The Texas Music Educators Association 2018 Clinic/Convention in San Antonio featured a strong presence by the School of Music.
Outstanding performances by TXST ensembles drew huge audiences and presented sublime artistry:
—Texas State Jazz Ensemble directed by Utah Hamrick, with Russell Haight, soloist
—Texas State Horn Ensemble directed by Caroline Steiger
—Texas State Chorale directed by Joey Martin & Craig Hella Johnson
with Vanguel Tangarov, Lynn Ledbetter, Ames Asbell, Karla Hamelin, Utah Hamrick, Kari Klier, and former faculty member Soon Cho
Ames Asbell, Caroline Steiger, John Lopez, Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Kyle Glaser gave well-attended, Impressive expert clinics.
Amanda Soto, John Denis, and students of Rebecca Tast presented intriguing research posters.
TXST’s very popular college exhibit booth and fabulous Alumni Reunion were coordinated by Krystyn Jensen.
Adah Jones, Caroline Steiger, Charles Hurt, Lynn Ledbetter, Keith Winking, Jordan Stern, and Ian Davidson provided expert judging or coaching of All-State sections.
The Stars At Night Faculty Showcase on February 6 in the TXST Performing Arts Center featured premieres of six new compositions by Thomas S. Clark. Performers included Ames Asbell, viola, Ian Davidson, oboe, Richard Hall, electronics, Karla Hamelin, cello, Youna Hartgraves, voice, Kari Klier, marimba, Joey Martin, piano, and Vanguel Tangarov, clarinet. Cello students Boris Chalakov, Joshua Adams, Terri Boutte, Simon Reid, Anna Trevino, and Gabriel Vazquez also performed.
Since 2008, Clark has led the School of Music at Texas State University as Director and Professor of Composition. The years 2016 and 2017 have been unusually productive for him as a composer, completing 11 new pieces. His compositions have been performed at festivals throughout the U.S.A., in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, three times at “Moravian Autumn” Brno International Music Festival in the Czech Republic, and at the Festival Internacional Alfonso Reyes in Monterrey, Mexico. Several of his works, affiliated with BMI, are published by Borik Press and recorded on Centaur Records.
The Hill Country Jazz Bones, led by Dr. Martin McCain performed in downtown Austin on January 31st at the Elephant Room. The ensemble traded sets with JazzBonez whose members include TXST faculty Utah Hamrick, Paul Deemer and McCain.
On January 22, Dr. Martin McCain was a guest artist at the University of Central Florida where he presented a masterclass and taught lessons. He also presented lectures on auditioning and gave a jazz ensemble clinic at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. McCain also lead a masterclass at the University of Florida on January 23rd. He served as the jazz clinician for the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association in Gulfport, Mississippi January 25-26. McCain also co-presented a clinic with the Memphis Symphony Low Brass section at the University of Memphis Trombone Workshop where he discussed the contrabass trombone’s role in the orchestra. Additionally, McCain was a guest artist at Tennessee Tech University on January 30 where he presented a recital, lead a masterclass and taught lessons. He also hosted University of North Texas trombone professor, Steven Menard on January 17-18 and Principal Trombone of the San Antonio Symphony, Steve Peterson on February 5.
The SONUS Quartet, student saxophonists Elijah Breda, Jacob Hernandez, Joseph Treviño, and Peyton Grover, performed in a master class for the Attacca String Quartet.
Peyton Grover was hired by the Austin Theater Company to perform the Reed 1 book for Anything Goes.
Todd Oxford performed recently as soloist in a Benefit Concert supporting the Regina Mater School in Austin. He also performed with pianist Alena Gorina on the January 30 Stars At Night Faculty Artists Showcase in the Texas State Performing Arts Center.
Texas State University featured Dr. Oxford in the “Be a Bobcat: Texas State Stories” video series. A feature story and Interview profiled him in the University Star.
Omar Diaz has been named Teacher of the Year at DeZavala Elementary School in San Marcos. This is his fourth year there, teaching kindergarten through 5th-grade music. He also leads a choir of 70 fourth and fifth graders, a drum club and a guitar club . . . and Omar also plays salsa music at night!
Alumna Kelsee Wuebben has won the First Year Educator title at Jim G. Martin Elementary School in San Antonio. She teaches choir and has started a ukulele club with the New Teacher Grant she won. Her title will now put her up for the district title this spring.
Both Caroline Beatty and Lynn Brinckmeyer went to Tampa this month to conduct all-state band and choirs at the Florida Music Education Association Conference.
Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT is “a holiday event of a different order: people on bikes riding through parts of the city playing a recording of Kline’s mesmerizing holiday tune” according to KMFA. TXST composition student Laura Brackney is lead organizer of the event in Austin. She was featured in Judlyne Gibson’s Staccato feature on KMFA radio.