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Mariachi Nueva Generación on NBC

In an article on-line about Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education, NBC News cites Texas State University as an example. “The university wrote a strategic plan in 2008 to become an HSI by 2011, which it has achieved. It now has over 14,000 Latino students, who are about 38 percent of the students enrolled. ‘We’ve done very significant programmatic activities. We created a climate that is welcoming for students. Our music program has salsa and mariachi that the students actually brought to us and we developed it,’ said T. Jaime Chahin, dean of Texas State University’s College of Applied Arts.”

The on-line piece also shows a video of our proud Mariachi Nueva Generación, which is directed by Prof. John Lopez.

Woodwind students in Europe

This summer Julia Escobar and Joshua Valdez traveled to Bulgaria for the National Academy of Music flute and clarinet masterclasses, June 21-28 in Sofia, Bulgaria. They received master class instruction from three famous Bulgarian flutists (Lydia Oshavkova, Georgi Spassov, and Ventsislav Kindalov) and interact with high school-age Bulgarian flute students to learn about their music education and their culture.
Julia also attended the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival from July 2-14 in Valdeblore, France (a tiny village in the mountains in the French Riviera). This chamber music festival was hosted by the famous Zodiac Trio. She studied with flutist Sergio Pallottelli and participated in a chamber music ensemble with strings as well as performing a solo.IMG_4711

New music majors get oriented

On Thursday, August 30, 123 incoming freshman and transfer music majors attended New Music Student Orientation in the Music Recital Hall, organized by Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, School of Music Associate Director. The new music students are given resources and advice on how to be successful. Students were introduced to student organizations, academic advisors, and service fraternities. They also got a few quick tips from Dr. Thomas Clark, School of Music Director, dubbed “Clark’s Rules for Musician Success” as well as health advice, like staying hydrated, sleeping enough and protecting their hearing.

The next orientation will be on Wednesday, October 3.

— story by music-major Jennifer Gutierrez


Trombone alumni


Jonah Bahta (MM ’14) has been appointed as an adjunct instructor of music at St. Phillip’s College.


Eliud Garcia (BM ’15) was a featured soloist with the Collegium Musicum Orchestra in Germany where he performed the Vaughan-Williams Tuba Concerto on bass trombone. Garcia




Sax prof keeps busy

Todd Oxford performed the National Anthem for a Round Rock Express Baseball Game at Dell Diamond.

Oxford RR Express

He performed: as Guest Soloist, Irving High School Wind Ensemble and Hurst Middle School Band.

Oxford also performed with Duo 35 at the International Woodwind Duo Symposium. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

He served as adjudicator for the ENKOR International Winds and Percussion Competition. Düsseldorf, Germany, for the Annual University Interscholastic League Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition in Austin, and gave a State Solo/Ensemble Saxophone workshop at Copperas Cove High School.

Saxophone Activities

Undergraduate student Kyle Jurovic, on international tour with Texas Mosaix, a professional cover/worship band in Valencia, Spain and surrounding cities, performed in concert venues, churches, and on the streets.

Student Quartet Coy Reid, Katie Blalock, Lauren Gordon, and Colby Rodriguez were the featured performers for an art exhibit at The Meadows Center for Water and Environment. San Marcos, Texas.

Sax Quartet #1

Recent graduate Tyler Clark was accepted for graduate study in Saxophone Performance at Baylor University.



String Project receives grant

The Texas State University String Project has been awarded a National String Project Consortium (NSPC) – National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation grant. One of five String Project sites across the country to receive funding, the TXST String Project will use this $3500 award over two years for TXST student intern-teacher wages and enable the purchase of equipment that will enhance their effectiveness and teacher education.

“The National String Project Consortium, in it’s 20th year, continues to build excellence in future string music educators across the county as well as provide string instruction to communities that seek enrichment in the arts,” said Dr. Elizabeth Reed, Executive Director of NSPC. “We value the NAMM Foundation’s continued generous support of our mission to further increase the value of string music education across the country.”

Top trumpet and jazz adjudicator

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.