Composer commissioned by Chamber Music America

Michael Ippolito has received a commission to compose a new string quartet for the Altius Quartet, the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at University of Colorado-Boulder. Chamber Music America, the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced the Altius and Ippolito as recipients in its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $475,000 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Trumpet alumnus wins Illinois award

Donny De La Rosa, former Texas State student of Keith Winking, is working on his DMA degree in trumpet at the University of Illiinois, where he has been principal trumpet the last three semesters in the U of I Wind Symphony, their elite top ensemble.  He also just received their prestigious AA Harding Award.  At Illinois, Donny has been studying with Ronald Romm, one of the founding and long-time members of the  Canadian Brass, and with Charlie Daval, former principal trumpet in the Montreal Symphony.

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International Concert Series finishes first year

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.

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Camerata house concert ends with jam session

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.

From left: Eliud Garcia, James Ximenez, Gabrielle Anderson, Onur Alakavuklar

From left: Eliud Garcia, James Ximenez, Gabrielle Anderson, Onur Alakavuklar

Texas State prof receives DePauw Achievement Award

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.

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Sax prof plays Classical Music for the World

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”.

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Trombone choir travels to DC

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.

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