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Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT is “a holiday event of a different order: people on bikes riding through parts of the city playing a recording of Kline’s mesmerizing holiday tune” according to KMFA. TXST composition student Laura Brackney is lead organizer of the event in Austin. She was featured in Judlyne Gibson’s Staccato feature on KMFA […]


Dr. Martin McCain just completed his 3rd online arts entrepreneurship lecture series for the Intro to Music Learning and Teaching class at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also recently launched an entire low-brass mouthpiece line with Pickett Brass. McCain, along with Peter Pickett, has spent the past 2 ½ years developing a […]

Vargas 1st place goes to TXST again

Giving a fantastic performance, TXST’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion directed by Prof. John Lopez won 1st PLACE in this year’s Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Also, one of our TXST vocalists, Alondra Morales, placed 2nd in the University Solo Vocal Competition. She was coached by Michelle Quintero.

holiday music at public library

On Tuesday December 5, students in Paula Bird‘s violin studio and the Wildflower Suzuki Studio gave a Holiday Sing-A-Long performance at the San Marcos Public Library.

Jazz album wins Global Music Award

Jazz saxophonist professor Russell Haight‘s recently released CD “Destination” was just named a Silver Medal Winner in the prestigious Global Music Awards.

TXST trio releases first album

Trio488 — Ian Davidson (oboe), Daris Hale (bassoon), and Jason Kwak (piano) — just released its first album, 488 Around the World. The album, recorded at Fire Station Studios, was mastered by TXST music recording gurus Mark Erickson and Gary Hickinbotham. The compilation of works, all commissioned by or arranged by Trio488, features music from […]

TXST clarinet prof runs for president

The Nominating Committee for the International Clarinet Association has nominated Dr. Vanguel Tangarov for the Presidency (President-Elect) of the Association. If elected in spring 2018, he will serve two years on the Board as President-Elect, and then two as President.

Wild Basin Christmas

Texas State music faculty members Daris Hale, Steve Girko, and Ian Davidson, all members of the Wild Basin Winds, have released a new CD.  The recording, now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Spotify, is called Christmas Too, a compilation of jazz-inspired arrangements of holiday favorites, by Austin jazz guru Gary Sletcha, scored for woodwind qu...

new member of Air Force Band

Jazz trumpet student Natty Mckay played a successful audition to join the Lackland Air Force Band in San Antonio, replacing an airman who won a position with the renowned Airmen of Note in DC.

SONUS in Dallas for NAfME in-service

SONUS Quartet’s student saxophonists Elijah Breda, Jacob Hernandez, Joseph Treviño, and Peyton Grover, were featured student performers at the National Association for Music Education – 2017 National In-Service Conference in Dallas.