College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

Aaron Abrahamson CoteClass of 2008 graduate Aaron Abrahamson Cote took his experiences from Butler University on tour to over 30 countries and 3 continents so far.  From World Religions to Change & Tradition to the Gospel of John, the courses at Butler University gave insight into global cultures that Cote would later experience first hand. Using music performance as his vehicle to travel, Cote has continued his education with first hand visits to St. John the Apostle's tomb, Ancient Ephesus & the Virgin Mary's house in Turkey, the Cardinal's Crypts in Sicily, the Roman Baths at Carthage, Ancient Greece, and a plethora of cathedrals and places of worship from numerous cultures.  A graduate of the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Cote found the Department of Philosophy & Religion through core curriculum requirements, and continued taking courses to fulfill a Minor in Religion. His success in travel & interacting with other cultures is due in part to his studies and explorations that started in the classroom.  

Cote has performed in Africa, Europe, and extensively throughout the Caribbean.  In 2013, Mr. Cote wrote a series of over 40 Caribbean Jazz tunes for Steel Pan - many of which will be released in his new book, "Sea Breeze," and followed by a corresponding album of the same title in 2014.  Cote is about to embark on a 6 month cruise tour to Hawaii, Central/South America, the Caribbean & the West Coast - trips which include multiple passes through the Panama Canal.  

Aaron Cote holds a Masters of Music from the University of Illinois, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Glenn Kotche of Wilco, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, John Ennis (Mr. Show, Malcolm In the Middle, Arrested Development), Kevin Spirtas (Days of Our Lives), and many more.  He has performed on CBS, FOX, & NBC and on numerous National Public Radio (NPR) & local cable stations.  When he is not traveling, Cote resides in Rhode Island making a living as a full time musician.  To see/hear Cote's music, visit