Somos Musicos news celebrates anniversary

TC writes:  This month is the third anniversary of our first post at this news blog of the School of Music at Texas State. Some 200 posts have been published since July of 2014.

Previous to July of 2014, the School of Music published monthly electronic newsletters. Back issues of those can be accessed at

The School of Music continues to thrive as a vibrant center of musical and scholarly activity, and our alumni are doing great things as they serve their community.

TXST pianist plays Hollywood score

Hank Hehmsoth was featured lead jazz piano to a sold-out audience for “La La Land – In Concert” Friday night June 30 with the Austin Symphony at the Long Center. La La Land won 6 Oscars in 2017, including Best Song and Best Musical Score. The William Morris Talent Agency in Hollywood sent Hank 30+ video sync clips to work on, coordinating his hands with the closeups in the film. Other performers included guest LA conductor Thiago Tiberio, as well as Texas State faculty Bobby Lopez, Ian Davidson, David Dawson, Genaro Gonzalez, Kari Klier, and Daris Word-Hale.

La La Land Austin June 30 2017

Jazz faculty at Bass Concert Hall

Texas State faculty Hank Hehmsoth (piano) and Russell Scanlon (guitar) were orchestra pit musicians for the national Broadway tour of “Something Rotten!” at Bass Concert Hall May 30 – June 4. It is a very precise show, with fast segues, patch changes, and technical issues, in a variety of styles — medieval, chorale, Basie swing, hard rock, jazz, James Brown, and 70’s pop music.

They worked with some of Austin’s finest jazz/classical musicians, Javier Chaparro on violin, UT trombone professor Nathanial Brickens, arranger Paul Baker on flute, piccolo, clarinet, sax, and lead trumpet, and Eric Johnson on trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet.


TXST Orchestra tours Europe

The Texas State Chamber Orchestra returned from a fabulous tour of Eastern Europe. Led by director Carolyn Watson and faculty soloists Ames Asbell and Karla Hamelin, they performed in Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Associate Dean Mary Ellen Cavitt helped lead the tour.

They also visited places such as Budapest’s Castle Hill and Heroes’ Square, Esterhazy Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and enjoyed a dinner cruise along the Vltava.


Student players: Seattle Adams, Anne Archer, Kathleen Beavers, Teresa Bejar, Esteban Borjas, Terri Boutte, Shijun Chen, Vikas Chopra, Kimberly Cordon, Anna Cullnane, Emily Edwards, Nabile Galvan Garcia, Stephanie Garcia, Ziqing Guan, Cody Hoang, Arianna Jefferson, Daniel Keller, Bethany Lee, Jordan LePage, Jingyu Li, Julia Perez, Eric Puente, Oliver Richards, Hope Talton, Peter Thoeni, Connor Towns, Anna Trevino, Elizabeth Valvano, Gabriel Vazquez, Sarah Walters, Aaron Wells, Celeste Wilmot.


Endowment honors piano teacher Dickinson

Donors with fond memories of Tilden piano teacher Betty Dickinson have funded a $260,000 endowment in her name. The endowment benefits participants in the Texas State International Piano Festival, directed by Dr. Jason Kwak and set for June 3-11 at the Performing Arts Center.

Kwak, Betty Dickinson, and 2016 competition winner Martin Kesuma

Kwak, Betty Dickinson, and 2016 competition winner Martin Kesuma

Youth singers perform, support S M Foodbank

The Hill Country Youth Chorus, directed by Lynn Brinckmeyer, completed their 2016-1017 concert season the first week of May. Singers in the choir represent approximately 10 different schools each year.

When the choir started in 2005 they established the tradition of “charging” an admission fee for their spring concert. The “fee” is a bag or box of non perishable food for the San Marcos Foodbank. Singers and their family members have contributed 1,300+ pounds of food to the San Marcos Foodbank since 2005.

Trombone students accepted into grad programs

Michael Martinez will attend the Eastman School of Music with an assistantship and will be the 1st trombonist accepted into the DMA program in four years.

Michael Johnson will enter the DMA program at the University of Alabama and will be the teaching assistant for the trombone studio and theory department.

Matthew Flores will attend Ithaca College with an assistantship and study with Texas State alumnus Dr. Hal Reynolds.

Camden Scarborough will enter graduate study at Northwestern University in the fall.

Trombone Students accepted into summer festivals

Michael Martinez was accepted into the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Canada in addition to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Michael Johnson was accepted into the Southeast Trombone Symposium’s Participant Class.

Camden Scarborough was accepted into the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden International Summer Academy.

Ramiro Cortez was accepted into the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden International Summer Academy and the Eastern Music Festival.

Joseph Raby was accepted into the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar at the University of the Redlands and the Alessi Seminar at the University of Oregon.

Gabriella Santana Lamboy was accepted into the Summer Trombone Workshop at the Manhattan School of Music.

Matthew Acosta was accepted into the Southeast Trombone Symposium’s Participant Class.