Texas State Music faculty activities at the recent joint ATMI/CMS national conference in San Antonio:
Nico Schüler presented “Wordless Functional Analysis Revisited”.
Cynthia Gonzales gave a demo/workshop, “A Comprehensive Aural-Skills Curriculum via SmartMusic®”.
Caroline Steiger performed Kevin Ernste’s Nisi for horn and live electronics.
John Lopez gave a demonstration, “Establishing Effective Mariachi Rehearsal Techniques”. Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion, performed.
Amanda Soto was presider/moderator for several sessions throughout the conference and presented as part of the panel, “Inside/Outside Music Education: Political Narratives Within and Through the Margins” with colleagues from Boston University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also serves on the CMS National Board as the Music Education Representative.
Master’s piano student, Hyunjin Wang, who studies with Jason Kwak, won first place in the very competitive Great Composers International Competition: Best Liszt Performance in the highest category, VII.
She is currently busy preparing for the Dallas International Competition.
Thomas Clark traveled to northwestern Czech Republic to do composition research in the land of Smetana and Dvořák, following up on his 1990s study of Janácek’s music in the Moravian east of the country. A key part of this visit was to the Lidice Memorial Gardens and Art Gallery, where he presented his newest composition, Lidice Remembered, and explored the extensive archive documenting the 1942 atrocity there. Another visit explored Blaník Mountain, inspiration for the final part of Smetana’s monumental symphonic poem, Má vlast.
Dr. Martin McCain completed his first of three guest-artist residencies in Missouri. He performed a recital at Southwest Baptist University in addition to presenting a low brass clinic, jazz ensemble clinic, and entrepreneurship lecture for the department. McCain also presented a trombone masterclass at Missouri State University and worked with the MSU Trombone Choir.
Todd Oxford served as adjudicator for the 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition – Woodwinds and Brass, Düsseldorf, Germany. He also went on tour with Duo 35 performance at NACWPI National Conference in Alabama, solo performances at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Houston Baptist University, and Lamar University in Beaumont, and a masterclass for Friendswood ISD.
Michael Dean, clarinet, with Oxford
Oxford also spoke for a video tribute to recently deceased composer David Maslanka created by Professor Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble for broadcast online and at a live performance.
Daris Hale produced and performed in the East Africa’s Cultural Arts Centre debut concert. The inaugural concert featured a variety of musical talents from 5 different countries, including Texas State University School of Music alumna, Sophia Kuyenga.
In 2014, Daris was the co-author of a 3-year, multi-million dollar grant from the European Union to create a permanent center for preservation, research, and promotion of Africa’s unique cultural heritage. It provides opportunities for tourists, local communities, and school-age children to experience and learn about the arts. The Cultural Arts Centre is the only facility of this type in all of East Africa.
In August, Trio 488, oboist Ian Davidson, pianist Jason Kwak, and bassoonist Daris Hale, performed in Seoul, S. Korea with the WE Soloists as part of the Seoul Arts Center Series. The concert took place at the Forest Hall and included works featuring Trio 488 and collaborative works with the Korean musicians.