May 2014

May 2014

Mary Ellen Poole Appointed Director of the Butler School of Music

Mary Ellen Poole is the newly-appointed Director of the Butler School of Music. Dr. Poole served for 10 years as dean of the distinguished San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she grew enrollment by 50 percent to over 400 students from around the world, especially in voice, guitar and strings. Poole is respected nationally for her vision on music education and curricular innovation. A native of Louisiana, she earned her degrees in flute performance from Baylor University and Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana. The College of Fine Arts is thrilled to welcome Mary Ellen to the Forty Acres. 



New Exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center

Through May 10, visit the M.F.A. Studio Art thesis exhibition, POOL. Celebrating ten students completing their master of fine arts degrees in studio art, POOL features work made in a variety of media including video, painting, printmaking, photography, installation and sculpture.

Michael Sieben's solo show It Will All Happen Again, continues to receive praise. Read the Austin Chronicle interview with the talented alumni. Also on view: Playgrounds, M.F.A. in Design thesis exhibition and Make, Do, and Mend, B.F.A. in Design thesis exhibition.


Landmarks Walking Tour 

Join Landmarks for a docent-led walking tour on Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m. RSVP by Thursday, May 1 at Learn about some of the most important artistic trends of our time and meet people who share a passion for art by becoming a Landmarks docent. 

Sunday, April 4
UT Campus
11 a.m


Texas Performing Arts Announces the 2014-2015 Season

Texas Performing Arts continues to present world-class performances to the University of Texas at Austin and Central Texas audiences with the unveiling of the 2014-2015 season. This season highlights talent from around the world in a diverse mix of music, theatre, dance and conversation. Performances include a pioneering a cappella ensemble, the Swingle Singers, and a performance project featuring Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, with Texas-based pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The season also highlights two of Austin’s most prominent arts organizations, Conspirare and Austin Classical Guitar, in an unprecedented performance collaboration of new work by composer Nico Muhly. Broadway in Austin brings another season of varied musicals to the Bass Concert Hall. This season shows include classics like Annie and Evita along with Once and Dirty DancingFor a complete list of performances, please visit

Reflecting on 75 Years of Theatre and Dance at UT Austin 

On April 11, the Department of Theatre and Dance honored their 75th Anniversary with a celebratory reception, performance and projection display on the front of the F. Loren Winship Drama Building from their Integrated Media for Live Performance students. Reflect on the department's history by reading their historical timeline. 


Fine Arts Career Services Hosts The New York Seminar   

Fine Arts Career Services hosted its seventh annual professional development trip for students seeking a career in arts administration in the visual and performing arts. Attendees met with industry-leaders from organizations including Harlem Stage, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and Aperture, where a student secured a six-month paid internship as the organization’s first educational intern. A participating vocal major had the opportunity to shadow Joseph Soucy, the associate for Artist Training Programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, while other students were invited to attend a rare dress rehearsal for the Mary Lou Williams Tribute at Harlem Stage. FACS looks forward to building upon this year’s success next spring with The New York Seminar 2015.


Professor Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler at Ballroom Marfa

Teresa Hubbard, UT professor of photography, and Alexander Birchler have been working collaboratively in video since 1990. Their exhibition Sound Speed Maker is on view at Ballroom Marfa through August 10. Sound Speed Maker includes five years of work and features video and photography that "explore film's relationship to place and the traces that movie-making leaves behind."


Alumni in the News

Robert Schenkkan's (B.F.A., 1975) play "All The Way" received two 2014 Tony nominations, for Best Play and Best Actor (Bryan Cranston).

Christopher Guzman (D.M.A., 2011) will perform the Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 1 as part of the Austin Piano Festival on May 25. Penn State published an article regarding his new CD, 'Vienne et apres...'.   

Andrew Hallock (B.A. Composition, 2002), counter tenor, is a singer in the Dutch based ensemble "Cappella Pratensis". Earlier this year they released their latest CD 'Missa Ave Maris Stella' by Josquin Desprez.

Ann Krachey (M.F.A. Photography, 2008) will exhibit at the Courtyard Gallery at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at UT. Her photography exhibit, Lovelady, will run from May 1 to September 26 with an Opening Reception May 1, 5 -7 p.m.

Steve Moore's (M.F.A. Playwriting, 2005) new play, “Computer Simulation of the Ocean”, does not have a physical venue, rather, it is experienced entirely through a text message subscription over six months. The text messages come from Sally Boyd, a fictional character. The public began receiving messages on April 18 at the beginning of the Fusebox Festival.

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Last year, alumni and friends such as you helped over 70 students and programs through The Doty Society. By combining smaller gifts into larger scholarships, the college is able to fund student travel, education, research and much more. Enrich a student's life - join The Doty Society today!

Many thanks to our contributors:

Gene Bartholomew, Jr.
Texas Performing Arts

Catherine Zinser 

Sarah Gerson
COFA Dean's Office

Cassie Gholston
Department of Theatre and Dance

Claire Spera
Butler School of Music

Thao Votang
Department of Art and Art History