Four Texas State music students made the list of winners for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Region musical theater competition:
Upper College MT Men:
2nd Place: Reese Landis (Junior), student of Michelle Haché
Lower College MT Women:
3rd Place: Annisha Mackenzie (Sophomore), student of Michelle Haché
Lower College MT Men:
2nd Place: James Adamson (Freshman), student of Youna Hartgraves
3rd Place: Garrett Douglas (Sophomore), student of Michelle Haché
All of these students are now eligible to compete for a spot in NATS National Semi-Finals for musical theater.
Jenna Quiroz won first place in the Southwest region conference of the American Choral Directors Association undergraduate conducting competition.
Michael Martinez (MM ’17) recently won 1st prize in the American Trombone Workshop’s National Tenor Trombone Solo Competition in the 3rd division. Martinez is a first-year DMA student at the Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Martin McCain recently performed with the IRIS Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern at the IRIS Orchestra Gala. Joshua Bell performed 3 concerti for violin and orchestra.
McCain also performed as guest 2nd trombone with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra where he sat in between two of his former teachers in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.
On March 1st he led a brass masterclass at Buffalo State University. McCain hosted Italian trombonist Peter Steiner February 18-19 and the Pickett Blackburn company on March 6.
He also received a favorable review of his latest CD, “Trombone Czar: The Extended Version” in the international Brass Herald journal.
Trumpet students and faculty had the opportunity to meet and interact with trumpet great Craig Morris as he performed recently as a guest artist in the Performing Arts Center.
VocaLibre, directed by Craig Aamot, sang for about 700 people at the annual Episcopal Diocese of West Texas conference, held in the Embassy Suites Convention Center in San Marcos.
They also had a great turnout for the Friends of Fine Arts fundraiser at AquaBrew.
Standing: Dr. Rebecca Eaton, Dr. Jose Garza (BM 2012, MM 2014), Juan Gutierrez (MM 2011), Amy Dixon Hatch (BM 2011, MM 2013), Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales
Seated: Dr. Nico Schuler, Dr. Ken Stephenson
Seven theorists from Texas State participated in the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Music Theory February 23-24 in Dallas.
Alumnus Dr. Jose Garza presented an excellent paper “What Dwells Beneath the Surface: Rhythm, Meter, Culture, and Meaning in Contemporary Metal Music” that featured his dissertation research. He earned his Ph.D. In Music Theory from Florida State University in December 2017.
Dr. Nico Schüler presented a paper that evaluated current software for automatic and semi-automatic onset detection in recorded music performances and discussed expressive timing in several performances of the beginning of Beethoven’s piano sonata op. 2 no 1.
At this meeting, Dr. Cynthia Gonzales began her three-year term as President of the Texas Society for Music Theory.
The Texas Music Educators Association 2018 Clinic/Convention in San Antonio featured a strong presence by the School of Music.
Outstanding performances by TXST ensembles drew huge audiences and presented sublime artistry:
—Texas State Jazz Ensemble directed by Utah Hamrick, with Russell Haight, soloist
—Texas State Horn Ensemble directed by Caroline Steiger
—Texas State Chorale directed by Joey Martin & Craig Hella Johnson
with Vanguel Tangarov, Lynn Ledbetter, Ames Asbell, Karla Hamelin, Utah Hamrick, Kari Klier, and former faculty member Soon Cho
Ames Asbell, Caroline Steiger, John Lopez, Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Kyle Glaser gave well-attended, Impressive expert clinics.
Amanda Soto, John Denis, and students of Rebecca Tast presented intriguing research posters.
TXST’s very popular college exhibit booth and fabulous Alumni Reunion were coordinated by Krystyn Jensen.
Adah Jones, Caroline Steiger, Charles Hurt, Lynn Ledbetter, Keith Winking, Jordan Stern, and Ian Davidson provided expert judging or coaching of All-State sections.
The Stars At Night Faculty Showcase on February 6 in the TXST Performing Arts Center featured premieres of six new compositions by Thomas S. Clark. Performers included Ames Asbell, viola, Ian Davidson, oboe, Richard Hall, electronics, Karla Hamelin, cello, Youna Hartgraves, voice, Kari Klier, marimba, Joey Martin, piano, and Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet. Cello students Boris Chalakov, Joshua Adams, Terri Boutte, Simon Reid, Anna Trevino, and Gabriel Vazquez also performed.
Since 2008, Clark has led the School of Music at Texas State University as Director and Professor of Composition. The years 2016 and 2017 have been unusually productive for him as a composer, completing 11 new pieces. His compositions have been performed at festivals throughout the U.S.A., in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, three times at “Moravian Autumn” Brno International Music Festival in the Czech Republic, and at the Festival Internacional Alfonso Reyes in Monterrey, Mexico. Several of his works, affiliated with BMI, are published by Borik Press and recorded on Centaur Records.