Plans are now in place for the students and faculty of the School of Music to safely continue their studies by remote communication for the remainder of the semester. The isolation is difficult, with music-making being such a team sport, but the music faculty are rising creatively to the challenge. I trust the students will too!
The hardest part is losing even temporarily the opportunity for public performance of our shared art. But this is a moment in which we all must reaffirm together that music and the other Arts are essential not only to us as practitioners but to our communities and to society. We pledge to do our part to keep the flame bright and ready to rekindle the human spirit!
Much like their professor, Dr. Todd Oxford, the TXST Saxophone Studio has had a busy semester full of success! These include:
▪ Lauren Gordon accepted for study this summer at the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France
▪ Former student, Andres Avila, featured in the School of Music Alumni Spotlight.
▪ Kolten Bippert hired to teach studio saxophone at Bastrop High School.
▪ Blue Sine Quartet (Edgar Blandon, Abel Jaimes, Josh Schurtz, Ryan Harris) performed for over 400 students at Victoria Performing Arts Center. Victoria, Texas.
▪ Erik Gamez hired to teach studio saxophone at Akins High School in Austin.
▪ Edgar Blandon hired as marching band tech at Akins High School in Austin.
▪ Rachel Brown hired as marching band tech at Round Rock High School.
Dr. Todd Oxford, TXST School of Music Professor of Saxophone, has had a busy semester thus far! Dr. Oxfords activities include:
Adjudicator for Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Competition in Klein, Texas.
Soloist for the Society of Composer’s, Inc. National Conference at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and the Texas State University Round Rock Campus Arts and Lecture Series. He was also recently hired to perform Our National Anthem for the Round Rock Express Baseball in Summer 2020 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Texas.
Finalist for The American Prize – Professional Instrumental Soloists Division in Danbury, Connecticut.
Nominee for College Level Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities.
And lastly, Dr. Oxford has his 2020 Awarded Lifetime Biography included in Strathmore’s Who’s Who: Global Network for Outstanding Professionals in Farmingdale, New York. “Historically Strathmore’s Who’s Who publishes an annual two-thousand-page hard cover biographical registry, honoring successful individuals in the fields of Business, the Arts and Sciences, Law, Engineering and Government. We select mid to upper level management professionals from companies, large and small, throughout the United States as well as internationally. Inclusion is limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.”
Dr. Martin McCain was recently a member of a collaboration that consisted of 46 other trombonists and a violinist on Christopher Bill’s arrangement of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. The collaboration took place at the 2019 International Trombone Festival and can be viewed on YouTube. He also served on the competition jury for the 2020 International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition preliminary round.
McCain led masterclasses in Rochester, NY at the Eastman School of Music and ROCmusic Collaborative February 13-14 and hosted Boston University trombone professor, Don Lucas who presented a masterclass at Texas State on February 10.