The Texas State University Trombone Choir recently performed at the Big 12 Trombone Conference held at Texas Tech University January 16-18. The Trombone Choir was the special featured ensemble of the convention and the only collegiate group to receive a standing ovation. The Trombone Choir also performed an outreach concert at Round Rock High School. The ensemble also performed on the CPC Noonday Concert Series on Thursday January 29 at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. Watch highlights from their performance at the Big 12 Trombone Conference.
Dr. Martin McCain was recently the recipient of two Global Music Awards. He received a Bronze medal for the CD Shades in the Album category and a Gold medal for Best Instrumentalist. He also received an $8000 Research Enhancement Program grant. On January 8, McCain was interviewed and performed on KUTX’s John Aillee Show. He also was an adjudicator for the Big 12 Trombone Conference solo competitions and conducted the Texas State University Trombone Choir in a featured performance.
During the 10th Annual Michigan Music Conference, January 22-24, Dr. Joey M. Martin served as the conference headline clinician for the Michigan State Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) track. He provided five presentations during the conference, often to standing room only audiences. The conference culminated with a roundtable presentation called “The View” where presenters and headliners joined MSVMA Executive Director Virginia Kerwin for a question and answer forum with the conference attendees.
Texas State students Evan Fowler, Alex Szabo, Matt Valentine, Connor Towns, and Victor Figueroa were just informed that their quintet is one of the semifinalists in the prestigious National Trumpet Competition. Their group will be performing on March 19th in Harrisburg PA, with the finals scheduled on March 21st. Other ensembles invited include groups from Eastman, Curtis Institute, Arizona State, UMKC, and Indiana.
TxState School of Music jazz faculty members Russell Haight, Russell Scanlon, and Hank Hehmsoth gave lecture presentations, performed with the Grammy nominated Austin based group Times Ten, and recruited at the International Jazz Educator’s Convention JEN in San Diego, California.
Todd Oxford was a featured soloist for the annual Hawaii University International Conference on the Arts. He also presented a master class as part of an educational series including saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Jon Gordon sponsored by Hawaii Saxophone Foundation at the University of Hawaii.
Oxford was an adjudicator for Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition at Sam Houston State University School of Music.
In other news, Oxford was also nominated for Texas Commission on the Arts Texas State Artist Award. Selections will be made by the Texas Legislature this spring.
In the fall semester, student composers Kristian Rodriguez, Charles Wolf, David Gonzalez, Thomas Franki, Adrian Coburn, Elizabeth Massad and Nathan Mays collaborated with the Texas State Chorale and University Singers to create new choral pieces. Visiting professor Matthew Oltman led several sessions with the composers to discuss idiomatic writing for choir and to give feedback on their drafts. At the end of the semester, each piece was rehearsed and the composers had a chance to make small improvements in preparation for a recording session in the new Performing Arts Center. The whole workshop experience was planned by Oltman and new composition professor Michael Ippolito, with support from Director of Choral Activities Joey Martin.