Women conductors at The Dallas Opera

Conductor Carolyn Watson, Director of Orchestral Studies at Texas State, has been selected as an official observer for the 2016 Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. The second annual session of the Institute takes place November 26 — December 11, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

From 2013 to 2015 Watson held the position of Conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.  A Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, she was a major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest.  Dr. Watson is the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors, the Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize and Opera Foundation Australia’s Bayreuth Opera Award.

Music faculty named for Presidential Excellence award

President Trauth has announced the 2016 honorees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Service. Senior Lecturer and bassoon instructor Daris Hale is being recognized for her superior service to the university and her profession, in particular for her leadership in the campus-wide Fulbright program at Texas State.

Hale

Musical metamorphosis

Dr. Rebecca M. Doran Eaton presented a paper, “Musical Metamorphosis: Breaking the Fourth Wall Through Diegeticizing and Metacaesura,” at the 11th annual Music and the Moving Image Conference in New York City May 27, 2016.  The conference draws a range of scholars from all over the world, including musicologists, music cognition specialists, and music theorists who focus on film, television, and video games.  Eaton’s research was featured beyond her own talk, as several other scholars cited her prior scholarship on minimalist film music in their own presentations.

Trombone students garner summer opportunities

Several trombonists have been accepted into various summer music festivals/workshops:

Camden Scarborough was accepted into the Southeast Trombone Symposium’s Participant Class and advanced in the S.E. Shires Orchestra Mock Audition Competition. He will study with members of the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony.

Michael Martinez was accepted into the Pacific Region International Music Academy where he will travel to Canada and perform the 5th symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich in addition to studying with members of the Vancouver Symphony.

Michael Johnson was accepted into the Participant Class of Chicago Symphony trombonist Michael Mulcahy’s week-long masterclass at Northwestern University.

Patrick Harwell and Matthew Flores have been accepted into Jim Pugh’s Complete Trombonist Workshop at the University of Illinois.

Additionally, Camden Scarborough, Michael Martinez and Ramiro Cortez will join the student staff at the 2016 International Trombone Festival hosted at the Juilliard School. All are students of Dr. Martin McCain.

L to R: Scarborough, Martinez, Johnson, Harwell, Flores, Cortez

L to R: Scarborough, Martinez, Johnson, Harwell, Flores, Cortez

Trombone prof in Kentucky

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-et-al

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 includes musicians

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

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

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

Voice graduates win big scholarships

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.

Musicologists of the Southwest

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.

NASA performance

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.

NASA-Poster

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.