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compositional roots of Czech music

Thomas Clark traveled to northwestern Czech Republic to do composition research in the land of Smetana and Dvořák, following up on his 1990s study of Janácek’s music in the Moravian east of the country. A key part of this visit was to the Lidice Memorial Gardens and Art Gallery, where he presented his newest composition, Lidice Remembered, and explored the extensive archive documenting the 1942 atrocity there. Another visit explored Blaník Mountain, inspiration for the final part of Smetana’s monumental symphonic poem, Má vlast.


Guest-artist in Missouri

Dr. Martin McCain completed his first of three guest-artist residencies in Missouri. He performed a recital at Southwest Baptist University in addition to presenting a low brass clinic, jazz ensemble clinic, and  entrepreneurship lecture for the department. McCain also presented a trombone masterclass at Missouri State University and worked with the MSU Trombone Choir.

MSU Trombones

saxophonist in Düsseldorf, Alabama, Texas

Todd Oxford served as adjudicator for the 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition – Woodwinds and Brass, Düsseldorf, Germany. He also went on tour with Duo 35 performance at NACWPI National Conference in Alabama, solo performances at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Houston Baptist University, and Lamar University in Beaumont, and a masterclass for Friendswood ISD.

Michael Dean, clarinet, with Oxford

Michael Dean, clarinet, with Oxford

Oxford also spoke for a video tribute to recently deceased composer David Maslanka created by Professor Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble for broadcast online and at a live performance.

29 new jobs for recent TXST choral teaching graduates

2017 graduates:

  • Emily Gunter, Assistant Director, Cy-Falls High School, Cy-Fair ISD
  • Christina Ortiz, Music Specialist, Dripping Springs Elementary, Dripping Springs, TX
  • Feliziti Landin, Associate Director, Bush Middle School, San Antonio, TX
  • Vincent Pena, Director, Goodnight Middle School, San Marcos, TX
  • Kevin Tarpley, Director, Union Grove Middle School, Harker Heights, Killeen ISD, TX
  • Alicia Covarrubias, Mariachi Director, Irving Middle School, NEISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Shawn Wilson, Music Director, Sunset Theatre Company, Redonda Beach, CA
  • Susan Anderson, Director, Westview Middle School, Georgetown ISD
  • Chairein Jackson, Assistant Director, Northshore Middle School, Houston, TX
  • Anna Perez, Music Specialist, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Selma, TX
  • Jose Perez, professional mariachi, San Bernadino, CA
  • Zack Wiggs, Music Specialist, Curious Chords, Kyle, TX
  • Ronnie Andrade, Music Specialist, Ark Church, Conroe, TX
  • Emily Evans, Music Specialist, Oak Creek Elementary, Austin, TX
  • Jay Gonzales, Director, Taylor Middle School/High School, Taylor, TX
  • Sarah Ross, Director, Sabine ISD, Sabine, TX
  • Kelsee Wuebben, Music Specialist, Jim Martin Elementary, NISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Garik Cotton, Assistant Director, Bedichek Middle School, Austin, TX
  • Kaitlin Heeren, Timber Ridge Elementary, Killeen ISD, Killeen, TX
  • Andrew McNair, Assistant Director, Roosevelt High School, NEISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Emmanuel Vega, Scobee Middle School, Southwest ISD, San Antonio, TX

Recent alumni

  • Katie Hines, Music Specialist, Lake Pointe Elementary, Lake Travis, TX
  • Rachel Rozsypal, Music Specialist, Barbers Hill Elementary South, Mont Belvieu, TX
  • Chelsie Lewis, Director, Clint Middle School, Austin ISD
  • Jason Gallardo, Assistant Director, Benold Middle School, Georgetown ISD
  • Richard Shehulski, Head Director, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD
  • Katy Dane, Orchestra Director, Benold Middle School, Georgetown ISD
  • Ashley Branson, Assistant Director, Canyon High School, Comal ISD
  • Kylie Garcia, Co-Director, Chapa Middles School, Hays ISD

East Africa’s new Cultural Arts Centre

Daris Hale produced and performed in the East Africa’s Cultural Arts Centre debut concert.  The inaugural concert featured a variety of musical talents from 5 different countries, including Texas State University School of Music alumna, Sophia Kuyenga.

Daris w group

In 2014, Daris was the co-author of a 3-year, multi-million dollar grant from the European Union to create a permanent center for preservation, research, and promotion of Africa’s unique cultural heritage.  It provides opportunities for tourists, local communities, and school-age children to experience and learn about the arts.  The Cultural Arts Centre is the only facility of this type in all of East Africa.

Tanzania bldg

Tau Beta Sigma National Vice President

Kyle Glaser has been appointed as National Vice President for Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, a co-educational service sorority. The Sorority, headquartered at the historic Stillwater Station in Stillwater, Oklahoma, numbers over 3,500 active members in 145 active chapters, and over 40,000 alumni. Since 1946, Tau Beta Sigma has been recognized by Kappa Kappa Psi as “an equal affiliated organization with a parallel purpose, function and role in the college and university band setting”, and the two organizations hold joint conventions. The two organizations contribute to a national publication, The Podium.

Foundations of Excellence Award

Kyle Glaser is a recipient of a Foundations of Excellence Award from the Texas State University Student Foundation. The Foundation hosted their first annual Foundations of Excellence ceremony on April 14, 2005 in the LBJ Student Center. The purpose of the event was to allow members of Student Foundation to honor faculty and staff who had made a significant impact on their lives while students at Texas State. It has since become one of Student Foundation’s major events. Glaser is one of ten faculty/staff members who will be honored at an awards reception on October 18.

Bobcat ‘bones in Germany

Alumni Eliud Garcia (BM’15), Camden Scarborough (BM ’17) and current student Ramiro Cortez spent a month in Germany performing orchestral and chamber music at the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden International Summer Academy.

TXST Trombones

Eliud recently completed a master’s degree from Yale University and is currently a teaching artist fellow for Yale’s In-School Initiatives Program. He was also offered the bass trombone position with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt. Camden is beginning his master’s degree in performance at Northwestern University, and Ramiro will be graduating with a Music Studies degree May 2018 with plans to pursue a master’s degree in trombone performance.

benefit for musicians’ health

TXST music faculty  Hank Hehmsoth, Russell Scanlon, and former faculty John Mills presented a Charity Benefit jazz performance part of HAAM Day.

The mission of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness. Many of Austin’s musicians juggle two jobs on top of music, and still struggle to pay for food and shelter. With no money for health care, issues with teeth, hearing loss, heart health and more get ignored, and become expensive emergencies. HAAM provides care to improve musicians’ health and save lives while preserving their careers and quality of life.

Scanlon, Mills, Hehmsoth

Scanlon, Mills, Hehmsoth