Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sax CD nominated for Grammy

Todd Oxford’s solo CD “Synaesthesia” was accepted as a 1st-ballot entry for nomination in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

He has launched a new professional performance website:

Oxford Website Image

Oxford recently performed an All State Saxophone Master Class at East Central High School in San Antonio, and concerts at Southwest Episcopal Seminary, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Austin.

Musicians Forum features Muscle Activation then World’s Oldest Pianist

TC writes: Two special don’t-miss MUSICIANS FORUMS are coming up.

Thursday October 30 at 6:15 in the Performing Arts Center RH, Dr. Artina McCain offers insights into “Muscle Activation Techniques: A new solution to performance injury.” Somos Musicos concert follows at 7.30.

Then November 6th Faith Debow introduces “The Lady in Number 6,” an inspiring, Oscar-winning movie about pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who recently passed away at the age of 110. She had been the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Also 6:15 in the Performing Arts Center RH.

Students experience the magic of Scheherazade

October 11 some 100 Texas State “Intro to Fine Arts” students attended the Austin Symphony’s special performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherherazade. The evening began with a “Beyond the Score” dramatization (created for the Chicago Symphony) of the making of this famous piece.  Actors portrayed the composer and the title character, while the orchestra demonstrated excerpts from the piece. The latter portion of the evening consisted of a full performance of this epic work by the Austin Symphony, conducted by Maestro Peter Bay.

The students’ adventure was organized by music instructors of Intro to Fine Arts, led by Regents Professor Ian Davidson.

Band nerd wins Nobel Prize

TC writes — The Nobel Prize in chemistry has just been awarded to San Antonio native William Moerner. No, he is not a Bobcat alumnus, but the article in today’s San Antonio Express News reveals that Dr. Moerner played bassoon in the Jefferson High School Band, graduating in 1971 and going on to study mathematics and physics and to become a chemistry professor at Stanford University. Skilled, educated musicians can do anything! (And by the way, ‘band nerd’ is a badge of honor to us.)

Choral director does Florida residency

Joey M. Martin, Director of Choral Activities, spent a week on the campus of the University of North Florida serving as a guest lecturer during the week of September 22.  During his time he served as a clinician for the UNF Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale, and Chamber Singers.  His week culminated as the guest director for Jacksonville Sings, a group of 124 singers from prominent public school music programs.  The finale for the concert was Chariots by Péter Louis van Dijk.

Jacksonville Sings