The Texas State University Percussion Solo Contest on May 4 drew a record number of students in attendance. The percussion faculty, along with guest adjudicator/clinician Mark Ford (head of percussion at the University of North Texas), worked with all of these students throughout the day. This sixth year of the competition provided an opportunity to connect with students as they visit our campus. Music major Elise Rosen, who now helps run the competition, is a past competitor that has become a Bobcat!
TXST was well represented at South Texas Chapter of NATS at Del Mar University on Saturday, April 6. With support from collaborative pianists Alexis Korbe and Joung-A Yum, the following TXST singers took first-place honors: Karissa Kim, Pedro Valdez and Gavin Magee. Second place: Reese Landis, Lucas Phillips, Darrin Ruiz, and Abraham Villarreal. Finalist Trenton Floyd won a third place award. Garrett Douglas and Taunty Motu placed as semi-finalists, and William Phi was a finalist for the Waldman Award.
Texas State alumnus Luca Cubisino (MM in Piano Performance) has developed and will be directing the Advanced Preparatory Piano Program, a division of the Frost School of Music Preparatory Program at the University of Miami.
Recent saxophone student accomplishments:
▪ Undergraduate student Peyton Grover received the TMEA Collegiate Music Educator Award and nominated for the LBJ Civic Leadership Award at Texas State.
▪ Undergraduate student Coy Reid was nominated for the TXST Ralph Harrel Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior and was accepted for a live audition with the United States Navy Band. Washington, D.C.
▪ Undergraduate student Lauren Gordon was selected as Runner-Up for the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, Schladming, Austria. The World Youth Wind Orchestra brings together musicians from around the world to perform wind ensemble repertoire at the highest level.
Todd Oxford was featured soloist with the New Texas Symphony Orchestra performing Debussy’s Rapsodie at the Moody Performance Hall in Dallas, Texas.
▪ Adjudicator for the Coltman National Chamber Music Competition, Butler School of Music, Austin.
▪ Audition applicant for the American Prize in Instrumental Solo Performance, Danbury, Connecticut.
▪ Audition applicant for Contemporary Record Society Commercial Recording Grant, Broomall, Pennsylvania.
▪ Audition applicant for Global Music Awards – Best Instrumentalist. La Jolla, California.
The Schneider Music Library was awarded a $4,056 grant for permanent access to Oxford Music Handbooks Online: Music (the Foundation package and the 2012 and 2013 packages). According to music librarian Mark Blair, the 21 collections of peer-reviewed essays therein are deep dives into specialized concepts such as Philosophy in Music Education, Medical Ethnomusicology, and Film Music Studies.
Three School of Music outreach projects for children and youths presented a wonderful joint concert March 4 in Evans Auditorium. The Hill Country Youth Chorus is directed by Lynn Brinckmeyer, assisted by accompanist Joung-A Yum and student interns Katie Wilson, Sara Trogdon, Anarra Whitcher, and Lyndsea Woodall.
Mariachi Infantil is directed by John Lopez, assisted by interns Arianna Jefferson, Luis Leal, and Ivan Rodriguez.
The Texas State String Project is directed by Ames Asbell with master teachers Rebecca Tast and Karla Hamelin and interns Gregory Bowen, Mae Steven, Azariah Reese, Daniel Cavazos, and Izayah Gomez.
The concert concluded with an amazing feat, presenting all three groups, 61 children, performing together and singing in Spanish the tune, El Venadito.
All three of the youth ensembles provide opportunities for music learning to the greater San Marcos community. Children, adolescents and family members attend weekly rehearsals both on campus and off campus. The three groups perform a variety of concerts in the surrounding community. Each of the ensembles offers professional development experiences for music students who are studying to become music educators.
Dr. Martin McCain recently completed a tour of Hong Kong in January. He led masterclasses and performed recitals at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also gave an interview and performed on a live broadcast for Radio Television Hong Kong 4. In February,
McCain also performed with the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra at the Carnegie Music Hall of Pittsburgh.
The Texas State University Trumpet Ensemble was named quarter-finalists in the prestigious National Trumpet Competition to be held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington on March 14-16. This is the premier trumpet competition in the United States — quite an honor for the student players:
Senior Lecturer Richard Hall composed, performed and recorded the music for two screen dance films that were recently shown at international film festivals. “Shift,” which was selected into the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival in Mumbai, India, was produced and edited by Texas State University dance Professor Ana Baer.
Another of Hall’s composition projects for dance on film,”Wild-er-ness,” was selected for Seyr Festival of of Screen-Movement and Media Arts in Teheran, Iran. It is a collaborative work between German dancer/choreographer Heike Salzer, Texas State University Dance Department Head Michelle Nance and Ana Baer. “Wild-er-ness” was also selected for Cine-Corps Screening at the Theatre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France.