Dr. Martin McCain was recently an artist in residence at the University of Kentucky. On April 17th, he performed a concert for the Central Kentucky Chamber Music Society. The following day McCain coached the University of Kentucky Trombone Choir and taught lessons throughout the week. On April 19th he was a guest soloist with the UK Repertory Jazz Band in addition to giving a masterclass to the studio the following day.
McCain was also recently invited to join the faculty at the 2016 International Trombone Festival at the Juilliard School where he will present a masterclass, conduct a participant trombone choir, perform in the Cramer Choir comprised of American university trombone professors and serve on the jury panel for the George Roberts International Bass Trombone Solo Competition.
Bobcat Build sent 10 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians to work at First Lutheran Church April 2. The pastor, staff, and several church members praised how hard they worked and what nice guys they are. All expressed appreciation for the Sinfonians’ work and kindness.
From left to right: Conrad Fliegel, Matt Flores, Dexx Moore, Michael Lehmann
The Theta Omega chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota also participated in Bobcat Build. The group went out to the Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley, TX and helped paint their new walls that were just finished being repaired after the May and October floods. School faculty and staff were extremely grateful, provided a nice lunch for everyone and the SAI sisters delighted them by singing as they painted!
Front: (L to R) Dominique Berry, Laura Crick, Brittany Garza
Middle: Delaney Dunn, Audrey Harris, Bailey Galindo, Elizabeth Collett, Emily Edwards, Jordaan Hefner, Lynnette Martinez, Clarissa Faz
Back: KAP staff member, Kelsee Wuebben, Emily Evans, Krystyn Jensen (advisor), Elizabeth Shults, Echoe Burkhart, KAP staff member.
Not pictured: Jessica Thomas, Laura Crick, Cambrey Willhelm, Nicolina Weaver
Veronica Kokas was accepted for graduate study at Westminster Choir College at Rider University with a large scholarship offer, Mannes School of Music at the New School with a larger scholarship, and at George Mason University with an annually renewable scholarship of $10,000. She will be attending George Mason University and studying with Professor Patricia Miller.
Celeste Morales was accepted for graduate study at Boston University, the University of Houston, DePaul University with substantial scholarship offers and at the Manhattan School of Music with an annually renewable scholarship of $32,000. She will be attending the Manhattan School of Music and studying with Professor Ruth Golden.
Dr. Kevin Mooney presented his paper, “‘Louise Tobin Blues’: Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Life and Music,” at the American Musicological Society-Southwest Chapter Conference, April 2 at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He was also elected Secretary-Treasurer of the society’s chapter.
Dr. Nico Schuler also presented a poster, “Wordless Functional Analysis Revisited”. He completed his second term as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southwest Chapter and was elected as President this past Saturday.
Todd Oxford and Mark Cruz performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference – Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Oxford also appeared as an Artist/Endorser with Andreas Eastman Saxophones in the Conference Exhibit Hall.
Dr. Oxford recently hosted guest saxophone artist, Jessica Voigt Page, in a recital and master class. He also collaborated with Andreas Eastman Saxophones on a series of promotional videos to be used by the nationally recognized BandDirector.com website.
First-year MM-Performance student Michael Johnson recently composed the music for the most recent Texas State promotional video. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMsSthcSKWE&feature=youtu.be
After hosting the United States Army Brass Quintet at Texas State in January, Dr. Martin McCain was invited to be a guest soloist with the ensemble at the American Trombone Workshop in Ft. Myer, VA. He also served on the jury panel for the National Bass Trombone Solo Competition.
Before heading to the DC area, McCain gave a masterclass for the Round Rock High School Trombone Choir and coordinated masterclasses with Texas State applied faculty for the Rowlett High School Band program.
McCain and his chamber ensemble, the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet, were also guest soloists with the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra as a part of the quartet’s 10-year anniversary. Additionally, McCain was invited again to serve on the TMEA audition selection committee and will choose the All-State bass trombone repertoire for the 2016-2017 year.
Dr. Martin McCain started the spring semester with several residencies, including the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Southwestern University and the University of Texas – San Antonio where he presented masterclasses, performed recitals and taught lessons. He performed in the pit orchestra for “Cinderella the Musical” and also performed a series of school concerts with the Austin Chamber Music Center. In February, he hosted the 6th Annual Texas State Trombone Symposium, which featured trombone artists across the world and included the final round of the Conn-Selmer Tenor Trombone, Edwards Bass Trombone and Rath Jazz Trombone Solo competitions, which are competitive on a national level. A week later, McCain hosted guest artist Christopher Davis from Northwestern University.
McCain’s CD “Trombone Czar” was featured recently on Toronto’s CKWR and Austin’s KMFA and KUT radio stations.
Keith Winking conducted TMEA Region 28 Jazz Band in Harlingen this past weekend.
Todd Oxford was an Adjudicator for the ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition (Düsseldorf, Germany).
Oxford also was hired by the Music Division of Texas University Interscholastic League to edit and update the Class I Solo Saxophone List, used by every high school band in the state.
He appeared as an Artist/Endorser for Andreas Eastman Saxophones at the recent Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.