Tyler Webster serves as the studio Assistant Instructor while completing his doctoral studies. Tyler is the Associate Principal and Eb clarinetist with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale in addition to performing regularly with the Victoria Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Central Texas Philharmonic, Density 512, Southwestern University Symphony & Chorale, and the San Antonio Symphony. He has been a finalist for the “President’s Own” Marine Band and the Air Force Premiere Band, where he was offered a position with the “Heritage Band of America.” He often spends his summers at music festivals including Round Top Festival, Brevard Music Festival Institute, Domaine Forget, Aria Institute, and Eastern Music Festival. A devoted teacher, Tyler has maintained a private studio for the past nine years.
Jiyeon Lim is a graduate of Ewha Women’s University and the New England Conservatory, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively. During her undergraduate training, she won second prize in the Ewha Chamber Competition and first prize in the Ewha Concours. Jiyeon is from South Korea and is currently a second-year DMA student.
A first-year doctoral student, Abbey Young serves as the Teaching Assistant for the clarinet studio. She is originally from State College, Pennsylvania, earning her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Abbey has performed with Density512 and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. In 2019, she was a finalist for the United States West Point Band, and in 2020, she was awarded a Rainwater Innovation Grant.
Brendan Fairleigh is a second-year master’s student from Olathe, Kansas, who has previously attended the University of Kansas and Southern Methodist University. Brendan was a semifinalist in the Naftzger Competition and has participated in the Round Top Festival Institute and Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Indigo Wind Trio.
Paul Hafley is from San Diego, California and is currently completing the second year of his master’s degree. Paul served as the principal clarinetist of the Corinth Symphony Orchestra from 2017-19 and has performed as a soloist with Sinfonietta Memphis. As a solo player, he was the winner of the San Diego Clarinet Society Competition and the University of Memphis Concerto Competition and a finalist in the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. In 2020, he won the International Clarinet Association Young Artist and Orchestral Audition Competitions. He has spent his summers at the Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Center, and Round Top Festival Institute.
A Pensacola, Florida native, Hank Landrum is a second-year master’s student. He was the winner of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and he made his debut abroad as a semifinalist in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition in Oostende, Belgium. As an orchestral clarinetist, Hank subbed regularly with the Pensacola and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras. Last summer he served as a clarinet fellow for the National Repertory Orchestra, where he held the Hon. Samuel L. Bufford and Julie Metzger Chair. Hank is a graduate of Florida State University.
Upstate New York native, Victor Battista, is a first-year master’s student. He holds degrees in music performance and music education from Indiana University. In addition to serving as principal clarinetist with the Opera Maya Orchestra, Victor has participated in Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix summer festival and was selected as a semi-finalist in his audition for the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Ceremonial Band. A passionate educator, he has worked for Little Kids Rock, a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to modern music education and cites teaching kindergarten general music in Brown County, IN as a favorite musical memory.
Andrew Armstrong is a senior music studies major from Spring, Texas. He is the current Vice President of Membership for the Mu Theta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. An advocate for new music, Andrew cites performing Viet Cuong’s “Electric Aroma,” as one of his most memorable moments at UT. This experience has inspired him to pursue music composition of his own.
Daniel Toscano is a fourth-year music education student, hailing from Tomball, Texas, looking to earn his education degree and pursue a career teaching high school band. He has had experience working with the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Marching Band, and is currently in his second year working with the Leander High School Band as a technician. Daniel also enjoys performing with the UT Wind Ensemble and UT New Music Ensemble, and is hoping to continue to make music at the highest level post-graduation.
A fourth-year music studies major, Julie Vest has performed as a soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band. Originally from Arlington, Texas, Julie is an active member in Mu Phi Epsilon.
A junior performance major, Michael Cho is from Seoul, South Korea.
Thea Kilbane is a junior music studies major. An Austin native, Thea served as drum major at James Bowie High School and as a member of the Texas Youth Wind Symphony. She is currently involved as a member of Tau Beta Sigma.
Thomas Rodriguez is a junior working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Music. Originally from Leander, Texas, he is a three-time TSSEC outstanding performer and Austin Civic Orchestra sub as well as a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and the Longhorn Band.
Originally from Pflugerville, Texas, Logan Seaton is a junior music studies major. This summer he worked at the Longhorn Music Camp, which he attended as a high schooler. Additionally, he plays with the Longhorn Band and the Longhorn Pep Band and is a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
A sophomore music studies major, Veronica Dean is a current member of the Longhorn Band. She is originally from Hurst, Texas, where she was a three-year soloist with the L.D. Bell High School Marching Band and received sweepstakes at the solo contest throughout high school.
YinJia (Becca) Wang is a sophomore performance major from China. During high school she studied clarinet at the Xiamen Music School, earning first place in the Fujian Province Wind & Percussion Arts Competition, International Associate of Arts Youth Competition, and Germany-China Music Culture Wind Instrument Competition. She has spent her summers at the Yingtan International Clarinet Summer Festival, Osaka International Clarinet Summer Festival, and Xiamen Music School Symphony Orchestra Summer Camp.
Paula Boothman is a first-year student music studies major who also studies French! Originally from Silsbee, Texas, Paula is a two-time ATSSB all-state musician. She is an active member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and serves as a section leader in the Longhorn Band. Her favorite musical memory was working as a counselor at the Longhorn Music Camps, where she realized she can’t live without music.
Josh is in his first year as a student of the Butler School of Music and his second year at UT. Last year, Josh performed with the UT Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Longhorn Band while pursuing a degree in mathematics. After joining the studio in fall 2020, he now pursues a Bachelor of Arts in music degree in addition to his math studies. Originally from North Richland Hills, Josh cites performing in Italy with his youth orchestra as a favorite musical memory.
Freshman music performance major Aubrey Folwick is from Portland, Oregon. During high school, she performed with the OMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She was awarded first place in the OMEA state for her solo playing. Aubrey remembers playing a Buffet R13 in concert for the first time as one of her best musical memories.