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Tuition compared to state appropriations in report

TC writes: The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities recently released a report comparing state funding cuts and tuition revenue increases across the nation. APLU President Peter McPherson summarizes the findings: “The report finds that per student four-year public universities have increased tuition revenues by less than they’ve recently lost in state appropriations while simultaneously keeping educational and related expenses flat.  Some highlights from the report, which examined the period from the 2006-07 to 2011-12 school years include: Four-year public universities experienced a 25 percent reduction in state and local appropriations per student and increased tuition revenues by 23 percent per student.”

Texas State 14th in nation

TC writes: Washington Monthly ranks Texas State University at number 14 on its list of 2014 Best Bang for the Buck rankings for Master’s Universities. The publication indicates the rankings are “based on the economic value students receive per dollar”. It is the only Texas institution listed in the top 100.


Saxophone synaesthesia, band and baseball

Oxford Rangers  Anthem 2014 Oxford with Synaesthesia Quartet

♦ Todd Oxford performed our National Anthem in July at the Texas Rangers Global Life Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. This was his third appearance as special guest performer.

♦ Also in July, he appeared with the Synaesthesia Saxophone Quartet at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention held in San Antonio. The quartet was guest soloist with the Austin Symphonic Band.

Creative Activities award to Hehmsoth

Hehmsoth (R) with School of Music Director Thomas Clark

Hehmsoth (R) with School of Music Director Clark

Hank Hehmsoth received the TxState College of Fine Arts and Communication 2014 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities for his accomplishments in composition. Hehmsoth is the MacDowell Norton Stevens Fellow in Composition, a Fulbright Specialist in Jazz, a National Endowment for the Arts fellow in jazz composition, and placed first in the 2010 National Association of Composers USA, Texas Competition. He was a member of the Austin-based Christopher Cross group, which won five Grammy Awards as well as an Academy Award for best song.


Bobcat Marching Band begins training camp

TC writes: Yesterday I enjoyed watching the launch of training camp for a new season for the Bobcat Marching Band. Under the direction of Dr. Kyle Glaser, the band promises to be as large (over 300 members) and as exciting as it has ever been. BMB will perform for one away game (Tulsa), for halftime at a Dallas Cowboys game, and of course for all Bobcat home games. Let’s join them in cheering on Texas State. Go Bobcats!

Bobcat Music Teachers Get Jobs!

Congratulations to our Recent Fall ‘13 & Spring ‘14 graduates who have accepted these teaching positions for 2014-15:

Brian Allmond – Asst. Band Director – BF Terry High School, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Rosenberg, TX
Sarah Arce – Choir Director, Leal Middle School, San Antonio ISD
Jillian Attan – Orchestra Director, Irving ISD
Jonah Bahta – Assistant Band Director, Longfellow Middle School, San Antonio ISD
Jack Baker – Assistant Band Director, Pershing Middle School, Houston ISD
Corey Barker – Assistant Band Director, Corbett Junior High, Schertz-Cibilo ISD
Amanda Chapla – Elementary General Music and Assistant Band Director, Harper ISD, Harper, TX
Paul Daniel, Assistant Band Director, South Houston Intermediate, Pasadena ISD
Robert DeLong – Assistant Band Director, Mountain Valley MS, Comal ISD
Nick Conte– Assistant Band Director, Paredes Middle School , Austin ISD
David Eickbusch – Assistant Band Director, Tivy High School, Kerrville ISD
Elena Funk – Assistant Band Director, Oak Run MS, New Braunfels ISD
Hanna Gray – Assistant Band Director, North Mesquite HS, Mesquite ISD
Katie Hines – Music Teacher, Luling Elementary School, Luling ISD
Edgar Lerma – Music Teacher, Palm Elementary School, Austin ISD
Kimberly Martinez – Choir Director, Connell Middle School, San Antonio ISD
Christin McAlister – Assistant Band Director, Peterson Middle School, Kerrville ISD
Antonio Noriega – Assistant Band Director, Yoakum ISD
Collin Pagel – Assistant Band Director, New Braunfels HS, New Braunfels ISD
Kayla Pendergraft – Music Teacher, Mendez Elementary, San Marcos ISD
Amanda Hawkins Rhyne – Assistant Band Director, Leander Middle School, Leander ISD
Sean Rodriguez –  Choir/Mariachi Director, Wood Middle School, North East ISD, San Antonio
Jeffrey Salinas – Assistant Band Director, Henry Middle School, Leander ISD
Bo Sicking – Choir Director, Dunbar Middle School and Meadowbrook Middle School, Fort Worth ISD
Abbie Trevino – Music Teacher, Ridgetop Elementary and Maplewood Elementary, Austin ISD
Jose Luis Vara III – Assistant Band Director, LBJ High School, United ISD,  Laredo, Texas
Josh Weisbrod-Torres – Music Teacher, Reeces Creek & Bellaire Elementary, Killeen ISD
Julie Weller – Assistant Band Director, Travis High School, Austin ISD

Alumni Choir

Following several successful summer camps, this week the School of Music hosts an alumni reunion choir. About 60 alumni singers are rehearsing with Drs. Joey Martin, Jonathan Babcock, and John Schmidt for their August 25 concert in our new Performing Arts Center.

alumni choir

Jazz in Dallas

Texas State Master of Music alumnus Arlington Jones, artistic director of the Sammons Jazz concert series, led a stellar cast of jazz musicians in the annual Sammons Jazz Artistic Director’s Concert May 7 at the Sammons Center in Dallas. Joining him on stage were some of the best jazz musicians in North Texas, including James Gilyard, Andrew Griffith, Cindy Horstman, Braylon Lacy, Stockton Helbing and Gary Levinson. Arlington, who is also a Steinway Artist, played in one of Texas State’s two DownBeat award-winning combos.

Gamelan debut

On March 4, 2014, our new Gamelan Lipi Awan performed in the grand lobby of Texas State’s Performing Arts Center. The performance was the first part of a gala concert event, First Light, celebrating the new 316-seat Recital Hall with a program featuring an array of Texas State artist faculty and composers.

Gamelan in PERF web

Book Report

My latest book, Larry Austin: Life and Works of an Experimental Composer (Borik Press), got a recent review in Computer Music Journal, Vol. 38 Issue 1. Reviewer Annea Lockwood wrote, “Thomas Clark’s study of Larry Austin’s life and works is excellent, succinct yet comprehensive, and will be an important resource for other composers and researchers for years to come.”      — TC