Monthly Archives: February 2020

John Vinzant Named Outstanding Graduate Student

Headshot of graduate student John Vinzant

Congratulations to John Vinzant for being selected as the School of Music’s Outstanding Graduate Student for 2019-2020.

Mr. Vinzant will be recognized at the College of Fine Arts and Communication Circle of Achievement and at the School of Music BRAVO awards.

Additionally, Mr. Vinzant ranked third among all candidates in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


TXST Jazz Ensemble Performs at Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival

TXST Jazz Ensemble performing at Notre Dame

The TXST Jazz Ensemble performed last Saturday at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. Originally slated to perform Friday, the Jazz Ensemble experienced major travel delays, pushing their performance back to Saturday evening. However, once the Ensemble arrived, all travel woes quickly faded as they had a fantastic time representing our University at the Festival!

The students were able to attend the judge’s clinic Saturday afternoon, socialize with jazz students from Michigan State, and have a clinic with Diego Rivera, Michigan State University’s jazz saxophone professor. The TXST Jazz Ensemble then put on a phenomenal performance, scoring a 137 out of a possible 140 from the judge’s panel. Students Dayne RelifordAbel AlanizIsaac PulidoDaniel KerwoodBrian GoldenRoberto Aponte, and Hunter Moffitt all received Outstanding Soloist Awards!


Following the Festival, the School of Music received this congratulatory comment from Notre Dame:

“Your Texas State band was terrific. I can say from experience that your band was truly one of the best I have ever heard at the Collegiate Jazz Festival. Back in the early years when CJF was competitive, your group would have been right up there with Indiana, Illinois, North Texas, and some of the other ‘powerhouse’ college jazz groups which typically won the “best big band” award. If such awards were still given, Texas State would have won it this year. Congratulations to your students on an outstanding performance.”

-Larry Dwyer, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Thomas Clark Proclaimed the 2020 Texas State Jazz Laureate

TXST Faculty, from Left to Right: Butch Miles, Doug Lawrence, Dr. Clark, Keith Winking, Hank Hehmsoth, and Loren Schoenberg.This past weekend the TXST Jazz area put on their 32nd Hill Country Jazz Festival. The Festival kicked off Friday night with the Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration. At the Celebration, the Jazz Faculty presented Director of the School of Music, Dr. Thomas Clark, a proclamation naming him the 2020 Jazz Laureate at Texas State. Over his past 12 years as Director, Dr. Clark has been a great supporter in every way for the Jazz area.

The Proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, We, the Jazz Faculty of the Texas State University School of Music, join with musicians from across the country to celebrate the legacy of San Marcos native Eddie Durham for the seventeenth year, and commemorate the 32nd Annual Hill Country Jazz Festival; and…
WHEREAS, August 2020 marks the closure of Dr. Thomas Clark’s tenure as Director of the Texas State University School of Music; and…
WHEREAS, Dr. Thomas Clark has provided exceptional support for all ambitions of the Jazz area, presiding over its renaissance; and…
WHEREAS, Internationally-renowned artists and scholars Doug Lawrence and Loren Schoenberg, N.E.A. Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, and scores of other worldclass artists have shared their gifts annually with the Texas State community;
be it therefore… On this seventh day of February, 2020, we, the Jazz Faculty of Texas State University School of Music, hereby join others across Texas State to proclaim
Jazz proclamation detailed above
Thank you Dr. Clark for your unwavering support of the musicians here at TXST!

TXST Hill Country Jazz Bones Recognized in International Competition

Congratulations to the Hill Country Jazz Bones on being named Honorable Mention in the International Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition for the 2nd year in a row. Hill Country Jazz Bones finds themselves listed alongside other notable programs such as the Frost School of Music and the UNT College of Music.

This is the Hill Country Jazz Bones fourth honor on an international scale in seven years which has established the group to be one of the top collegiate jazz trombone ensembles in the country.

Special congratulation to the students involved: Hunter Moffitt, Joshua Thompson, Daniel Ripplinger, Eli Meece, Matt Acosta, Cole Yates, Rube Harrison, Patrick McNally

TXST Choral Students Selected in Prestigious Conducting Competition

The TXST Choral Department is excited to announce that three of their students were selected by recorded audition to participate at the upcoming Southwestern American Choral Directors Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Southwest division is comprised of 8 states having some of the finest choral programs in the country.

Graduate students Jenna Quiroz and Joung-a Yum were both chosen as semi-finalists for the graduate conducting competition.

Lucas Phillips is one of six undergraduate students to participate in the Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass with conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope.

Congratulations to these fantastic young conductors!

TXST Students Headed to National Trumpet Competition Quarter-Finals

Please join the TXST School of Music Trumpet Faculty in congratulating the following students who submitted recordings and were named quarter-finalists in the prestigious National Trumpet Competition, which is being held at Messiah College in March over Spring Break:

Undergraduate Solo Division
Noel Ayala-Loera

Small Trumpet Ensemble Division
Alejandro Gutierrez
Jenny Mountz
Jose Vela
Scott MacDonald
Kelly Cohorst

Congratulations to all these students advancing forward for your continued representation of Bobcat excellence!