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Alum becomes instrument-company artist

Steven Vogel (BM ’15) recently joined the Edwards Instrument Company artist roster. He is currently on the faculty at Texas Lutheran University and Lone Star College – University Park, in addition to holding positions with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass.

Student saxophonists excel

▪ Abel Jaimes won a saxophone position in the Young Adult Honors Wind Ensemble to perform at the Musikverein in Summer 2020. Vienna, Austria. ▪ Lauren Gordon has been selected as the guest soloist with Sycamore Springs Middle School Band in Spring 2020. ▪ Edgar Blandon was hired as a Music Mentor for Kids in […]

Professional soloist competition winner

Saxophone professor Todd Oxford won First Place in the Professional Soloist Category of the American Protégé International Woodwinds & Brass Competition, New York. Oxford’s other recent activities of note include:            ▪ Nominee: International Acoustic Music Awards – Instrumental Division, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.        ▪ Hired by Univer...

Society for Music Theory presenter

At the recent SMT national conference in Columbus, Ohio, November 10 TXST theory/aural skills Lecturer Jose Garza, Jr. presented a paper on rhythm/tempo interactions by instrumentalists in popular-music groups.  

Opera production places in national Competition

The Magic Flute, produced at Texas State University’s beautiful Performing Arts Center, was awarded Third Place in Division V of the The National Opera Association 2018-2019 Opera Production Competition. Directed by Marc Reynolds and conducted by Jacob Harrison, the production was strengthened by “the wonderful TXST voice teachers and our amazin...

Professor’s Listen-Sing Method published

The Listen-Sing Method (vol. 1) written by Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales was published by SmartMusic last month. It is available as a method book for all SmartMusic subscribers. SmartMusic featured Dr. Gonzales in a webinar introducing the variety of aural skills exercises in The Listen-Sing Method (vol. 1). In late October, Dr. Gonzales presented abo...

TMEA outstanding educator

TXST student Joseph Treviño has been named  Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator for 2019 by the Texas Music Educators Association.

Alum leads Race and Ethnicity workshop

TXST alum Aaron Carter-Enyi, now an Assistant Professor at Morehouse College, led a workshop for the Society of Music Theory Committee on Race and Ethnicity, which was attended by TXST music theorist Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales. Workshop participants made a kalimba, as instructed by Prof. Carter and his students.

Piano Day

Another successful TXST Piano Day was held on November 9, offering lessons, masterclasses, presentations, and a Q/A session with 7 piano faculty members. The day included a special piano recital by current and former students. Piano professors Daria Rabotkina and Jason Kwak headed up the project, with great contributions from lecturers and senio...

Bobcats win and place at regional singing competition

Our singers performed very well at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Region Competition in Denton. Three quarters of the students who participated in the auditions moved on to semi-finals, with an average score of 90 or above. Finalists: Cassidy Wallace – 2nd place, Senior Women; Christine Ashbaugh – 5th place, Sophom...