Daris Word-Hale spent a spectacular weekend as the assistant speaker coach at TEDxFulbright. She assisted the remarkable speaker coach, John Bates. He works worldwide with groups such as NASA, TED Talks, Gov, CEOs, etc). Participants included Dolph Lundgren, Ralph Gibson, and the inimitable Sir Ken Robinson.
September 24 the first Musicians Forum of the year presented an informative session on the important subject of Hearing Loss Prevention. School of Music Director Dr. Thomas Clark used a slideshow of information and illustrations updated from a presentation originally researched and prepared in partnership with Music/Honors alumna Alyssa Bugg Wade. The forum ended with five practical suggestions for musicians to protect this critical musicianship asset.
Texas State’s newly appointed Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Carolyn Watson, has been nominated as a semi-finalist in three categories of the prestigious American Prize in Conducting. Celebrating American excellence in the arts, the American Prize is a peer-reviewed award selected by a jury of industry professionals. Dr. Watson has been nominated for her work as a conductor with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra in the Youth Orchestra Division and with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in the High School Division. The Arts Academy Orchestra under Dr. Watson has also been nominated in the Orchestral Performance category.
Dr. Kay Lipton has been engaged as guest lecturer for Opera San Antonio’s 2015-2016 season. Lipton’s pre-opera talks, the first of them for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, will take place on October 1st and 3rd in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. On September 13th Lipton will present “East meets West in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: Genesis, Style and Musical Language,” to the Opera Guild of San Antonio at The Argyle.
• Todd Oxford was selected by jury as a Semi-Finalist for the American Prize in Chamber Music. • His article, “A Tribute to American Saxophone Virtuoso Harvey Pittel,” was published in the United Kingdom’s June Issue of Saxophone Life Magazine. • He was an adjudicator for the ENKOR International Wind, Brass, and Percussion Competition (Düsseldorf, Germany) and for the National Intercollegiate Band Auditions (Los Angeles). • He was a guest soloist at the National Conference for Percussion Pedagogy hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio. • He was the July featured soloist on the Noonday Concert Series in Austin.