The UTB Flute Choir and Flautarra Ensemble, directed by Dr. Cristina Ballatori and Dr. Michael Quantz, were selected to perform at the 41st Annual National Flute Association Convention, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 8-11, 2013. The group performed a program featuring the world premiere performance of UTB music education major Mathew Campell’s, “Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans”. The NFA Convention is the largest flute festival in the world and this is the first time that ensembles from UTB have been selected to perform at the event.
Clarissa Salinas, junior music education major, was selected by national audition as a winner of the National Flute Association's Collegiate Flute Choir Competition. Clarissa rehearsed and performed with a select group of twenty flute students from top music programs throughout the U.S. at the organization's annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2013.
The 2012 Brownsville Flute Festival with Alexa Still, Professor of Flute at Oberlin Conservatory, was held at the Arts Center on November 3, 2012. The event, hosted by the UTB Flute Studio, featured a full day of free master classes, clinics, flute choir reading sessions, exhibits, and performances with Alexa Still and guest clinicians from across the United States. The festival culminated with an evening concert on the Patron of the Arts Series given by Alexa Still and Dr. Kenneth Saxon, UTB piano faculty member. On November 1, 2012, Rio Grande high school students competed for the opportunity to perform in a high school master class with Alexa Still in the festival’s 2012 Texas All-State Mock Audition Competition. The 2012 Brownsville Flute Festival and Mock Audition Competition were the first events of their kind held in the Rio Grande Valley. Professional flutists, flute enthusiasts, teachers, junior, high school, and college students from across the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi, Austin, Houston, Plano, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Mexico were in attendance. The event was made possible through a grant received from the Brannen Cooper Fund at Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, and the Flautissimo Flute Club at UTB.
Music education majors, Genesis Blanco, Clarissa Salinas, and Ileana Blanco were selected by national audition to participate in the 2012 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Juilliard School in New York, New York.
Double Reed Studio
UTB Double Reed majors assisted and performed with the 2013 Honors Double Reed Choir in January 2013, which included the world premier of Ballad and Banter by Alabama composer, Roger Jones, which was commissioned for the occasion. The double reed choir included over 30 high school students and was directed by Dr. Carol McNabb Goodwin.
Dr. Carol McNabb Goodwin selected the Texas All-State 5A High School Bassoon etudes and performed and discussed them at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association convention in San Antonio in July. Her written performance guides to the etudes were posted on the TMEA website. She taught at the Bocal Majority Double Reed camp in Harlingen during July. Bocal Majority camps are held in various cities throughout Texas and beyond each week of the summer.
Senior Music Education Major, Ivan Hernandez, placed 3rd overall and received 1st Honorable Mention in the 2012 Texas MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition. Ivan was the highest ranked undergraduate in the competition representing the elite performers in the state of Texas. He also was invited by audition to perform in the 2013 Clarinet Academy of America held on the campus of the University of Georgia.
The UTB Clarinet Ensemble was invited to participate in the 2013 Baylor University Clarinet Choir Festival where they performed in the festival clarinet choir, performed in master classes, and two members were featured soloists, performing Il Convegno with the festival clarinet choir.
The UTB Clarinet Studio hosted guest artist Kenneth Grant of the Eastman School of Music. Students performed for Mr. Grant in a master class and were treated to a spectacular recital featuring works by Poulenc, Bach, and Brahms.
Dr. Jonathan Guist performed a guest recital and presented a master class at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Cholula, Mexico in November 2012. He served as a Clinician and Guest Conductor for the 2013 Baylor University Clarinet Choir Festival. In addition to numerous performances as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout South Texas, Dr. Guist performed Soliloquy by Ben Stonaker at the 2013 Austin Chamber Music Festival and appeared as a guest recitalist on the Clavier-Werke Artist Series also in Austin.
Mr. Terry Tomlin, Professor of Music, and Mr. Richard Urbis, Professor of Music, and the UTB Faculty Jazz Combo, were featured guest artists at 2013 Jazz and Jambalaya Scholarship Fundraiser, which was held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Rancho Viejo Convention Center. The concert event was a scholarship benefit for the campus wide STARS Scholarship Fund.