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NATS musical theater competition winners

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.

Trombone prof activities

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.

Alumnus presents at TSMT meeting

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

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.

Students record with master clarinetists

TXST students participated in the Clarinet Fiesta CD Recording Project, performing and recording two world-premiere arrangements: Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante K. 297b and Schumann – Concert Piece for Four Horns arranged for four clarinets (Eb, Bb, Basset Horn and Bass Clarinet). Our Texas State students shared the stage with some of the top clarinetists from around the world: Philippe Cuper, Principal Clarinet of the Paris Opera and Professor of Clarinet at the National Conservatory of Versailles; Andre Moisan, Bass Clarinet & Saxophones of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Clarinet at the Montreal University, Canada; David Gould, Bass Clarinet & Clarinet of the American Ballet Orchestra, New York, NY, and Mitchell Estrin, Clarinet Professor of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, current president elect of the International Clarinet Association. The CD will be produced by Mark Custom Recordings, Inc.

image001Student performers included Amy Gravel, Austin Vogelman, Brittany Hernandez, Noah Ornelas, Shane Lemanski, Robert Malave, Vikas Chopra, Jackelyn Pecero, Nathan Snyder, Rebecca Martinez, Eryn O’Sullivan, Allyn Hartman, Kristen Hutchins, Steven Gres, Emely Chacon, Joseph Trevino, and Kevin Rodriguez.

TXST SoM goes big at TMEA convention

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.

Faculty Showcase of world premieres

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.

Bainbridge sailor 2Since 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.