Distinguished Teachers Series

Each year the Center for Music Learning hosts 3-5-day residencies by internationally recognized artist-teachers. The individuals selected as Distinguished Teachers represent the very finest musicians who have dedicated themselves to teaching music. The diversity of the Distinguished Teachers selected—performing artists, private teachers, public school teachers, college faculty—reflects the Center's working philosophy that there are common principles that underlie all music teaching and learning, irrespective of instrument, genre, culture, and age and experience of the learner. It is this set of common principles that the Distinguished Teacher Series serves to illuminate.

The public lectures, teaching demonstrations, performances, and discussion sessions that the Distinguished Teachers Series comprises bring together teachers, performers, and scholars from all levels of instruction in interdisciplinary sessions with leading artist-teachers. The design of each artist-teacher's residency includes a variety of large and small-group sessions that permit performers, scholars, teachers, and students from the University and the Austin community to participate in unique interactive activities.

Each Distinguished Teacher's residency includes (1) a public lecture about music teaching, (2) a "teaching master class," in which the guest artist observes and critiques the teaching of several of our students, (3) a public teaching demonstration, and (4) a public performance. The "teaching master class" and the teaching demonstration are videotaped and compiled in the Center's tape library from which the Center will produce the Master Teachers in Music CD-ROM series.



Vijay Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic is 2007 at the age of 19, after completing a Master's degree in Music from Yale University, and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Marist College. Vijay made his solo debut at 11 in Tel Aviv with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician on an international scale since the age of 8. Gupta has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Los Angeles Opera, Spain's Orquestra Comunitat de Valencia, and recently as a guest leader of teh Philharmonia Orchestra of London at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, UK.

Gupta is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the presence of music in ostracized communities. He founded and serves as Artistic Director for Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing free, live music to men, woman, and youth living in homelessness and incarceration. A gifted spokesperson for human and mental health advocacy through music, Gupta is a TED Speaker and a 2011 TED Senior Fellow. In January 2015, Gupta was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of La Verne. He is represented as a speaker by the Lavin Agency.

Vijay Gupta currently plays on a 1731 Domenico Montagnana violin, on generous loan through the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He lives in Angelino Heights with his wife.


Mr. Gupta's Schedule of Public Events

Monday 14 September

10 AM  MRH 2.634  Meeting with undergraduate Human Learning and Behavior Class

2 PM  MRH 2.604  Meeting with graduate Teaching and Learning Class

7 PM  UT Student Activities Center Auditorium SAC 1.402  "The Arts and Social Healing"

Tuesday 15 September

1 PM  Bates Recital Hall  Butler School of Music Convocation  "The Role of the Modern Artist"

6 PM  MRH Recital Studio  Violin and Chamber Music Master Class




Past Distinguished Teacher Honorees 2002-2014

Richard Beene, Dean, Chair of Winds and Chamber Music, and Professor of Bassoon, Colburn Conservatory of Music
Residency:  7-10 October, 2013

Jim WalkerProfessor of Flute and Chamber Music, Colburn Conservatory and Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Flute Studies, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California
Residency:  17-21 September 2012

Scott McCoy, Professor of Voice and Pedagogy, Director of the Presser Music Center Voice Laboratory, and Director of Graduate Studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Residency:  31 January to 2 February 2011

Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, The New York Philharmonic
Residency:  13 September to 16 September and 26 September 2010

H. Robert Reynolds, Professor of Wind Conducting, University of Southern California
Residency: 30 November to 3 December 2009

Bruce Holzman, Professor of Guitar, The Florida State University
Residency: 16-19 November 2009

Joseph Flummerfelt, Professor Emeritus, Westminster Choir College
Residency: 18-22 April 2009

Stephen Clapp, Professor of Violin and Dean Emeritus, The Juilliard School
Residency: 24-26 September 2008

Raymond Crisara, Professor of Trumpet Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
Residency: 10-12 April 2007

Yehuda Gilad, Professor of Clarinet, University of Southern California
Residency: 6-9 February 2006

Weston Noble, Director of Music Activities, Luther College
Residency: 11-14 October 2005

Aldo Parisot, Professor of Cello, Yale University
Residency: 10-14 April 2005

Eliot Fisk, Professor of Guitar, Mozarteum, Salzburg, and New England Conservatory of Music
Residency: 23-27 February 2004

Donald McInnes, Professor of Viola, University of Southern California
Residency: 31 March - 2 April 2003

Richard Killmer, Professor of Oboe, Eastman School of Music and Yale University
Residency: 18-20 February 2003

Nelita True, Professor of Piano, Eastman School of Music
Residency: 25-27 September 2002