National Trumpet competitors

Trumpet student Evan Fowler was named as  a semi-finalist for the prestigious National Trumpet Competition (NTC) Graduate Solo Division. A Texas State Trumpet Ensemble was also named as semi-finalist in the large ensemble division. Ensemble members are: Evan Fowler, Connor Towns, Aaron Rachui, Michael Lehman, Jason Martinez, Sarah McGriff, Shawn Henderson, Esteban Borjas, and Matt Valentine. Other ensembles invited include groups from Eastman, Curtis, Peabody, UT, UNT, and Indiana.

On March 10, the Trumpet Ensemble will be performing a piece written for them by Dr. John Mills, a Texas State graduate and  Professor of Composition and Jazz at UT-Austin.  Evan will perform on March 11.

Their professor, Dr. Keith Winking, has been invited to serve this year as an adjudicator for the high school solo division at the Competition, to be held in Columbus, Georgia.

New path down to the sea

Kyle Glaser‘s new edition of Down to the Sea in Ships by Robert Russell Bennett has been published by Alfred Publishing Belwin Division. The publisher describes, “This fresh, carefully edited concert band transcription has been extensively researched and will be a cherished addition to serious band literature for generations to come.”

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An outgrowth of NBC’s 1952 successful tele-documentary Victory at Sea, was Project 20 two years later: a 30-episode series that was scored completely by Robert Russell Bennett. The episode, called Down to the Sea in Ships, utilized this score that initially aired in December of 1968. The magic of the sea, the beauty of ships, and fascination for the men who sail them, are fully explored in this five-movement epic work that relies heavily on sea shanties and folk material. In regarding the work in Bennett’s own words, it had a lot to tell us about our struggles, triumphs, and defeats on the mighty ocean. The movements are titled; The Way of the Ship, Mists and Mystery, Songs of the Salty Air, Waltz of the Clipper Ships, and Finale, Introducing the S.S. Eagle March.

 

Student soloists compete

December 9, 19 students competed in the final round of the School of Music Aria & Concerto Competition in the Performing Arts Center. All 19 gave a fine effort, performing an aria or concerto movement with piano accompaniment. Much appreciation is owed to all 8 collaborative pianists who enabled their performances.

The judges were: Dr. Orit Amy Eylon, Dr. Eric Daub, and Maestro Troy Peters. Their challenging selection process came to the following result:

1st prize:   Mariyln Meilun An, piano
2nd prize:    Kimberly Sandoval, voice
3rd prize:     Jessica Hall, flute
Honorable Mention:  Shu Ting Chang, piano, and Kevin Rodriguez, clarinet

Winners will perform in an elite honors recital January 30. Some will also perform with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra or Wind Symphony next year.

Singing for the neighbors

Students from Dr. Gonzales’s Aural I class went Christmas caroling before
Final Exams began.  Dr. Gonzales¹s almost-annual caroling party is a
favorite event for her neighbors, some of whom even greet carolers with
cookies and other treats!  For the students, it¹s a opportunity to share
their musical gifts and to apply their sight -singing skills.  From left below:

Benjamin Ruiz, Esai Medina, Jason Harvey, Elaina Walzel, Brittany Hernandez, Hannah George

in front: Gonzales' neighbor with cookies

in front: Gonzales’ neighbor with cookies

Trombone Czar

Dr. Martin McCain recently released his 3rd solo CD “Trombone Czar: The Extended Version” on his independent record label, Kairoi Music. This CD is a compilation of four live re-mastered tracks from his first EP Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures for Bass Trombone Recorded Live! in addition to featuring premiere recordings of Russian music for the bass trombone and trombone ensemble. Two of those compositions were arranged by first-year graduate composition student Jack Wilds. The CD will also be distributed through iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and Spotify.

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