Our Shared Values

The Provost has reminded us all of Our Shared Values as a university community, which include valuing . . .
• “A diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life”
• “The cultivation of character and the modeling of honesty, integrity, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior, both in the classroom and beyond”
• “Engaged teaching and learning based on dialogue, student involvement, and the free exchange of ideas
• “A commitment to public service as a resource for personal, educational, cultural, and economic development”
• “Thoughtful reflection, collaboration, planning”

Clark’s Rules for Musician Success

Teaching is not so much imparting knowledge as it is facilitating learning. A teacher is an enabling coach on the sideline; all the on-field action is by the student, the learner.

From a veteran coach, here is a simple but effective playbook. Each rule is a command to action.

Rule 1:   SHOW UP.        Rule 2PAY ATTENTION.        Rule 3DO THE WORK.

Rule 4JOIN A TEAM.        Rule 5PLAN AHEAD.        Rule 6BECOME A LEADER.


Feel free to quote and pass them on!

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African-American composer research

Dr. Nico Schüler presented research about the forgotten African-American composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856-1885) at the College Music Society National Conference, the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter Conference, and the Society for Ethnomusicology Southwestern Planes Chapter Conference. Sawyer was a well-published composer and pianist, leading several famous minstrelsy groups in the early 1880s and working with the leading black musicians of the time.


Dr. Schüler also presented a lecture on modern methods of music historiography at the International Symposium “Music in Society” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As part of a prestigious Handbook project for Bärenreiter, Dr. Schüler presented on advanced computational music analysis at the Second International Symposium on Plurality of Music Analysis in Berlin, Germany.

Big 12 finalists

M.M. performance student Michael Johnson has been named one of three finalists in the Big 12 Trombone Conference’s Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition and the American Trombone Workshop’s National Bass Trombone Solo Competition Graduate Division.

Michael Johnson

Texas State alumnus Steven Vogel (BM ’15) was also named a finalist in the Big 12’s Yamaha Tenor Trombone Solo Competition. Steven will finish a master’s degree in trombone performance at the University of Texas at Austin in May.


Mariachi singers sweep Vargas Competition

In the recent Vargas Mariachi Extravaganza vocal competition, Texas State students swept the top three places: Samantha Lopez won first place, Alondra Morales won 2nd place, and 3rd place went to Elizabeth Reyes. Samantha and Alondra were coached by Michelle Quintero as members of Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación, directed this semester by Antonio Briseno.

In the middle school category, 3rd place went to Jizelle Rodriguez, a member of Texas State’s Youth Mariachi program under the direction of graduating Texas State senior Alicia Covarrubias.

String Quartet on NPR

The Attacca Quartet was recently featured on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concerts. They played John Adams, Haydn, and a new piece by Texas State composer Michael Ippolito, Smoke Rings, from their upcoming album. Attacca recently did its first campus visit as Texas State’s official “resident” string quartet. They performed two concerts and gave many master classes for performance and composition students. They will return to San Marcos in April for the second installment of their ongoing quartet residency at Texas State.

Studio teacher award

Texas State violin professor Dr. Lynn Ledbetter  has been named the recipient of the 2016-17 American String Teachers Association – Texas Chapter “Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award”.  The award was announced at the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Convention in July and will be presented during the 2017 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio in February.

The award, begun in 2006, is named for Phyllis Young, Professor Emeritus of Cello and String Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.  Young was director for 35 years of the UT String Project, which has provided an important stepping stone for thousands of young musicians, including Ledbetter, who began her first violin studies there at the age of four.