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Associate Dean Continues Presenting Music Workshops

banner for Dr. Brinckmeyer's webinar series. Photo is of Dr. B sitting in front of African drums.

Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer’s webinar: Kids, Choir and Drums

Despite the pandemic, Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer has continued her work with educators, choral professionals, and music students across the country.

Since June, Dr. Brinckmeyer has presented five webinars on music advocacy for professional associations: The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has also presented six clinics for state music education associations, peer university clinics, and world music drumming workshops.

Later this month Dr. Brinckmeyer will be speaking about music advocacy with music education students at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. She is scheduled to present five virtual workshops for the Northwest Division of NAfME in February 2021.

Dr. Brinckmeyer served as the Assistant Director of the School of Music from Fall 2012-Spring 2016, as Associate Director of the School of Music from Spring 2016-Fall 2020, and now serves as Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research for the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Congratulations Dr. Brinckmeyer on all your outstanding work and achievements!

Texas State Saxophone Professor and Alumni Activies

Recent activities and achievements by Dr. Todd Oxford and alumni of his studio include:

Todd Oxford Activities
▪ Host for Guest Speaker, Shelly Tanabe of Windplayer Services. Saxophone Repair Masterclass.
▪ Host for Guest Speaker, Stephanie Towery (TX State Copyright Officer). Music Copyright Lecture.

Alumni Student Activities
▪ Recent Alumnae, Nicole Richardson was hired as a new Assistant Band Director at Tays Junior High School in Katy ISD.

Nicole Richardson holding a bari saxophone

Nicole Richardson

▪ Alumnus, Marty Lenard, was recently named as one of the Hill Country 40 Under 40! The Kerr Economic Development Corporation selects The Hill Country 40 Under 40 honoring individuals across all industries who are achieving excellence in innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Marty is an Assistant Professor of Music at Schreiner University in Kerrville.

Marty Lenard headshot

Marty Lenard

▪ Alumnus, Josue Mora, was recently hired as a woodwind specialist instructor at Schreiner University in Kerrville. Josue also published a website dedicated to woodwind performance and pedagogy:

Josue Mora sitting on a bench with an alto saxophone and bassoon

Josue Mora

▪ Alumnus, Andres Avila, was promoted to Sergeant at 1st Armored Division Band Fort Bliss.

Andres Avila in an army uniform

Andres Avila

School of Music Receives Donation of Rich Harney’s Baldwin

Rich HarneyRich Harney

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.RichHarneyBaldwin 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.”

Rich Harney Music Hehmsoth will perform Harney’s compositions at the next jazz faculty showcase. 

TXST Saxophone Studio Recent Accomplishments

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.

Student Activities

  • 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!

Associate Professor Produces & Performs in Quarantine Commission

Hank Hehmsoth

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

Professor of Music Theory Publishes & Presents Works

Dr. Nico Schüler

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.

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!

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!