Conspirare, Austin’s nationally celebrated choir, will receive 2019 Medal of Arts honor from the Texas Cultural Trust Feb. 26-27 at events that culminate in a gala ceremony at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Conspirare did a national tour of Considering Matthew Shepard, written and conducted by TXST Artist in Residence Craig Hella Johnson, and including TXST faculty Ames Asbell and Vanguel Tangarov. The tour culminated with performances on PBS and at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday and innovative singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs will also be honored.
Larry Austin (1930-2018) was a man of contradictions, embodying and embracing many strong profiles, some directly opposite. Listening to his music, some sounds gritty and assaulting; some is exquisitely beautiful. He reveled in human improvisation, yet became a leading expert engaging mathematics and computers in his music. He was a radical experimentalist, even revolutionary about his music; yet also a professor who respected and advanced the great body of Western art music and inspired his many talented students to do likewise.
He was passionately driven to advance his music and career; yet he was even more devoted to his large, beautiful family. In both, he built a legacy that is wonderful and perpetual, a body of fascinating compositions that exist for all time, and a family that through already several generations continues his legacy of love.
Steven Vogel (BM ’15) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Texas Lutheran University, where he will begin teaching Spring 2019.
Texas State trombones were represented in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra low brass section in a recent concert. Pictured from left to right: Ramiro Cortez (BM ’18), Dr. Martin McCain, Jett Walker (BM ’13 and current MM student), and Steven Vogel (BM ’15).