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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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San Antonio Express-News staff writer David Hendricks wrote a November 3 review of Opera Piccola‘s recent performance. TxState professor Samuel Mungo was praised as “acting effectively” to convey the poignancy of Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein. Texas State vocal coach Kristin Roach served as musical director and accompanist.

During her Spring faculty development leave, amongst other activities, Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer served as conductor for the West Virginia Elementary All-State Choir in Wheeling, March 19-21. She also served as Adjudicator for the Michigan State Vocal Music Association, near Detroit,  April 22-23.

Her main leave project, a book draft, Wander the World with Warm-ups, is now under contract with Hal Leonard Publishing Company for publication in March, 2015.

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October 1-5, Dr. Vanguel Tangarov served as an adjudicator for the 2014 Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition in Bulgaria. There were 65 candidates from 11 countries admitted to participate to the live auditions after a long preliminary selection process with live recordings.
At the Opening Gala Ceremony/Recital Tangarov performed  Bartok’s Contrasts with world-class musicians Elmira Darvarova – violin, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Bojidar Noev – piano, former Head of the Piano Department of Innsbruck, Austria.

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Sax CD nominated for Grammy

Todd Oxford’s solo CD “Synaesthesia” was accepted as a 1st-ballot entry for nomination in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

He has launched a new professional performance website: www.toddoxfordsaxophonist.com

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Oxford recently performed an All State Saxophone Master Class at East Central High School in San Antonio, and concerts at Southwest Episcopal Seminary, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Austin.

TC writes: Two special don’t-miss MUSICIANS FORUMS are coming up.

Thursday October 30 at 6:15 in the Performing Arts Center RH, Dr. Artina McCain offers insights into “Muscle Activation Techniques: A new solution to performance injury.” Somos Musicos concert follows at 7.30.

Then November 6th Faith Debow introduces “The Lady in Number 6,” an inspiring, Oscar-winning movie about pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who recently passed away at the age of 110. She had been the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Also 6:15 in the Performing Arts Center RH.

October 11 some 100 Texas State “Intro to Fine Arts” students attended the Austin Symphony’s special performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherherazade. The evening began with a “Beyond the Score” dramatization (created for the Chicago Symphony) of the making of this famous piece.  Actors portrayed the composer and the title character, while the orchestra demonstrated excerpts from the piece. The latter portion of the evening consisted of a full performance of this epic work by the Austin Symphony, conducted by Maestro Peter Bay.

The students’ adventure was organized by music instructors of Intro to Fine Arts, led by Regents Professor Ian Davidson.

Band nerd wins Nobel Prize

TC writes – “The Nobel Prize in chemistry has just been awarded to San Antonio native William Moerner. No, he is not a Bobcat alumnus, but the article in today’s San Antonio Express News reveals that Dr. Moerner played bassoon in the Jefferson High School Band, graduating in 1971 and going on to study mathematics and physics and to become a chemistry professor at Stanford University. Skilled, educated musicians can do anything! (And by the way, ‘band nerd’ is a badge of honor to us.)”

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