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TXST Alumni Comprise Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival Trombone Section

The 2019 Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival Orchestra trombone section was comprised of all Texas State alumni. Ramiro Cortez (BM ’18) is currently pursuing a MM degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Camden Scarborough (BM ’17) recently received his Masters degree from Northwestern University, and Eliud Garcia (BM ’15) is a recent graduate from Yale University.


Dr. Martin McCain Completes Summer Tour

McCain MPODr. Martin McCain recently completed a North Malaysia tour with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as guest Principal Bass Trombone. He was a guest clinician for Leander ISD where he performed a recital and served on the jury for a solo competition. McCain also performed a recital on a Crosstown Arts Concert Series at the Green Room of the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, TN and was on the faculty at the PRIZM Ensemble International Chamber Music Festival.

Professor Hank Hehmsoth named Berger-Carter-Berger Jazz Research Fellow by Institute of Jazz Studies

HehmsothAssociate Professor of Practice Hank Hehmsoth has been named a 2019 Morroe Berger-Benny Carter-Edward Berger Jazz Research Research Fellow by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

The Institute of Jazz Studies is the world’s foremost jazz archive and research facility. It was founded in 1952 by Marshall Stearns (1908-1966), a pioneer jazz scholar. In 1966, Rutgers was chosen as the collection’s permanent academic home.

Hehmsoth is currently working with a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts NEA ArtWorks grant. His website, “Dan Morgenstern Collection,” is the complete archive of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern’s 70 years as a jazz advocate, scholar, author and educator. Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University from 1976 to 2013, Morgenstern was chief editor of DownBeat Magazine from 1967 to 1973, and served as New York editor in 1964.

(Article from TXST Newsroom Featured Faculty June 27, 2019. Written by Jayme Blaschke.)

Dr. Dimitar Ninov’s New Cantana Selected for Bulgarian National Radio

NinovTXST music faculty Dr. Dimitar Ninov‘s new cantata Moma gori momak (Maiden burns a Bachelor) was selected among a number of other pieces deposited in the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR). It was recorded on May 2, 2019 by the BNR mixed choir and orchestra with Conductor of Orchestra Lubomir Denev, Jr. and Choir Master Lubomira Aleksandrova. The BNR covered all the expenses and did Dr. Ninov a great honor by placing the cantata in the so-called “golden music fund”.

Moma gori momak is approximately 6-7 minutes long. The text is from folklore about a young woman who mesmerizes all men, married and single, and makes them do foolish things out of their desperate falling in love with her. The musical language is accessible, the texture incorporating features associated with Bulgarian folklore.

Dr. Cynthia Gonzales Discusses Music Theory Pedagogy at National Events

This summer, Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales is the only music theorist delivering invited keynote talks at both national events on the topic of music theory pedagogy.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Gonzales delivered an invited keynote presentation at Pedagogy Into Practice 2019 ( in Santa Barbara, CA.

As pictured, her talk focused on utilizing SmartMusic ( for aural skills, because it allows students to practice and improve their skills in private. She also previewed her exercise designs that will be published in the software later this year, making her materials available to all SmartMusic subscribers.

For the week of June 24, she will be in residence at UMass-Amherst as one of four invited faculty for the Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy ( Each day, she will lead a session on a different pedagogical topic.

In between her presentations in CA and MA, she will travel to Kansas City, MO to grade AP Music Theory Exams June 10-18.


Perc solo contest draws 50 participants

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!


Jazz Faculty Featured in News Article

Jjazz posterazz faculty Hank Hehmsoth was feature-interviewed for the Fredericksburg Jazz Festival that took place on April 13, 2019. The articled appeared in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Kerrville Daily Times, and Heart Beat of Texas Magazine. In it, Hehmsoth discussed the different aspects of jazz and how it can mold students.

Before the festival, jazz faculty Utah Hamrick joined Hehmsoth to work with high school players from more than a dozen Texas Hill Country schools. Alumnus and former student of Hehmsoth, Jason Younts is producer of the festival, as well as Director of Bands for FISD.

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Faculty Trombonist Networks Around the World

Dr. Martin McCain performed two weeks as guest Principal Bass Trombonist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. While in southeast Asia, McCain led a masterclass for the trombone studio at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory on the campus of the National University of Singapore. Dr. McCain also performed as guest 2nd trombone with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and recorded with the ensemble for a future documentary about the life of Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpeter, Ryan Anthony. McCain co-led an arts entrepreneurship lecture at the University of Memphis and the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he hosted guest artists, Dr. Mitch Butler of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Dr. Rai Morales of Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi, and Brian Hecht of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on the Texas State campus.

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