Senior Lecturer Richard Hall and the Texas State Mysterium for New Music Ensemble recently performed several pieces for “Irretrievable,” the spring performance by the Texas State University Merge Dance Company. Pieces included two structured improvisations for video dance and a large, live dance piece “What belongs to now..” with original music composed by Richard Hall and commissioned by the Merge Dance Company.
President Trauth has announced this year’s Texas State University faculty members who are being honored with the title of University Distinguished Professor. This award honors individuals whose performance in teaching, research, and service has been exemplary and recognized at the state, national, and international levels. The 2017 University Distinguished Professors include Dr. Nico Schüler, School of Music.
Senior Lecturer Richard Hall and music major senior Adam Koch recently performed music for VISCERA, an interdisciplinary performance of music, dance and painting. VISCERA was a collaboration between the School of Music (Mysterium New Music Ensemble), the Division of Dance (Transient Dance Collective) and School of Art & Design.
Q2, the new music wing of WNYC radio, aired an Attacca Quartet recording as their album of the week. The album features string quartet music composed by TXST composition professor Michael Ippolito. WNYC has posted their review and a link to listen for free on their Soundcloud page for one week: http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/attacca-quartet-and-irrepressible-freshness-michael-ippolito/
Jazz faculty Hank Hehmsoth joined former TXST music faculty John Mills for a duo concert of five new original compositions Saturday, April 22 for the 16th Annual “Poetry at Round Top”, a 3 day festival at the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas. They performed with the nation’s most exciting and prominent poets for an evening of “Poetry and Jazz in Collaboration”.
Last weekend the Texas State School of Music hosted more than 300 student vocalists and 59 teachers who participated in competitive auditions with the South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Texas State faculty Oliver Worthington chaired the auditions, coordinating this major event. Also, Texas State faculty Richard Novak was elected audition chair in training for the next two years.
Winners of The American Prize in DIRECTING, 2016-17 have been announced. Samuel Mungo
of Texas State tied for second Place for conceiving, producing and directing the world premiere of Mollicone’s Lady Bird, First Lady of the Land. The American Prize cites, “As Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University, he has created perhaps the most comprehensive undergraduate opera training program in the country.”
Mungo has directed professionally across the country and around the world. Past honors include Classical Performance of the Year for Rigoletto in San Antonio, and Opera Production of the Year from the National Opera Association. Professional directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Suor Angelica for Opera Plovdiv, Gianni Schicchi at Stara Zagora Opera, Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera, and Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera.
Dr. Martin McCain was a guest artist at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. He presented a masterclass with his chamber ensemble, the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet, served on the jury for the National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and was a guest soloist with the University of Toronto’s Trombone Choir and the U.S. Army Concert Band “Pershing’s Own”.
McCain performed with the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern and recorded a live broadcast with the ensemble on Memphis’ WKNO classical radio station. He also performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Moody. Dr. McCain presented a masterclass to the trombone studio at the University of Memphis and a music business lecture entitled “Discover Yourself: Make Your Own Opportunities” at the University of Texas at Austin.
He hosted the Texas State Trombone Symposium, which included guest artists from the Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Zurich Opera. The Symposium’s international solo competition final round drew competitors from the Amsterdam Conservatory, Michigan State University, the University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, Baylor University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Baylor University.
Additionally, McCain’s second solo album “Shades” received a strong review in the recent quarterly journal of the International Trombone Association.
On March 26, Dr. Adah Toland Jones was an invited clinician for a group of teachers in the Houston Flute Club, part of a series the club has for its membership to discuss topics relevant to flute teachers at all levels. Topics chosen by Dr. Jones’ for her session included: “Taking Auditions,” “Common Flute Problems” (geared for band directors), “Vibrato” and “Double Tonguing”. These areas were animatedly discussed and the meeting provided all an opportunity to get to know one another and share common issues related to the flute teaching profession.