Texas State Symphony Orchestra directed by Dr. Carolyn Watson has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 American Prize in Orchestral Performance, College/University Division. This award is for general orchestral excellence, and comes in addition to their already-announced semifinalist status for the Bacon Award for American Music. Both are for the Texas State Orchestra’s performance of the opera, Lady Bird.
Dr. Watson is also an American Prize semifinalist for her conducting work with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.
Todd Oxford has been named as an American Prize Finalist in the Professional Instrumental Solo Division. Winners will be named next month. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.
Oxford performed as a guest musician with Austin Opera’s orchestra during the regional premiere production of composer Kevin Puts’s Manchurian Candidate. He also recently presented master classes for the Copperas Cove ISD Bands. Alumnus, Lawrence Varela-Halbert, is a Band Director for the district.
Todd Oxford’s “Tango Magnetism” Album won two Global Music Awards Silver Medals for Best Instrumentalist and Best Album. Additionally, his live recording as a member of the Synaesthesia Saxophone Quartet of William Bolcom’s Badinerie from “Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble” won the Global Music Award Silver Medal for Best Instrumental. Global Music Awards is a top-tier music talent competition. Both albums are available from iTunes in both CD format and digital download.
Oxford was hired for the third year as an adjudicator for both the ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition and Woodwinds/Brass Solo Competition. ENKOR is based in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Mr. Oxford performed recent concerts with Duo 35 in Arlington, Austin, and the International Clarinet Society’s CLARINET FEST at the University of Kansas.
He is a Semi-Finalist for the American Prize in the Instrumental Solo Category. Finalists will be announced shortly. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.
The winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2015, arts high school orchestra division, is the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, conducted by now our Texas State Symphony Orchestra Director, Dr. Carolyn Watson. She also won 2nd place in the American Prize for Conducting, high school division.