The University of Texas at Austin
  • School of Music to be named for couple

    By Leslie Lyon
    Leslie Lyon
    Published: March 20, 2008

    “We love music, and we have great appreciation for, and belief in, the educational value of the arts,” Dr. Butler said. “We have supported the UT School of Music for many years, and we will continue to focus our philanthropy on this worthy institution through this legacy gift.”

    Dr. Butler is a retired physician, who specialized in otolaryngology. He is a member of the College of Fine Arts Advisory Council, and past treasurer and trustee of the Texas Medical Association Foundation. Mrs. Butler is chairwoman of the Ballet Austin Board of Directors, a member of the Blanton Museum Council, and a member of the university’s Development Board. The Butlers are members of the university’s Chancellor’s Council, President’s Associates and the Texas Exes.

    In addition to supporting the School of Music, the Butlers have been major donors to local arts organizations, including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Austin and the Austin Lyric Opera.

    “The Butlers have been personally committed to supporting UT’s School of Music for many years,” said Glenn Chandler, director of the School of Music. “They are knowledgeable philanthropists who fully understand that not only will their gift secure the school’s future, but will immediately benefit our programs by allowing us to achieve a new level of excellence. We are profoundly grateful for their generosity and are proud to be known as the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music.”

    With nearly 100 faculty members and more than 700 students from around the world, the university’s School of Music ranks among the top music schools in the country. A distinguished faculty of world-class scholars and performers help to attract and retain talented students in programs that range from composition, performance, teacher training and musicology to jazz and sound engineering.

    For more information about the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, visit the Web site at

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