Monthly Archives: September 2019

Flute Alums Earn College Positions

Texas State alums who studied under Dr. Adah Jones, a professor of flute, have earned college positions this fall.

Daniel Pardo (BM in Flute Performance 2010) received an MM and DMA from UNT where he was a flute TA for Mary Karen Clardy. He recently accepted the tenure track position for Assistant Professor of Flute at Prairie View A&M where he is also teaching music appreciation and music fundamentals. While in the military, Daniel served as Principal Flute in the Combined Armed Forces Pacific Band, the Marine Forces Pacific Band and the 36th I.D. Army National Guard Band. He has performed in a range of ensembles including chamber orchestras, Latin and rock groups, big bands and jazz combos. Owning his own recording studio has also led to collaborations with numerous artists and he has worked as a studio musician and producer in Nashville’s studios in orchestral and commercial settings.

Hilary Janysek (BM in Music Studies 2011) received her MM (2015) and DA degrees (2018) in Flute Performance and Entrepreneurial Studies from Ball State University. This summer, she was offered the adjunct Assistant Professor position in Flute at Texas Lutheran University and an adjunct position in flute at Schreiner University in Kerrville. Also, this August, she gave a presentation “Creating Sustainable Chamber Ensembles” at the National Flute Association convention in a session titled “Lightning Talks” where presenters shared innovative projects and research.

At TXST, Hilary was a Concerto Competition Winner, won Outstanding Senior in Music Education, received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Theory, received a Francis Schneider Scholarship and the Woods-Kone Scholarship, and graduated Summa cum Laude. At Ball State, Hilary was a TA for both the music education area and the music history area. She studied flute with Dr. Mihoko Watanabe and received the following awards: NAMM President’s Innovation Award, Outstanding Graduate Student in Music, Music History Assistantship, Music Education Assistantship, Graduate Concerto Competition Winner, and a Graduate Merit Fellowship.

Stephanie Hulsey (MM in Performance and Pedagogy 2016) has accepted an adjunct position as flute instructor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She also continues to teach in multiple school districts in Central TX carrying a load of over 30 students and conducting numerous flute masterclasses in Hays ISD, Comal ISD, New Braunfels ISD, and Seguin ISD.

Two former TX State flute graduates are starting graduate programs this fall. Ziqing Guan (MM Flute Performance 2018) is a TA at University of South Carolina where she will be pursuing a DMA under the supervision of Jennifer Parker-Harley.  Julia Escobar (BM Flute Performance 2019) received a scholarship to attend the University of Illinois where she is pursuing an MM in Flute Performance under the supervision of Jonathan Keeble.

Juan (Tony) Rodriguez and Joshua Valdez (both BM Music Studies) received elementary teaching positions at Copperas Cove and Del Valle respectively.

Alumna Danielle Stevens Nutting Awarded Fulbright Grant

Nutting headshotDanielle (Dani) Stevens Nutting (BM ’14) has been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct her dissertation research on the classical flute tradition in Bulgaria. Dani will live in Sofia during the 2019-20 academic year, study with leading Bulgarian flutist-pedagogue Lydia Oshavkova, and conduct ethnographic research with flutists and musicians throughout the country. Her project, “Exploring Artistry: Epistemologies of Flute Performance and Pedagogy in Bulgaria,” aims to understand the multidimensional life of the flute in Bulgaria from its incorporation into local music-making in the late 19th century to its role in the contemporary art music scene, with special attention to the importation of west European flute schools (particularly French and German) and the performance practice of the Bulgarian kaval (a keyless wooden shepherd’s flute). An avid performer-researcher, Dani seeks a novel fusion of classical performance and pedagogy with ethnomusicological theory and methodology and is hopeful that her scholarship will not only encourage similar interdisciplinary endeavors in both performance and musicology but will highlight the diversity of classical music expression in our world.

Following her BM in flute performance at Texas State under the supervision of Dr. Adah Jones, Dani earned a performance MM (’16) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is now a doctoral candidate in Flute Performance & Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Drs. Jonathan Keeble (flute) and Donna Buchanan (ethnomusicology, Balkan studies). Dani has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO), Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Sinfonia da Camera (Champaign-Urbana, IL), and is a two-time quarter-finalist of the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, second-place winner of the NFA Orchestral Audition Masterclass Competition, and winner of NFA’s Piccolo Masterclass Competition. She also enjoys playing the Bulgarian kaval and svirka, as well as singing and playing percussion, with the University of Illinois Balkan ensemble, Balkanalia. A passionate educator, Dani has held both music education and flute teaching assistantships in Cincinnati and Illinois, respectively, and maintains an active private studio in the Champaign-Urbana area. Long term, Dani seeks an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, and researcher.

Dr. Al Corley is Featured in Vandoren USA

CorleyTexas State music faculty Dr. Al Corley was featured on Vandoren USA and their Facebook page for his article “Like a Rock: Building Rhythmic Concepts with Rock-n-Roll”. In his article, he discusses that as rhythmic concepts become more complex, we should look at different ways for students to connect music. Dr. Corley believes that Rock-n-Roll may help those rhythmic concepts in a fun and exciting way. His article includes examples with links to popular music videos.

For the full article, click here.

The National String Project Consortium Receives Grant from The NAMM Foundation

Watkins Glen, NY – (08/16/19) — The National String Project Consortium has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. The organization was selected as one of 28 music-making organizations to receive a grant to fund vital programs that provide access to music-making opportunities across a variety of different communities and demographics.

“Through the transformative work of these organizations, thousands of people will discover or advance their love and desires for making music,” said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “And these projects also advance new music learning experiences and capacity – all essential for creating more music makers.”

The grants serve to underscore the Foundation’s mission to advance participation in music making and offer quality access to all people. As one of 28 recipients, National String Project Consortium will utilize the resource to support the organization’s mission to train college students to be our prepared future teachers of tomorrow and provide accessible and affordable instruction to community youth. This grant will allow a new national String Project site to emerge at the University of Northern Colorado ( Lindsay Fulcher, Director) and to offer continued emerging site support to String Projects at San Jose State University (Sarah Jones, Director), Tennessee Tech University (Mia Hagarty, Director), University of Texas at El Paso (Stephanie Meyers, Director), and Texas State University (Ames Asbell, Director).

“The National String Project Consortium, now in its 20th year, continues to build excellence in future string music educators across the country as well as provide string instruction to communities that seek enrichment in the arts,” said Dr. Elizabeth Reed, Executive Director. “We value the NAMM Foundation’s continued generous support of our mission to further increase the value of string music education across the country.”

Since its inception in 1994, The NAMM Foundation’s annual grant program has donated more than $18 million in support to domestic and international music education programs, scientific research, advocacy and public service programs related to music-making. The grants are funded in part by donations from the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,400 member companies worldwide.

Copied from The NAMM Foundation press release. For full article and contact information, click here.