Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bobcat Band goes from college to pro

Our Bobcat Marching Band of more than 300 members had an exciting weekend September 27 and 28. Led by Dr. Kyle Glaser, Saturday they performed at the University of Tulsa football game, cheering on the Bobcats to an overtime victory. On their way back to San Marcos on Sunday, they performed for halftime of the Dallas Cowboys home game in their Arlington AT&T Stadium.

BMB on the Cowboys Jumbotron at halftime

BMB on the Cowboys Jumbotron at halftime


Trombone professor tours, records

Dr. Martin McCain recently completed two residencies at the University of Georgia and University of Alabama. September 4-6, Dr. McCain along with the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet, performed a recital and masterclass at UGA in addition to teaching private lessons. McCain also appeared at the University of Alabama September 13-16, where he gave a masterclass, performed a recital, coached the UA Trombone Choir and taught 13 lessons to members of the UA trombone studio. He also performed as a soloist on the Feed Your Soul concert series on September 24. Additionally, his recent solo album “Shades” was featured twice on Austin’s 89.5 KMFA and Hong Kong’s RTHK 4 radio stations in September.


Musicians Forum and Somos Musicos concerts move to new hall

Hank Hehmsoth and Thomas Clark teamed up for a Musicians Forum presentation “Secrets of Professional Success” Thursday September 25 at the new TxState Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. As a closing surprise, Clark made his “vocal debut” at Texas State singing “Smoke Gets in your Eyes” accompanied by Hehmsoth’s inimitable  piano styling.


Musicians Forum was followed by the first Somos Musicos concert of the year and the first ever in the new hall. An audience of more than 100 listened to 10 students: Sigifredo Santana, marimba; Elizabeth Mora and Luis Corpus Jr., clarinet; Belinsol Martinez Munoz, cello; Jorge Briceno Gonzalez, piano; Ahmet Onur Alakavuklar, guitar; and Ilanna Tariff and Jenna Crowell, voice. They performed music by Beethoven, Verdi, and four modern composers. The performers were able to use effectively the exquisite acoustics of the hall to expand their dynamic range down to delicate and yet still clearly audible pianissimos. Bravi to all!

Ditto receives dance music commission

Texas State music faculty member Charles Ditto has received a commission from Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance for a full-length score as part of a multi-media theater work to be presented in April, 2015, in Amherst.  The work, written and directed by Amherst’s Senior Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lobdell, will also feature animated video sculpture by Pioneer Valley artist and Hampshire College professor, Thom Haxo.



School of Music partners with ProJazz Institute in Chile

Initial visits by Music’s jazz and Latin music programs to the Instituto Profesional Projazz in Santiago, Chile, have led to an agreement to continue developing further collaborations on teaching and research projects.  An official memorandum of understanding just signed in Santiago states that ProJazz and the Texas State College of Fine Arts and Communication “will promote cooperation and collaboration / of interest to both institutions”.  The School of Music has already sent several faculty — Russell Haight, Hank Hehmsoth, Keith Winking, Mary Ellen Cavitt and John Lopez — and student ensembles, notably the Texas State Jazz Ensemble and Salsa del Rio, to perform and teach there. Plans are underway for Texas State to offer graduate jazz courses at ProJazz that the Chilean students can use toward master’s degrees from Texas State.

L to R  - George Abufhele, Rector, Dr. Keith Winking, Ignacio Arriagada, Vice-Rector

L to R – George Abufhele, Rector, Dr. Keith Winking, Ignacio Arriagada, Vice-Rector


Newest Regents Professor is senior Music faculty member

Prof. Ian Davidson (oboe, fine arts) has been named by the Regents of the Texas State University System as a new Regents Professor. This high honor has been given to only 20 individuals throughout the System, 10 of whom are at Texas State’s San Marcos campus. Prof. Davidson will be specially recognized at the December Commencement ceremony for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


Prof on SmartMusic Mission

Gonzales mission

Cynthia I. Gonzales, Associate Professor of Music Theory, led the beginning of the year Professional Development in-service for the choral directors in Mission ISD. The day focused on using SmartMusic in the choral rehearsal, which is the topic of her 2015 TMEA presentation. The choral directors demonstrated excellent sight reading skills when singing canons, one of Dr. G’s favorite aural learning activities.

Bobcat Alumni Marching Band takes the field

More than 100 alumni of the Bobcat Marching Band participated in the second annual reunion event Saturday September 13. Beside catching up on each other, they rehearsed and then performed with the current 300+ members of the Band at half-time of the Navy game to a huge crowd.

Alumni are front and center in white

Alumni are front and center in white

From L: Assistant Dir. Matt Holzner, Assoc. Dir. Kyle Glaser, former BMB dir. Jim Hudson, Dir. of Bands Caroline Beatty, former BMB dir. Tom Waggonner

From L: Assistant Dir. Matt Holzner, Assoc. Dir. Kyle Glaser, former BMB dir. Jim Hudson, Dir. of Bands Caroline Beatty, former BMB dir. Tom Waggonner

Opera students make big summer splash

Texas State Opera Theatre students were selected to perform at highly selective and prestigious Summer Opera Internships this past summer.  Chosen from music schools and conservatories across the country and around the world, the following students excelled at Amalfi Music Festival in Italy, Opera of the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, and the Castleton Festival, among others:

Andrea Hansen– Chicago Summer Opera and Spotlight on Opera
Jessica Blau– Castleton Festival
Spencer Reichman– Cincinnati Conservatory Summer Series and Opera on the Ozarks
Elizabeth DiFronzo– Miami Summer Music Festival
Johnathan Salinas– Amalfi Music Festival
Jenny Dryer– Russian Opera Workshop and Emerald City Opera
Albert Garcia– Spotlight on Opera
Lisa Decker– Miami Summer Music Festival
Brittany Michaelson– Spotlight on Opera
Poornima Ravi– Land of Enchantment Opera
Jasmine Hagaghatian– Spotlight on Opera
Jordan Van De Vere– Amalfi Music Festival
Erin English– Land of Enchantment Opera
Madison Christ- Crittenden Opera Studio

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