Music Student Invited to Perform for The University of Texas Board of Regents
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – Senior music education major at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Ivan Hernandez has been invited to perform for The University of Texas Board of Regents on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Hernandez will play “Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet” by Igor Stravinsky on Thursday morning at the Board of Regents meeting in Ashbel Smith Hall in downtown Austin.
“I am honored to be asked to play for the Regents,” Hernandez said. “It was a surprise when I got the call in December from Dr. Sue Zanne Urbis [Professor and Chair of the Music Department] about this possibility. Even though it was not confirmed until after the first of the year, I practiced during the Christmas break in hopes that this would happen.”
Dr. Jonathan Guist, Assistant Professor of clarinet in the Department of Music, said Hernandez was selected to play because he was a finalist for last year’s Regents Arts and Humanities Student Award.
“I am very happy for Ivan that the hard work that he has put in over the last four years has given him opportunities such as this,” Guist said. “It will be exciting for the Board of Regents to hear this very talented student and be reminded of the outstanding musicians we have.”
Born and raised in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Hernandez is the only child of a single mother. He began playing clarinet in middle school as a hobby but soon realized the instrument was more than a passing fancy.
Attending high school at Colegio de San Juan s. XXI, Escuela Superior de Musica en Matamoros, Hernandez received classical clarinet instruction under Jesus Piña Bello. Hernandez perfected his art and was selected to receive a full music scholarship at UTB and TSC.
“Having scholarships has allowed me to turn my passion into a career,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez was the first recipient of a scholarship from the Barry T. Horn Endowment for the Arts, enabling him to attend the prestigious Eastern Music Festival summer camp in Greensboro, N.C., where he was one of only eight clarinet students from hundreds of applicants to attend the five-week music program in the summer of 2011.
“Ivan is an extremely talented student with unlimited potential for future growth,” Guist said. “He is very passionate about what he does and is fully committed to reaching his full potential.”
Hernandez will graduate in the spring and hopes to continue his studies to obtain a master’s degree.
“Actually, I want to go all the way to the doctorate,” Hernandez said. “My first goal is to play in an orchestra. Then my second goal is to share my passion with others by teaching at the university level.”