Our inaugural year of the International Concert Series concluded April 21 with a spectacular showcase performance by Texas State’s top-notch jazz faculty, led by renowned former Count Basie drummer Butch Miles. Joining him were jazz faculty Hank Hehmsoth, Morris Nelms, Russell Haight, Paul Deemer, Bennett Wood, Russell Scanlon, Stephen Hawk, and Keith Winking. Graduate student Ben Triesch played bass, and for the final number there was a cameo appearance on bass trombone by School of Music Director Thomas Clark.
Balquhidder Music in Montrose, California, has just released Raul Rodriguez‘s etude book for tuba, Low Blows, which will be exclusively distributed by Carl Fischer Music in New York.
Soon Cho gave a very successful performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Oahu Choral Society. She also performed with the Valdosta Symphony in Georgia, singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Todd Oxford was featured in Billboard Magazine’s April 3 issue as an Emerging Artist and Global Music Awards Gold Medal Winner. Also, his solo CD, Synaesthesia, was reviewed in the United Kingdom’s Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine.
April 19 a select group of Texas State musicians gave the final Camerata house concert of the year, hosted by Ernie Dominquez. Established by music professor Cynthia Gonzales and music supporter Sharon Lockett, who hosted the first concert in September at her home, the series gives invited guests an up-close experience getting acquainted with some of the School of Music’s best student performers. In addition to performing, the students speak about their Texas State experiences. They often mention excellent faculty and numerous performing opportunities as important elements in their education. On this last occasion the student musicians also began jamming together, both before the concert after warming up and afterwards.
DePauw University has named Texas State University Regents’ Professor Ian Davidson as winner of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for Creative and Performing Arts. The awards are given to DePauw alumni in recognition of outstanding professional achievement in areas such as performing arts, entrepreneurship, science, technology and media. Previous winners include Pulitzer Prize winning journalist James B. Stewart, Metropolitan Opera Soprano Pamela Coburn, ESPN founder William F. Rasmussen, Actor David Cryer, Los Angeles Times Managing Editor Douglas Frantz, Former Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, MapQuest founder Judson Green, Angie’s List founder Angela Hicks Bowman, General Motors Chairman Tim Solso, EA Entertainment President Kathy Patterson Vrabeck, and Newberry Medal winner Richard Peck.
On March 29, Todd Oxford presented a solo recital as featured artist on Classical Music for the World’s Spring 2015 Concert Series.
His solo CD “Synaesthesia” appears in Saxophone Life Magazine April issue’s recommended recordings section. He also submitted two articles to be published in the May Issue, “The Classical Saxophone Tone” and “A Tribute to French Saxophone Virtuoso Marcel Mule”.
The Texas State University Trombone Choir recently performed at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington DC. The ensemble was one of 5 collegiate trombone choirs invited to perform at this year’s festival, hosted by the United States Army Band Pershing’s Own. In addition to the ATW, the ensemble performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and performed a concert at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Dr. Martin McCain was featured on Austin’s KMFA 89.5 classical radio station twice in February where they broadcast selections from his recent album Shades. McCain was also featured on Toronto’s CKWR twice in celebration of Black history month where selections from his 1st album Trombone Czar were also broadcast in addition to Shades.
Dr. McCain was a guest artist at Texas A & M International University’s Master Performers Concert Series, where he presented a recital and masterclass. He was also a featured soloist with his chamber group, The Minor 4th Trombone Quartet as they performed Jan Koetsier’s Concertino for Trombone Quartet and String Orchestra with the Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra.
Additionally, McCain was recently signed to two artist rosters. He became an artist for the instrument case company Reunion Blues and also signed with Cubides Artist Management. The CAM artist roster includes the Principal tubist and 4th horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Assistant Principal Trombone for the Cleveland Symphony.
He also secured external funding to host Matthew Guilford, Bass Trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra on March 24 where he taught lessons to the trombone majors and presented a masterclass.
This spring the Texas State choral program hosted two nationally recognized composers on campus: Mr. Mark Hayes and Mr. Timothy Takach. Both presented information about the professional world of choral music and composing ideas with the choral literature class.
Mr. Hayes shared two of his own compositions and presented a clinic with both the Men’s Choir and the Women’s Choir on his compositions. Mr. Hayes’ songs will be performed on the Men’s and Women’s Choir concert next month.
Mr. Takach, who is known for his new music compositions, is also a professional singer. He presented clinics with the Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, University Singers and Chorale during his visit.