Texas State String Project student teachers Azariah Reese, Chelsea Piel, Daniel Cavazos, Giselle Izaguirre, Logan Thoeni, and Payton McIntyre presented as part of the “Best Practices in National String Project Consortium” session at the 2019 National American String Teachers Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. The “Best Practices in National String Project Consortium” session brought together String Project student teachers from universities across the United States to share current methodologies and approaches used in String Project classes. The Texas State segment, titled “If You Don’t Want to See it Forever, Don’t See it Ever,” demonstrated tips and tricks to quickly extinguish classroom management issues before they become a problem. The Texas State String Project is directed by Dr. Ames Asbell with master teacher Dr. Rebecca Tast.
Three School of Music outreach projects for children and youths presented a wonderful joint concert March 4 in Evans Auditorium. The Hill Country Youth Chorus is directed by Lynn Brinckmeyer, assisted by accompanist Joung-A Yum and student interns Katie Wilson, Sara Trogdon, Anarra Whitcher, and Lyndsea Woodall.
Mariachi Infantil is directed by John Lopez, assisted by interns Arianna Jefferson, Luis Leal, and Ivan Rodriguez.
The Texas State String Project is directed by Ames Asbell with master teachers Rebecca Tast and Karla Hamelin and interns Gregory Bowen, Mae Steven, Azariah Reese, Daniel Cavazos, and Izayah Gomez.
The concert concluded with an amazing feat, presenting all three groups, 61 children, performing together and singing in Spanish the tune, El Venadito.
All three of the youth ensembles provide opportunities for music learning to the greater San Marcos community. Children, adolescents and family members attend weekly rehearsals both on campus and off campus. The three groups perform a variety of concerts in the surrounding community. Each of the ensembles offers professional development experiences for music students who are studying to become music educators.
Dr. Martin McCain recently completed a tour of Hong Kong in January. He led masterclasses and performed recitals at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also gave an interview and performed on a live broadcast for Radio Television Hong Kong 4. In February,
McCain also performed with the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra at the Carnegie Music Hall of Pittsburgh.
The Texas State University Trumpet Ensemble was named quarter-finalists in the prestigious National Trumpet Competition to be held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington on March 14-16. This is the premier trumpet competition in the United States — quite an honor for the student players:
Senior Lecturer Richard Hall composed, performed and recorded the music for two screen dance films that were recently shown at international film festivals. “Shift,” which was selected into the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival in Mumbai, India, was produced and edited by Texas State University dance Professor Ana Baer.
Another of Hall’s composition projects for dance on film,”Wild-er-ness,” was selected for Seyr Festival of of Screen-Movement and Media Arts in Teheran, Iran. It is a collaborative work between German dancer/choreographer Heike Salzer, Texas State University Dance Department Head Michelle Nance and Ana Baer. “Wild-er-ness” was also selected for Cine-Corps Screening at the Theatre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France.
As project director of a 2018-2019 NEA grant, Hank Hehmsoth traveled to New York City in August 2018 to record interviews with NEA Jazz Master/historian Dan Morgenstern and his lifelong friends and other internationally recognized jazz historians. These included Loren Schoenberg, founder of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and this year’s Eddie Durham Celebration keynote speaker, and Phil Schaap, Jazz radio broadcaster and Curator of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
As a major part of the NEA grant project, a website preservation project will be hosted by Texas State and is expected to be available to the public during summer 2019. It will include recordings of the annual Eddie Durham Celebration concerts with MP3s available for download, along with each year’s program PDFs, in addition to the videos.
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The TXST Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Caroline Beatty, represented the School of Music and Texas State University at two prestigious conferences through highly-acclaimed performances. On February 15th, the Wind Symphony performed for approximately 1500 attendees of the Texas Music Educators Association in the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio. Alumni, professional colleagues, other conference members, as well as friends and family enthusiastically responded to a program that included premiere performances of music by composers Theresa Martin and Cynthia Van Maanen, recent music from Michael Gandolfi, and classics from Grainger, Berlioz, and Fillmore. The ensemble had performed at TMEA in 2015 and 2011.
On February 22nd, the Wind Symphony had the honor to be one of ten ensembles selected from across the nation to perform over four days at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Tempe, Arizona. Conducted by Dr. Beatty with guest conducting by Dr. Kyle Glaser, the concert was presented in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium. The ensemble’s beauty, musicality, sound, and repertoire evoked immense enthusiasm from the professionals in attendance. The Texas State Wind Symphony has previously been selected to perform at the CBDNA National Conference in 2011 and at the Southwestern Division CBDNA Conferences in 2018, 2014, and 2008.
The Texas State Bobcat Marching Band also represented the university at this important conference. The band was selected through application to be a part of a presentation at the CBDNA conference showcasing five university marching bands including those from Texas State, Michigan State, Arizona State, Ohio State and Clemson universities. Dr. Kyle Glaser and Mr. Matthew Holzner provided information about the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band and presented a video of the 2018 Space Show. BMB has been featured previously at the National CBDNA conferences in 2007, 2011, and 2013.
The Spencer-Lockett and Friends Salon Presentation February 24 drew an audience of 90 invited guests to hear student performers in the San Marcos home of Lisa and Jim Bob Spencer. A beautiful Steinway grand was provided by Deborah Moore of Steinway Gallery. Catering was provided by Monte and Kristin Sheffield of Palmer’s Restaurant. Generous matching gifts were provided by Sharon Lockett and Jim Bob Spencer.
Voice professor Richard Novak organized the performers, including a jazz quartet and 14 classical music students. TXST opera coach Kristin Roach accompanied several, playing magnificently on the Steinway brought in for the occasion.
The event raised more than $25,000 for TXST music scholarships, the highest in the four years of this annual event.
On Friday and Saturday evening in Austin, The TXST Chorale directed by Joey Martin, the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus directed by TXST Artist-in-Residence Craig Hella Johnson, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra directed by Peter Bay joined together for stunning performances of the Brahms REQUIEM. Johnson also conducted the Symphony performing Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
Dr. Martin attended the Friday evening concert and was thrilled to take a curtain call for the choirs with Dr. Johnson. On Saturday, Johnson asked the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus as hosts to please thank the Texas State Chorale, and they clapped for almost a three-minute ovation.
“This was an amazing experience for our wonderful student musicians,” commented Dr. Martin.
Four School of Music music theory faculty were actively involved in the February 22-23 meeting of the Texas Society for Music Theory (TSMT) held at Texas State. Nico Schüler presented a paper titled “ Performance and Perception of Rubato: A Case Study on Four Performances of J.S. Bach’s InventionNo. 9 in F minor.” Jose Garza shared his research at the poster session: “From the Stage to the Pit: Instrument Roles in and the Cultural Significance of Time Feels in Post-Millennial Metal Music.” Cynthia I. Gonzales is currently President of TSMT and Rebecca Eaton coordinated local arrangements.