Monthly Archives: October 2017

Strong presence at ATMI/CMS conference

Texas State Music faculty activities at the recent joint ATMI/CMS national conference in San Antonio:
Nico Schüler presented “Wordless Functional Analysis Revisited”.
Cynthia Gonzales gave a demo/workshop, “A Comprehensive Aural-Skills Curriculum via SmartMusic®”.
Caroline Steiger performed Kevin Ernste’s Nisi for horn and live electronics.
John Lopez gave a demonstration, “Establishing Effective Mariachi Rehearsal Techniques”. Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion, performed.
Amanda Soto was presider/moderator for several sessions throughout the conference and presented as part of the panel, “Inside/Outside Music Education: Political Narratives Within and Through the Margins” with colleagues from Boston University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She also serves on the CMS National Board as the Music Education Representative.

compositional roots of Czech music

Thomas Clark traveled to northwestern Czech Republic to do composition research in the land of Smetana and Dvořák, following up on his 1990s study of Janácek’s music in the Moravian east of the country. A key part of this visit was to the Lidice Memorial Gardens and Art Gallery, where he presented his newest composition, Lidice Remembered, and explored the extensive archive documenting the 1942 atrocity there. Another visit explored Blaník Mountain, inspiration for the final part of Smetana’s monumental symphonic poem, Má vlast.


Guest-artist in Missouri

Dr. Martin McCain completed his first of three guest-artist residencies in Missouri. He performed a recital at Southwest Baptist University in addition to presenting a low brass clinic, jazz ensemble clinic, and  entrepreneurship lecture for the department. McCain also presented a trombone masterclass at Missouri State University and worked with the MSU Trombone Choir.

MSU Trombones

saxophonist in Düsseldorf, Alabama, Texas

Todd Oxford served as adjudicator for the 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition – Woodwinds and Brass, Düsseldorf, Germany. He also went on tour with Duo 35 performance at NACWPI National Conference in Alabama, solo performances at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Houston Baptist University, and Lamar University in Beaumont, and a masterclass for Friendswood ISD.

Michael Dean, clarinet, with Oxford

Michael Dean, clarinet, with Oxford

Oxford also spoke for a video tribute to recently deceased composer David Maslanka created by Professor Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble for broadcast online and at a live performance.

29 new jobs for recent TXST choral teaching graduates

2017 graduates:

  • Emily Gunter, Assistant Director, Cy-Falls High School, Cy-Fair ISD
  • Christina Ortiz, Music Specialist, Dripping Springs Elementary, Dripping Springs, TX
  • Feliziti Landin, Associate Director, Bush Middle School, San Antonio, TX
  • Vincent Pena, Director, Goodnight Middle School, San Marcos, TX
  • Kevin Tarpley, Director, Union Grove Middle School, Harker Heights, Killeen ISD, TX
  • Alicia Covarrubias, Mariachi Director, Irving Middle School, NEISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Shawn Wilson, Music Director, Sunset Theatre Company, Redonda Beach, CA
  • Susan Anderson, Director, Westview Middle School, Georgetown ISD
  • Chairein Jackson, Assistant Director, Northshore Middle School, Houston, TX
  • Anna Perez, Music Specialist, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Selma, TX
  • Jose Perez, professional mariachi, San Bernadino, CA
  • Zack Wiggs, Music Specialist, Curious Chords, Kyle, TX
  • Ronnie Andrade, Music Specialist, Ark Church, Conroe, TX
  • Emily Evans, Music Specialist, Oak Creek Elementary, Austin, TX
  • Jay Gonzales, Director, Taylor Middle School/High School, Taylor, TX
  • Sarah Ross, Director, Sabine ISD, Sabine, TX
  • Kelsee Wuebben, Music Specialist, Jim Martin Elementary, NISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Garik Cotton, Assistant Director, Bedichek Middle School, Austin, TX
  • Kaitlin Heeren, Timber Ridge Elementary, Killeen ISD, Killeen, TX
  • Andrew McNair, Assistant Director, Roosevelt High School, NEISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Emmanuel Vega, Scobee Middle School, Southwest ISD, San Antonio, TX

Recent alumni

  • Katie Hines, Music Specialist, Lake Pointe Elementary, Lake Travis, TX
  • Rachel Rozsypal, Music Specialist, Barbers Hill Elementary South, Mont Belvieu, TX
  • Chelsie Lewis, Director, Clint Middle School, Austin ISD
  • Jason Gallardo, Assistant Director, Benold Middle School, Georgetown ISD
  • Richard Shehulski, Head Director, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD
  • Katy Dane, Orchestra Director, Benold Middle School, Georgetown ISD
  • Ashley Branson, Assistant Director, Canyon High School, Comal ISD
  • Kylie Garcia, Co-Director, Chapa Middles School, Hays ISD

East Africa’s new Cultural Arts Centre

Daris Hale produced and performed in the East Africa’s Cultural Arts Centre debut concert.  The inaugural concert featured a variety of musical talents from 5 different countries, including Texas State University School of Music alumna, Sophia Kuyenga.

Daris w group

In 2014, Daris was the co-author of a 3-year, multi-million dollar grant from the European Union to create a permanent center for preservation, research, and promotion of Africa’s unique cultural heritage.  It provides opportunities for tourists, local communities, and school-age children to experience and learn about the arts.  The Cultural Arts Centre is the only facility of this type in all of East Africa.

Tanzania bldg