This summer Dr. Martin McCain took part in a 28-member video collaboration of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with several trombonists across the globe. Some of those members are Peter Moore (London Symphony), Zoltan Kiss (Mnozil Brass), Paul Pollard (The Met) and jazz artists such as Jiggs Whigham and Marshall Gilkes, just to name a few. The video can be found on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m8MqIS6VEU.
Lisa and Jim Bob Spencer, principal sponsors with Sharon Lockett in the Spencer/Lockett Scholarship Fund, attended a recent Somos Musicos student concert along with Dean John Fleming and School of Music Director Thomas Clark. The concert began with presentation of certificates to 13 of the 20 music students receiving scholarships funded this year by Spencer/Lockett.
In an article on-line about Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education, NBC News cites Texas State University as an example. “The university wrote a strategic plan in 2008 to become an HSI by 2011, which it has achieved. It now has over 14,000 Latino students, who are about 38 percent of the students enrolled. ‘We’ve done very significant programmatic activities. We created a climate that is welcoming for students. Our music program has salsa and mariachi that the students actually brought to us and we developed it,’ said T. Jaime Chahin, dean of Texas State University’s College of Applied Arts.”
The on-line piece also shows a video of our proud Mariachi Nueva Generación, which is directed by Prof. John Lopez.
This summer Julia Escobar and Joshua Valdez traveled to Bulgaria for the National Academy of Music flute and clarinet masterclasses, June 21-28 in Sofia, Bulgaria. They received master class instruction from three famous Bulgarian flutists (Lydia Oshavkova, Georgi Spassov, and Ventsislav Kindalov) and interact with high school-age Bulgarian flute students to learn about their music education and their culture.
Julia also attended the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival from July 2-14 in Valdeblore, France (a tiny village in the mountains in the French Riviera). This chamber music festival was hosted by the famous Zodiac Trio. She studied with flutist Sergio Pallottelli and participated in a chamber music ensemble with strings as well as performing a solo.