More than 25,000
people from Texas and throughout the country will attend the clinics, concerts,
research sessions and presentations by internationally-recognized educators
from Wednesday, Feb. 12 to Saturday, Feb. 15 at
the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
The flautarra ensemble rehearses under the direction of Dr. Michael Quantz and Dr. Cristina Ballatori (not pictured) on Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2014 at Eidman 204.
Paul Chouy / UT Brownsville
This is the first time
the flute, guitar and clarinet students from UTB have been invited to perform
Another first, the
clarinet choirs of UTB and The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg will perform as one
ensemble. Sixteen UTB students and 10 UTPA students have been rehearsing for
their debut performance.
Dr. Jonathan Guist, UTB Associate Professor of Clarinet, and Dr. William O’Neil, UTPA Professor of Clarinet, came up with the idea to create a
combined university clarinet choir.
“These types of collaborations are especially
appropriate given the formation of the new UT RGV, and we look forward to
continuing working together in these ways,” said Guist.
students said they are enjoying getting to know their fellow student musicians
at UTPA at their rehearsals.
“It feels nice to be
able to collaborate with the UTPA Clarinet Choir,” said junior music
education major Laura Maldonado, a 2009 graduate of San Benito High School. “It
feels like we made the first step joining as a university. Our rehearsals have
been quite fun, because we’ve never had the chance to perform in such a big
group of clarinetists.”
The clarinet choirs
will perform Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the
Wolf” narrated by Dr.
Nicole Asel, Assistant Professor
of Music on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center in San Antonio.
Members of the UT Brownsville Clarinet Choir rehearse under the direction of Jonathan Guist, Associate Professor of Clarinet, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Eidman 218.
Paul Chouy / UT Brownsville
The UTB clarinet
students will also perform several selections on their own, including “Chorale
and Danza” by Vaclav Nelhybel and “Paquito” by Andy Scott.
be invited to perform at this event is a testament to the hard work of our
students and the tremendous growth that is occurring in our clarinet program,”
said Guist. “Through these types of opportunities, we hope music educators and
potential students will see the great things going on here, and this will help
fuel the future development of the program.”
The other group of
musicians that will perform at TMEA will be Flautarra, a combined flute and
Dr. Cristina Ballatori, a UTB Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Flute
Choir and Dr. Michael Quantz, a UTB Associate Professor of Music and Director of the One
O’clock Guitar Ensemble, have worked with their students in the combined group
since last year when Flautarra made its debut at the 41st
Annual National Flute Association Convention in August in New Orleans.
selected by competitive audition, and this is the first time that flute
and guitar students will be featured in a performance at TMEA,” said Ballatori.
“It is a tremendous
achievement for our music students. We are very excited for them to have this opportunity.”
The ensemble will
perform a musical program of works with Latin American roots including “La
Milonga” by Christopher Caliendo, “Odeon” by Ernesto Nazareth, “Peripecias do
Guajara” by Liduino Pitombeira and selections from composers Heitor Villa-Lobos
and Wil Offermans. All pieces were arranged by Ballatori, Quantz and
student musicians. Flautarra is
scheduled to perform at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the
“We were chosen to
represent the school, the department and, of course, the community,” said
sophomore music education major Camila Fabela of Toluca, Mexico and Brownsville
and a 2010 graduate of Hanna High School.
performance, those of us that are attending the convention get to attend the
numerous clinics, master classes and workshops available to us,” said Fabela.
“TMEA is a wonderful opportunity to learn and start building a network and have
some fun along the way.”
The annual convention
features more than 200 workshops, performances and exhibit booths
representing the music education industry.