AUSTIN, Texas - Faculty members at the Butler School of Music will mentor visiting musicians and scholars from Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) under a new three-year partnership. The University of Texas at Austin’s South Asia Institute (SAI) will facilitate the exchange of scholars as well as a series of lectures, training sessions and performances planned under the program, which is slated for fall 2013.
NAPA was established in Karachi in 2005 to teach performing arts and music to students to preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage.
The partnership will focus on building the creative capacity of NAPA teachers and students by providing skills in music composition, music theory, orchestration and training in areas such as piano, voice, string instruments and the practice of conducting.
A total of 12 scholars from NAPA will visit the Butler School of Music during the duration of the partnership to work with the school’s faculty members and students. The first group of four NAPA scholars is expected to arrive in spring 2014. Butler School faculty members working under the program will also travel to Pakistan in three groups.
In its last year, the program will focus on developing a joint ensemble comprising students and faculty from the Butler school and NAPA. The ensemble is expected to perform in both the United States and Pakistan.
The partnership was made possible by a grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of State/United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.