This spring the Texas State choral program hosted two nationally recognized composers on campus: Mr. Mark Hayes and Mr. Timothy Takach. Both presented information about the professional world of choral music and composing ideas with the choral literature class.
Mr. Hayes shared two of his own compositions and presented a clinic with both the Men’s Choir and the Women’s Choir on his compositions. Mr. Hayes’ songs will be performed on the Men’s and Women’s Choir concert next month.
Mr. Takach, who is known for his new music compositions, is also a professional singer. He presented clinics with the Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, University Singers and Chorale during his visit.
Texas State School of Music jazz faculty members Russell Scanlon, Hank Hehmsoth, and alumnus Jazz Director John Mills performed for the 2015 SXSW International Music Festival Official Jazz Showcase with the John Mills’ TIMES TEN ensemble, at the Elephant Room in Austin.
The Texas State University Mysterium for New Music Ensemble under the direction of Senior Lecturer Richard Hall recently performed for the Merge Dance Company at “INtersections: An Inderdisciplinary Concert”. Student members were David Gonzalez, Nathan Mays, Thomas Franki, John Sessions and Cora Schindler.
Todd Oxford was featured guest soloist with the Sul Ross State University Wind Ensemble in a performance of Claude T Smith’s Fantasia. He also presented a master class for undergraduate saxophone students.
Texas State graduate guitar student Onur Alakavuklar from Turkey was accepted into the DMA program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, receiving a teaching assistantship. Onur was a member of the graduate guitar trio that placed first at the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival competition last year.
entire guitar studio celebrates Onur
During the first week of February, Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, Assistant Prof. of clarinet, performed a series of solo recitals. His tour started on Jan 31st in Austin with a charity concert at Heritage at Gaines Ranch. The next two performances were given on Feb 4th at the Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York during the 10th Anniversary Season of the Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York and on Feb 6th at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Washington DC. The final event of his tour took place at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, where on Feb 8th he was a featured Guest Artist and presented a master class and solo recital on “Clarinet Day 2015”.
accompanied by Ekaterina Tangarova
Lani Gil, senior Music Studies major at Texas State University and violin student of Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter, has been awarded a one-semester Student Teacher Scholarship by Texas Music Educators Association. She is student teaching in San Antonio this semester and will graduate in May 2015. She hopes to find a full-time teaching position in San Antonio.
Todd Oxford hosted international saxophonist, recording artist, and educator Hans de Jong from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium. Mr. de Jong presented a solo recital and a master class in which three students performed.
de Jong in center in black
Dr. Martin McCain was recently featured in the February 14th addition of Billboard magazine as the Global Music Award’s Emerging Artist. He performed a solo recital in the ECR Concert series on February 8. McCain also served as an exhibitor for Pickett Brass and Michael Rath Trombones at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention as well as conducting the Texas State University Trombone Choir in a stellar Musical Showcase.
McCain also hosted the 5th Annual Texas State Trombone Symposium February 20-22. The event was a huge success. Guest artists included two trombonists from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, two low brass musicians from the Croatian National Theatre Opera and two faculty members from Michigan State University. The Symposium also had an instrument display from six different trombone manufacturers, in addition to two German instrument makers. McCain received several external grants and sponsorships to host the 2015 Texas State Trombone Symposium.
On February 14, theory professor Cynthia I. Gonzales, Ph.D. presented a Texas Music Educators Association Convention session titled “Using SmartMusic in the Choral Rehearsal.” That evening, she performed a concert with The San Antonio Chamber Choir, a professional ensemble. To close the month of February, she presented an interest session titled “SmartMusic can do that? Maximizing Rehearsal Time with SmartMusic” at the national ACDA convention in Salt Lake City.