Monthly Archives: April 2019

Jazz Faculty Featured in News Article

Jjazz posterazz faculty Hank Hehmsoth was feature-interviewed for the Fredericksburg Jazz Festival that took place on April 13, 2019. The articled appeared in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Kerrville Daily Times, and Heart Beat of Texas Magazine. In it, Hehmsoth discussed the different aspects of jazz and how it can mold students.

Before the festival, jazz faculty Utah Hamrick joined Hehmsoth to work with high school players from more than a dozen Texas Hill Country schools. Alumnus and former student of Hehmsoth, Jason Younts is producer of the festival, as well as Director of Bands for FISD.

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Faculty Trombonist Networks Around the World

Dr. Martin McCain performed two weeks as guest Principal Bass Trombonist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. While in southeast Asia, McCain led a masterclass for the trombone studio at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory on the campus of the National University of Singapore. Dr. McCain also performed as guest 2nd trombone with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and recorded with the ensemble for a future documentary about the life of Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpeter, Ryan Anthony. McCain co-led an arts entrepreneurship lecture at the University of Memphis and the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he hosted guest artists, Dr. Mitch Butler of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Dr. Rai Morales of Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi, and Brian Hecht of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on the Texas State campus.

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Graduate Composition Student featured in Sightlines Magazine

Laura Brackney, a Texas State graduate composition student, was featured in the Austin-based arts magazine Sightlines about her upcoming premiere of a new score performed live to a historic silent film. The score will premiere on April 12 at the Bullock Museum in Austin, TX featuring Brackney on keyboard and Henna Chou on cello.

For the full article, click here.

Singers succeed at South Texas NATS

TXST was well represented at South Texas Chapter of NATS at Del Mar University on Saturday, April 6. With support from collaborative pianists Alexis Korbe and Joung-A Yum, the following TXST singers took first-place honors: Karissa Kim, Pedro Valdez and Gavin Magee. Second place: Reese Landis, Lucas Phillips, Darrin Ruiz, and Abraham Villarreal. Finalist Trenton Floyd won a third place award. Garrett Douglas and Taunty Motu placed as semi-finalists, and William Phi was a finalist for the Waldman Award.


Saxophone Student Wins Position with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project

Lauren Gordon, a saxophone student at Texas State, received notification on April 4 that she won the tenor saxophone position to perform with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria this summer as part of the Mid Europe Music Festival. Associate Professor of Saxophone Todd Oxford is very proud of her for securing such an important opportunity as a sophomore music studies major.

The World Youth Wind Orchestra brings together musicians from around the world to perform wind ensemble repertoire at the highest level. Students have the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned conductors, composers, and soloists during an intense musical week in Schladming.

Congratulations Lauren for this fantastic honor!

Dr. Gonzales Video Streams to Youngstown State University

On Thursday afternoon, April 4, theory professor Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales delivered an invited two-hour lecture via video stream to the graduate Music Theory Pedagogy class at Youngstown State University, Ohio. Dr. Gonzales discussed how to develop harmonic listening skills that lead to taking harmonic dictation successfully. The graduate students enjoyed singing along with her movies and asked relevant questions about teaching harmonic listening skills.

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Accomplished saxophone students

Recent saxophone student accomplishments:

▪ Undergraduate student Peyton Grover received the TMEA Collegiate Music Educator Award and nominated for the LBJ Civic Leadership Award at Texas State.

▪ Undergraduate student Coy Reid was nominated for the TXST Ralph Harrel Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior and was accepted for a live audition with the United States Navy Band. Washington, D.C.

▪ Undergraduate student Lauren Gordon was selected as Runner-Up for the        World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, Schladming, Austria. The World Youth Wind Orchestra brings together musicians from around the world to perform wind ensemble repertoire at the highest level.

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Todd Oxford was featured soloist with the New Texas Symphony Orchestra performing Debussy’s Rapsodie at the Moody Performance Hall in Dallas, Texas.

NTSO 3Other recent activities included:

▪ Adjudicator for the Coltman National Chamber Music Competition, Butler School of Music, Austin.

▪ Audition applicant for the American Prize in Instrumental Solo Performance, Danbury, Connecticut.

▪ Audition applicant for Contemporary Record Society Commercial Recording Grant, Broomall, Pennsylvania.

▪ Audition applicant for Global Music Awards – Best Instrumentalist. La Jolla, California.