Four Students To Be Highlighted at Spring Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
four student images

This spring, the College of Fine Arts will highlight four outstanding students at the upcoming spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18. These students were selected by the chairs of their respective departments as examples of excellence in the college.

UT System Regents Honor Top Student Musicians

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
black and white photo of Henry Johnston

The Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards program was established in 2012 to recognize and foster excellence in student performance. The awards vary each year and commend students at UT institutions excelling in one of three disciplines: musical arts, visual arts and creative writing.This year’s recipients are Henry Johnston, a classical guitar student at UT Austin, and The Prophets, a trumpet ensemble at UT El Paso composed of students Jacob Aun, Elijah Ontiveros, Juan Pablo Palacios, Isaac Ponce and Paul Reid.

Composer Nina C. Young to Join Butler School of Music Faculty

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Nina Young is wearing a purple shirt with lavender colored hair

The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the hire of Nina C. Young as Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Electronic Music Studios. Her contract will begin with the 2018-2019 academic year.

UT Mariachi Director Ezekiel "Zeke" Castro to Retire

Tuesday, April 24, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
UT Mariachi Director Ezekiel Castro playing the violin

UT Mariachi Director Ezekiel Castro will retire after joining the faculty of the Butler School of Music 7 years ago. Castro began playing the violin through the UT Junior String Project, and when he began his studies at UT in 1948, he transitioned to viola. He joined the UT Viola Ensemble and the group traveled the country, performing at Yale and Carnegie Hall in 1958.

UT Alum Earns Place in Longhorn Band History With $12 Million Donation

Monday, February 19, 2018   |  Austin American-Statesman
Texas longhorn band piccolo players on the field

A graduate of the University of Texas now holds the record for the largest planned donation to the Longhorn Band after gifting $12 million to the program. Rick Church, a 1977 engineering graduate who still plays his tuba in the “X” of the “TEXAS” formation during Alumni Band Day, also committed $7 million from his estate to the university’s Department of Engineering and the Cockrell School of Engineering, and $350,000 to the band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships, the university said.

Alumnus Rick Church's Historic $12 Million Gift Helps Ensure Longhorn Band's Future

Monday, February 19, 2018
Rick Church shows the hook 'em sign, extending his pinky and pointer finger as horns, in front of a Longhorn band sign

Longhorn band alumnus Rick Church recently made the largest planned gift ever to the Longhorn Band — $12 million, to be exact.He also committed $7 million from his estate to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977. These gifts are in addition to his generous $350,000 pledge to support the Longhorn Band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships. Church’s remarkable generosity to the Longhorn Band and the Cockrell School was motivated by gratitude and appreciation for the people who helped shape his future.

Pakistani Musicians, Butler School of Music Faculty to Perform at SXSW

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
Singers and musicians from the U.S. and Pakistan on stage

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."


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