April 2010

Butler School of Music Graduate Student Awarded Fulbright

Abigail Mace, a doctoral student at the Butler School of Music, has been awarded a Netherland-America Foundation Fulbright Grant to study in The Hague during the 2010-2011 school year (September to May). She will be studying and performing on early keyboards under the guidance of Professor Jacques Ogg of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Alumnae Exhibition at UT’s AT&T Center Courtyard Gallery

Upcoming Exhibition, Wayfinding, an installation by Jennifer Chenoweth
Inspired by the four elements (earth, water, air and fire), Jennifer Chenoweth’s (MFA, ’99) flowing wall installation for Wayfinding will create a unique topography that utilizes the full length of the gallery space and includes such unique media as ink drawings on rice paper, torch-cut metal, dripped paint, and repeating, spiraling cones cast in plaster.

Austin-Area Alumni Reception Next Month

The College of Fine Arts invites all Austin-Area alumni to join us on Thursday, May 20 for our second college-wide alumni reception. Come see old friends, expand your network, visit with faculty and tour the Landmarks collection as we gather in the lobby of Bass Concert Hall. Invitations will be coming soon!

2010-2011 Texas Performing Arts Season

2010-2011 Texas Performing Arts Season is the first official season since the Performing Arts Center changed its name to Texas Performing Arts. Texas Performing Arts aspires to present programming that, “more intentionally aligns with the academic mission of The University of Texas at Austin, increases student arts participation and engagement, and leverages our relationships with other community based arts and cultural organizations,” according to Texas Performing Arts Director and Associate Dean Kathy Panoff.

Class of 1960 Reunion

Sponsored by the Texas Exes, the Class of 1960 converged on the UT campus last Thursday and Friday. The reunion included tours of colleges and schools, lectures from some of the brightest minds on campus and even a panel discussion on education reform, which included our very own Dean Doug Dempster! For those who attended, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and Class of 1961…you’re up next!

The Phantom of the Opera visits Theatre and Dance

In coordination with Texas Performing Arts’ Campus and Community Engagement program, students from the Department of Theatre and Dance had an exciting opportunity to meet and work with members of the The Phantom of the Opera touring company.

Robert Duke Receives MENC Career Research Award

Robert Duke, the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning in the Butler School of Music, has received a career research award from MENC: The National Association for Music Education. The Senior Researcher Award is “meant to recognize a sustained record of significant scholarly achievement related to music teaching and learning.”

The Longhorn Run

The Longhorn Run will be held on May 1st in Austin, on and around the UT campus. You can support this race by registering to run 2 miles, 10k, or by making a donation. Afterwards, there will be a celebration with food and music outside of the stadium. All proceeds from the race will go to the Excellence Fund, a Student Government endowment dedicated to student projects and programs.

Presenting The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, April 23 – May 2

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, an inventive blend of opera and theatre by David Lang and Mac Wellman, April 23 – May 2, 2010, at the B. Iden Payne Theatre.

Based on Ambrose Bierce’s 500-word story of the same name, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field recounts the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy Alabama planter and slave owner, (Mr. Williamson), who drops from sight one sunny afternoon in the brief moment that his assembled friends, family, and slaves turn away. Because Williamson has no male heir and has left no will, a court must decide his fate in order to divide his estate.

Texas Exes Celebrate 125 Years

On Monday, in celebration of the Texas Exes’s 125th anniversary, the Exes launched a special anniversary website, which includes a list of 125 Extraordinary Exes List. Join the celebration and explore the website’s treasures, which include historical information never before released, photo archives, information on a new student endowment, and special features from The Alcalde magazine.