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Dr. Cynthia Gonzales Discusses Music Theory Pedagogy at National Events

This summer, Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales is the only music theorist delivering invited keynote talks at both national events on the topic of music theory pedagogy. Over Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Gonzales delivered an invited keynote presentation at Pedagogy Into Practice 2019 ( in Santa Barbara, CA. As pictured, ...

Perc solo contest draws 50 participants

The Texas State University Percussion Solo Contest on May 4 drew a record number of students in attendance. The percussion faculty, along with guest adjudicator/clinician Mark Ford (head of percussion at the University of North Texas), worked with all of these students throughout the day. This sixth year of the competition provided an opportunit...

Jazz Faculty Featured in News Article

Jazz faculty Hank Hehmsoth was feature-interviewed for the Fredericksburg Jazz Festival that took place on April 13, 2019. The articled appeared in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Kerrville Daily Times, and Heart Beat of Texas Magazine. In it, Hehmsoth discussed the different aspects of jazz and how it can mold students. Before the festi...

Faculty Trombonist Networks Around the World

Dr. Martin McCain performed two weeks as guest Principal Bass Trombonist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. While in southeast Asia, McCain led a masterclass for the trombone studio at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory on the campus of the National University of Singapore. Dr. McCain also performed as guest 2nd trombone with the Memphis Sym...

Graduate Composition Student featured in Sightlines Magazine

Laura Brackney, a Texas State graduate composition student, was featured in the Austin-based arts magazine Sightlines about her upcoming premiere of a new score performed live to a historic silent film. The score will premiere on April 12 at the Bullock Museum in Austin, TX featuring Brackney on keyboard and Henna Chou on cello. For […]

Singers succeed at South Texas NATS

TXST was well represented at South Texas Chapter of NATS at Del Mar University on Saturday, April 6. With support from collaborative pianists Alexis Korbe and Joung-A Yum, the following TXST singers took first-place honors: Karissa Kim, Pedro Valdez and Gavin Magee. Second place: Reese Landis, Lucas Phillips, Darrin Ruiz, and Abraham Villarreal....

Saxophone Student Wins Position with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project

Lauren Gordon, a saxophone student at Texas State, received notification on April 4 that she won the tenor saxophone position to perform with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria this summer as part of the Mid Europe Music Festival. Associate Professor of Saxophone Todd Oxford is very proud of her for securing […]

Dr. Gonzales Video Streams to Youngstown State University

On Thursday afternoon, April 4, theory professor Dr. Cynthia I. Gonzales delivered an invited two-hour lecture via video stream to the graduate Music Theory Pedagogy class at Youngstown State University, Ohio. Dr. Gonzales discussed how to develop harmonic listening skills that lead to taking harmonic dictation successfully. The graduate student...

Alumnus heads prep program

Texas State alumnus Luca Cubisino (MM in Piano Performance) has developed and will be directing the Advanced Preparatory Piano Program, a division of the Frost School of Music Preparatory Program at the University of Miami.

TXST Trombone Alumni Appointed Professor

Michael Johnson (MM ’17) has recently been appointed as a professor at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, AL. He is currently in the 2nd year of his doctoral degree at the University of Alabama. Congratulations, Michael!