Trumpet student Evan Fowler was named as a semi-finalist for the prestigious National Trumpet Competition (NTC) Graduate Solo Division. A Texas State Trumpet Ensemble was also named as semi-finalist in the large ensemble division. Ensemble members are: Evan Fowler, Connor Towns, Aaron Rachui, Michael Lehman, Jason Martinez, Sarah McGriff, Shawn Henderson, Esteban Borjas, and Matt Valentine. Other ensembles invited include groups from Eastman, Curtis, Peabody, UT, UNT, and Indiana.
On March 10, the Trumpet Ensemble will be performing a piece written for them by Dr. John Mills, a Texas State graduate and Professor of Composition and Jazz at UT-Austin. Evan will perform on March 11.
Their professor, Dr. Keith Winking, has been invited to serve this year as an adjudicator for the high school solo division at the Competition, to be held in Columbus, Georgia.
Freshman euphonium student Peter Scott is one of eight semi-finalists who will compete in live rounds for the Solo Euphonium-Young Artist competition at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference May 30 – June 4.
The winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2015, arts high school orchestra division, is the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, conducted by now our Texas State Symphony Orchestra Director, Dr. Carolyn Watson. She also won 2nd place in the American Prize for Conducting, high school division.
Dr. Martin McCain recently received two Global Music Awards silver medals: in the Emerging Artist category, and for his CD Trombone Czar: The Extended Version.
He presented a Skype masterclass for the Intro to Music Learning and Teaching class at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in December. McCain also launched a new website at www.martinmccain.com.