Monthly Archives: December 2016

African-American composer research

Dr. Nico Schüler presented research about the forgotten African-American composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856-1885) at the College Music Society National Conference, the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter Conference, and the Society for Ethnomusicology Southwestern Planes Chapter Conference. Sawyer was a well-published composer and pianist, leading several famous minstrelsy groups in the early 1880s and working with the leading black musicians of the time.


Dr. Schüler also presented a lecture on modern methods of music historiography at the International Symposium “Music in Society” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As part of a prestigious Handbook project for Bärenreiter, Dr. Schüler presented on advanced computational music analysis at the Second International Symposium on Plurality of Music Analysis in Berlin, Germany.

Big 12 finalists

M.M. performance student Michael Johnson has been named one of three finalists in the Big 12 Trombone Conference’s Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition and the American Trombone Workshop’s National Bass Trombone Solo Competition Graduate Division.

Michael Johnson

Texas State alumnus Steven Vogel (BM ’15) was also named a finalist in the Big 12’s Yamaha Tenor Trombone Solo Competition. Steven will finish a master’s degree in trombone performance at the University of Texas at Austin in May.


Mariachi singers sweep Vargas Competition

In the recent Vargas Mariachi Extravaganza vocal competition, Texas State students swept the top three places: Samantha Lopez won first place, Alondra Morales won 2nd place, and 3rd place went to Elizabeth Reyes. Samantha and Alondra were coached by Michelle Quintero as members of Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación, directed this semester by Antonio Briseno.

In the middle school category, 3rd place went to Jizelle Rodriguez, a member of Texas State’s Youth Mariachi program under the direction of graduating Texas State senior Alicia Covarrubias.