Dr. Ruben Balboa III
Dr. Ruben Balboa III is an educator and violist in Austin, Texas who joins our faculty Fall 2021 as a lecturer and Assistant Director/Coordinator of the award-winning University of Texas String Project. Previously, he was the Instructional Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University and Acting Director/Master Teacher of the Illinois State String Project.
Dr. Balboa has also served on faculty at Austin Soundwaves, Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Youth Orchestra, Texas State String Project, and Longhorn String Camp. Additionally, he maintains a diverse private studio of violin and viola students, which includes novice and advanced young learners, avocational adults, and students with learning challenges. Dr. Balboa has made it his mission to prioritize the development of young musicians as much as possible, especially those in areas where quality music education programs are not readily available.He continues this work as a board member of the American Viola Society, serving on both the Education Committee and the Access, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee.
Beyond his work as an educator, Dr. Balboa has a multifaceted career as a performer and enjoys working with a variety of musical ensembles. He has performed with The Dallas Opera, Austin Camerata, Abilene Philharmonic, Celtic Thunder, Evanescence, Il Divo, Las Colinas Symphony, Lindsey Sterling, Mid-Texas Symphony, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, among many others. In 2017, Dr. Balboa was invited to perform at the Festival of the Orchestras hosted by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Astor Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango.
Dr. Balboa earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and Bachelor of Music degree at Texas State University, where his principal teachers were Professor Roger Myers, Dr. Susan Dubois, and Dr. Ames Asbell, respectively.
Mr. David Catchpole
David Catchpole is a Lecturer in Music History at Texas State University and a Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology at New York University. He also serves as a Trustee on the board of the Dvořák American Heritage Association. David’s dissertation focuses on the role of symphonic radio broadcasts in shaping ideas of citizenship and belonging in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. He has written program notes for the BBC Proms and Austin Cantorum and presented papers at conferences across the United States and internationally, including the Society for American Music annual meeting. The topics he works on encompass a range of areas, including radio, music and identity formation, twentieth-century opera, Habsburg culture and music around the fin-de-siècle, and Czech-American musical culture in the early twentieth century. His research has been supported by a travel subvention from the American Musicological Society.
David received a Master of Music degree from Texas State University. While at Texas State, David received the 2017-2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Literature from Youngstown State University
Dr. Rusty Holmes
Dr. Rusty Holmes is a speaker, teacher, and freelance horn player in the greater Austin, TX area. He currently holds the position of 2nd horn with the Central Texas Philharmonic, 4th horn with the Mid-Texas Symphony, and frequently subs with the San Antonio, Temple (TX), Brazos Valley, and Victoria (TX) Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Holmes teaches a large private studio in Austin, TX comprised of middle school, high school, university, and amateur adult students.
Dr. Holmes is an active lecturer and has presented at regional and international workshops, including the 52nd International Horn Symposium hosted virtually by the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. He is also a frequent guest speaker and teacher at colleges and universities across the United States.
Dr. Holmes received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University and his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His musical mentors include Lanette Compton and Patrick Hughes.
Mr. Arthur Latin II
Mr. Arthur Latin II joins the jazz & percussion faculty at Texas State University Fall of 2021.
Drummer Arthur Latin II has thrilled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, performing with many established performers in various genres. Mr. Latin has performed with such musical artists as Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, George Jones, John Williams, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Carrie Underwood, Kim Burrell, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jon Batiste, Kelli O' Hara, Marilyn Maye, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, David "Fathead" Newman, Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, Bill Watrous, Rick Springfield, and PJ Morton. From 1997 to the present, Mr. Latin is the drummer for Harry Connick Jr. and His Big Band, Orchestra, small group (trio and quartet), and various combinations performing worldwide. His love of drumming can be traced to when he was a young child. At the age of three, he showcased his passion and desire for drumming by playing in his father's church.
Over Mr. Latin's professional career, he has both performed nationally and internationally on television. From performing on the Royal Variety Show in London, England in 2019, to NBA All-Star Half-Time Show in 2001 and 2008, Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies in 2003, and Evening at Pops with Harry Connick Jr., John Williams, and Boston Pops Orchestra on PBS in 2001.
Mr. Latin's talent also extends to Broadway where he has performed in these productions, Harry Connick Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter, Nederlander Theatre in 2019, Harry Connick Jr.: In Concert on Broadway, Neil Simon Theatre in 2010, and Thou Shalt Not (Workshop) with Harry Connick Jr. and Susan Stroman, Lincoln Center in 2001.
Mr. Latin is passionate about working with future musicians to help them achieve their potential. Over his professional career, Mr. Latin has taught private drum lessons and has given master classes for various ensembles. The teaching philosophy of Mr. Latin is that through hard work, focus, desire, and practice, any student can fulfill their career ambitions.
Dr. Tim O'Brien
Dr. Tim O'Brien has sung with Austin Opera, Austin Symphony, Austin Shakespeare, the Minnesota Opera, LOLA, Conspirare, Texas Early Music Project, Ensemble VIII, the Dale Warland Singers, and toured nationally and internationally with the Rose Ensemble. Past performances include Le nozze di Figaro, Into the Woods, Ariadne auf Naxos and Sweeney Todd with the Butler Opera Center, as well as Verdi's Don Carlo and The Elixir Project with Austin Opera. Dr. O’Brien’s "vibrant and subtle" singing was praised by Oregon Artswatch, Willamette Week noted his "rich, dark palette," and the St. Paul Pioneer Press praised his "strong, yet vulnerable" portrayal of Purcell's Aeneas. A two-time Grammy nominee, Tim’s performances can be heard on more than a dozen commercial recordings, and recently on the HBO show White Lotus. Tim is artistic director of Living Paper Song Project and Director of Music at St. Martin's Lutheran Church.
Before joining the faculty at Texas State, Dr. O’Brien served on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College, Concordia University, and St. Edward’s University. He holds a Master's degree in Musicology from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Texas.