An op-ed column in today’s paper July 11 by David Brooks reviewed the documentary film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the career and impact of Mr. Rogers and his wonderful children’s TV series, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The column used the phrase, “radical kindness.” It struck me deeply that this is exactly what our community desperately needs to pour out from its vast supply of human goodness.
Dr. Keith Winking recently served as an adjudicator for both the International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition (June 2) and the Texas UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest (May 26-28). Having judged the National Trumpet Competition in March, he has now served as a trumpet adjudicator for the most prestigious state, national and international Trumpet Competitions. In addition to the jazz festival in Kansas and the three jazz festivals in Texas he also judged this spring, all this indicates his status as a highly sought-after judge of trumpet playing and jazz performance.
Graduate student James Cameron Dennis presented “CPU Mozart: Algorithmically Composing Miniature Pieces from Galant Schemata” at the College Music Society South Central Chapter Conference. Undergraduate student Eloy F. Ramirez III at the same conference presented “The Use of the Bassoon in Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon, and Strings”. Both were supervised by Dr. Nico Schüler. Seventeen students from his African-American Popular Music course presented posters at the 2018 Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Texas State, and all three university-wide Best Poster Competition prizes went to students from Dr. Schüler’s course: Claire Partain (1st Place) “The Source of Rhythm: How Environment and Culture Affect a Taste for Music”; Joshua Rogalski (2nd Place) “How Kevin Abstract’s Lyricism Subverts Homonegativity in Rap Music”; and Derek Miller (3rd Place) “Ball Culture in New York City from 1986 to 1988 and its Roots in African Movement”.
Dr. Nico Schüler published several articles: “Computer-Assisted Music Analysis: Historical Reflections, Recent Approaches, and Common Methods” in the journal MusikTheorie – Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft; in issue 50 of the journal New Sound: International Journal of Music, “Analytical Observations of Duality in Time by James (Jim) C. Scully” and, together with Chris Walton (South Africa) and Marcel Cobussen (Netherlands), a Virtual Panel Discussion on the issue of scholarly publications in music. He also contributed the chapter “Reflections on Hugo Riemann’s Musik-Lexikon and His Music Historiography” to the book Music Cultures in Sounds, Words and Images: Essays in Honor of Zdravko Blažeković (ed. by A. Baldassarre and T. Marković, Vienna: Hollitzer, 2018).
Dr. Nico Schüler recently presented his latest research on African-American composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856-1885) at the Society for American Music National Conference in Rochester, NY; at the American Musicological Society National Conference; at the German Society for Music Theory International Conference in Graz, Austria; as well as at several regional conferences. At the International Conference on Music Encoding in Tours, France, he presented on the Development of Computing Technology and Its Influence on Music-Analytical Methods and Encoding. Dr. Schüler was invited to present a paper on Digital Music Research as a Bridge Between (Sub-) Disciplines at the Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalization international conference in New York City. His research on computer-assisted analysis of expressive timing in music was presented at the 12th International Conference on Music Theory and Analysis in Belgrade, Serbia, and at several regional conferences. At the College Music Society National Conference in San Antonio, he presented on Hans Keller’s Wordless Functional Analysis.
Our own Reese Landis (Junior Vocal Performance major and student of Michelle Hache) made it all the way to Semi-Finalist for the 2018 National Student Auditions, a competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The semifinal round will be held on Friday, June 22 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was one of only two students from the entire Texoma Region (all of Texas, Oklahoma and half of New Mexico) to be named one of the final 14 singers in his category (Upper College Music Theater Men) who will compete to win next month! The complete list of winners and their regions is at NATS Semifinalists.
In the entire competition (14 national semi-finalists per category), 16 Texoma students placed. This is a major achievement, as it is extremely difficult to make it all the way to Nationals; the students work hard for this, and it is rare to progress this far.
TXST alumnus Luca Giuseppe Cubisino has completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He gratefully credits Dr. Jason Kwak, Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Dr. Thomas Clark with crucial help in his transition from Texas State to Miami.
Hank Hehmsoth and Dr. Keith Winking have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing project, Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morganstern. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand reminiscences and decades-spanning scholarly research on Kansas City jazz, its big bands, as well as preeminent individual artists and their styles and innovations. Audio and video recordings of the interviews with Morgenstern will be archived at the university library’s Wittliff Collections, will be made available free-of-charge to educators, radio stations, and the public, and will be featured on a dedicated website.
Morgenstern has been our premiere visiting scholar for an annual celebration of the legacy of jazz great and San Marcos native Eddie Durham.
The grant application process received invaluable assistance from Ruthi Caldwell and Lisa Westerbeck of the Center for Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.
On May 24, 25, and 28, 2018, The Philadelphia Orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will present the European premiere of American composer and TXST music alumnus Wayne Oquin’s Resilience for organ and orchestra as part of its historic tour of Europe and Israel. Acclaimed organist Paul Jacobs, for whom the piece was written, is the featured soloist.
The Wall Street Journal on April 28 published an opinion column by Peggy Noonan. Though it was about politics, it contained some wise advice for life in general. Here are some quotes, rearranged into verse:
Don’t lose your composure. Don’t become sour. Maintain your poise.
Maintain your own standards. Keep on your game. Do your best.
Think long-term. Speak your mind.
Share your heart.