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Martin McCain

Martin McCain wins two Global Music Awards

Martin McCain recently won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal for the Best Instrumentalist category and a Bronze Medal for his second solo CD Shades. He was also featured in Billboard Magazine as an Emerging Artist earlier this year. Martin McCain is currently an Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and actively performs as a solo, orchestral, chamber, and jazz/commercial musician.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Scott Shattuck

Second Edition of Scott Shattuck's 'The Director's Vision' Released

The Director's Vision (Second Edition) by Louis E. Catron and Scott Shattuck (M.F.A. Drama, 1988) was published by Waveland Press, Inc. in May 2015. It is one of the most widely-used textbooks in college courses that introduce students to the process of play directing.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jonas Criscoe with teen artist Eric Moe

Jonas Criscoe participated in the Contemporary Austin's Teen Mentorship program.

The Contemporary Austin

Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A Studio Art, 2006) participated in The Contemporary Austin's Teen Artist + Mentor Program, which culminated this summer in the exhibition Special Blend. Collaboration is the foundation of this community arts initiative, in which ten professional artist-mentors work with ten exemplary high school students from the Austin area over seven months to create new work.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hak Min Kim

Hak Min Kim named Director of Korean National Opera

Korea Joongang Daily

Hak Min Kim (D.M.A., 2000) has been named director of the Korean National Opera in Seoul, Korea. This position is one of the most important arts positions in the country and comes at a time when opera is gaining a strong audience in Korea. Kim had established himself as the premiere opera director in Korea prior to being named to the National Opera and is also an associate professor of theater and film at Kyung Hee University.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shane Anderson

Dr. Shane Anderson appointed Chair at Nicholls State University

Dr. Shane Anderson (D.M.A. Applied Music/Performance, 1999) has been appointed Chair of the Department of Music at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Audition Bible

Holly Powell's 'The Audition Bible' a Best Seller

Holly Powell Studios

Emmy Award-winning Casting Director Holly Powell has written the best selling book, The Audition Bible: Secrets Every Actor Needs To Know. Holly wrote The Audition Bible as a companion piece to compliment her Audition Workshops taught at Holly Powell Studios in Los Angeles. An "audition class in a book", this is a user-friendly guide that demystifies the audition process, bringing it down from the epic to the mundane.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Brian Heim receives 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award

New Music Box

Brian Heim (B.M. Composition, 2014) was awarded a 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Selected from an application pool of more than 600 submissions, the 28 young composer winners were recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015. The award-winning composers share prizes of over $45,000.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Michael Bunchman

Michael Bunchman appointed to faculty position at Truman State University

Dr. Michael Bunchman (D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, 2015) has been appointed to a faculty position as Staff Pianist and Collaborative Coordinator at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Adrian Hernandez

Adrian Hernandez named Chief Arranger of The U.S. Army Field Band

Adrian Hernandez (B.M. Composition, 2004) was recently selected for promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant and will be assuming the role of Chief Arranger of The U.S. Army Field Band, where he has served as Staff Arranger since 2007. In addition, Hernandez continues to compose music for films, television, games and internet media.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kirstin Garrison

Kirstin Garrison joins Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Board of Directors

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District

Kirstin Garrison (B.M. Music Education, 2009) was recently selected as the newest member of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) Board of Directors. YOSA has eight orchestras for young musicians to participate in, ranging from Prelude Strings at the entry level to the Philharmonic, comprised of the very best young instrumentalists in the greater San Antonio area.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kate Stubbs

Kate Stubbs joins faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Kate Stubbs (D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, 2015) has just been appointed to a faculty position as Instructor and Collaborative Pianist at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Michael Gillespie sketching next to an Italian brick building

Alumni Painter Michael Gillespie

Michael Gillespie (B.F.A. Art Education, 1983) spent a month as Artist in Residence at a 5-star boutique luxury hotel in Tuscany, Italy. He did plein air painting and taught art lessons to the guests. He was recently commissioned to paint an oil portrait of Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt of Dallas. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Iva Kinnaird to be Featured in Hello Project Gallery Exhibition

Work by Iva Kinnaird (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2014) will be featured as part of Hello Project Gallery's "Summer Party Too" exhibition, which also marks the Houston gallery's one-year anniversary. Also featured in the show is current Fine Arts graduate student Rachael Starbuck. The exhibition runs July 10 to August 8. 

Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Force of Nature exhibiton

Marcia Green Santore co-chair of Force of Nature exhibition at Plymouth State University

Force of Nature exhibition website

Marcia Green Santore (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1982) is co-chair of the Women's Caucus for Art/NH Chapter's national juried art exhibition FORCE OF NATURE: Exploring the Power of the Feminine in two venues on the campus of Plymouth State University. Juried by Judith Brodsky, this exhibition brings the work of more than 80 artists across the U.S. to New England.

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ariana Vincent

Ariana Vincent Receives Award From Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education is pleased to announce that Ariana Vincent (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1977) is The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education 2015 Continuing Education Provider of the Year, recognizing her excellence in massage and bodywork education.

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jason Pittman

Jason Pittman takes command of submarine USS HELENA

United States Navy website

Cmdr. Jason Pittman, B.M. 1998 and a Distinguished Graduate of UT NROTC, took command of the fast attack submarine, USS HELENA (SSN 725), this month at a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. He is the first Music major to be accepted to the Navy's nuclear propulsion program and the first to take command of a nuclear powered ship.

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova

Christina Wright-Ivanova appointed assistant professor, collaborative artist at University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Christina Wright-Ivanova (D.M.A. 2012) has been appointed assistant professor of music/vocal coach and collaborative artist at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She begins her faculty residency in fall 2015. There were 90 applicants for the position, and Wright-Ivanova says her success is due in no small part to the Butler School of Music faculty and students with whom she worked in her three-year residency.

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hai Zheng and Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa

Hai Zheng and Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa complete third Asian concert tour

Hai Zheng, concert cellist (BM 1988, MM 1990) and Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa (DMA 1988) recently made their third Asia concert tour together. They first gave master classes and recitals at Bangkok and Hua Hin in Thailand, then went on to the Yong Siew Toh-Asia's International Conservatory in Singapore and finished their tour at China Conservatory in Beijing. Hai Zheng is Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Southwestern University. Dr/ Kiyoshi Tamagawa is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University.

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alumnus Alan Hicks wraps up second year at Seattle Opera

Alan E. Hicks (D.M.A. 2009) recently completed two seasons as the staff Assistant Director at Seattle Opera. For the 2015-16 season, Alan will join the staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago assisting Susan Stroman on The Merry Widow and Daniele Abbado on Nabucco. Alan will also make directing debuts at Minnesota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Miami Summer Music Festival.

Posted: Monday, June 1, 2015

Alumna Hilary Karming Lai opens acupuncture practice in Colleyville, Texas

After earning her Ph.D. in Acupuncture last summer from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hilary Karming Lai (B.A. and B.F.A., 2007) has opened her own practice, Benefit Acupuncture, in Colleyville, Texas.

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015