Monthly Archives: October 2015

strings travel to Tomball

TxState’s Aurora String Quartet, consisting of graduate students Ryan Coppin and Shijun Chen (violins), Xavier Garcia (viola), and Belinsol Martinez-Muñoz (‘cello), and the Andrea String Quartet, consisting of undergrads Joseph Waukechon and Kailey Johnson (violins), James Ximenez (viola), and George McQuade (‘cello), performed recently at Klein High School and Tomball Memorial High School. Their final concert combined both quartets for an outstanding performance of the Mendelssohn Octet.

From L: Coppin, Garcia, Ximenez, Ledbetter, Waukechon, Martinez-Muñoz, McQuade, Johnson, Chen

From L: Coppin, Garcia, Ximenez, Ledbetter, Waukechon, Martinez-Muñoz, McQuade, Johnson, Chen

String faculty Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter, Dr. Ames Asbell, and Dr. Karla Hamelin gave master classes on All-State and All-Region high school and middle school audition material for over 150 students, and performed a Beethoven Serenade. Dr. Rebecca Tast also met with students to explain and promote the career option to become a music educator.

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Orchestral performance in Malaysia

Dr. Martin McCain was recently invited to perform a week of concerts as principal bass trombone with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While in Asia, McCain also gave a masterclass and taught lessons for students at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. He also performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and presented a masterclass for University of South Carolina trombone students.

(L to R) Jamie Williams (principal, Deutsche Opera Berlin), Marques Young (principal, Malaysian Philharmonic), Anthony Wise (2nd trombone, Malaysian Philharmonic), McCain, Brett Stemple (principal tuba, Malaysian Philharmonic)

(L to R) Jamie Williams (principal, Deutsche Opera Berlin), Marques Young (principal, Malaysian Philharmonic), Anthony Wise (2nd trombone, Malaysian Philharmonic), McCain, Brett Stemple (principal tuba, Malaysian Philharmonic)

premiere of new wind ensemble composition

Composer Michael Ippolito is in Kirksville, MO as guest artist at Truman State University for their New Horizons Music Festival. The festival commissioned him to write a new wind ensemble work, called Wayward Images, which will premiere on the final concert tomorrow. A webcast of the concert starts at 8PM CDT tomorrow at
https://livestream.com/trumanstateuniversity/horizons

Old meets new on Back-to-the-Future Day

In a faculty chamber music concert given at the Performing Arts Center October 21, Faith DeBow performed Bach on our beautiful historic replica Flemish harpsichord . . . using an iPad to read her music!

Flemish-replica harpsichord custom-built for Texas State by Gerald Self

Flemish-replica harpsichord custom-built for Texas State by Gerald Self

Other performers included flutist Adah Toland Jones, violinist Paula Bird, and cellist Karla Hamelin.

Music ed prof wins award, visits Japan

Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt was awarded the Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence this August at the Fall Convocation.  In September she traveled to Japan to present research at the International Symposium on Performance Science in Kyoto. She extended her visit to observe and collect data in instrumental music classes in middle and high schools in Hiroshima and Okayama.