Texas State music faculty Hank Hehmsoth, Russell Scanlon, Paul Deemer, and former faculty member John Mills performed for the national tour of “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical” at Bass Concert Hall Texas Performing Arts in Austin.
VocaLibre recently went on the road with Jay Leno. Directed by Craig Aamot, they opened for an audience of about 1200 in Corpus Christi and a full house of 1800 in McAllen, which gave them a standing ovation. Their 30-minute set offered music with themes of strength, hope, and compassion. The presentation included some Texas State pride, introductions of all 14 students, their majors and hometowns. The singers were:
Kristen DelBosque, Theatre
Johnny Edds, English
Ian Flores, SRT
Collin Friedl, Music Education
Bailey Galindo, Vocal Performance
Faith Hearn, Theatre and Dance
Noah Reinhuber, Vocal Performance
Jenna Quiroz, Music Education
Stephen Richardson, Music Education
Kevin Tarpley, Music Education
Bailey Turner, Vocal Performance
Kirstin Cara-Simms, Education
Andres Davilla, Spanish
Lindsey Wurdermann, Speech Pathology
Leno liked it!
Master’s composition student Thomas Mann won the 2017 NACUSA Texas Composition Competition, Graduate Category, for Suite for Flute, performed by Texas State alumnus Lauren Lyman on February 18 at The University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
Five individuals are being inducted into Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame during 2017 graduation ceremonies on the Weatherford campus. They include our own Joey Martin, Class of 1988 and 1991, who serves as associate dean for the College of Fine Arts & Communication, director of choral activities, and professor of music at Texas State. The 2017 inductees will be honored by SWOSU President Dr. Randy L. Beutler at a May 6 Convocation.
Senior Lecturer Richard Hall’s ambient electronic piece, Rain Delay for three electric guitars and video projection was performed at the 2017 NACUSA Texas Chapter Conference on February 18 at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Performers included Richard, graduate student Shawn Jones, and junior music major Francisco De La Rosa.
At the recent meeting of the Texas Society for Music Theory, Cynthia Gonzales was elected President-Elect, which will be followed by a three-year term as President and two-year term of Past-President.
Texas State was well represented in San Antonio for the recent Texas Music Educators Association annual Clinic/Convention. Faculty who performed, presented or presided included Mary Ellen Cavitt, Lynn Brinckmeyer, Amanda Soto, Keith Winking, Jonathan Babcock, John Schmidt, and Teaching Assistant Jack Wilds. Adah Jones, Charles Hurt, Caroline Steiger, Lynn Ledbetter, Ian Davidson, Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Keith Winking judged or led All-State sectionals.
Lynn Ledbetter received the Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher from the Texas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Todd Oxford, Martin McCain, and Jack Wilds were endorsers at company exhibit booths. The School of Music’s booth looked fantastic and got tremendous attention and traffic, with major staffing by Krystyn Jensen and Al Corley. The Alumni Reunion hosted by Director Thomas Clark was a fun party. Kudos to Krystyn Jensen who organized these two major components of our presence at TMEA.
By all measures, TMEA was a huge success for Texas State School of Music.