Texas State music faculty members Daris Hale, Steve Girko, and Ian Davidson, all members of the Wild Basin Winds, have released a new CD. The recording, now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Spotify, is called Christmas Too, a compilation of jazz-inspired arrangements of holiday favorites, by Austin jazz guru Gary Sletcha, scored for woodwind quintet. Joining the three Texas State professors are flutist, Mathew Krejci from the University of the Pacific and Sacramento Philharmonic, and horn player Tom Hale from the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera orchestras. Among the titles on the album are Gesu Bambino, Santa Baby, We Three Kings, Frosty the Snowman, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear, and Away in a Manger. The recording was mastered by TXST faculty Gary Hickinbotham and Mark Erickson and is the first collaboration between the Wild Basin Winds and TXST Fire Station Studios.
Jazz trumpet student Natty Mckay played a successful audition to join the Lackland Air Force Band in San Antonio, replacing an airman who won a position with the renowned Airmen of Note in DC.
Dr. Martin McCain served on the competition jury for the Missouri Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association brass competition.
He joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra trombone section as faculty for the All-West Low Brass Boot Camp, where he performed in a recital and presented the all-state tuba etudes for the participants. He also performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Memphis Symphony.
He also recently performed a Masterworks subscription concert with the Phoenix Symphony.
Held November 8-11 at Texas A&M Commerce, the National Teachers of Singing Texhoma region competition selected two TXST singers as finalists: Ivy Cantu (student of Cheryl Parrish) and Ben Ruiz (student of Ron Ulen).
TXST Semi-Finalists included Youna Hartgraves’ students James Adamson and Hunter Sabin; Richard Novak’s students Alexis Alvarado, Audrey Harris, and Courtney Katzmeyer; Ron Ulen’s students Anna Balan and Mackenzie Bitz; Cheryl Parrish’s student Martha Rose Hayes; Michelle Hache’s students Annisha Mackenzie, Michelle Sanchez, and Cassidy Wallace; and Myra Vassian’s student William Phi.
Caitlyn Durkee, Bailey Galindo, Lucas Phillips, Sara Trogden, and Anai Winn from TXST also competed.
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.
Richard Floyd – Director Emeritus, State music U.I.L. – Conductor, Austin Symphonic Band
David Small – Voice professor – UT
Betty Mallard – Piano professor – retired – UT
Instrumental music studies major Emily Gazeley recently was awarded the Texas Music Educators Association Collegiate Music Educator Award for an outstanding future teacher. Emily is currently student teaching. Congratulations go also to all of the faculty who worked with her during her studies here.
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.
Saxophone student John Henrick is featured in the November 2017 issue of the Lockhart Area Music Association Newsletter.
Todd Oxford was a recent guest soloist at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Austin, and gave a clinic for Victoria West High School, Victoria, Texas.