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Graduate Student Presented Paper at Regional Musicology Conference

Texas State School of Music graduate student John Vinzant presented his paper, “Sed Non Eodem Modo: The Origins of Ludomusicology Compared to Musikwissenschaft,” at Texas Christian University for the fall 2019 conference of the American Musicological Society-Southwest Chapter. To view his presentation, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn5jZNMMj9k (starts at 6:01:00).

Mariachi Lince de Oro performs at Noche de Gala

Texas State’s Mariachi Lince de Oro, directed by Miguel Guzman, were featured performers in San Marcos Record’s article “Centro Holds Annual Noche de Gala.” The gala featured keynote speaker Sandra Cisneros, notable poet and author of “The House on Mango Street.” Funds from the gala benefited Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos.

For the full article, visit “Centro Holds Annual Noche de Gala.”

Hank Hehmsoth has first professional byline published

Texas State music faculty Hank Hehmsoth recently had his first professional journalist byline published. The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) invited him to write an article on NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern’s 90th birthday on Thursday, October 24, 2019. This expansive article is the headliner for the JJA, which has honored Morgenstern as recipient of its Jazz Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism.

For the complete articles, visit Dan Morgenstern, jazz journalist, turns 90 – JJA News

Blu-ray release brings new attention to Hehmsoth film score from 1991

Texas State music faculty Hank Hehmsoth was recently featured on Texas State Newsroom for his film score from 1991.


A decade before Keenen Ivory Wayans spoofed horror films with “Scary Movie,” Academy Award-nominee John Hawkes made his film debut in 1991’s “Scary Movie,” a low-budget fright-fest filmed entirely around Austin.

Texas State University’s Hank Hehmsoth, associate professor in the School of Music, composed the film score for the film, which is receiving a Blu-Ray special edition release from American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) on Oct. 15, nearly three decades after it played limited runs in Europe and Asia. To coincide with the release, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin hosted a screening of “Scary Movie” on Oct. 8 as a part of its “Terror Tuesday” series, and the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Canada, will screen it as part of “Up All Night Fest 2” on Oct. 19.

“The director Daniel Erickson and I worked very closely on the score. He’d already finished the film — it was extremely low budget, and yet he wanted a high-quality orchestral soundtrack,” Hehmsoth said. “Much of the movie has scary action scenes with no dialogue. I had an Akai S1000 sampler with a library of orchestral instruments.

“Much of the score I wrote had strings, like Bernard Herrmann’s score for “Psycho,” he said. “I had a Video Toaster and a high-end VHS deck and I’d get dailies on Betamax video. I’d write music so it matched and synchronized to the action in the film.”

Because of the low-budget nature of the film, Hehmsoth often had to improvise to achieve the sound effects he wanted.

“I also invented scary sounds for the film. I remember one effect was an old SuperBall rubbed up and down the low strings on a grand piano,” Hehmsoth said. “I used Tibetan gongs to sound like random wind chimes, and lots of percussion toys. I am really pleased that this Austin-made movie is getting accolades and attention from movie critics and horror festivals. Almost 30 years later, it is now a major U.S. release.”

Hehmsoth’s score received praise from film reviewer James Jay Edwards earlier this year.

“The most genuinely high-quality aspect of the film (next to possibly John Hawkes’ freak-out performance) is the musical score,” Edwards wrote for FilmFracture.com. “Scary Movie was made at the tail end of the golden age of the slasher and the synthesized electronic score, composed by Hank Hehmsoth reflects the era.

“The simplistic, spooky analog keyboard sounds are probably a product of the no-budget production schedule, but the eerie melodies and ominous chord beds sound like a precursor to the eighties soundtrack renaissance that horror fans are experiencing now,” Edwards wrote. “By being just after his time, Hehmsoth was about 20 years ahead of it.”

(Article from TXST Newsroom Featured Faculty October 17, 2019. Written by Jayme Blaschke.)


The Austin film industry came out in full force with a sell-out for the film debut at the Alamo Drafthouse on October 8 as a part of its “Terror Tuesday” series, and the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Canada, will screen it as part of “Up All Night Fest 2” on October 19. Hehmsoth was an invited speaker for a Q&A after the Austin screening.

Dr. Martin McCain Completes 4th Asia Tour of 2019

Dr. Martin McCain was recently an artist-in-residence at the Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok, Thailand. He performed a recital, led a masterclass and coached the Mahidol Trombone Octet. While in Southeast Asia, McCain performed a few weeks with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to be regularly engaged with the ensemble. He also led a masterclass for the Memphis Youth Symphony Program’s low brass section. Most recently, McCain joined the artist roster with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass which is an international touring ensemble composed of some of America’s top brass musicians.

Mahidol Class

Mysterium for New Music Plays for Austin Game Convention

Mysterium-Gamefest (002) The Texas State Mysterium for New Music Ensemble recently performed for several days at the Austin Classic Game Fest Convention, the largest retro gaming event in Texas. Attendance at the convention was estimated to be over 6000. The ensemble consisted of graduate composition major Wesley Uchiyama-Penix and undergraduate composition seniors Sean Eure and James Thistleton.  The ensemble is directed by senior lecturer Richard Hall.

Texas State Clarinet FIESTA CD Accepted by NARAS

The Texas State Clarinet FIESTA CD, created by Texas State clarinet students under the direction of Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, has been accepted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) for an appearance on the GRAMMY® Award Entry List, the second step of the GRAMMY® process. Their “LIVE from the Texas State Clarinet Fiesta” CD appears in the following four categories:

  1. Album of the Year
  2. Best Engineered Album, Classical
  3. Best Orchestral Performance
  4. Best Classical Instrumental Solo

The Texas State Clarinet FIESTA CD is on a list that will allow voting NARAS members to vote for their music for the actual GRAMMY® Award Nomination. The top 6 voted projects from each category are the nominees shown on TV.

Congratulations to our wonderful Texas State clarinet students for their hard work and dedication and the professionalism and hard work of all the colleagues and friends who participated in the realization of this great project.

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.