Every year, artists of all genres travel from far and wide to perform at South by Southwest. One of these groups, Sangat, is a multicultural and transnational music ensemble that consists of members of the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Butler School of Music. Sangat’s name is Sanskrit for “a coming together."
Women were restricted from jazz during prohibition because it was considered underground and dirty, Sarah said. Playing instruments was not considered ladylike or sexy, so women weren’t welcomed into jazz until the 70s and 80s. Sarah said she thinks the lack of records on women jazz musicians before then is a problem because young female musicians don’t know who to look up to.
The rush of sound from the composition “Dharma at Big Sur” is, for violinist Sean Riley, like the coastal waves it was inspired by. The music performance graduate student was determined to play it. The only problem — it wasn’t written for his 240-year-old acoustic violin, but a six-string electric.
When violinist Sean Riley needed a 6-string violin to play John Adams, "The Dharma at Big Sur," he did what any innovative UT student would do. He collaborated with fellow students Daniel Goodwin and Rebecca Milton to build one.
Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award winner Jennifer Higdon named winner of 2018-2019 Eddie Medora King Award
Higdon is the recipient of a $50,000 prize given every two years for achieved excellence in original music composition.
More recent pieces of music are often overlooked by musicians in favor of more classic pieces. Dan Welcher, professor of composition and director of the New Music Ensemble, is working with his students to bring this genre of new music to the UT community.
Andrew Dell’Antonio, professor of Musicology and associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and member of the College of Fine Arts Diversity Committee, and Robin Moore, professor of Ethnomusicology, penned an article about a new course for freshmen undergraduates in the Butler School of Music.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Andrew Dell’Antonio is co-editor on a project with University of Michigan Press that is calling for submissions regarding music and social justice. The new series, Music and Social Justice, reaches across academic and trade presses to welcome projects that shine new light on familiar subjects such as protest songs, humanitarian artists, war and peace, community formation, cultural diplomacy, globalization and political resistance.
The Butler School of Music's Rainwater Fund for American Music, a newly established $5 million endowment created by the late UT alumnus Richard E. Rainwater (B.A., Mathematics, 1966), a Fort Worth investor and fund adviser, is funding a crop of inspiring research and innovation among music students to include 3-D printed six-string electric violin.
The Daily Texan highlights Butler School of Music in a story about their benefit concert to support University of Texas students affected by Hurricane Harvey.