Bobcat flutists at national association

Three former TX State flute students joined four current TXST flute students and Dr. Adah Jones, Professor of Flute, at the National Flute Association convention in Minneapolis in August.

From left: Danielle Stevens, Jessica Hall, Briana Dunn, Hilary Janysek, Dr. Jones, Julia Escobar, Ziqing Guan and Josh Valdez

From left: Danielle Stevens, Jessica Hall, Briana Dunn, Hilary Janysek, Dr. Jones, Julia Escobar, Ziqing Guan and Josh Valdez

Danielle Stevens is a second year DMA student in Flute Performance at the University of Illinois where she is the flute TA for Dr. Jonathan Keeble and is also pursuing studies in ethnomusicology. This summer, she was in the quarterfinals for the Young Artist Competition for the National Flute Association. This December, she will marry TX State alum, Ian Nutting who is currently working on a MA in Divinity degree studying Sociology and Anthropology of religion at University of Chicago. Jessica Hall is a second-year Masters student at TXST and hopes to pursue a career performing in a military band. Briana Dunn is beginning her MM in Flute Performance at Texas Tech University where she is also a TA teaching Theory/Aural Skills. Hilary Janysek is in her final year of a DA degree in Performance with a secondary emphasis in Entrepreneurial Music at Ball State University where she is also a TA for the Music History department. She is working with a partner on a new music educational tool for improvisation, and working for the Muncie Symphony in a program providing interactive presentations to children in the community.

Julia Escobar is a junior Performance major at TXST chosen to perform in the National Collegiate Flute Choir at the convention, an organization that all three alumni and Hall had performed in when they were undergrads at TXST. Ziqing Guan is a master’s student and hopes to continue in a doctoral program in the near future. Josh Valdez is a senior Music Studies major who hopes to pursue a band directing career.


Vail Jazz Party tribute: Butch channels Buddy

Butch Miles recently performed at the Vail Jazz Party in Vail, CO. One highlight was a special tribute to Buddy Rich honoring what would have been his 100th birthday. The great Jeff Hamilton and Butch were positioned as seen in the photo side by side and shared the duties of attempting to play Buddy’s music. They worked with the wonderful H2 Big Band from Denver and played “LOVE FOR SALE”, “NORWEGIAN WOOD”, “SISTER SADIE”, “GROOVIN’ HARD”, “ONE O’CLOCK JUMP” and Jeff and Butch traded back and forth during “WEST SIDE STORY SUITE”.


The arrangements were difficult enough, but Butch commented, “performing at 8,150 feet above sea level the music, well you might say, left us breathless.”

27 instrumental music ed graduates get new jobs

Keaton Ainsworth – Assistant Band Director, Dailey MS, Del Valle ISD;  Blake Bartosh – Music Teacher, Doss and Gullett Elementary Schools, Austin ISD;  Colton Bean – Assistant Band Director, Harlan HS, Northside ISD, San Antonio;  Daniel Burow – Assistant Band Director, Lockhart MS & HS, Lockhart ISD;  Moises Castro – Assistant band director, Raymondville High School, Raymondville ISD;  Julia Donnell – Assistant Band Director, Del Rio HS, Del Rio;  Kaitlyn Douthit – Music Teacher, Callison Elementary School, Round Rock ISD;  Idalia Espino – Orchestra Director, Wagner MS, Georgetown ISD;  “J” Jorge Flores – Assistant Band Director, New Braunfels HS, New Braunfels ISD;  Hector Garcia – Assistant Band Director, Taylor MS, Taylor ISD;  Regan Henrick – Orchestra Director, Dulles MS, Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land;  Matt Hurtado – Assistant Band Director, Brackenridge HS, San Antonio ISD;  Dawn Iglesias – Assistant Band Director, Mendez Middle School, Austin ISD;  Joshua Janecka, Music Teacher, Dr. E.R. Richter Elementary School, Dayton;  Chris Martinez – Music Teacher, G.E. Buddy West Elementary, Ector County ISD, Odessa;  Sarah Middleton – Assistant Band Director, Smith MS, Cleburne ISD;  Josue Mora – Assistant Band Director, Miller Middle School, San Marcos CISD;  Maria Morales – Assistant Band Director, Mayde Creek High School, Katy ISD;  Jasmine Pulliam – Music Teacher, Southside Primary School, Cleveland, ISD;  Luis Ramos – Assistant Band Director, Porter High School, Brownsville ISD;  Jacob Schulte – Assistant Band Director and Elementary Music, Shiner ISD;  Sean Schutze – Assistant Orchestra Director, Murchison MS, Austin ISD;  Roger Stevens – Choir Director and Guitar Teacher, Odyssey Academy, Galveston;  Adrian Teti, Assistant Band Director, Four Points MS, Leander ISD, Austin;  Josh Weisbrod-Torres – Assistant Band Director, Red Oak Middle and High Schools, Red Oak ISD;  Chelsea Upchurch – General Music Teacher, Bastrop Intermediate School, Bastrop ISD;  Matthew Valentine – Assistant Band Director, Travis HS, Austin ISD

Trombone prof in Croatia, China, Memphis

Dr. Martin McCain performed and taught at the PRIZM International Chamber Music festival June 5-18 in Memphis, where he performed and coached chamber ensembles in addition to performing in the PRIZM Chamber Orchestra with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony and Metropolitan Opera.

June 28 – July 1, he served on the faculty for the International Trombone Festival in Redlands, California where he presented a masterclass, served on the jury for the International Trombone Quartet Competition, conducted a participant trombone choir and performed with the Cramer Choir which is comprised of international trombone professors.

July 3-9 McCain traveled to Sibenik, Croatia to serve on the faculty at the English Brass Academy and held a similar position at the Austin Chamber Music Festival July 11-22.


He also presented a clinic at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention on July 20.

From July 26-August 6, Dr. McCain taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, MI and performed live radio broadcasts with the Blue Lake Festival Band and Orchestra.

McCain traveled to Rochester, New York to perform with the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music where several concerts were broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today”.

His summer residencies ended in China with performances in Hong Kong and serving on the jury for the Macau International Trombone Competition.

Somos Musicos news celebrates anniversary

TC writes:  This month is the third anniversary of our first post at this news blog of the School of Music at Texas State. Some 200 posts have been published since July of 2014.

Previous to July of 2014, the School of Music published monthly electronic newsletters. Back issues of those can be accessed at

The School of Music continues to thrive as a vibrant center of musical and scholarly activity, and our alumni are doing great things as they serve their community.

TXST pianist plays Hollywood score

Hank Hehmsoth was featured lead jazz piano to a sold-out audience for “La La Land – In Concert” Friday night June 30 with the Austin Symphony at the Long Center. La La Land won 6 Oscars in 2017, including Best Song and Best Musical Score. The William Morris Talent Agency in Hollywood sent Hank 30+ video sync clips to work on, coordinating his hands with the closeups in the film. Other performers included guest LA conductor Thiago Tiberio, as well as Texas State faculty Bobby Lopez, Ian Davidson, David Dawson, Genaro Gonzalez, Kari Klier, and Daris Word-Hale.

La La Land Austin June 30 2017