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Staff and faculty members who are also musicians

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A woman holding a violin and a man holding an acoustic guitar pose together outside in front of a wooded area.
Loren Cain. Photo by Jay Willingham

We asked staff and faculty members who make music to tell us about themselves at Longhornmusicians.com. Here is just a sample of the talented people working alongside us every day.


Clarke Curtis
Department of Art and Art History, 4 years at UT
Curtis plays synths and creates album art for Black Books. You can catch him twice a month at such venues as Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlies and Electric Church.

Glenn Dembowski
Office of the Associate Dean for Research, 23 years at UT
Dembowski is a singer-songwriter who also plays guitar for Viewers Like Ewe and his solo project, Scooter Holiday. Catch him weekly at Dozen Street and Sassy’s Vegetarian Soul Food.

Nate Ivicic
Jackson School of Geosciences, 17 years at UT
Ivicic plays acoustic guitar and sings as a solo act and also is part of the band West Travis. He performs weekly at Blind Pig Pub, among other gigs.

Charles Jones
Moody College of Communication, 9 years at UT
Jones sings and plays guitar, harmonica and keytar under the name Southpaw Jones. You can catch his folk-pop act annually at the Cactus Café with Matt the Electrician.

Michael Stewart Nelson
Applied Research Laboratories, 9 years at UT
Nelson plays bass for Southern Joker, which performs occasionally around Austin.

Jake Perlman
KUT Radio, 4 years at UT
Perlman plays drums and does production for Hand Signals and the Barton Hills Choir. You can catch him monthly at various venues around Austin.

Ben Post
University Development Office, 15 years at UT
Post plays bass, synths and vocals with the Union JacksTallest Towers and Mass Minor. You can catch him at clubs such as the Highball, Speakeasy and Baker Street Pub.

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Rich Reddick. Photo by Marsha Miller

Rich Reddick
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, 12 years at UT
Reddick plays bass guitar and provides backing vocals for Dëëp Stätë. They play around Austin and at departmental parties.

David Ring
Dell Medical School, 4 years at UT
Ring plays guitar and sings with Newning, a group that performs several times a year at charitable events.

Brian Willey
University Development Office, 14 years at UT
Willey is a singer-songwriter who also plays guitar and keyboards for the Black Drumset. Catch them monthly at clubs such as Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlies and Hotel Vegas.

Cole Wilson
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, 1 year at UT
Wilson plays drums for Loop One. The reggae-rock band is currently on hiatus but still holds regular jam sessions.

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Page Stephens. Photo by Lawrence Peart


John Sibley Butler
McCombs School of Business, 44 years at UT
Butler plays guitar and classical guitar “just for friends.”

Chelsea Cowan
International Office, 6 months at UT
Cowan plays flute with local orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Michael Domjan
Department of Psychology, 46 years at UT
Domjan plays viola in the Tertis/Pavlov Project, whose videos are available on YouTube. He also performs throughout the year with the Balcones Community Orchestra and the Central Texas Medical Orchestra.

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Chelsea Cowan. Photo courtesy of the artist

Cheryl Fuller
Academic Information Systems, 31 years at UT
Fuller sings occasionally with groups such as Conspirare Symphonic Choir, St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum and Tower Singers.

Leah Hollingshead
University Development Office, 1 year at UT
Hollingshead sings with various classical and jazz projects around Austin.

Melissa Huebsch
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, 16 years at UT
Huebsch is a soprano who sings several times a year with such groups as Conspirare, Panoramic Voices and at the Victoria Bach Festival.

Sara Mitchell Jebaily
McCombs School of Business, 4 years at UT
Jebaily sings opera and classical music occasionally for various companies around Austin.

CJ Johnson
Butler School of Music, 4 years at UT
Johnson plays double bass with the Austin Symphony and Central Texas Philharmonic.

Jim Maxwell
Curriculum and Instruction, 29 years at UT
Maxwell sings occasionally with Conspirare Symphonic Choir and Panoramic Voices.

Agnes Savich
College of Liberal Arts, 6 years at UT
Savich plays oboe with Perpetual Motion Quartet and Austin Cinematic Symphony. You can catch her at classical music house parties and other Austin-area concerts.

Page Stephens
Butler School of Music, 6 years at UT
Stephens sings opera, chamber music and choir at Austin churches and the Butler School of Music.

Amanda Tofflemire
Dell Medical School, 3 years at UT
Tofflemire plays viola with the Austin Civic Orchestra, which plays concerts at various locations throughout the year, including the Texas Rising Stars concert in March with students from the Butler School of Music.

Katie Beth Willis
Department of Government, 9 years at UT
Willis sings with the choral group Panoramic Voices as well as with the choir at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church and as a soloist. Panoramic Voices performs several times a year around Austin.

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John Brejot. Photo by Barb Cristea


Brady Beal
Texas Student Media, 4 years at UT
Beal plays lead guitar for Parker McCollum. The band performs 150 shows a year nationwide.

John Brejot
University Development Office, 5 years at UT
Brejot plays guitar and sings with Three Chords and a Prayer, which performs in Austin.

Jimmie Scott Calhoun
Moody College of Communication, 22 years at UT
Calhoun provides backing vocals and plays bass for Jessy Napier as well as the Pearl Snaps. You can catch him weekly at such spots as Banger’s Beer Garden, Giddy Up’s Saloon and the Saxon Pub.

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Chris Johnson. Photo courtesy of the artist


Ryan Anderson
Center for Identity, 5 years at UT
Anderson is a composer, vocalist and guitarist with Sugar Trio. You can catch him regularly at Craft Pride and other Austin venues.

Jamie Bowman
Environmental Health and Safety, 16 years at UT
Bowman plays a variety of instruments for Jamie and the Marauders. You can check out his blues-experimental-funk sounds on the band’s Bandcamp page.

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Ralph Ibarra
Technology Resources, 8 years at UT
Ibarra is a songwriter and plays bass, guitar, other string instruments and clarinet. He is currently on hiatus but has played at the Continental Club, Gruene Hall and Antone’s and used to have a weekly gig at the Jackalope.

Chris Johnson
McCombs School of Business, 24 years at UT
Johnson is bassist with McLemore Avenue, Nakia and the Blues Grifters and Freddie Steady Krc. He plays six to eight gigs per month across Texas, the U.S. and Europe.

Art Markman
Department of Psychology, 21 years at UT
Markman plays saxophone with Phineas Gage. You can catch the band’s ska and blues sounds about once a month at such spots as One-2-One Bar.

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David Gilden. Photo courtesy of the artist


Lee Clippard
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 13 years at UT
Clippard is a percussionist and the director of Austin Samba, which performs throughout the year at parades, festivals and concerts, most notably Carnaval Brasileiro.

David Gilden
Department of Psychology, 27 years at UT
Gilden plays trumpet with Huerta Culture as well as the Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour. Catch him at such spots as Sahara Lounge, Craft Pride and Flamingo Cantina.

Bruno Vinezof
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 1 year at UT
Vinezof contributes vocals and plays percussion with Maracatu Texas, Grupo Massa and Seu Jacinto. You can catch him weekly at such venues at Central Market, Whisler’s and Geraldine’s.

Tommy Ward
McCombs School of Business, 15 years at UT
Ward handles vocals and percussion for Seu Jacinto. Catch him monthly at such venues as Central Market, Sahara Lounge and One-2-One Bar.

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Robyn Lindenberg, left, is one half of the duo Robsie. Photo by Diego Chacon


Jolie Cota Flink
Department of Economics, 6 years at UT
Flink is the lead songwriter and vocalist for power-pop group Mean Jolene. They play twice a month at ABGB, Radio, Hotel Vegas and more.

Robyn Lindenberg
School of Law, 1 year at UT
Lindenberg is singer-songwriter for indie-pop duo Robsie. You can catch her at occasional gigs at spots such as Dozen Street and Oskar Blues Brewery.

Daniel Magorrian
College of Liberal Arts, 3 years at UT
Magorrian plays guitar and sings backup vocals for Large Brush Collection and Fertility House. You can catch him several times a month at Red River Street bars such as Mohawk, Stubbs, Cheer Up Charlies and Swan Dive.

Stephen Salisbury
Texas Student Media, 5 years at UT
Salisbury plays guitar with Sun June. Catch them around town at such spots as Cheer Up Charlies and Mohawk, or when they’re out on tour.

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David Freid. Photo by Eddie Martinez


David Freid
KUT Radio, 2 years at UT
Freid produces electronic and house music as Gravy Jones.

Randolph Lewis
Department of American Studies, 9 years at UT
Lewis plays guitar, keyboard, bass and drum loops for Part Time Genius. It is currently only a studio project.

Dianne L. Whitehair
Texas Performing Arts, 28 years at UT
Whitehair sings with electronic rock group Scorpio Rising. You can catch the group a couple of times a month at local clubs such as Valhalla, the Lost Well and the Parlor.

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Johnny Holden. Photo courtesy of the artist