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choral student wins conducting competition

Jenna Quiroz won first place in the Southwest region conference of the American Choral Directors Association undergraduate conducting competition.

Alum Wins First Prize in National Solo Competition

Michael Martinez (MM ’17) recently won 1st prize in the American Trombone Workshop’s National Tenor Trombone Solo Competition in the 3rd division. Martinez is a first-year DMA student at the Eastman School of Music.

Trombone prof activities

Dr. Martin McCain recently performed with the IRIS Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern at the IRIS Orchestra Gala. Joshua Bell performed 3 concerti for violin and orchestra. McCain also performed as guest 2nd trombone with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra where he sat in between two of his former teachers in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th […]

Trumpet great visits

Trumpet students and faculty had the opportunity to meet and interact with trumpet great Craig Morris as he performed recently as a guest artist in the Performing Arts Center.

VocaLibre sings in the community

VocaLibre, directed by Craig Aamot, sang for about 700 people at the annual Episcopal Diocese of West Texas conference, held in the Embassy Suites Convention Center in San Marcos.      They also had a great turnout for the Friends of Fine Arts fundraiser at AquaBrew.

Alumnus presents at TSMT meeting

Seven theorists from Texas State participated in the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Music Theory February 23-24 in Dallas. Alumnus Dr. Jose Garza presented an excellent paper “What Dwells Beneath the Surface: Rhythm, Meter, Culture, and Meaning in Contemporary Metal Music” that featured his dissertation research. He earned his Ph.D. In M...

Students record with master clarinetists

TXST students participated in the Clarinet Fiesta CD Recording Project, performing and recording two world-premiere arrangements: Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante K. 297b and Schumann – Concert Piece for Four Horns arranged for four clarinets (Eb, Bb, Basset Horn and Bass Clarinet). Our Texas State students shared the stage with some of the top cla...

TXST SoM goes big at TMEA convention

The Texas Music Educators Association 2018 Clinic/Convention in San Antonio featured a strong presence by the School of Music. Outstanding performances by TXST ensembles drew huge audiences and presented sublime artistry: —Texas State Jazz Ensemble directed by Utah Hamrick, with Russell Haight, soloist —Texas State Horn Ensemble directed by Caro...

Faculty Showcase of world premieres

The Stars At Night Faculty Showcase on February 6 in the TXST Performing Arts Center featured premieres of six new compositions by Thomas S. Clark. Performers included Ames Asbell, viola, Ian Davidson, oboe, Richard Hall, electronics, Karla Hamelin, cello, Youna Hartgraves, voice, Kari Klier, marimba, Joey Martin, piano, and Vanguel Tangarov, cl...

Hill Country Jazz Bones at the Elephant Room

The Hill Country Jazz Bones, led by Dr. Martin McCain performed in downtown Austin on January 31st at the Elephant Room. The ensemble traded sets with JazzBonez whose members include TXST faculty Utah Hamrick, Paul Deemer and McCain.