The School of Music’s new Rock Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jose M. Garza, Jr., performed Friday, December 6 at Tantra Coffee House in San Marcos. Members include: Evan Barnes (guitar), Jacob Bellemans (drums), Ethan Bruner (vocals), Roy Carpenter (bass), Alyx Cousins (vocals), Stephen Douglas (guitar), Aaron Dworaczyk (drums and guitar), Owen Morgan (bass), Lucas Munson (guitar and bass), Francis Nieves (vocals and guitar), Marco Orellana (drums and guitar), Aiden Potter (guitar), Jake Rabena (vocals), Benjamin Reynolds (drums), Armando Tomlinson (vocals), J. Refugio (“Cuco”) Valenzuela (electric and acoustic guitar), and Andrew Vineski (keyboard).
A CD recorded by Daria Rabotkina at Texas State was named a Critic’s Choice by American Record Guide.
Steven Vogel (BM ’15) recently joined the Edwards Instrument Company artist roster. He is currently on the faculty at Texas Lutheran University and Lone Star College – University Park, in addition to holding positions with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass.
▪ Abel Jaimes won a saxophone position in the Young Adult Honors Wind Ensemble to perform at the Musikverein in Summer 2020. Vienna, Austria.
▪ Lauren Gordon has been selected as the guest soloist with Sycamore Springs Middle School Band in Spring 2020.
▪ Edgar Blandon was hired as a Music Mentor for Kids in A New Groove, providing Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.
▪ Chris Martinez is President of the Texas State Chapter of Collegiate Texas Music Educators Association.
Saxophone professor Todd Oxford won First Place in the Professional Soloist Category of the American Protégé International Woodwinds & Brass Competition, New York.
Oxford’s other recent activities of note include: ▪ Nominee: International Acoustic Music Awards – Instrumental Division, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ▪ Hired by University Interscholastic League Music Division to perform the National Anthem at the Texas State Marching Competition. Alamodome, San Antonio. ▪ Todd Oxford Discography acquired by National Library of Australia. ▪ Featured Soloist at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference. University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls, Iowa. World Premiere of Richard D Hall’s Beneath the Dark Blue Waves”. ▪ Guest Soloist at Hill College Performing Artists Series. Hillsboro, Texas. ▪ Soloist at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Visiting Artists Series. ▪ Soloist with the Texas State Chamber Orchestra. Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera. ▪ Featured soloist November 19 on the School of Music’s Stars At Night Faculty Composers Showcase.
The Magic Flute, produced at Texas State University’s beautiful Performing Arts Center, was awarded Third Place in Division V of the The National Opera Association 2018-2019 Opera Production Competition. Directed by Marc Reynolds and conducted by Jacob Harrison, the production was strengthened by “the wonderful TXST voice teachers and our amazing vocal coach Kristin Roach,” according to Reynolds.
The competition cycle had a sizable number of entries this year, taking 24 judges upwards of three hundred hours to view all submissions. As stated by the NOA organizers, “The future of opera is in good hands.”
The Listen-Sing Method (vol. 1) written by Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales was published by SmartMusic last month. It is available as a method book for all SmartMusic subscribers.
SmartMusic featured Dr. Gonzales in a webinar introducing the variety of aural skills exercises in The Listen-Sing Method (vol. 1).
In late October, Dr. Gonzales presented about The Listen-Sing Method (vol. 1) at the annual meeting of the College Music Society and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.
TXST alum Aaron Carter-Enyi, now an Assistant Professor at Morehouse College, led a workshop for the Society of Music Theory Committee on Race and Ethnicity, which was attended by TXST music theorist Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales. Workshop participants made a kalimba, as instructed by Prof. Carter and his students.