Choral Directors student chapter recognized

The selection panel for the 2019 American Choral Director’s Association Outstanding Student Chapter Award just wrote to Dr. Jonathan Babcock, founding faculty adviser for the Texas State University Student ACDA Chapter, “Your chapter’s achievements are laudable, and you are clearly making a significant impact in the world of choral music. We would like to acknowledge and further encourage the commendable work of the Texas State University chapter with an ‘honorable mention’ at the conference.”

Presentation of the Student Chapter Award will occur February 27th during the upcoming National Conference in Kansas City.

Busy performing-artist professor

Saxophone professor Todd Oxford continues a whirlwind of professional activities:

▪ Nominee for Grammy Music Educator Award

▪ Adjudicator for MTNA South Central Division Solo and Chamber Competition, Houston

▪ Adjudicator for Baylor University School of Music Concerto Competition

▪ Adjudicator for ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition, London

▪ Duo 35 Texas Tour: Coppell HS, Tarleton State University, Texas Music Educators Association Convention – San Antonio.

▪ World Premiere of Thomas Clark’s String Theory with the Grandiose Quintet, and solo performance of Richard Hall’s Desert Waves, Wilderness of Water, both on the January 29 Stars At Night Faculty Showcase at TXST

▪ Performing Artist/Exhibitor for Eastman Saxophones at TMEA Convention

TMEA Showcase

Jazz Bones recognized

The Hill Country Jazz Bones directed by Martin McCain were awarded Honorable Mention in the International Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, placing next to Michigan State and Eastman School of Music.

Students are: Patrick Harwell, Hunter Moffitt, Daniel Ripplinger, Kyle Chappell, Matt Acosta, Dayne Reliford, Abel Alaniz, and Israel Yanez.

Texas State hosts Count Basie Orchestra

Thirty years of the Hill Country Jazz Festival hit a stunning milestone February 9 with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1100 in Evans Auditorium to hear a performance by The Count Basie Orchestra. The concert opened with two numbers by our own Texas State Jazz Ensemble. The previous evening, an All-Star professional Big Band with featured guests Doug Lawrence and Loren Schoenberg made the 15th Eddie Durham Celebration an exciting kickoff to this year’s Hill Country Jazz Festival.

The Festival was founded by a visionary jazz educator, Texas State Professor Keith Winking. Over the years, the Festival and the Eddie Durham Celebration have become a unique, popular educational and cultural event unlike any other in the U.S.

Trombonist news

Dr. Martin McCain was featured on the Trombone 101’s “An Artist’s Corner” website along with other prominent brass performers and pedagogues around the world.

McCain performed on the national tours for the Prince 4U show in San Antonio and the Celtic Woman Holiday concert in College Station. He recorded on the Doc Watkins Orchestra’s Christmas in Jazz, TX CD which was featured on Hallmark’s Christmas in Grand Valley television show. McCain also performed subscription concerts with the IRIS Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony and San Antonio Symphony.

He also hosted James Nova from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who performed along with the Texas State Trombone Choir to a sold-out crowd in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Texas 2019 Medal of Arts

Conspirare, Austin’s nationally celebrated choir, will receive 2019 Medal of Arts honor from the Texas Cultural Trust Feb. 26-27 at events that culminate in a gala ceremony at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Conspirare did a national tour of Considering Matthew Shepard, written and conducted by TXST Artist in Residence Craig Hella Johnson, and including TXST faculty Ames Asbell and Vanguel Tangarov. The tour culminated with performances on PBS and at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday and innovative singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs will also be honored.

Experimental music composer Larry Austin (1930 – 2018)

TC writes:

Larry Austin (1930-2018) was a man of contradictions, embodying and embracing many strong profiles, some directly opposite. Listening to his music, some sounds gritty and assaulting; some is exquisitely beautiful. He reveled in human improvisation, yet became a leading expert engaging mathematics and computers in his music. He was a radical experimentalist, even revolutionary about his music; yet also a professor who respected and advanced the great body of Western art music and inspired his many talented students to do likewise.

He was passionately driven to advance his music and career; yet he was even more devoted to his large, beautiful family. In both, he built a legacy that is wonderful and perpetual, a body of fascinating compositions that exist for all time, and a family that through already several generations continues his legacy of love.


Trombone alumni news

VogelSteven Vogel (BM ’15) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Texas Lutheran University, where he will begin teaching Spring 2019.



Texas State trombones were represented in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra low brass section in a recent concert. Pictured from left to right: Ramiro Cortez (BM ’18), Dr. Martin McCain, Jett Walker (BM ’13 and current MM student), and Steven Vogel (BM ’15).