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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.

students present papers, posters

Graduate student James Cameron Dennis presented “CPU Mozart: Algorithmically Composing Miniature Pieces from Galant Schemata” at the College Music Society South Central Chapter Conference. Undergraduate student Eloy F. Ramirez III at the same conference presented “The Use of the Bassoon in Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon, and Strings”. Both were supervised by Dr. Nico Schüler. Seventeen students from his African-American Popular Music course presented posters at the 2018 Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Texas State, and all three university-wide Best Poster Competition prizes went to students from Dr. Schüler’s course: Claire Partain (1st Place) “The Source of Rhythm: How Environment and Culture Affect a Taste for Music”; Joshua Rogalski (2nd Place) “How Kevin Abstract’s Lyricism Subverts Homonegativity in Rap Music”; and Derek Miller (3rd Place) “Ball Culture in New York City from 1986 to 1988 and its Roots in African Movement”.

Scholar publishes articles

Dr. Nico Schüler published several articles: “Computer-Assisted Music Analysis: Historical Reflections, Recent Approaches, and Common Methods” in the journal MusikTheorie – Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft; in issue 50 of the journal New Sound: International Journal of Music, “Analytical Observations of Duality in Time by James (Jim) C. Scully” and, together with Chris Walton (South Africa) and Marcel Cobussen (Netherlands), a Virtual Panel Discussion on the issue of scholarly publications in music. He also contributed the chapter “Reflections on Hugo Riemann’s Musik-Lexikon and His Music Historiography” to the book Music Cultures in Sounds, Words and Images: Essays in Honor of Zdravko Blažeković (ed. by A. Baldassarre and T. Marković, Vienna: Hollitzer, 2018).

Scholar presents wide-ranging research

Dr. Nico Schüler recently presented his latest research on African-American composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856-1885) at the Society for American Music National Conference in Rochester, NY; at the American Musicological Society National Conference; at the German Society for Music Theory International Conference in Graz, Austria; as well as at several regional conferences. At the International Conference on Music Encoding in Tours, France, he presented on the Development of Computing Technology and Its Influence on Music-Analytical Methods and Encoding. Dr. Schüler was invited to present a paper on Digital Music Research as a Bridge Between (Sub-) Disciplines at the Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalization international conference in New York City. His research on computer-assisted analysis of expressive timing in music was presented at the 12th International Conference on Music Theory and Analysis in Belgrade, Serbia, and at several regional conferences. At the College Music Society National Conference in San Antonio, he presented on Hans Keller’s Wordless Functional Analysis.


TXST singer named Semifinalist for 2018 NATS

Our own Reese Landis (Junior Vocal Performance major and student of Michelle Hache) made it all the way to Semi-Finalist for the 2018 National Student Auditions, a competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  The semifinal round will be held on Friday, June 22 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was one of only two students from the entire Texoma Region (all of Texas, Oklahoma and half of New Mexico) to be named one of the final 14 singers in his category (Upper College Music Theater Men) who will compete to win next month! The complete list of winners and their regions is at NATS Semifinalists.

In the entire competition (14 national semi-finalists per category), 16 Texoma students placed.  This is a major achievement, as it is extremely difficult to make it all the way to Nationals; the students work hard for this, and it is rare to progress this far.

Alum completes DMA

TXST alumnus Luca Giuseppe Cubisino has completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He gratefully credits Dr. Jason Kwak, Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Dr. Thomas Clark with crucial help in his transition from Texas State to Miami.