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Gordon Jones, director of Texas State’s Gamelan Lipi Awan, gave a workshop November 22 for students of a UTSA world music class. In thanking him, UTSA Associate Professor Mark Brill wrote to Gordon, “The students profited enormously from your expertise and gentle guidance on how to play the various instruments. It was a rare opportunity for them to familiarize themselves directly with an instrument they may not soon encounter again. Your analyses of Indonesian song structures and functions were of great interest.”

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Dr. Martin McCain spent a week in October performing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina on their subscription concert series.

A few weeks later, McCain was the trombone guest artist at the 6th Annual Zagreb Brass Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. He presented a 3-day masterclass at the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb in addition to performing a recital. McCain gave the bass trombone world premiere of Joseph Spaniola’s arrangement of Alexey Lebedev’s Concerto No. 1 for Bass Trombone and Wind Band with the Symphonic Winds of the Croatian Armed Forces.

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Dr. McCain also served as an adjudicator for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Chamber Competition.

 

Steinway & Sons has named Washington Garcia as an official Steinway Artist.

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This distinction is given to the elite pianists of the world. As Steinway describes,”For decades Steinway & Sons has cultivated special relationships with pianists from every genre. From classical pianists like Lang Lang, to jazz stars like Diana Krall, to pop icons like Billy Joel, to “immortals” like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arthur Rubinstein — more than 1,600 artists make the Steinway their own.” Dr. Garcia now joins their ranks.

He was congratulated by State Senator Donna Campbell, M.D., who wrote to him that the award “is a testament to your hard work, motivation and dedication to your significant talent. Having you teach the next generation of the musically gifted is reassuring that the arts are in good hands.”

Mariachi Nueva Generacion won First Place at the 20th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
Friday, November 21. This is their 7th first place victory in 9 years! Congratulations to the students of the Texas State Mariachi Nueva Generacion for their wonderful performance and first place win, and to their director, John Lopez, and singing coach, Michelle Quintero.

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Drs. Russell Haight, Kevin Mooney, Nico Schuler, and Mary Ellen Cavitt received   “Favorite  Professor Awards” from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter at Texas State University in November.

Mary Ellen Cavitt gave the Keynote Address and three additional presentations at the recent Association for Music in International Schools Music Education Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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“Goal Imaging, Kinesthetic Empathy, and Romance” (keynote)
“Understanding Chord Tuning, Balance, and Intonation”
“Using Heuristics to Improve Instrumental Tone Quality”
“Self Evaluation in Your Ensemble; Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Peter Lang International Academic Publishers has published a book by Dr. Nico Schüler, Computer-Assisted Music Analysis (1950s-1970s): Essays and Bibliographies.

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Dr. Schuler describes the book with this abstract: “Computer-assisted music analysis, which emerged about 60 years ago, provides analytical tools that help solve stylistic, comparative, structural, and other problems. Most research in this area has been carried out without any explicit review of preceding attempts and accomplishments. As the first volume of a series of books, this monograph provides a historical account and framework of methods of computer-assisted music analysis, including critical reflections. The source materials consist of hundreds of published and unpublished writings, including dissertations and internal research papers from many countries. Each thematic essay contains an extensive bibliography; an alphabetical and a chronological bibliography are also included in this book.”

TxState composer wins ASCAP award

Hank Hehmsoth received an @ASCAP PLUS award for 2014, given to writer members whose catalogs have prestige value.

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Texas State’s VocaLibre ensemble entertained about 50 people gathered November 6 to celebrate the opening of Central Texas Medical Center‘s new inpatient hospice unit. According to the November 7 story by Jillian Beck in the San Marcos Daily Record, the CTMC unit “is the first of its kind between Austin and San Antonio.” VocaLibre is unique in the Hill Country as well. Directed by choral faculty member Craig Aamot, it features a compelling blend of folk music from around the world, popular American songs, and timeless a cappella classics.

Texas State composer scores film

Texas State music faculty member Richard Hall‘s score for the short film “Viva La Riena De La Muerte”  was recently released.  The movie was filmed in Guatemala and had its American premier at the Dia de Los Muertos Festival at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on November 1st.  The film will have a short, two week online release before hitting the film festival circuit.  Hall also did all of the sound mixing and sound design.

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