Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 P.M. | Bates Recital Hall

Voiceless Mass considers the spaces in which we gather, the history of access of these spaces, and the land upon which these buildings sit. Though ‘mass’ is referenced in the title, the piece contains no audible singing voices, instead using the openness of the large space to intone the constricted intervals of the wind and string instruments. In exploiting the architecture of the cathedral, Voiceless Mass considers the futility of giving voice to the voiceless, when ceding space is never an option for those in power.

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Borealis Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition, and the Pew Fellowship. He lives in Albuquerque, NM.


Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: Free Admission

Presenter Details

  • Name: The Butler School of Music
  • The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music in The University of Texas at Austin is a very exciting place where talented students study with an excellent faculty of outstanding performers, scholars, pedagogues, and composers. Ours is a community where every day is exciting and every evening is filled with multiple musical opportunities. We offer a comprehensive array of degree programs ranging from the bachelor’s through the doctorate in performance, composition, music teacher training, jazz, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy, and liberal studies in music. The Butler School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Just as Texas is a place where anything is possible, the Butler School of Music is also a place where anything is possible.

    The Butler School of Music has approximately 100 music faculty who serves some 700 music students. With a student-to-teacher ratio of seven to one, our students receive valuable personal attention. Housed in one of the country’s major universities, the Butler School provides our students with opportunities unavailable to students in many smaller institutions. These enrichment opportunities include the Texas Performing Arts, the Blanton Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Library and many other centers and special programs. These organizations regularly bring outstanding guests to campus, and provide research materials unmatched on most campuses. Furthermore, the Butler School presents some 500 concerts, recitals, operas and other special musical events annually.

Venue Details

  • Address: 2406 Robert Dedman Dr
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78712