Dr. Martin McCain was a guest artist at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. He presented a masterclass with his chamber ensemble, the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet, served on the jury for the National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and was a guest soloist with the University of Toronto’s Trombone Choir and the U.S. Army Concert Band “Pershing’s Own”.
McCain performed with the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern and recorded a live broadcast with the ensemble on Memphis’ WKNO classical radio station. He also performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Moody. Dr. McCain presented a masterclass to the trombone studio at the University of Memphis and a music business lecture entitled “Discover Yourself: Make Your Own Opportunities” at the University of Texas at Austin.
He hosted the Texas State Trombone Symposium, which included guest artists from the Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Zurich Opera. The Symposium’s international solo competition final round drew competitors from the Amsterdam Conservatory, Michigan State University, the University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, Baylor University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Baylor University.
Additionally, McCain’s second solo album “Shades” received a strong review in the recent quarterly journal of the International Trombone Association.
On March 26, Dr. Adah Toland Jones was an invited clinician for a group of teachers in the Houston Flute Club, part of a series the club has for its membership to discuss topics relevant to flute teachers at all levels. Topics chosen by Dr. Jones’ for her session included: “Taking Auditions,” “Common Flute Problems” (geared for band directors), “Vibrato” and “Double Tonguing”. These areas were animatedly discussed and the meeting provided all an opportunity to get to know one another and share common issues related to the flute teaching profession.
Texas State music faculty Hank Hehmsoth, Russell Scanlon, Paul Deemer, and former faculty member John Mills performed for the national tour of “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical” at Bass Concert Hall Texas Performing Arts in Austin.
selfie courtesy Hank Hehmsoth
VocaLibre recently went on the road with Jay Leno. Directed by Craig Aamot, they opened for an audience of about 1200 in Corpus Christi and a full house of 1800 in McAllen, which gave them a standing ovation. Their 30-minute set offered music with themes of strength, hope, and compassion. The presentation included some Texas State pride, introductions of all 14 students, their majors and hometowns. The singers were:
Kristen DelBosque, Theatre
Johnny Edds, English
Ian Flores, SRT
Collin Friedl, Music Education
Bailey Galindo, Vocal Performance
Faith Hearn, Theatre and Dance
Noah Reinhuber, Vocal Performance
Jenna Quiroz, Music Education
Stephen Richardson, Music Education
Kevin Tarpley, Music Education
Bailey Turner, Vocal Performance
Kirstin Cara-Simms, Education
Andres Davilla, Spanish
Lindsey Wurdermann, Speech Pathology
Leno liked it!
Raul I. Rodriguez presented a lecture and solo performance of 10 selections from his book of 30 studies for tuba, Low Blows for Tuba, on March 18 for the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Edinburg at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley .
Eleven members of the Texas State Tuba Euphonium Ensemble traveled to south Texas during Spring Break to present a recital of contemporary literature on March 17 for the 2017 South Central Tuba Euphonium Regional Conference in Edinburg at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Second-year M.M. Performance student Michael Johnson has won the 3rd division of the National Bass Trombone Solo Competition at the American Trombone Workshop in Fort Myer, Virginia, home of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”.
Master’s composition student Thomas Mann won the 2017 NACUSA Texas Composition Competition, Graduate Category, for Suite for Flute, performed by Texas State alumnus Lauren Lyman on February 18 at The University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio.