This is a big year all around for graduate trombone student Patrick Stauffer, but he’s most excited about teaching and working with Austin Soundwaves.
“I heard about Austin Soundwaves last semester, and when I was perusing the Internet, they had a trombone position available,” he said. “I really just enjoy being able to work with such a diverse group of students and finding ways to help not just with trombone but with life as a mentor.”
Additionally, Patrick is a member of the world-renowned UT Trombone Choir. Recently, the group completed a European tour, which took them to Zurich and Paris among other cities.
“A former [music school] student plays with the Zurich Opera, and he was able to meet up with us and show us around,” Patrick said. “We performed a few times there, and I was able to practice my French.”
The pinnacle of the trip was playing at the International Trombone Festival at the Paris Conservatory, Patrick said.
Patrick is also a member of the UT Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and New Music Ensemble.
“These groups have allowed me to enhance my skills as a performer and all help me realize what is truly needed in the professional music world once I arrive there,” he said.
The opportunities Patrick has had at the Butler School of Music thanks to The Doty Society are overwhelming, he said, and Patrick realizes that he wants to pursue teaching.
““My life experiences influence my idea of the importance of the arts,” he said. “Working with these kids through Austin Soundwaves has given me a unique perspective on how important music is.”