Over the summer, retiring Director Dr. Thomas Clark and Jazz Piano & Composition Professor Hank Hehmsoth worked with Ms. Maria Thompson, executrix for the estate of Austin’s widely respected pianist, composer, and recording artist, Rich Harney, to receive a donation gift of his Baldwin grand piano to the School of Music. Appraised at over $17,000, the piano is a beautiful addition to the school, and has been placed in MUS 216, where large ensembles Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, Salsa Del Rio, Mariachi Lince de Oro, and Opera Production hold rehearsals. Piano majors have expressed their love for the instrument and rehearse on it when possible. Harney passed away suddenly on January 5, 2020 at the age of 65. He began making music in Austin in the 1970s and became one of Austin’s most prolific jazz composer/musicians. MUSICIAN Magazine named Harney’s group as one of the “Twelve Best Unsigned Bands Nationwide”. A Rich Harney Collection, including his published compositions and CDs, has been placed in the School of Music Schneider Music Library.
Hehmsoth recalls, “Since the 70’s, Rich and I were close personal friends and musical colleagues. He was a sweet soul and an amazingly creative artist. It was a sudden loss for Austin music, and leaves a big gap in the artist community. I am sure Rich would approve of this gift.”
Hehmsoth will perform Harney’s compositions at the next jazz faculty showcase.
The studio of Dr. Todd Oxford has continued to stay busy accomplishing great things , both by the students and Dr. Oxford himself. Recent accomplishments of the studio include:
Dr. Todd Oxford Activities
- Applicant for the Center for International Studies, Verena and Kenneth J. Wilson Latin American Research Award. To support collaborative research, teaching, and outreach between Texas State University faculty and students and students and faculty from Latin American Universities in order to promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, and global perspectives.
- Perform for the Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Online Conference.
- Perform for the College Music Society National Online Conference.
- Perform for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Online Conference.
- Hosted Ellie Parker’s Webinar Presentation “I Am My Future” via the ZOOM platform.
- Nicole Soler won an audition for Drum Major of the Bobcat Marching Band.
- Lauren Gordon is the Inaugural Winner of the Kyle Stoetzel Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
- Studio members participated in two ZOOM platform studio recitals.
- Studio members took part in a ZOOM Webinar Presentation: “I Am My Future” by Saxophonist Ellie Parker.
- Rachel Brown elected as Vice President of Membership for Theta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
- Nicole Soler elected as Vice President of Service for Theta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
- Edgar Blandon, Elise Dickey, and Madison Douzat won auditions as saxophone section leaders for Bobcat Marching Band.
Dr. Oxford and his studio continue to exemplify our motto, Somo Músicos!
Texas State School of Music Associate Professor of Practice Hank Hehmsoth released a commissioned production of “Basement Panorama”, a quarantine video, performed entirely remotely by John Mills TIMES TEN, the award winning ten piece jazz group in Austin, Tx. Hank is both video editor, and performing pianist in the video. “Basement Panorama” is a new composition by ex TXST jazz faculty coordinator Dr. John Mills, and is released internationally by Fable Records.
Hank says, “This entire recording was done remotely in band members individual homes with no rehearsals! Videos were done on iPhones and edited by me. This video is in honor all of our musician friends who, like us, are trying to figure out how to make music in their basements or home studios while we’re all feeling isolated.”
Hehmsoth and Mills have worked together for fifty years, and shared in a live video broadcast interview by Scott Laningham on SLRadio Aug 27, 2020.
“Two longtime Austin music legends with 100 years on the scene between them. We premier a new music video from John Mills Times Ten and share other music and stories.” – SLRadio
Dr. Nico Schüler
Dr. Nico Schüler recently published articles on “The Development of Computing Technology and Its Influence on Music-Analytical Methods and Encoding: 1940s through 1980s” and on “New Discoveries on African-American Composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856-1885)” in peer-reviewed journals. He was a Keynote Speaker at the 13th Biennial International Conference on Music Theory and Analysis in Belgrade, Serbia, where he spoke about “Orientation Processes and Perspectivism in the Spatiality of Music-Theoretical Research: Reflections on the Plurality of Modern Methods and Methodology of Music Analysis”. Dr. Schüler also presented his research on “Online Research Methods for Rediscovering Forgotten Composers: Using Online Databases and Archives” at the international conference Music in the Disruptive Era: The Digital, the Internet and Beyond in Lucca, Italy, and on “The Humanistic Portrayal of Beethoven in the Two GDR Beethoven Films” at the College Music Society South Central Chapter. Dr. Schüler was invited to give a 3-day international workshop on computer-assisted music analysis in Europe, which resulted in several international conference presentations by workshop participants. He also published articles on composer Burkhard Meier, on Rastafarianism, on Hip Hop, and on Cantometrics in various peer-reviewed books.
Graduate students supervised by Dr. Schüler gave eight presentations at regional and national conferences, one of whom received the 2020 Best Poster Presentation Award at the College Music Society South Central Chapter Conference. Fifteen of his undergraduate students presented conference posters. Last but not least, Dr. Schüler supervised five student papers that were subsequently published in refereed journals.