Monthly Archives: May 2020

Pi Kappa Lambda Welcomes 12 New Inductees

The Epsilon Tau chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society at Texas State University has chosen 12 new inductees into their prestigious organization:


Melanie Goldstein

Amy Gravell

Kaley McDonald

Payton McIntyre

William Phi

Caroline Reedy

Cole Spengler

Sara Trogdon


Graduate students:

Marissa Hernandez

Gregory Hilliard

Andrew LaRusch

Joshua Torres

Congratulations to these students! Their induction is a recognition of their academic excellence and outstanding musicianship. The Epsilon Tau chapter has been at Texas State since 1984.

Pi Kappa Lambda crest

Recent TXST Graduate to Be Published in Academic Journals

Headshot of graduate student John Vinzant

Recent TXST Master of Music–Composition Graduate John Vinzant has had his paper Sed Non Eodem Modo: Comparing Ludomusicology to Nineteenth-Century Musikwissenschaft accepted for presentation at two international video game conferences.

The first conference, Ludo 2020, was an international conference hosted by the Ludomusicology Research Group and the University of Malta. The conference took place virtually on April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, with Vinzant’s virtual presentation on the 2nd. The conference was originally scheduled to occur at the University of Malta – Valletta campus.

The second conference, North American Conference on Video Game Music, is scheduled to take place virtually on June 13th and 14th. The conference was originally scheduled for April 4th and 5th at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Following his first presentation, Vinzant was invited by Journal of Sound and Music in Games and Game Studies to submit his work for publication in their journals! Congratulations Mr. Vinzant!

One More Time . . . Revisited

On April 23 I wrote that I had been asked to postpone my retirement and stay on one more year as Director of the School of Music.  I was OK with that. Now we are deep into necessary budget cuts, and the University is encouraging longtime faculty to retire so their position can be de-funded and not refilled. So now I have agreed, for the good of the cause, to go ahead after all and retire August 31.

This is not a case of the captain going down with the ship, but instead calculated sacrifices to keep as many crew still on board as possible. It looks as though three full-time music faculty will be joining me in a graceful exit. Gratitude to them and many thanks for everyone’s patience and dedication.

Wait — not refill the director position?! Dr. Joey Martin has agreed to serve two years as Interim Director of the School of Music. I will do whatever I can to help him and the School of Music continue to thrive as best they can in the face of the challenges still ahead.                      TC

            Music is Essential.

TXST Mysterium for New Music Featured Ensemble for MuTeFest

Left to Right: John Vinzant, Wesley Uchiyama-Penix, Dan Christenson, Evan Ebert,  Andi Ivins, James Thistleton, Sean Eure, and Richard Hall.

The Texas State Mysterium for New Music Ensemble was recently the featured ensemble for the University of Texas at San Antonio MuTeFest (Music Technology Conference).  Works performed included original student pieces, structured improvisational works, video game music and a piece by School of Music Director Dr. Tom Clark.  Members were graduate students Dan ChristensonAndi IvinsWesley Uchiyama-PenixJohn Vinzant and undergraduate students Evan Ebert, Sean Eure, and James Thistleton.  The ensemble is directed by Senior Lecturer of Music Richard D. Hall.  Richard also gave a workshop on the “Aesthetics and Techniques of Live Electronic Music Performance,” a performance/lecture demonstrating the various techniques of performing live electro-acoustic music with live digital video art.

School of Music GIA First College of Fine Arts & Communication Recipient of Prestigious Scholarship

Fifteen Texas State Graduate students have been awarded Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International Peace Scholarships. The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a highly competitive, prestigious scholarship program which provides funding for women pursuing graduate studies internationally in the United States and Canada. Scholarships awarded by the Fund grant up to $12,500 in an effort to support education as fundamental to world peace and understanding.

Our 15 students selected this year represent the largest group of recipients in University history and includes the first recipient from the College of Fine Arts & Communication, the School of Music’s own Graduate Instructional Assistant Sa Ra Park. Ms. Park is pursuing a Master of Music with a Music Theory Concentration. Ms. Park originally hails from the Republic of Korea. Congratulations Ms. Park on this outstanding achievement!

TXST Mariachi Releases Video Collages

Mariachi Lince de Oro guitarist during February 2020 TXST TEDx Performance

TXST’s Mariachi Lince de Oro and Mariachi Nueva Generacion have assembled video collage performances which were shared on their Facebook last Friday. Below are links to these at-home performances:

Thank you TXST Mariachi for sharing your art with us and helping to further prove that Music is essential!