Dr. Martin McCain has been appointed as the Affiliate Societies Manager for the International Trombone Association. In his new position, McCain will serve as a liaison for the various international trombone societies and will be responsible for building relationships across the globe. He recently traveled to Singapore to help develop mutual beneficial programs between the Trombone Society of Singapore and the ITA.
Mark Cruz served on the faculty of the Narnia Music Festival in Italy this July. Two of his students, Javier Saucedo and Thomas Randolph, participated and spent two weeks in intensive study. They performed solos and guitar ensemble literature as a duo and participated in a trio with a Julliard student. Their performances took place in the beautiful Chiesa di Santa Maria.
Jazz alumnus Kyle Johnson just won the 3rd trombone position with the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, the premiere jazz ensemble of that service. Kyle also recently completed a master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the Juilliard School.
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.
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.
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.