Author Archives: Thomas S. Clark

Texas 2019 Medal of Arts

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.

Experimental music composer Larry Austin (1930 – 2018)

TC writes:

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.


Trombone alumni news

VogelSteven 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).


Another awesome SoM weekend

TC writes:

“I can claim that the weekend here at the School of Music was just another typical weekend, and it was — typically full and awesome, but extraordinarily so.

Friday night: Hill Country Youth Chorus sang at Sights and Sounds; Graduate Composition Recital; Wind Symphony concert.

Saturday: Audition Day for prospective music majors; children from the community playing what they’ve learned in the TXST String Project; University Singers, featuring American choral music; Brahms German Requiem for huge chorus and chamber orchestra, conducted by our Grammy-winner artist-in-residence.

Sunday: Men’s and Women’s Choir joint concert. Major opportunities for our master’s students to conduct these splendid, all-campus groups.

The beauty of the music and the training and passion of the student performers were nothing short of AWESOME!”

Paper presentation at national conference

TXST had a large contingent at the recent conference of the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory. Senior Lecturer Rebecca Eaton gave a paper, and she was able to reconnect with several TXST alumni participating in the conference, including Amy Hatch, Lois Osorio, and Justin Glosson.  Eaton’s paper was well received, and another presenter based their paper primarily on her previous work.

Texas State Piano Day launches

Our first ‘Texas State Piano Day’ this weekend brought in over 60 visitors, including 21 potential students and several Texas teachers. A large number of students came from a significant distance: from Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi, and one family from Gainsville, Texas, which is 10 miles from Oklahoma. TXST Faculty giving their expertise included Jason Kwak, Daria Rabotkina, Ezra Bartz, Alena Gorina, Kyung Ae Lee, and Kristin Roach.

piano day best

Singers win at NATS Regional Competition

TXST voice students had a remarkable weekend in Waco at TEXOMA NATS, the regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Fourteen of our students advanced to the semifinals, four of them placed as finalists, and two took prizes for Singer of the Year.

Edward Baird Singer of the Year Competition: Ivy Cantu – 1st Prize; Maeli Mesilemit Gonzalez – 3rd Prize.

Finalists: Michelle Sanchez Gascon – 1st prize Junior Women; Gabryella Carrelli – 3rd prize Freshman Women; Cassidy Wallace – 3rd prize Senior Women; Annisha Mackenzie – 4th prize Junior Women.

Semifinalists: Freshmen Women Christine Ashbaugh, Gianna Eason, Darrin Ruiz, and Paiton Seals; Lyndsea Woodall – Sophomore Women; Hunter Sabin – Sophomore Men; Martha Rose Hayes – Senior Women; Garrett Douglas – Senior Men; Karissa Kim – Graduate Women; Pedro Valdez – Graduate Men.


music prof performs at international conference

As part of Duo 35, Todd Oxford gave performances at College Music Society/National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors International Conference. Vancouver, British Columbiaat University of Texas at Arlington – International Students, Inc.; and at Texas A&M University. Commerce, Texas.

He also was soloist for the Dark and Stormy Concert at the Austin Theological Seminary.