New music for dance

Richard Hall composed and performed the music for the dance piece “Wild-er-ness” at the Texas State University Spring Dance Show “Resilient.”  The work is a blend of site-specific and site-adaptive material intimately woven into a multidisciplinary performance in the intersection of dance, video, music and fashion design.  It was produced by WECreate Productions with film direction by Texas State University Dance Associate Professor Ana Baer and University of Roehampton Senior Lecturer Heike Salzer.  Dancers were Salzer and Texas State University Director of Dance Michelle Nance.  The piece was premiered in September 2017 at the San Souci Festival of Dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


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.