Aria / Concerto Competition

Student performers in the November 5  Concerto/Aria finals were:
Hyunjin Wang, Holim Choi, Cameron Dennis, Madeline Anderson, Ramiro Cortez,
Noah Ornelas, Raquel Escamilla Gomez, Ziqing Guan, Elaina Walzel, Audrey Harris,
Amy Gravell, Mackenzie Bitz, Peter Scott, Jaimie Lowe, and Matthew Acosta.
All presented polished and exciting performances, and the judges were duly impressed.

The winners,  Hyunjin Wang, piano, Elaina Walzel, bassoon, and Jaimie Lowe, mezzo-soprano, will be invited to perform with a TXST wind-band or orchestral ensemble.

Expert judges:
Richard Floyd – Director Emeritus, State music U.I.L. – Conductor, Austin Symphonic Band
David Small – Voice professor – UT
Betty Mallard – Piano professor – retired – UT

sax students play for TEDx

Undergraduate student saxophonists of the SONUS Quartet — Elijah Breda, Jacob Hernandez, Joseph Treviño and Peyton Grover — were featured performers at the recent TEDx at Texas State 2017 “Bridging Differences” event.

SONUS Quartet

Saxophone student John Henrick is featured in the November 2017 issue of the Lockhart Area Music Association Newsletter.

Chris Henrick (Dad), John, Katy Head (friend), Laura Henrick (Mom).

Chris Henrick (Dad), John, Katy Head (friend), Laura Henrick (Mom).


Strong presence at ATMI/CMS conference

Texas State Music faculty activities at the recent joint ATMI/CMS national conference in San Antonio:
Nico Schüler presented “Wordless Functional Analysis Revisited”.
Cynthia Gonzales gave a demo/workshop, “A Comprehensive Aural-Skills Curriculum via SmartMusic®”.
Caroline Steiger performed Kevin Ernste’s Nisi for horn and live electronics.
John Lopez gave a demonstration, “Establishing Effective Mariachi Rehearsal Techniques”. Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion, performed.
Amanda Soto was presider/moderator for several sessions throughout the conference and presented as part of the panel, “Inside/Outside Music Education: Political Narratives Within and Through the Margins” with colleagues from Boston University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She also serves on the CMS National Board as the Music Education Representative.

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.