Monthly Archives: March 2019

Music Library grant

The Schneider Music Library was awarded a $4,056 grant for permanent access to Oxford Music Handbooks Online: Music (the Foundation package and the 2012 and 2013 packages).  According to music librarian Mark Blair, the 21 collections of peer-reviewed essays therein are deep dives into specialized concepts such as Philosophy in Music Education, Medical Ethnomusicology, and Film Music Studies.

TXST Students Receive TMEA Collegiate Music Educator Award

Six students recently received the most prestigious award granted by TMEA: The TMEA Collegiate Music Educator Award:

  • Emily Edwards
  • Dexx Moore
  • Peyton Grover
  • Shane Lemanski
  • Anna Trevino
  • Caitlyn Durkee

These students are currently student teaching, and they will receive their certificate and regalia cord in May before graduation. Congratulations to the students and to the faculty who helped guide and mentor them during their time at Texas State University!

Texas State String Project Students Present at National ASTA Conference

Texas State String Project student teachers Azariah Reese, Chelsea Piel, Daniel Cavazos, Giselle Izaguirre, Logan Thoeni, and Payton McIntyre presented as part of the “Best Practices in National String Project Consortium” session at the 2019 National American String Teachers Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. The “Best Practices in National String Project Consortium” session brought together String Project student teachers from universities across the United States to share current methodologies and approaches used in String Project classes. The Texas State segment, titled “If You Don’t Want to See it Forever, Don’t See it Ever,” demonstrated tips and tricks to quickly extinguish classroom management issues before they become a problem. The Texas State String Project is directed by Dr. Ames Asbell with master teacher Dr. Rebecca Tast.



Youth Outreach Projects Give Joint Concert

Three School of Music outreach projects for children and youths presented a wonderful joint concert March 4 in Evans Auditorium. The Hill Country Youth Chorus is directed by Lynn Brinckmeyer, assisted by accompanist Joung-A Yum and student interns Katie Wilson, Sara Trogdon, Anarra Whitcher, and Lyndsea Woodall.

Mariachi Infantil is directed by John Lopez, assisted by interns Arianna Jefferson, Luis Leal, and Ivan Rodriguez.

The Texas State String Project is directed by Ames Asbell with master teachers Rebecca Tast and Karla Hamelin and interns Gregory Bowen, Mae Steven, Azariah Reese, Daniel Cavazos, and Izayah Gomez.

The concert concluded with an amazing feat, presenting all three groups, 61 children, performing together and singing in Spanish the tune, El Venadito.






All three of the youth ensembles provide opportunities for music learning to the greater San Marcos community. Children, adolescents and family members attend weekly rehearsals both on campus and off campus. The three groups perform a variety of concerts in the surrounding community. Each of the ensembles offers professional development experiences for music students who are studying to become music educators.

An American Trombonist in Hong Kong

Dr. Martin McCain recently completed a tour of Hong Kong in January. He led masterclasses and performed recitals at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also gave an interview and performed on a live broadcast for Radio Television Hong Kong 4. In February,


McCain also performed with the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra at the Carnegie Music Hall of Pittsburgh.

Students to compete in National Trumpet Competition

The Texas State University Trumpet Ensemble was named quarter-finalists in the prestigious National Trumpet Competition to be held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington on March 14-16. This is the premier trumpet competition in the United States — quite an honor for the student players:
Jared Dunn
    Esteban Bjoras
      Noel Ayala-Loera
        Diego Rosales
          Avinda DeSilva
            Alejandro Moncivais
               Joshua Salmon

International film music credits for TXST composer

Senior Lecturer Richard Hall composed, performed and recorded the music for two screen dance films that were recently shown at international film festivals. “Shift,” which was selected into the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival in Mumbai, India, was produced and edited by Texas State University dance Professor Ana Baer.
Another of Hall’s composition projects for dance on film,”Wild-er-ness,” was selected for Seyr Festival of of Screen-Movement and Media Arts in Teheran, Iran.  It is a  collaborative work between German dancer/choreographer Heike Salzer, Texas State University Dance Department Head Michelle Nance and  Ana Baer. “Wild-er-ness” was also selected for Cine-Corps Screening at the Theatre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France.


Jazz prof travels to NYC for NEA project

As project director of a 2018-2019 NEA grant, Hank Hehmsoth traveled to New York City in August 2018 to record interviews with NEA Jazz Master/historian Dan Morgenstern and his lifelong friends and other internationally recognized jazz historians. These included Loren Schoenberg, founder of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and this year’s Eddie Durham Celebration keynote speaker, and Phil Schaap, Jazz radio broadcaster and Curator of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

As a major part of the NEA grant project, a website preservation project will be hosted by Texas State and is expected to be available to the public during summer 2019. It will include recordings of the annual Eddie Durham Celebration concerts with MP3s available for download, along with each year’s program PDFs, in addition to the videos.

Read the full story at Faculty Research Spotlight.

Spectacular February for TXST Bands

The TXST Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Caroline Beatty, represented the School of Music and Texas State University at two prestigious conferences through highly-acclaimed performances. On February 15th, the Wind Symphony performed for approximately 1500 attendees of the Texas Music Educators Association in the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio.   Alumni, professional colleagues, other conference members, as well as friends and family enthusiastically responded to a program that included premiere performances of music by composers Theresa Martin and Cynthia Van Maanen, recent music from Michael Gandolfi, and classics from Grainger, Berlioz, and Fillmore.  The ensemble had performed at TMEA in 2015 and 2011.

On February 22nd, the Wind Symphony had the honor to be one of ten ensembles selected from across the nation to perform over four days at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Tempe, Arizona.   Conducted by Dr. Beatty with guest conducting by Dr. Kyle Glaser, the concert was presented in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium.  The ensemble’s beauty, musicality, sound, and repertoire evoked immense enthusiasm from the professionals in attendance.  The Texas State Wind Symphony has previously been selected to perform at the CBDNA National Conference in 2011 and at the Southwestern Division CBDNA Conferences in 2018, 2014, and 2008.

WindSym.CBDNAThe Texas State Bobcat Marching Band also represented the university at this important conference.   The band was selected through application to be a part of a presentation at the CBDNA conference showcasing five university marching bands including those from Texas State, Michigan State, Arizona State, Ohio State and Clemson universities.  Dr. Kyle Glaser and Mr. Matthew Holzner provided information about the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band and presented a video of the 2018 Space Show.  BMB has been featured previously at the National CBDNA conferences in 2007, 2011, and 2013.