Monthly Archives: March 2015

Two choral experts visit Texas State

This spring the Texas State choral program hosted two nationally recognized composers on campus: Mr. Mark Hayes and Mr. Timothy Takach. Both presented information about the professional world of choral music and composing ideas with the choral literature class.

Mr. Hayes shared two of his own compositions and presented a clinic with both the Men’s Choir and the Women’s Choir on his compositions. Mr. Hayes’ songs will be performed on the Men’s and Women’s Choir concert next month.

Mark Hayes

Mark Hayes

Mr. Takach, who is known for his new music compositions, is also a professional singer. He presented clinics with the Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, University Singers and Chorale during his visit.

Timothy Takach

Timothy Takach


Guitarist headed to Indiana for DMA

Texas State graduate guitar student Onur Alakavuklar from Turkey was accepted into the DMA program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, receiving a teaching assistantship. Onur was a member of the graduate guitar trio that placed first at the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival competition last year.

entire guitar studio celebrates Onur

entire guitar studio celebrates Onur

Austin to NY to DC to Kingsville

During the first week of February, Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, Assistant Prof. of clarinet, performed a series of solo recitals. His tour started on Jan 31st in Austin with a charity concert at Heritage at Gaines Ranch. The next two performances were given on Feb 4th at the Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York during the 10th Anniversary Season of the Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York and on Feb 6th at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Washington DC. The final event of his tour took place at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, where on Feb 8th he was a featured Guest Artist and presented a master class and solo recital on “Clarinet Day 2015”.

accompanied by Ekaterina Tangarova

accompanied by Ekaterina TangarovaIMG_3577


Trombonist given Global Music Award

Dr. Martin McCain was recently featured in the February 14th addition of Billboard magazine as the Global Music Award’s Emerging Artist. He performed a solo recital in the ECR Concert series on February 8. McCain also served as an exhibitor for Pickett Brass and Michael Rath Trombones at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention as well as conducting the Texas State University Trombone Choir in a stellar Musical Showcase.

McCain also hosted the 5th Annual Texas State Trombone Symposium February 20-22. The event was a huge success. Guest artists included two trombonists from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, two low brass musicians from the Croatian National Theatre Opera and two faculty members from Michigan State University. The Symposium also had an instrument display from six different trombone manufacturers, in addition to two German instrument makers. McCain received several external grants and sponsorships to host the 2015 Texas State Trombone Symposium.

McCain Billboard Flyer


Theory prof presents and sings

On February 14, theory professor Cynthia I. Gonzales, Ph.D. presented a Texas Music Educators Association Convention session titled “Using SmartMusic in the Choral Rehearsal.” That evening, she performed a concert with The San Antonio Chamber Choir, a professional ensemble.  To close the month of February, she presented an interest session titled “SmartMusic can do that?  Maximizing Rehearsal Time with SmartMusic” at the national ACDA convention in Salt Lake City.