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A not-so-radical idea

An op-ed column in today’s paper July 11 by David Brooks reviewed the documentary film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the career and impact of Mr. Rogers and his wonderful children’s TV series, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The column used the phrase, “radical kindness.” It struck me deeply that this is exactly what our community […]

Top trumpet and jazz adjudicator

Dr. Keith Winking recently served as an adjudicator for both the International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition (June 2) and the Texas UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest (May 26-28).  Having judged the National Trumpet Competition in March, he has now served as a trumpet adjudicator for the most prestigious state, national and international Trum...

students present papers, posters

Graduate student James Cameron Dennis presented “CPU Mozart: Algorithmically Composing Miniature Pieces from Galant Schemata” at the College Music Society South Central Chapter Conference. Undergraduate student Eloy F. Ramirez III at the same conference presented “The Use of the Bassoon in Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon, and Stri...

Scholar publishes articles

Dr. Nico Schüler published several articles: “Computer-Assisted Music Analysis: Historical Reflections, Recent Approaches, and Common Methods” in the journal MusikTheorie – Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft; in issue 50 of the journal New Sound: International Journal of Music, “Analytical Observations of Duality in Time by James (Jim) C. Scully”...

Scholar presents wide-ranging research

Dr. Nico Schüler recently presented his latest research on African-American composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856-1885) at the Society for American Music National Conference in Rochester, NY; at the American Musicological Society National Conference; at the German Society for Music Theory International Conference in Graz, Austria; as well as at several...

TXST singer named Semifinalist for 2018 NATS

Our own Reese Landis (Junior Vocal Performance major and student of Michelle Hache) made it all the way to Semi-Finalist for the 2018 National Student Auditions, a competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  The semifinal round will be held on Friday, June 22 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was one of […]

Alum completes DMA

TXST alumnus Luca Giuseppe Cubisino has completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He gratefully credits Dr. Jason Kwak, Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Dr. Thomas Clark with crucial help in his transition from Texas State to Miami.      

Jazz faculty win NEA grant

Hank Hehmsoth and Dr. Keith Winking have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing project, Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morganstern. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand reminiscences and decades-spanning scholarly research on Kansas City jazz, its big bands, as well as preeminent indiv...

Alum’s composition goes on tour

On May 24, 25, and 28, 2018, The Philadelphia Orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will present the European premiere of American composer and TXST music alumnus Wayne Oquin’s Resilience for organ and orchestra as part of its historic tour of Europe and Israel. Acclaimed organist Paul Jacobs, for whom the piece […]

Wise words

The Wall Street Journal on April 28 published an opinion column by Peggy Noonan. Though it was about politics, it contained some wise advice for life in general. Here are some quotes, rearranged into verse:    Don’t lose your composure.  Don’t become sour.  Maintain your poise.       Maintain your own standards.  Keep on your game.  […]