Omar Diaz has been named Teacher of the Year at DeZavala Elementary School in San Marcos. This is his fourth year there, teaching kindergarten through 5th-grade music. He also leads a choir of 70 fourth and fifth graders, a drum club and a guitar club . . . and Omar also plays salsa music at night!
Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT is “a holiday event of a different order: people on bikes riding through parts of the city playing a recording of Kline’s mesmerizing holiday tune” according to KMFA. TXST composition student Laura Brackney is lead organizer of the event in Austin. She was featured in Judlyne Gibson’s Staccato feature on KMFA radio.
Dr. Martin McCain just completed his 3rd online arts entrepreneurship lecture series for the Intro to Music Learning and Teaching class at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He also recently launched an entire low-brass mouthpiece line with Pickett Brass. McCain, along with Peter Pickett, has spent the past 2 ½ years developing a series of mouthpieces with the versatile bass trombonist in mind. The line includes a tenor trombone mouthpiece, 3 bass trombone, 2 contrabass trombone and one tuba mouthpiece. [Yes, there really is such a thing as a contrabass trombone, an awesome instrument!]
On Tuesday December 5, students in Paula Bird‘s violin studio and the Wildflower Suzuki Studio gave a Holiday Sing-A-Long performance at the San Marcos Public Library.
Trio488 — Ian Davidson (oboe), Daris Hale (bassoon), and Jason Kwak (piano) — just released its first album, 488 Around the World. The album, recorded at Fire Station Studios, was mastered by TXST music recording gurus Mark Erickson and Gary Hickinbotham. The compilation of works, all commissioned by or arranged by Trio488, features music from around the world: Pictures of Kenya is by Australian composer Jesmond Grixti, Trio for Winds and Piano by American composer Peter Petroff, and Maendeleo, which includes African drumming (Kari Klier) is by Tanzanian composer Kasheshi Makena. Also on the album are two additional works by Tanzanian composers; Maasai Ol Bassoon Le Kop Kop is by Hezron Mashuri; and Missing Friend is by Emmanuel Kaghondi. The album rounds out with an arrangement by Trio488 of Three Tangos by Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzola. Trio 488 Piano is available on CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.
Trio488 has performed in numerous countries over four continents, including four international conferences, a number of music festivals, and countless College campuses throughout the world. Highlights include featured performances at the RioWinds Festival in Brazil, with the We Soloists in Seoul and, closer to home, at the Bear Valley Music Festival in California.
The Nominating Committee for the International Clarinet Association has nominated Dr. Vanguel Tangarov for the Presidency (President-Elect) of the Association. If elected in spring 2018, he will serve two years on the Board as President-Elect, and then two as President.