversity (“Engaging the Spiritual in pianist Sidney Knowlton, in Florence, Music through Theory and Analysis”). Italy. The Gratovich and Knowlton Duo Three articles and one review-article presented a series of concerts in the appeared: “Enlarging the Musical DisBoston area featuring the music of New course: Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G MiEngland composers. In August 2012, nor, K. 478,” in Mozart’s Chamber Music Dr. Gratovich performed music of Kawith Keyboard (Cambridge); “On Metabalevsky and Sarasate for the opening phor and Syntactic Troping in Music,” concert of the Beverly Hills Internationin Music Semiotics: A Network of Signifial Music Festival in California. Gratovich cations (Ashgate); “Beethoven’s ‘Ewigwas appointed acting-concertmaster Jacqueline Henninger with one of her students in Tanzania Weibliche’,” in Beethoven 5: Studien und in Austin Lyric Opera productions of Interpretationen (Akademia Muzyczna w operas by Mozart and Puccini. The Austin Symphony Orchestra invitKrakowie); and “Sentiment and Style: Charles Rosen’s Pursuit of Musical ed him to be concertmaster and prepare the string parts for the Texas Meaning,” Nineteenth-Century Music Review. Young Composers Concert. He also presented master classes in HousWith the help of new technology, Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Hellmer ton and in Austin for visiting high school orchestra members. In late shared the stage with George Gershwin during a performance with the July, he recorded the music of Bach and Biber in Boston for a special CD Dallas Wind Symphony in February 2012. Using software developed by dedicated to the memory of his late sister. Zenph Sound Innovations, a Yamaha Disklavier PRO piano re-created Robert Hatten, Professor of Music Theory, gave three keynote ada 1924 recording of Gershwin performing Rhapsody in Blue, which was dresses in 2011-12: “Schubert’s Late Style,” for the international conferaccompanied live by the Wind Symphony directed by Hellmer. “The ence “Schubert and Concepts of Late Style,” Maynooth, Ireland; “Musical new context allows people to hear Gershwin play one of the best piForces and Agential Energies: An Expansion of Steve Larson’s Model,” anos available in a fine concert hall with excellent musicians accomfor the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis (Steve Larpanying the re-performance,” said Hellmer. Despite the software’s cason memorial); and “Beyond ‘Beyond Analysis’,” for Music Theory Southpabilities, Hellmer had to become intimately familiar with Gershwin’s east. He presented papers at the Semiotic Society of America (“Interinterpretation of the piece to coordinate the live performance with the preting the Grotesque in Music”); the Beethoven Festival Symposium piano. “While re-performances will never replace live musical performance, the technology is certain to expose many people to ‘live’ music that they would never hear otherwise,” Helmer said. Rare video footage of Gershwin performing I Got Rhythm was synchronized with the proMiró Quartet Tours Extensively in 2011-12 grammed piano, followed by an ensemble performance of the piece, with Hellmer taking over the piano from Gershwin. A similar Gershwin ith the appointment of William Fedkenheuer as the Miró concert is planned for March 2013 with the UT Wind Ensemble and Quartet’s newest member, the 2011-12 season proved Jazz Orchestra. In addition to the Gershwin event, during the past year to be a busy and exciting year for the quartet. Highlights inHellmer has performed classical and jazz concerts at Riverside (Califorcluded appearances at Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival nia) Community College, recorded a CD with Gary Foster and the Orion in New York City and return visits to major concert series in Saxophone Quartet in Los Angeles, taught at the Idyllwild Arts Jazz Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, and Montréal, among others. Of Camp, and traveled with the Faculty Jazz Quartet to the Royal Academy their Cleveland appearance on the Cleveland Chamber Music of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. He also coordinated the Longhorn Jazz Society series, Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain DealFestival and Longhorn Jazz Camps, and served as Associate Director of er wrote: “Throughout, the Miró gave lessons in the art of the the Butler School of Music. string quartet, shaping each of the night’s scores with a blend of refinement and vibrancy that drew the listener deeply inside Professor of Oboe Rebecca Henderson’s second solo CD, Gobo: Comthe sonic arguments.” The Miró Quartet also held a multi-day missions and Premieres for the Oboe, was recently released on the Longresidency with the New World Symphony (NWS), teaching and horn Music Label. The recording features Henderson along with UT colcoaching the NWS fellows. leagues Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Robert Freeman, Rose Taylor, and others performing works composed for them. The title track, Gobo, is a piece The quartet’s 2012 summer schedule included a return to New for oboe and electronic sounds by UT Professor of Composition RusYork, where they performed at Avery Fisher Hall, sharing the sell Pinkston. Henderson is also featured on LA Philharmonic English stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Alan Gilbert, and the New York Philharhornist Carolyn Hove’s latest CD, Eclecticisms, on Crystal Records, which monic in a performance honoring the distinguished French highlighted new works for English horn, including Suite for Oboe and composer Henri Dutilleux. Other highlights of their 2012 sumEnglish horn by oboist/composer Jeffrey Rathbun. Recent live performer season included return appearances at the Santa Fe Chammances include appearances with Nathan Williams and Kristin Wolfe ber Music Festival, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (where Jensen at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Meg Quigley Vivaldi they were recipients of the Guarneri String Quartet Residency, Competition and Symposium in Sacramento, as a featured soloist and supported by Chamber Music America), and the Hotchkiss clinician at Colorado State University’s Oboe Day, as a soloist with vioSummer Portals. The Miró Quartet also taught and performed linist Sandy Yamamoto and the UT Symphony Orchestra in the Bach’s at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CaliforConcerto for Violin, and as soloist performing four different concertos nia. For more information on all of the Miró Quartet’s exciting in three music festivals in the summer of 2011. activities, please visit www.miroquartet.com . Jacqueline C. 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Learning, received a Fulbright Scholar Award, which will enable her to teach music education courses and analyze the teaching and learning of East African songs and dances at Tumaini University-Makumira University College in Tanzania, East Africa, during the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Henninger gave four refereed research presentations in 2011–12. “What’s Going on in That Head of Yours? Evaluating Novices’ Evaluations of Their Work as Teachers” was presented with co-authors DaLaine Chapman (UT PhD student) and UT Professor Robert Duke at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her research entitled “Experienced Music Educators’ Self-evaluations of Their Teaching as Preservice Music Educators” was presented at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Henninger, along with Dr. Kate Fitzpatrick (University of Michigan) and Dr. Don Taylor (University of North Texas), presented a session entitled “Access and Retention: Experiences of Marginalized Populations in Teacher Education” at the biennial meeting of the National Association for Music Educators Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. At the same conference, Dr. Henninger presented an independently-authored paper entitled “The Nature of Expertise in Instrumental Music Lessons: A Comparative Analysis of Common Elements Observed in Band Rehearsals and Applied Lessons Taught by Accomplished Individuals.”

University Press) and music education and music therapy professionals (with M. Brotons, Editorial Medica JIMS) are also in press. On campus she continues to enjoy teaching, advising and mentoring students, and interdisciplinary activities with the Texas Center for Disability Studies, Bridging Disciplines Program, UT Freshman Interest Group, and “Reading Roundup.” Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Professor of Bassoon, presented master classes and recitals at Indiana University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, Emory University’s Bassoon Day in Atlanta, Bowling Green State University, and Ball State University. She continued as a member of the artist-faculty at the International Festival institute at Round Top, Principal Bassoonist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Co-Founder and Director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium, and author/ performer of the multimedia web site: MusicandtheBassoon.org. She also performed on Professor Henderson’s new CD release on Longhorn Music.

David and Mary Winton Green Chair Holder Brian Lewis, Professor of Violin, continues to be much sought after as an educator and concert artist. In addition to maintaining a full studio at UT, Professor Lewis recently completed his second year as Class Martha Hilley, Professor of Group Piano of ‘57 Visiting Professor of Music at the Yale and Pedagogy and a University DistinSchool of Music. Solo engagements around guished Teaching Professor, has been the world included concerto performances awarded the University of Texas Civitatis with the Sinfonia Toronto, Pensacola SymAward, which is conferred upon a member phony, Yakima Symphony, Buzzards Bay of the faculty in recognition of dedicated Music Fest Orchestra, and Corigliano’s and meritorious service to the University “Chaconne” from The Red Violin with the UT above and beyond the regular expectations Wind Ensemble. Lewis gave residencies at of teaching, research, and writing. Over the the Colours of Music Festival and the Glenn past twenty years, Martha has won numerGould School in Canada, was concertmaster ous teaching awards, from Texas Excellence of the St. Barth’s Festival Orchestra in the Teaching Awards to the Outstanding ColleFrench West Indies, and participated in the Martha Hilley giate Teacher Award from the Texas Music Costa Rica Suzuki Festival and Les 72 HeuTeachers Association and the Distinguished res d’Aout à Ainay-le-Vieil in France. He also toured Japan and made Service Award from the Music Teachers National Association. While numerous appearances across the United States. In October, Profesepitomizing teaching excellence at UT and pioneering new techniques sor Lewis was recognized as an ING Professor of Excellence during an in music education, Hilley has also been a tireless leader in University award ceremony at a UT football game. In May, he was a featured guest governance, and in the coming year will serve a second term as chair of clinician at the Suzuki Association of the Americas international conferthe University Faculty Council. ence, where he delivered a keynote address and taught chamber music Amongst many other activities last year, Professor of Guitar Adam and violin master classes. Holzman was invited to be one of seven international judges for the On December 2, 2011, the UT Tower was lit orange in honor of William Joanne Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, Lewis, Professor of Voice, who was appointed that day by the French New York. The competition, held every other year, features eight finalRepublic to the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ists from around the world performing for a live audience and a live (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters). Professor Lewis holds the broadcast to over 10 million listeners. Frank C. Erwin Centennial Professorship in Opera, and focuses on Judith A. Jellison, the Mary D. Bold Professor in Music and Human undergraduate opera study at the Butler Opera Center. He received Learning and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, was an inthe award for his work in all aspects of French music worldwide. An vited Master Teacher at the Festival Internacional de Educación Musiaccomplished tenor, he has sung in every major opera house in the cal in Monterrey, Mexico, where she gave clinics and lectures on topics world and has performed 140 major roles in 10 different languages. He related to inclusive music classrooms and the musical development of worked for the Metropolitan Opera for 35 years, and has been on the children. Her presentations were featured in the newspaper El Norte. UT faculty for the past 20 years. In addition, along with his wife, French She also presented research papers (in collaboration with MHL gradusoprano Frederique Added,  he operates a summer music academy, ate students Laura Brown and Ellary Draper) and clinics at conferencthe Franco-American Vocal Academy, which has programs in France, es of the National Association for Music Education, the American Music Austria, and Texas, and  runs the annual contest Grand Concours de Therapy Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association (at the Chant at the Butler School of Music. TMEA clinic with Professor Laurie Scott and Laura Brown). An article John Mills, Associate Professor of Jazz Composition/Jazz Saxophone, by Brown and Jellison will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal scored a number of commissioned large ensemble works, including 10 of Music Therapy. Book chapters on inclusive music programs (Oxford WORDS of NOTE

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pops arrangements for Rosanne Cash, Indigo Girls, and Asleep at the Wheel, which were performed with symphony orchestras across the U.S. He contributed writing to both the Dallas Wind Symphony’s Christmas CD and their George Gershwin tribute concert, and wrote special event arrangements for star vocalists Kat Edmonson, Bob Schneider, and Carmen Bradford. Mills composed a new score to the classic German silent film Pandora’s Box, which he orchestrated for ten musicians and conducted live to a screening at UT’s Visual Arts Center. Among his studio projects, he recorded on flute for a new film score by Jonny Greenwood of the band Radiohead. He performed at Bass Concert Hall with Michael Feinstein, and for composers Graham Reynolds’ and Peter Stopchinski’s reinventions of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives at South by Southwest. He traveled with the UT Jazz Faculty to the Royal Danish Academy, where he played concerts, presented master classes, and participated in rehearsals as both a saxophonist and composer. As a member of the Texas Horns he returned for the 14th year to the Ottawa Blues Fest, performing for two weeks at one of North America’s largest music festivals.

Roger Myers, Professor of Viola, had an exceptionally productive year, which began with the U.S. premiere of the little-known transcription for viola of the John Ireland Violin Sonata by British viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis. The performance was played and subsequently recorded for the Longhorn label with UT faculty pianist Rick Masters, who had sought special permission from the executors of the Tertis estate in Britain to allow access to the transcription manuscript. Two world premieres followed on a CD recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra of works by Schumann, Shostakovich and McLean, to be released shortly. Myers played the world premiere of Michael McLean’s Suite for Viola and Piano with UT faculty member Rick Rowley at the 40th international Viola Congress, held at the Eastman School of Music in May. He was also featured as concerto soloist at the Sunflower and Marrowstone Music Festivals. Professor Myers was recently appointed Treasurer of the International Viola Society.

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Luisa Nardini, Assistant Professor of Musicology, completed her book manuscript on NeoGregorian Chant in Beneventan Manuscripts: The Proper of the Mass, to be published with Robin Moore was awarded a prestigious the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. American Council of Learned Societies ColShe also wrote essays on medieval chant that laborative Grant during the 2011-12 academare included in collective volumes, includic year, allowing him to finalize research on ing the Festschrift for Alejandro E. Planchart, the history of the danzón, a Latin music genre a miscellaneous volume on Music and Chrisof the early twentieth century that influenced tianity (Oxford: Oxford University Press), the the entire Caribbean region and contributed proceedings of the meeting of the Internato the development of New Orleans jazz. Totional Association of Music Librarian (Lucca, gether with colleague Alejandro Madrid, he Italy: LIM, 2012), and proceedings of the inspent the fall conducting research in New Orternational conference on chant and liturgy leans, Mexico, and various parts of Cuba. The at Montecassino (Rome, La Viella, 2012). She book project, entitled Danzón: Circum-Caribwas invited to give public lectures for the Texbean Dialogues in Music and Dance, will go as Performing Arts and the Italian American to press at the end of the year. Dr. Moore has Association AMICI of Austin on the musical offered invited lectures over the past year at heritage of Italy. She presented and chaired at the University of Delaware, at Princeton Unischolarly conferences, including conferences versity, and at the Festival Nacional Danzoof the American Musicological Society in San nero in Monterrey, Mexico. He gave keynote Francisco and the International Musicological addresses at celebrations commemorating Society in Rome, Italy. She was nominated for the fiftieth anniversary of Indiana University’s Anton Nel performs with Michael Tilson the UT Regent Teaching Excellence Award and Latin American Music Center in Bloomington Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. the Co-op Research Excellence Award. In Ocand at an International Symposium of Musitober 2012 she will participate in the Radcliffe cology organized by the Federal University in Exploratory Workshop on Transcribing the Beneventan Chant directed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He serves as editor of the Latin American Music by Thomas F. Kelly, Harvard University, where a selected group of chant Review and on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Music Research scholars will debate appropriate methods of transcription for early meand Revista Brasileira de Música. dieval chant. James Morrow, Director of Choral Activities, founded a new profesAnton Nel, Professor of Piano and Chamber Music, had an extraordisional early music group in 2011 called Ensemble VIII. Bringing together narily busy year of concerts and master classes. Reviewing recent consome of the finest early music specialists from around the country, Encerts with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson semble VIII performs music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Their inauThomas, The San Francisco Weekly reported Nel as playing “with sensigural season included performances of Spanish polyphony of Morales tivity, power, and the kind of hand-over-hand dexterity that leaves you and Victoria (featuring Victoria’s six-voice Requiem), a complete perwide-eyed.” Carrying twelve different concerti this season, he also apformance of Handel’s Messiah with period orchestra Mercury Baroque, peared with the Detroit, Austin, and Dallas Wind Symphonies, orchespassion music of Charpentier and Couperin, and English music of the tras in Ann Arbor, Richmond, Baton Rouge, and San Angelo, as well as Tudor period by Tallis, Sheppard, and Byrd. The upcoming season will the Aspen Philharmonia and the Britt, Peninsula, and San Diego Mainly feature music of the Sistine Chapel, Handel’s Messiah, Lenten works by Mozart festival orchestras during the summer. He performed as recitalBach, Schütz, and Buxtehude, and music from the Eton Choirbook. Dr. ist in cities across the United States (including a sold-out “Half-Century Morrow conducted a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Celebration” at Bates Recital Hall) in addition to notable chamber music Requiem in October 2011 in Bass Concert Hall in memory of Dr. Morris J. concerts: tours with the Miró and St. Petersburg Quartets, his 9th seaBeachy, long-time Director of UT Choral Activities. Many of Dr. Beachy’s son of concerts with members of the San Francisco Symphony, as well former students participated in the performance, along with the UT as return visits to the Aspen, Detroit Great Lakes, and Seattle ChamConcert Chorale, Choral Arts Society, and Symphony Orchestra. Solober Music Festivals. He delighted local audiences in April with a cameo ists were alumna Suzanne Ramo and UT voice professor David Small.

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appearance during the BSOM run of Die Fledermaus, playing the slow movement of the Mozart K. 467 concerto. Guido Olivieri, Lecturer in Musicology, organized the encore session of the International Early Music Academy in Fossacesia, Italy. Again this year about twenty participants came from around the world (including the US, Italy, Costa Rica, Lituania, and Austria) to meet in the stunning village dominated by the beautiful 12th-century Abbey and had the opportunity to specialize in early music performance with a group of first-rate faculty including Enrico Gatti (violin), Elena Cecchi Fedi (voice), Nora Tabbush (madrigal singing), Andrea De Carlo (viola da gamba), Andrea Coen (harpsichord), and Luigi Tufano (baroque flute). The Academy is a collaborative effort between the College of Fine Arts, the Butler School of Music, the Conservatorio dell’Aquila, the administration of Fossacesia, and the Abruzzi Region. Olivieri presented papers at the American Musicological Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, at the International Musicological Society conference in Rome, Italy, and chaired two sessions at the meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in San Antonio. His article on “The Gagliano: First Documents on the Activity of an Italian Family of Violin-Makers” appeared in Sleuthing the Muses: Essays in Honor of W. F. Prizer published by Pendragon Press.

Allard, Pittel shares his performance method, with tribute to his most influential teacher. Currently, nine of the 14 segments have been posted for the enjoyment and enrichment of thousands of viewers. Pittel has also been recording his upcoming album Songs for Mom, a tribute to his late mother, Dorothy Pittel, which will feature melodies she loved as well as less familiar songs. Among collaborators on the album are his son, UT alumnus David Pittel (BM 2005), and alumni of Pittel’s studio, including the Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet. Pittel won recent acclaim for the 2011 release Sextuor à Vent, on which he plays with the Westwood Woodwind Quintet and duets with alumnus Sunil Gadgil (DMA 2011). In reviewing Sextuor, the American Record Guide wrote, “Harvey Pittel is the standard bearer for American saxophone playing.” Pittel performed in August at the Crystal Records Concert Hall in anticipation of his upcoming album The Baroque Saxophone, which will include performances with the late Jens Nygaard and the Jupiter Symphony, and will feature works by William Grant Still, Quantz, Telemann, and Albinoni. Pittel also recently performed with son David on the “Concerto for Two Trumpets” by Vivaldi and the “Concerto for Trumpet and Alto Saxophone” by Rivier in contribution to David’s upcoming solo trumpet CD, to be released in the fall.

Associate Professor in Music and Human Learning and director of the UT String Project Laurie Scott collaborated with cellist and author Cornelia Associate Professor of Music Theory Watkins in writing the book From The Laurie Scott (second from left) with String Project teachers Edward Pearsall recently published Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musiwho, together with their students, performed in May at a a textbook with Routledge entitled cians Become Great Teachers, released gala event benefitting UT Elementary School. Twentieth-Century Music Theory and by Oxford University Press in April Practice. Building on the idea that mu2012. Premised on the synergistic relationship between teaching and sic of many periods engages a number of common principles, the book performing, the book provides a structure for clarifying the essential eluses the tools usually associated with atonal theory to explore a wide ements of musical artistry. Scott’s discussion with Austin schoolteacher range of musical styles and genres. The discussion extends to music Christopher Purkiss, which was recorded and archived for StoryCorp that is well over a hundred years old as well as music written by living as part of NPR’s National Teacher Initiative, focused on the impact of composers. Composers representing a wide range of schools and “isms” skilled and optimistic public school teachers on the lives of students are examined, including Paul Hindemith, George Crumb, Steve Reich, in inclusive classrooms. The Suzuki Association of the Americas honEllen Taffe Zwilich, Philip Glass, Alexander Scriabin, Benjamin Britten, ored Scott and UT alum William Dick with the “Creating Learning ComErnest Bloch, Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Ruth Crawford, Toru Takemitmunity Award” at the association’s national conference in Minneapolis. su, Arnold Schoenberg, Claude Debussy, Witold Lutoslawski, Aaron CoRecognized for creating a culture of cooperation and support between pland, and Leonard Bernstein. The book is accompanied by an online school classroom teachers and Suzuki studio teachers, their collaboraaural skills program (Motivic tion along with co-author Winifred Crock was identified as a determinHearing), one of the first to ing factor in the expansion and inclusion of Suzuki principles in string be delivered online rather classrooms nationally. They are responsible for the development of the than by means of CD ROM, guidelines for Suzuki in the Schools Teacher Trainers and the curricula and the only program defor the Suzuki in the Schools training courses. In addition to the above voted exclusively to the activities, Dr. Scott presented sessions at TMEA and the American String acquisition of atonal aural Teacher and Suzuki Association of the Americas national conferences. skills. As one of four nationally chosen Master Teachers for the NATS Intern Professor of Saxophone Program during the summer, Associate Professor of Voice David Small Harvey Pittel had a year of mentored three young teachers, gave master classes, and sang a reexciting recording projects cital. In February 2012, he sang the title role of Rigoletto for the Sacraand performances, and remento Opera to critical acclaim. His busy year included many Austin leased a 14-part pedagogy performances, including baritone soloist with the Austin Symphony on video series on YouTube Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony, the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for the that is already receiving acButler School’s conference “The Banned and the Damned,” the Brahms claim. Entitled Harvey PitRequiem in the memorial concert to Morris Beachy, and Mahler’s Rücktel Presents the Saxophone ert Lieder with the UT Wind Ensemble. Small was also invited by the Teachings of the Master, Joe Harvey Pittel and son, David head of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to be a consultant for the WORDS of NOTE

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Nikita Storojev, Associate Professor of Voice and Opera, performed the Shostakovich Symphonies 13 and 14 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City in September and October 2011. Also in October, he sang in a concert of Music from the Holocaust at the Butler School and sang in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri at San Antonio College. In January 2012, he travelled to his native Russia, giving master classes at Ural Conservatory. In February, Professor Storojev performed as Beyday in an Amsterdam Opera production of RimskyKorsakov’s The Invisible City of Kitezh. He performed a faculty recital at the Butler School in April and gave master classes in the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program in June. He gave a recital in Poltava, Ukraine, in July 2012.

Nikita Storojev as Beyday in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Invisible City of Kitezh

Dan Welcher, Professor of Composition, was one of four recipients (along with Paul Moravec, Frank Ticheli, and John Zorn) of the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The May 2012 awards ceremony at the Academy in upper Manhattan featured special lifetime achievement awards for Pete Seeger and David McCullough, with presentations by

Garrison Keillor, Meryl Streep, and Tony Kushner. Welcher’s award included a citation, a cash prize, and a financial award to be used toward the recording of his music. Welcher saw premieres of three new commissioned works this past year: Lone Star Sinfonietta for three string quartets (written for the Cassatt Quartet), Scherzo for piano and string quartet (written for James Dick and the Cassatt Quartet), and Romanza-Duettino for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (written for SOLI in San Antonio). His music was featured at all-Welcher festivals at the University of Northern Iowa and at the Crane School of David Small Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Both festivals featured a chamber concert with faculty and student performers, and a second concert of Welcher’s large ensemble works played by the university orchestra and wind ensemble. Welcher’s newest work, Museon Polemos (“War of the Muses”), commissioned by Texas Performing Arts, will be premiered in late September by the Miró and Shanghai String Quartets. This is a 25-minute work in three sections, modeled after the Stravinsky/Balanchine ballets of the 1930s and 40s. Nathan Russell

Austin Chinese Arts Association and sang for the Chinese Moon Festival on the Capitol steps.

Nathan Russell

Recently Retired Faculty The faculty, staff, and students of the Butler School wish a fond goodbye to Leonard Johnson and Rose Taylor, two of our long-time and most-beloved teachers. Leonard Johnson, Associate Professor of Voice, has performed extensively throughout the United States and Western Europe. His opera performances include leading roles in Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress and the New York City revival of Marc Blitzstein’s The Harpies. He has appeared with the Chicago Lyric, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and San Diego Opera Companies; in oratorio with the New York Choral Society, Pro Arte Chorale, and other major groups; and as soloist with the Detroit, San Leonard Johnson Diego, Wichita, and Amor Artis Orchestras. Mr. Johnson has toured with Goldovsky Opera, Rondoliers Trio, Gregg Smith Singers, and New York Vocal Arts Ensemble. Rose Taylor, Professor of Voice, has enjoyed a musical career which spans all forms of classical vocal music. She has been a professional opera singer and appeared with many leading American opera companies, including Chicago Lyric, Dallas, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro, and Lake George. As a concert artist, she has appeared with many leading American symphony orchestras, including Philadelphia, Boston, Minnestota, National, Chicago, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has been nominated for a Grammy award for her part in Ligeti’s Aventures

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and Nouvelles Aventures, which was recorded with Esa-Pekka Salonen for Sony Classical in 1997. She premiered Hans Werner Henze’s Voices in London with the London Sinfonietta, Henze conducting, and David Amram’s Trail of Beauty with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting. Rose Taylor was educated at the University of Southern California and the Juilliard School before launching her career in New York. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Studio, worked as an Affiliate Artist in Worcester, Massachusetts, and made a recording for New World Records entitled Angels Visits. In the early 1980s, she joined her husband, Russell Prickett, on a diplomatic posting to Belgrade, Yugoslavia ,where he served as Chief Economic Officer in the American Embassy. During this time, Rose performed both in concert and recital, as well as appearing as Ulrica in Verdi’s A Masked Ball in both Belgrade and Zagreb., She joined the UT voice faculty in 1985. Through the years she has touched many lives and helped many singers to achieve their goals. She has also been an active performer at the university and in the community. She has performed with Texas Choral Consort, The New Texas Music Festival, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony, and Salon Concerts and the Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society. In 2005 she was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in honor of her contribution to the musical life of Rose Taylor Austin.

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New Faculty Appointments The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music announces these new appointments for 2012-2013. Donnie Ray Albert—Lecturer, Vocal Arts Donnie Ray Albert earned a BM at Louisiana State University and his MM degree at Southern Methodist University. He began his career in 1975 with Houston Grand Opera in Treemonisha, and went on to perform in ten HGO productions, including award-winning tours of Porgy and Bess and Showboat. After thirteen years of his career as a Bass-Baritone, his switch to Baritone repertoire in 1988 proved favorable and led to engagements by most of the major opera companies and orchestras in North America and Europe. Highlights include Tosca in Portland and New York City Opera; Aida in Köln, and Stade de France; Nabacco in Florentine Opera and La Scala; Rigoletto in New York City Donnie Ray Albert and Vancouver; Otello in Sacramento and Hamburg; The Flying Dutchman in Austin and Köln; Macbeth in Ohio and Köln; La Traviata for Metropolitan Opera in the Parks, and many more. Albert can be heard on RCA’s Porgy and Bess (Grammy 1977—Best Opera Recording and the Grand Prix du Disc), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2 Grammys: 2008 Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album), and EMI’s Eine Florentinische Tragödie.

University, and Austin Community College. He graduated with a MM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas after playing, recording and touring with the One O’clock Lab Band, and moved to New York City in 1986. While in New York, he played and recorded with many notable jazz icons, including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart, Scott Colley, Harvie S, Tim Lefevbre, Tony Scherr, Bill McHenry… too many to count or even remember after 20 years in New York City. He moved to Austin in 2006 but Bruce Saunders continues to teach at Berklee and continues his association with his many friends in New York.

Ruth Ann Swenson—Lecturer, Vocal Arts Lyric soprano Ruth Ann Swenson attracted attention from the beginning of her 1983 professional debut in San Francisco. She also enjoyed recognition elsewhere almost immediately. She gave her European debut in Geneva in 1985, followed by engagements at the Salzburg Festival and the Munich Staatsoper. Paris audiences heard her sing as Euridice at the Theatre des Champs Gary Powell—Senior Lecturer, Recording Ruth Ann Swenson Élysées and as Susanna at the Opera-Bastille. When SwGary Powell’s accomplishments read like a Who’s Who enson made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991, critics welcatalog of family entertainment, with his productions having sold comed her full and supple voice and captivating presence. Swenson some 45 million albums across 47 countries with 125 albums all prohas been a Metropolitan regular, heard in such roles as Gilda, Lucia di duced in his Austin, Texas, recording studio. His credits include scoring Lammermoor, Zerbinetta, Gounod’s Juliet, Massenet’s Manon, and the work, original songs, and production as represented on Walt Disney’s heroines in Les Contes D’Hoffmann and Musetta. During the 1994–95 storybook and song albums for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and Chicago Lyric Opera season, Swenson returned as Ann Truelove in the Beast, The Lion King, Pocahontas, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story I & II, DinoStravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. She won high praise from English critsaur, and Pirates of the Caribbean. In his ics when she sang a poised and full-voiced Semele at her 1996 Covent work with Walt Disney Records, five of Garden debut. Audiences and critics alike have been pleased by her Powell’s productions have been certipreparation, professionalism, and lovely voice. fied Gold and two Platinum. In 1999, Powell and co-producer Ted Kryczko John Turci-Escobar—Assistant Professor, Composition/Theory were nominated for a Grammy Award John Turci-Escobar earned a BA from Rutgers University in 1996 and a for their production of Disney’s A Bug’s PhD from Yale University in 2004. His primary areas of interest are the Life Sing Along. Powell has also won five late Italian madrigal, the music of Astor Piazzolla, and Argentine tango. Gold and one Silver Parents’ Choice Secondary interests include nineteenthAwards for his work as producer for century chromaticism, classical form, and children’s singer/songwriter Joe Scrugbroader issues in music and meaning. Turcigs on Shadow Play Records. Scruggs’ Escobar has presented his work at regional, first video, another Powell production, national, and international conferences. He won the National Parenting Publicareceived a Mellon Dissertation Research tion Award, the California Video Award, Grant and a Prize Teaching Fellowship in and has been honored at the USA Film Gary Powell 2000. In 2001, he was awarded the Robert M. Festival. Leylan Prize Dissertation Fellowship, and was a Lilly Teaching Fellow from 2006 to 2008. He Bruce Saunders—Lecturer, Jazz Studies is currently writing a series of articles on the Bruce Saunders is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music music of Carlo Gesualdo and the late Italian where he has taught improvisation classes, private guitar lessons, his madrigal. He is also preparing a book on the own Odd Meter Lab and the Kurt Rosenwinkel/Peter Bernstein Lab, 1965 collaboration between Astor Piazzolla the Joe Henderson Ensemble, and other various classes since 1993. John Turci-Escobar and Jorge Luis Borges. He has also taught private guitar lessons at the New School, New York WORDS of NOTE

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Four Butler School Students Win UT Regents Awards

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and won the Nilsson Piano Competition as a sophomore in 2010. He has been accepted to the Julliard School in New York City to pursue graduate studies in piano performance. “I have taught Joey since he was 15 and have had great pleasure seeing him develop his talent and grow as a person,” said Nel. “I know he will continue to bring great credit to The University of Texas and I wish him well as he continues his studies at the Julliard School. I am very proud of him.”

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he University of Texas Board of Regents recently recognized four students from the Butler School of Music. Pianist and graduating senior Joseph Choi and the Hill Country Reed Trio, an undergraduate chamber music ensemble featuring oboist Angela Park, Stephanie Chung on clarinet, and Pearson Altizer on bassoon, were awarded the inaugural Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities.

Choi was recognized in the outstanding performance by an individual or duo category. He is Joseph Choi a student of Anton Nel, and has received many The Hill Country Reed Trio was recognized in the category of outstandaccolades during his undergraduate career. He was the first-place wining musical performance by a group. Park, who will be a senior next ner of the Butler School’s Concerto Competition in November 2011 fall, studies with Rebecca Henderson. She has competed in numerous competitions and is also a Grand Prize Winner of the International Youth Hymn Festival where she had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Chung is currently a junior studying under Nathan Williams. She began her studies in Taiwan, where she participated in several wind orchestras, including China Youth Corps Wind Orchestra performances in Taipei and New York. Altizer, a sophomore studying with Kristen Wolfe Jensen, recently received an initiative grant for travelling to study with professional musicians from the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Rice University. “I am so pleased that the Hill Country Reed Trio won the prestigious new Regents Award,” said Professor Jensen. “After just a few months together, these three talented, eager, and committed musicians established a beautiful group sound, a cohesive sense of style, and sophisticated musicality.”

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he UT Jazz Orchestra celebrated the Longhorn Music release of its new compact disc, In The Thick Of It, distributed by Naxos. The disc features compositions by UT students Mike Sailors, Gabriel Santiago, and Marcus Wilcher, as well as faculty member John Mills.

UT during the upcoming year. DMA Jazz Composition student Gabriel Santiago toured Brazil with his quintet (which includes UT alumni Peter Stoltzman, Wayne Salzmann, and Russell Haight). He also released a DVD/ CD set of his compositions and playing entitled Alive, which features the Gabriel Santiago Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble which includes many present and former members of the UT jazz program. The set is available at www.gabrielsantiagoproject.com.

The Longhorn Jazz Festival culminated in a sold-out concert featuring John Clayton, Grammywinning bassist and composer, with the UT Jazz Orchestra. The concert was co-sponsored by the Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts. Earlier in the day, fifteen high school jazz bands DMA Jazz Composition student performed for nationally-recogMichael Sailors headlined Gabriel Santiago Quintet (l to r) Patrice Blanchard, Russell Haight, several gigs at the Elephant Room nized adjudicators. Gabriel Santiago, Wayne Salzmann II, Peter Stoltzman in Austin, and started his own big The UT Faculty Jazz Quartet (Jeff band, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, that has played in numerous Hellmer, John Mills, John Fremgen, and Wayne Salzmann II) regional venues. visited the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, to play concerts and teach classes in all aspects of jazz, as part of the conJazz clinicians that appeared in the Butler School this past year tinued exchange activities between the Butler School and the Royincluded trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Janek Gwizdala, and trombonist Jiggs Whigham. al Academy. Some Royal Academy jazz students will be attending

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International Recognition Follows UT Trombones During Summer Tour

Left to Right, Back: Francesco Mastromatteo, Johan Botes Front: Dr. Elvira Calabria (President of the Lucera Festival), Rachell Wong

Spring Break in Europe

The UT Trombone Choir in Europe The UT Trombone Choir, led by trombone professor Nathaniel Brickens, spent the month of July touring Europe, including performances at the International Trombone Festival in Paris, the Schwenningen Music Festival in Germany, the French Reformed Church in Zurich, and the American Cathedral in Paris. The ensemble, which specializes in performing original music written for four to sixteen parts, has made quite an impression abroad, garnering mentions in German publications including Schwarzwälder-Bote and Südkurier Online. The Choir was enthusiastically received at each of the tour venues, including a gathering of over 30,000 people at their Kulturnacht performance in Germany. In addition to performing with the UT Trombone Choir, Subito Bones, a quartet comprised of two seniors and two spring 2012 graduates won first prize in the quartet competition at the International Trombone Festival. Subito Bones was the only ensemble from the Americas selected, via blind audition, to compete in the final round of competition. The two other finalists were Erasmus Trombone Quartet from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Quattrobones from Musikhochschule-Hannover, Germany. ”I believe that Subito Bones is a stellar ensemble, that they clearly represent UT’s finest and that they have done much to provide service, honor and distinction to our great university,” said Professor Brickens. “Being labeled as the world’s best at any achievement is a remarkable accomplishment.”

Subito Bones (l to r) Alex Glen, Josh Balleza, Daniel Fears, and Matt Carr

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Three students of the Butler School of Music travelled to Italy over spring break last year to present a series of chamber music concerts. Violinist Rachell Wong (then a Junior), cellist Francesco Mastromatteo (then final year DMA), and pianist Johan Botes (also final year DMA) played for packed audiences in the cities of Lucera, Foggia, and San Severo. The students played to admiring audiences who received their concerts with enthusiasm, helping to raise UT’s reputation in Europe at a very high-profile professional level. More importantly, the students grew as artists as they demonstrated the excellent performance talent that flourishes at the Butler School.

Harp Studio News The Butler School Harp Studio was host to fifteen high school students from Texas and Oklahoma at the 2012 Longhorn Music Camp Harp week in June. Sophomore Emily Melendes spent her second summer as librarian and harpist at the Breckenridge Festival. Master’s student Vincent Pierce toured China with The Noise Revival Orchestra. DMA graduate Jacquelyn Venter recorded works of Samuel Barber with Conspirare (to be released October 2012) and performed with the Conspirare Children’s Choir in December 2011. Butler School BM graduate Jaclyn Wappel received her MM in Harp Performance from Ball State University and will continue DMA studies there. Alumna Alaina Seabourne received her MM in Harp Performance from the University of Toronto and was accepted into the DMA program at Cincinnati Conservatory. Masters harp student Lisa Lamb is the inaugural harp instructor at the Monarch Suzuki Academy and has a new harp theory publication, Harp Games. Undergraduate Natalie Teodori is the principal harpist with the Round Rock Symphony. 29


Butler School of Music Student Awards, 2011–12 School-wide Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Recitals, 2011-12

Butler School of Music Concerto Competitions, 2011-12 Jillian Bloom, MM Cello Performance Charles Chadwell, BM Music Studies, Saxophone Joseph Choi, BM Piano Performance

Outstanding Junior Recitals Tristan Boyd, BM Percussion Performance Amanda Lester, BM Trombone Performance Ethan Marks, BM Trumpet Performance Rachel Wong, BM Violin Performance

David O. Nilsson Solo Piano Competition, 2012 Jacqueline Perrin, BM Piano Performance – 1st prize Shinhye Kim, BM Piano Performance – 2nd prize Nivan Gunaratne, BM Piano Performance – 3rd prize

Nicolas Barnett, BM Music Studies, Euphonium, Outstanding Community Recital

Eleanor Alexander Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies, 2011-12 Graduate: Mike Sailors, DMA Jazz Composition Undergraduate: Aaron Easley, BM Jazz Performance Sidney M. Wright Piano Accompanying Competition, 2012 Ruoxu Chen, DMA Piano Performance – Winner Meng-chun (Mickey) Chien, MM Piano Performance – Winner Li-wen Chen, MM Piano Performance – Honorable Mention Nataly Wickham, DMA Opera/Voice Emphasis – Best Vocalist Yi Xin, DMA Cello Performance – Best Instrumentalist UT System Regents Outstanding Students Awards in the Arts And Humanities, 2012 Joseph Choi, BM Piano Performance Hill Country Reed Trio: Angela Park, BM Oboe Performance Stephanie Chung, BM Clarinet Performance Pearson Altizer, BM Bassoon Performance

Undergraduate Achievements Outstanding Plan II Honors Thesis, 2011-12 Amanda Jensen, Plan II Classics, BA Music, Harp “The Development of the Harp as a Solo Instrument in Renaissance Spain and Italy” Certificates of Recognition in Performance, Fall 2011 Samantha Miller, BM Music Studies – Voice Virginia Rollo Elizondo, BM Music Business – Voice Claire Trowbridge, BM Music Studies – Clarinet Alicia Ponder, BA Music – Viola Certificates of Recognition in Performance, Spring 2012 Amanda Jensen, BA Music – Harp Marshall Wootton, BA Music – Clarinet Tucker Ewer, BM Music Studies – Trumpet Connor Jewell, BM Music Studies – Trumpet Jenifer Bailey, BM Music Studies – Voice Eric Lyday, BM Music Studies – Voice Austin Hart, BM Music Studies – Voice Kyle Stringfield, BM Music Studies – Clarinet Bernadette Dela Cruz, BA Music – Piano

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Outstanding Senior Recitals Joshua Balleza, BM Trombone Performance Joseph Choi, BM Piano Performance Laura Jesson, BM Viola Performance Meredith Riley, BM Violin Performance Presser Foundation Scholar, 2012-13 Jacqueline M. Perrin, BM Piano Performance

Graduate Achievements Outstanding Masters Report, 2011-12 Margaret Fons, MM Music Theory “’A Thousand Nuances of Movement’: the Intersection of Gesture, Narrative, and Temporality in Selected Mazurkas of Chopin” Outstanding Graduate Recitals, 2011-12 Outstanding Master of Music Recitals Jared Broussard, MM Trumpet Performance Charles Magnone, MM Piano Performance Saul Regalado, MM Euphonium Performance Mackenzie Slottow, MM Flute Performance Loren Welles, MM Clarinet Performance Lauren Miller, MM Bassoon Performance Marina Brankovic, MM Violin Chamber Music Outstanding Doctor of Musical Arts Recitals Dorea Cook, DMA Voice Performance, DMA I Jesse Cook, DMA Trumpet Performance, DMA I Ksenia Zhuleva, DMA Viola Performance, DMA I Joanna Fernandes, DMA Voice Literature/Pedagogy, DMA 2 Michael Hertel, DMA Saxophone Performance, DMA 2 Chia-Jung Lee, DMA Flute Performance, DMA 2 Francesco Mastromatteo, DMA Cello Performance, DMA 2 Spencer Nielsen, DMA Saxophone Performance, DMA 2 Brad Raymond, DMA Voice Literature/Pedagogy, DMA 2 Darren Workman, DMA Trombone Performance, DMA 2 Outstanding Doctor of Musical Arts Chamber Recitals Christopher Luther, DMA Viola Performance Outstanding Doctor of Musical Arts Lecture Recitals Abigail Mace, DMA Piano Performance Jonathan Helmlinger, DMA Piano Performance

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Graduate Fellowships American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship, 2012-13 Eben Graves, PhD Ethnomusicology Fulbright Grant for Study in Portugal, 2012-13 Steven Snowden, DMA Composition Fulbright Grant for Study in Sweden, 2012-13 Ian Dicke, DMA Composition Fulbright Grant for study in West Bengal Ben Krakauer, DMA Ethnomusicology David Bruton, Jr. Fellowship, 2011-12 Tania Camacho, PhD Musicology University Continuing Fellowships, 2011-12 Steve Snowden, DMA Music Composition Mark Lomanno, PhD Ethnomusicology University Graduate Diversity Recruitment Fellowships, 2011-12 Stephan Griffin, MM Organ Performance Adrian Ruiz, DMA Jazz Trumpet Performance University Preemptive Recruitment Fellowships, 2011-12 Timothy Hagen, DMA Flute Performance Alex Heitlinger, DMA Music Composition, Jazz Emphasis Editorial Graduate Research Assistantship, 2011-12 Cory LaFevers, MM Ethnomusicology

2012 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition – First Prize Eli Fieldsteel, DMA Composition 2011-12 ASCAP Plus Award for Composition Lane Harder, DMA Composition 2012 Louisville International Guitar Festival – First Prize 2012 Columbus International Guitar Festival and Competition – Second Prize 2012 Appalachian State Guitar Competition – Second Prize Joseph Palmer, DMA Guitar Performance 2012 Classical Minds Guitar Festival in Houston – Second Prize Kyle Comer, Sophomore, Guitar Performance 2012 International Trombone Association’s Wiehe Solo Competition - Honorable Mention Matt Carr, Senior, Guitar Performance 2012 Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition – Third Prize Trey Medrano, Junior, BM Music Studies 2012 International Trombone Association Marsteller Solo Competition – Finalist Joshua Balleza, Senior, BM Trombone Performance 2012 International Trombone Association’s Smith Solo Competition Honorable Mention Blair Castle, MM Trombone Performance

Outside Achievements

2012 American Harp Society Foundation Awards Competition, Young Professional Division – Finalist Emily Melendes, Sophomore, BM Harp Performance

2011 Asian Double Reed Association Competition – First Prize Laura Miller, MM Bassoon Performance

2012 American Harp Society Anne Adams Award - Winner Emily Melendes, Sophomore, BM Harp Performance

2012 Florida Flute Festival’s Young Artist Competition – Top Prize Meekyoung Lee, Sophomore, BM Flute Performance

2011 Young Arts National Competition – Honorable Mention Award Meera Gudipati, Freshman, BM Flute Performance

2012 Boston Guitar Festival and Competition – First Prize 11th Annual Texas Guitar Competition – First Prize Chad Ibison, MM Guitar Performance

2012 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition-Finalist Laura Miller, MM Bassoon Performance

52nd Sorantin International Young Artists Competition – Winner Rachel Wong, Junior, BM Violin Performance XVII International Young Soloist competition of Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, Brazil – Winner Fernando Cardoso, MM Trombone Performance 2012 Big 12 Tenor Trombone Solo Competition – First Prize Joshua Balleza, Senior, BM Trombone Performance 2012 Fort Worth Trombone Summit National Solo Competition – First Prize Trey Medrano, Junior, BM Music Studies

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Ensemble Awards 2012 UT Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition – First Prize Undergraduate Guitar Quartet: Kyle Comer Stephen Krishnan Luis Rangel Thales Smith 2012 International Trombone Association Trombone Quartet Competition – First Prize Subito Bones: Josh Balleza Matt Carr Alex Glen Daniel Fears 31


Butler School Students, Teachers, and Alumni Participate in Franco-American Vocal Academy

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onored in 2011 by the Republic of France as Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, Professor William Lewis continues his involvement in the teaching and promotion of French vocal music internationally. He is co-director with his wife, Parisienne soprano Frederique Added, of the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France, which has again received critical and public acclaim for its summer 2012 activities. Professor Lewis directed a highly successful production of Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, as well as two one act Offenbach operettas: Bagatelle and Le Mariage aux Lanternes – sung in French with French dialogue by Frederique Added.

which Professor Lewis and Frederique Added also organize and manage. The repertoire this season was Le Nozze di Figaro (headed by UT alumni Dr. Alan Hicks, stage director, and David Brown, conductor) plus Der Schauspieldirektor and Bastien und Bastienne. A highlight of the summer season was a production of Offenbach’s La Perichole, fully staged with orchestra by Professor Lewis, sung in French with English dialogue at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston. David Brown was the conductor and the entire production was adapted and coordinated by Frederique Added.

Summer faculty included UT graduates Dr. Maggie The Academy Singers, numbering forty, were heard Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Chen, Dan K. Kurland, Dr. John McGuire, Dr. Alan Sara Warner as Antonia, Hicks, David Brown, and present UT faculty Rick in three staged concert versions of Lecons de Français Adam Piper as Dr. Miracle Rowley (Butler School of Music)and Dr. Michael aux Americains by composer-in-residence Isabelle Johnson (Department of French and Italian). University of Texas singers Aboulker. The work was staged by Dr. John McGuire, a graduate of the in the programs included: Erin Rogers, Julia Gmeiner, Katie Chapman, Butler School of Music. Namanda Musoke, Alyssa Barnes, Krista Lundquist, Andrew Newton The Academy has expanded its educational programs since 2011 to inand Dan Sullivan. All programs and projects are affiliated with the clude a school in Salzburg concentrating on the operas of W.A. Mozart, Butler School of Music.

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Update: Aeolian-Skinner Organ Installation in Jessen Auditorium

n last year’s issue of Words of Note we announced the acquisition of an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, intended for installation in Jessen Auditorium. The instrument, originally commissioned by the Central Presbyterian Church of Houston, began its life in 1963 as Opus 1393 of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston, a firm long-considered one of the premier organ-builders in America. In the spring of 2011, thanks to the generosity of Butler School of Music friend and supporter Robert Sherrill, the organ was acquired from the church and shipped to Atlanta where master organ builder Robert Coulter has performed a complete restoration A portion of the organ’s more than 1,400 and rebuild. pouches having old leather stripped. The installation here at UT, originally scheduled for summer 2012, will take place in midSeptember with final tuning and finishing of the instrument in October. As this magazine goes to print, Robert Coulter and company have gathered the many components into Jessen Auditorium and are busy installing the organ into the hall that housed for decades the school’s original Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. That first instrument was the very one that founding dean William Doty taught

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and performed upon, and among his many successful students was our own beloved Professor Gerre Hancock. In fact, Dr. Hancock was the driving force behind the initiative to return an organ to Jessen. He located and recommended the purchase of the above-mentioned Opus 1393 and was overjoyed that an instrument so similar to the organ he had studied upon would once again be heard in the hall. It is a tragedy, indeed, that Gerre Hancock passed away before he could experience once again the sound of an Aeolian-Skinner in the hall so ideally suited for its acoustics. However, Gerre’s wife, Dr. Judith Hancock, has remained Craftsman at Coulter Organbuilders on the organ faculty applies new leather pouches. here at the Butler School and will be performing a concert to celebrate the new organ, along with fellow faculty member Scott Davis. The dedicatory organ concert will occur on Friday, December 14th at 7:30 pm and will be streamed live over the internet. Be sure to visit our calendar at www.music.utexas.edu for instructions on how to tune in to this historic event.

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Richard Dean Blair, retired Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas School of Music, died on December 2, 2011. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. His musical training was with Marcel Tabuteau of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Fernand Gillet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He received a Diploma in Oboe in 1951, a BM from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1956, and an MMus in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin in 1966. Blair’s tenure at UT spanned 41 years, in which he lovingly shared the beauty of music with students of all levels as they gained skills in oboe and chamber music performance. He encouraged students “to listen and to really hear.” His love of teaching spread throughout the campus and attracted non-music major recorder students as well. A consummate musician who knew the real meaning of making music, he shared an open heart and was an inspiration to all who knew him. At various times, he served as Assistant Dean of Fine Arts, Acting and Associate Chairman of the Department of Music, and other administrative positions. He was also an Assistant Director of The University of Texas Longhorn Band. Richard Blair The famed Script Texas band formation was his creation, and, upon his retirement in 1995, he was invited to conduct the National Anthem at the UT-TCU football game where his formation was to be featured. In typical humor, he remarked “67,000 people came to see me conduct. Some of them might have come to see the game!” Richard Blair’s performance career included the UT Woodwind Quintet, various other music department ensembles, and engagements with orchestras throughout Texas. He was English hornist with the San Antonio Symphony for four years, and served for over 20 years as the Principal Oboist of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He also had a passion for buying antiques and adding to his large collection of antique music boxes. Other joys included creating handcrafted items in his wood-working shop, spending time at his homes in Fredericksburg, Texas, and Silver Plume, Colorado, and traveling to France with a group of oboists. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Amy, a daughter and son-in-law, granddaughter, son and daughter-in-law, two grandsons, and a sister and brother-in-law.

Chamber Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. She served on the faculty at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Lutheran University, and the American Festival for the Arts. She was invited to perform at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in 1997 and in 2001 at the VIII International Festival de Otono in Mexico. In 2005, Jennifer performed at the White House in Washington D.C. with Viva Trio. She was a gifted teacher who loved her students and loved to help them achieve their goals. She was awarded Outstanding Musician by the Austin Critics Table, cited in Teachers Who Make a Difference by Fox 7 News, and named Educator of the Year by the Austin Under 40 Awards. She was an active member and ordained Elder in Hyde Park Presbyterian Church. She loved animals, cooking and spending time with close friends and family. Surviving her are her parents, Dr. George Bourianoff and Rev. Linda Bourianoff, two sisters, nephews, an aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jennifer was deeply loved and her determination and passion for her music and life will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Jennifer Bourianoff

In Memoriam

One of America’s most highly acclaimed concert organists and choral directors, Gerre Hancock, professor of organ and sacred music at the Butler School of Music, died on January 21, 2012, at the age of 77. Prior to his appointment at UT, Hancock held the position of Organist and Master of Choristers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City for more than thirty years. Previously, he held positions as Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, where he also served on the Artist Faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and as Assistant Organist at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City. “Gerre Hancock was a legend in his own time. We are so fortunate to have had him on the faculty in the Butler School of Music for nearly nine years,” said Glenn Chandler, former director of the Butler School of Music. “After a 32-year career at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Ave in New York City where he and his wife Judith built what was arguably the finest Anglican church music program in the United States, he came back to his alma mater to pass on to the next generation of organists the Jennifer Bourianoff, Assistant Concertmaster for the Austin Symknowledge and skills that he had so wonderfully mastered during his phony for the last 15 years, died on December 27, 2011, after a short lifetime. We will sorely miss him.” illness. A native Austinite, she graduated from S.F. Austin High School, Hancock received his bachelor’s degree in music from UT and his then attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where master’s degree in sacred music from Union Theologishe received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1991. She cal Seminary in New York. He also studied in Paris and entered the University of Texas at Austin and received was a finalist at the Munich International Music Coma Master’s Degree of Music with Honors. Throughout petitions. He studied organ with E. William Doty, Robher career, she studied with such renowned teachers as ert Baker, Jean Langlais and Marie-Claire Alain. Vincent Fritelli, David Cerone, Jascha Brodsky, David Up He served on the faculty of The Juilliard School and degraff and Eugene Gratovitch, and performed in mastaught improvisation on a visiting basis at the Institer classes presented by Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, tute of Sacred Music, Yale University, and The Eastman and Dorothy Delay. School of Music. In 1981, he was appointed a Fellow Jennifer was a talented musician who displayed a of the Royal School of Church Music, and in 1995 was gift for music at an early age. She started studying piano appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. at the age of 2, and violin at the age of 7. She served He received honorary doctor of music degrees from as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Austin Symphothe Nashotah House Seminary and The University of ny Orchestra and as Assistant Concertmaster of the the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. In 2004, he was Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon. She was a founding awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from member of Hyde Park Strings, and performed as leader The General Theological Seminary in New York. and soloist with the Chamber Soloists of Austin, A. Mo He is listed in Who’s Who in America, and his biograGerre Hancock zart Fest, and performed with the Santa Fe Pro Musica phy appears in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and WORDS of NOTE

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Musicians. In 2004, he was presented the Medal of the Cross of St. Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his extraordinary service to the Anglican Church. Gerre Hancock’s consummate skill was clearly apparent in his concert appearances. Possessing a masterly interpretive ability, he was an artist of taste, warmth, perception, and style. He was a featured recitalist and lecturer at numerous regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Considered the finest organ improviser in America, Hancock was heard in recital in many cities throughout the world. He also performed in duo recitals with his wife, Dr. Judith Hancock. His compositions for organ and chorus are widely performed, and his textbook, Improvising: How to Master the Art, is used by musicians throughout the country. He has recorded for Gothic Records, Decca/ Argo, Koch International and Priory Records, both as a conductor of The St. Thomas Choir and as a soloist. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith Hancock, and their two daughters, Deborah Hancock and Lisa Hancock.

Kay Palmer, who was an outstanding clarinetist at UT, and became a highly-successful elementary and middle school music teacher. Survivors of Don Hood, include his wife, Lola Kay, a son, grandson, mother, sister, and sister-in-law. K. M. (Kay) Knittel, Associate Professor of Musicology, died suddenly on August 6, 2012, at her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 46. She began playing the violin at age 10, and was concertmaster of the Corvallis High School Orchestra and the Oregon All-State Orchestra. She graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in music and went on to earn a Doctorate in musicology from Princeton University. Professor Knittel taught at Seton Hall University before joining the musiciology faculty at the Butler School of Music in 2001. Her research interests included Beethoven, Mahler, 19th Century European history, German nationalism, Jewish studies, history of antisemitism, and biography. Her work appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, 19th Century Music, Music & Letters, and Beethoven Forum, and she contributed articles to both The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and to the most recent edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Her book, Seeing Mahler, is a study of the reception of Mahler and his muK. M. (Kay) Knittel sic seen against the backdrop of Viennese anti-Semitism at the turn of the century. Portions of the book were presented at American Musicological Society meetings in the U.S. and in Great Britain, and have appeared in 19th-Century Music. “Kay” Knittel is survived by her husband, Josh Klein of Philadelphia; her parents, Martin and Marjorie Knittel of Albany; and two sisters.

Don Hood, long-time band director and administrator in Angleton, Texas, passed away December 18, 2011, in Houston, at the age of 78. He had many notable accomplishments in his 50-plus year career working for the Texas public school system. While attending The University of Texas at Austin, Don was principal horn with the Symphonic Band, the University Orchestra, and later with the Austin Symphony. He was president of the Symphonic Band and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. After earning his UT bachelor’s degree, he completed his master’s degree while teaching elementary school band in the Austin Public Schools. His next position was with the Lake Jackson Jr. High Band, which he helped develop into an outstanding band recognized as one of the finest in the state. Mr. Hood was selected to lead the Angleton High School band in 1965, and for the Robert Rudié passed away on March 4, at 93 years of age, after a long next eleven years he built the band from apand celebrated career as violinist, conductor, educator, and actor. He proximately 90 to over 350 members, more was born in New York City. He began his study of violin at age seven, than 25% of the high school student body. and made his concert debut at age ten. After graduating from the JuilThe band was awarded straight first divisions Don Hood liard Graduate School with honors, his musical career included the in marching and was a consistent first-division first-violin section of the NBC Symphony; Concertmaster and Assistant winner in concert and sight-reading. The Angleton band performed on Conductor of the Oklahoma Symphony; Concertmaster of the Amerinational television numerous times at Houston Oiler and Dallas Cowcan Symphony, Orchestra of the Americas, Westchester Symphony, Asboys games. In 1972 the band was selected by the Angleton Chamber pen Festival, New York City Ballet, and New Jersey Symphony; Guest of Commerce as “Citizen of the Year.” The band won the Tournament of Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony and Honolulu Symphony; and Roses marching contest in 1973, and was selected to perform at the Assistant Concertmaster of the Austin Symphony. In 1981, he came to first game held in the New Orleans Super Dome. In his twenty-year caAustin, where he served on the UT violin faculty. reer as a band director, Hood’s bands received a total of 50 UIL first He was Director of the Riverdale School of Music in New York City division ratings, three second-division ratings, and one third-division for nineteen years, head of the String Department at Harlem School of rating. He conducted numerous clinics and served as a UIL adjudicator the Arts, and taught at Vassar College, University of Oklathroughout the state. He served as state chairman of the homa at Alva, and Westchester Conservatory. Rudié made UIL Advisory Committee, and was on the UIL Music Seseven tours of the United States, Canada and Mexico as lection Committee numerous times. recitalist and soloist with orchestra under Columbia Art In 1976, Don Hood became principal of Angleton’s ists Management, and five tours as conductor and soloist Northside Elementary School, where he served for twenwith the Rudié Sinfonietta. ty years. He was selected as an Outstanding Adminis His acting career began when he was a boy, acting trator for the State of Texas by the Classroom Teachers in Clare Tree Major’s Children’s Theater in New York City Association. In 1996, he became principal of the Early and then as a teenager in the Teatre Français in New York Childhood Campus and served as Director of Fine Arts. City. After a long hiatus, his acting career resumed with Upon his retirement in 2002, the City of Angleton issued the performances and national tours of two one-man a proclamation designating Friday, September 27, 2002, shows, Paganini! and Heroes and Lovers, with pianist and as “Don Hood Day.” In 2008, he was inducted into the composer Kathryn Mishell. Acting roles in Austin included Texas Band Masters Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame. Robert Rudié Scrooge in the Zach Scott production of A Christmas Carol, Don married his college sweetheart, the then Lola 34

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and major roles in True West, Where There’s a Will, Inspecting Carol, and many others. Rudié’s performance as Paganini won an Emmy award for the Steve Allen PBS-TV show Meeting of Minds in 1981. As chamber musician, he was first violin of the Riverdale String Quartet and Bronx Arts Ensemble before founding Salon Concerts in 1990, which help to support the CHAMPS program he founded to teach chamber music in public schools. Passionate about chamber music, he continued to perform, coach ensembles, and travel to schools into his 90s. It was Robert Rudié’s wish that CHAMPS survive and thrive long after his death. Those wishing to contribute are asked to make a donation to Salon Concerts, Inc. P.O. Box 163501, Austin, Texas 78716 or at salonconcerts.org. He was survived by his wife, Kathryn Mishell, a son and daughter, a stepson and two stepdaughters, three grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. Oswaldo “Ozzie” Guadalupe Vela passed away September 27, 2011. He was born in Kenedy, Texas, attended schools in Kenedy and Corpus Christi, and then served in the Navy. He met his wife, Pauline “Polly” Grace Ames while stationed in the Navy at Green Cove Springs, Florida. They lived in Port Arthur for fifty years and moved to Houston in 2005. He served in the Army Reserve Band and performed in the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra while attending college there. He graduated from Del Mar Jr. College in Corpus Christi and earned his Bachelor in Music from the University of Texas in Austin in 1953. He also earned a Masters Degree in Education from Sam Houston State Teachers

College and a Masters in History from Lamar University. Ozzie’s life was devoted to music and his family. He taught instrumental music for 30 years and social studies for 4 years in Port Arthur Independent School District. He loved to visit the French Quarter in New Orleans to view the artists and their works and listen to the jazz musicians. He became involved in church and community activities including the United Methodist Church, Port Arthur Teachers Association, the Mexican Ozzie Guadalupe Vela Heritage Society, and the Texas Art Museum Society. While he was president of the teachers’ organization, teachers began to receive Social Security benefits. He also held private music lessons in his home, directed the choir at Lakeview United Methodist Church, and played double bass in the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra. Upon retirement, he enjoyed lessons in fine art at art clubs and Beaumont’s Lamar University. Before his death he suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Pauline “Polly” Vela, six children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren and their spouses, six great-grand-children, a sister, niece, two nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and several cousins. Memorials may be made to the Texas Artist Museum, Port Arthur, or to any Alzheimer’s Unit.

A Requiem for Dr. Gerre Hancock

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n February 4, 2012, a requiem mass was held for Dr. Gerre Hancock at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, where he had served as Master of Choristers and Organist for 33 years, assisted by his wife, Dr. Judith Hancock, before they joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music at UT, his alma mater, in 2004. The twohour service was a fitting tribute to a lifetime of dedication and contribution to the field of sacred music. During his career he became recognized as the epitome of excellence in Anglican Church Music and was revered around the world for his organ performance, especially his improvisations, and for his compositions and arrangements of sacred choral music.

Presiding over the service was The Reverend Andrew Mead, Rector of St. Thomas Church, who was assisted by Rector Emeritus John Andrew, with whom Dr. Hancock had worked closely for much of his tenure at St. Thomas. The current organist/ choirmaster of St. Thomas Church, John Scott, prepared and led the St. Thomas choir in a service featuring the best of music from the Anglican tradition, including works by Dr. Gerre, as his students affectionately called him. Assistant organists assisted throughout the service with inspiring music from the great Arents Memorial Organ in the chancel and the Loening-Hancock Organ in the rear of the church. Participating in the service were Lisa Hancock, daughter, and The Reverend James Hancock, brother. Dr. Judith Hancock, who was married to Dr. Gerre for fifty years, greeted the hundreds of attendees at a reception that followed the service.

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Two hours before the service there was a line of people waiting outside the church more than a block long. When the doors opened the church filled quickly. Space was provided in the chaIn an earlier private service, Dr. Hancock’s ashes pel with closed-circuit television for those who were interred in the chancel floor near the spot could not get into the sanctuary. The event was where he stood for more than thirty years to also webcast. All twelve of the organ and sacred This portrait of Dr. Hancock by Paul conduct the choir. music majors from the Butler School attended, Newton hangs in the St. Thomas along with the former director of the school, B. On February 14, the Butler School of Music Choir School. Glenn Chandler, and his wife, Joy. It became obhosted a memorial “Celebrating the Life of Gerre vious while listening to the hymns being sung that the audience Hancock” which included speeches reflecting on Hancock’s life and legacy in addition to musical performances from students, faculty was made up of numerous musicians, many of whom were former members, and other colleagues. choirboys and organ students of Dr. Hancock.

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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 contact Lauren Zachry-Reynolds at 512-232-3515 or lzreynolds@austin.utexas.edu. Program Support E. William Doty Scholarship Fund William D. Armstrong Music Leadership Endowment Whit Dudley Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Harp Ann Callaway Brown Endowment Fund for the UT String Project Faculty Endowed Scholarship in Music Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center Marguerite Fairchild Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Endowment Priscilla Pond Flawn Endowed Scholarship in Music College of Fine Arts String Quartet Endowment Fondren Endowed Scholarship in Music Moton H. 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