98 students explore art in Fort Worth

Two bus loads with 98 Texas State students traveled to Fort Worth recently, all members of Intro to Fine Arts classes taught by Daris Hale or Ian Davidson. They had great fun experiencing with their instructors’ guidance the art and architecture in the Kimball Art Museum, its new auditorium designed by Lorenzo Piano, and the nearby Japanese Garden.



American Prize finalist

Todd Oxford has been named as an American Prize Finalist in the Professional Instrumental Solo Division. Winners will be named next month. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.


Oxford performed as a guest musician with Austin Opera’s orchestra during the regional premiere production of composer Kevin Puts’s Manchurian Candidate. He also recently presented master classes for the Copperas Cove ISD Bands. Alumnus, Lawrence Varela-Halbert, is a Band Director for the district.

alumni with US Army Europe Band and Chorus

Avila + Avila

Army Specialist Valerie (Cowan) Avila, M.M. in Flute Performance, 2014, prepares to perform François Borne’s “Carmen Fantasie Brillante” for Flute and Wind Band with the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus, under the direction of Major Dwayne Milburn. She will premiere this work on October 3rd at Fruchhalle in Kaiserslautern, Germany and round out the Fall concert series on October 28th at Rokokotheater in Schwetzingen, Germany. Her husband, Specialist Andres Avila, B.M., 2014, Saxophone, is Principle Saxophone of the band. (Photo by First Sergeant Larry Dean, also a Texas State music alumnus).

new opera for San Antonio

On September 8th, the San Pedro Creek renovation project kicked off in San Antonio with the performance of a new opera entitled Las Fundaciones de Bejar. The City of San Antonio along with the San Antonio Symphony, Alamo City Opera, Opera San Antonio, Ballet San Antonio, and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio commissioned John Phillip Santos, award winning author, to write the libretto and Joseph Julian Gonzalez composed the music. The performers include Texas State faculty Ronald Ulen and Kristin Roach, as well as alumni Thomas Soto and Diane Green Stanley.

International clarinet events

Dr. Vanguel Tangarov performed as a concertmaster of the International Clarinet Association professors’ clarinet choir during the 2016 ICA Clarinet Fest in Laurence, Kansas, in August. He was invited to lead an ensemble comprised of 69 clarinet professors from universities and music educational institutions from all over the world. During the week, Dr. Tangarov performed a solo recital, premiering two solo clarinet pieces dedicated to him: Gestures for Solo Clarinet by Dimitar Ninov and Capriccio for Solo Clarinet by Zornitsa Petrova. Tangarov was also featured at the Vandoren Artists Recital and the Buffet Crampon Final Gala Extravaganza sharing the stage with World Class clarinet soloist from Juilliard School, National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Conservatory, Montreal Symphony, and Paris Opera.

Buffet 5

During the week of June 21-28, Tangarov and Dr. Adah Toland Jones, flute, presented master classes and performed recitals during the VII International Festival ‘Balabanov’s House Music Days” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Texas State students Vikas Chopra, Kristian Kostadinov and Luis Corpus – clarinet and Jessica Hall, Sarah Solomon, Stephanie Garcia and Ziqing Guan – flute, performed at the Musicartissimo Master Classes Final Recital. They studied with the Musicartissimo Master Classes faculty and the festival guest clinicians Philippe Cuper, Principal Clarinet of Paris Opera and Clarinet Professor at the Conservatory at La Bastille in Paris, France, and Lydia Oshavkova, Professor of Flute at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” Sofia, Bulgaria.

During the end of May and the beguiling of June, Dr. Tangarov presented a clarinet master class at the Facultad de Musica de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey Mexico. He was featured at three recitals in Monterrey and Mexico City, part of the Cervantino International and Parnassos International Music Festivals in Mexico, performing Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Sofia String Quartet.


Singapore, Brazil, Victoria, Austin, Blue Lake

Dr. Martin McCain presented a 3-day masterclass in Brazil in addition to giving the South American premiere of James Kessler’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra. He taught at the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and gave a series of masterclasses in Singapore. McCain also performed in the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and presented two performance clinics on the classical and jazz all-state audition repertoire at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.


honored by Zildjian and Ludwig

Butch Miles was honored by the Zildjian Cymbal Company with a gold alloy mixture which comprises the making of the world famous Zildjian cymbals encased in a crystal award in recognition of being a Zildjian endorser for over 40 years. He was also honored by Conn-Selmer with a Lifetime Achievement Award for over 35 years as a Ludwig Drums endorser and educator. Butch was presented with a specially engraved LudwigBlack Beauty snare drum at the Conn-Selmer Institute summer convocation in Mishiwaka, IN.


TxState jazz week in Santiago Chile

Utah Hamrick, director of jazz ensembles and instructor of jazz bass at Texas State University, spent a week in Chile this August working with students at the Projazz Institute in Santiago. The Projazz Institute had its beginnings in 1982 as the Academy of Music Projazz. The project grew in 1985 with the addition of renowned voice teacher Ana Maria Meza and saxophonist Patrick Ramirez. The program was renamed in 1999 as the Projazz International Music School creating the first jazz studies program in Chile and renamed again in 2007 becoming the Professional Projazz Institute offering the first professional level jazz studies approved by the Chile Ministry of Education. Projazz remains at the forefront in the training of professional artists.
Hamrick directed their big band in two concerts, one in Santiago and one in Rancagua. Hamrick also gave a jazz bass master class and performed two concerts with Texas State colleagues Russell Haight and Hank Hemsoth.” [from the TJEA newsletter]