Monthly Archives: February 2019

Salon concert draws enthusiastic support

The Spencer-Lockett and Friends Salon Presentation February 24 drew an audience of 90 invited guests to hear student performers in the San Marcos home of Lisa and Jim Bob Spencer. A beautiful Steinway grand was provided by Deborah Moore of Steinway Gallery. Catering was provided by Monte and Kristin Sheffield of Palmer’s Restaurant. Generous matching gifts were provided by Sharon Lockett and Jim Bob Spencer.

Unknown-1Voice professor Richard Novak organized the performers, including a jazz quartet and 14 classical music students. TXST opera coach Kristin Roach accompanied several, playing magnificently on the Steinway brought in for the occasion.

The event raised more than $25,000 for TXST music scholarships, the highest in the four years of this annual event.


Students perform with Conspirare, Austin Symphony

On Friday and Saturday evening in Austin, The TXST Chorale directed by Joey Martin, the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus directed by TXST Artist-in-Residence Craig Hella Johnson, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra directed by Peter Bay joined together for stunning performances of the Brahms REQUIEM. Johnson also conducted the Symphony performing Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

Dr. Martin attended the Friday evening concert and was thrilled to take a curtain call for the choirs with Dr. Johnson.  On Saturday, Johnson asked the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus as hosts to please thank the Texas State Chorale, and they clapped for almost a three-minute ovation.

“This was an amazing experience for our wonderful student musicians,” commented Dr. Martin.

TXST faculty active in TSMT

Four School of Music music theory faculty were actively involved in the February 22-23 meeting of the Texas Society for Music Theory (TSMT) held at Texas State. Nico Schüler presented a paper titled “ Performance and Perception of Rubato: A Case Study on Four Performances of J.S. Bach’s InventionNo. 9 in F minor.”  Jose Garza shared his research at the poster session: “From the Stage to the Pit: Instrument Roles in and the Cultural Significance of Time Feels in Post-Millennial Metal Music.” Cynthia I. Gonzales is currently President of TSMT and Rebecca Eaton coordinated local arrangements.

L to R: Schuler, Eaton, Gonzales, Garza

L to R: Schuler, Eaton, Gonzales, Garza

Choral Directors student chapter recognized

The selection panel for the 2019 American Choral Director’s Association Outstanding Student Chapter Award just wrote to Dr. Jonathan Babcock, founding faculty adviser for the Texas State University Student ACDA Chapter, “Your chapter’s achievements are laudable, and you are clearly making a significant impact in the world of choral music. We would like to acknowledge and further encourage the commendable work of the Texas State University chapter with an ‘honorable mention’ at the conference.”

Presentation of the Student Chapter Award will occur February 27th during the upcoming National Conference in Kansas City.

Busy performing-artist professor

Saxophone professor Todd Oxford continues a whirlwind of professional activities:

▪ Nominee for Grammy Music Educator Award

▪ Adjudicator for MTNA South Central Division Solo and Chamber Competition, Houston

▪ Adjudicator for Baylor University School of Music Concerto Competition

▪ Adjudicator for ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition, London

▪ Duo 35 Texas Tour: Coppell HS, Tarleton State University, Texas Music Educators Association Convention – San Antonio.

▪ World Premiere of Thomas Clark’s String Theory with the Grandiose Quintet, and solo performance of Richard Hall’s Desert Waves, Wilderness of Water, both on the January 29 Stars At Night Faculty Showcase at TXST

▪ Performing Artist/Exhibitor for Eastman Saxophones at TMEA Convention

TMEA Showcase

Jazz Bones recognized

The Hill Country Jazz Bones directed by Martin McCain were awarded Honorable Mention in the International Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, placing next to Michigan State and Eastman School of Music.

Students are: Patrick Harwell, Hunter Moffitt, Daniel Ripplinger, Kyle Chappell, Matt Acosta, Dayne Reliford, Abel Alaniz, and Israel Yanez.

Texas State hosts Count Basie Orchestra

Thirty years of the Hill Country Jazz Festival hit a stunning milestone February 9 with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1100 in Evans Auditorium to hear a performance by The Count Basie Orchestra. The concert opened with two numbers by our own Texas State Jazz Ensemble. The previous evening, an All-Star professional Big Band with featured guests Doug Lawrence and Loren Schoenberg made the 15th Eddie Durham Celebration an exciting kickoff to this year’s Hill Country Jazz Festival.

The Festival was founded by a visionary jazz educator, Texas State Professor Keith Winking. Over the years, the Festival and the Eddie Durham Celebration have become a unique, popular educational and cultural event unlike any other in the U.S.