TxState’s Aurora String Quartet, consisting of graduate students Ryan Coppin and Shijun Chen (violins), Xavier Garcia (viola), and Belinsol Martinez-Muñoz (‘cello), and the Andrea String Quartet, consisting of undergrads Joseph Waukechon and Kailey Johnson (violins), James Ximenez (viola), and George McQuade (‘cello), performed recently at Klein High School and Tomball Memorial High School. Their final concert combined both quartets for an outstanding performance of the Mendelssohn Octet.
From L: Coppin, Garcia, Ximenez, Ledbetter, Waukechon, Martinez-Muñoz, McQuade, Johnson, Chen
String faculty Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter, Dr. Ames Asbell, and Dr. Karla Hamelin gave master classes on All-State and All-Region high school and middle school audition material for over 150 students, and performed a Beethoven Serenade. Dr. Rebecca Tast also met with students to explain and promote the career option to become a music educator.
Dr. Martin McCain was recently invited to perform a week of concerts as principal bass trombone with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While in Asia, McCain also gave a masterclass and taught lessons for students at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. He also performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and presented a masterclass for University of South Carolina trombone students.
(L to R) Jamie Williams (principal, Deutsche Opera Berlin), Marques Young (principal, Malaysian Philharmonic), Anthony Wise (2nd trombone, Malaysian Philharmonic), McCain, Brett Stemple (principal tuba, Malaysian Philharmonic)
Dr. Joey M. Martin served as guest lecturer and conductor for the Kuesta Collegiate Choral Festival of South Africa in September. Choirs from Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, the University of Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University participated in the festival.
Composer Michael Ippolito is in Kirksville, MO as guest artist at Truman State University for their New Horizons Music Festival. The festival commissioned him to write a new wind ensemble work, called Wayward Images, which will premiere on the final concert tomorrow. A webcast of the concert starts at 8PM CDT tomorrow at
In a faculty chamber music concert given at the Performing Arts Center October 21, Faith DeBow performed Bach on our beautiful historic replica Flemish harpsichord . . . using an iPad to read her music!
Flemish-replica harpsichord custom-built for Texas State by Gerald Self
Other performers included flutist Adah Toland Jones, violinist Paula Bird, and cellist Karla Hamelin.
Andrew McNair, a senior in the Bachelor of Music in Music Studies program, has been named an Academic Achievement Scholar. In addition to his involvement in the School of Music, Andrew is also involved with the Honors College and just returned from Luzerne Music Center in New York, where he worked over the summer as a voice counselor.
Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt was awarded the Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence this August at the Fall Convocation. In September she traveled to Japan to present research at the International Symposium on Performance Science in Kyoto. She extended her visit to observe and collect data in instrumental music classes in middle and high schools in Hiroshima and Okayama.
The first concert of the year by our Texas State Symphony Orchestra Oct. 9 in Evans Auditorium attracted an audience of 438. Along with other exciting works, they heard a superb performance of the Shostakovich 9th Symphony under the baton of their new director, Maestro Carolyn Watson.
Martin McCain recently traveled to Joao Pessoa, Brazil as a guest artist for the XXI Festival Brasilerio de Trombonistas. He presented several masterclasses and coached trombone choirs in addition to giving a featured recital. He also established new collaborative efforts between the Brazilian Trombone Association and International Trombone Association.
Daris Hale, Senior Lecturer in Music, has just been named as the new Fulbright representative for Texas State’s Fulbright Scholar Program. Hale is a Fulbright Ambassador who shares her experiences nationwide through events sponsored by TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) under the auspices of the Fulbright Association.