Violin Students and Professor to Perform as Guests of Austrian Orchestra
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 25, 2014
– Three music education
students at The University of Texas
– Victor Flores, Yolanda Vidaña and Cristian Martinez – will
use their third language, the international language of music, on their
upcoming trip to Lustenau, Austria.
Professor Martha Placeres (left) will conduct, and students (left to right) Victor Flores, Cristian Martinez and Yolanda Vidaña will perform with the the Rheintalische Musikschule
Symphony Orchestra in Austria.
“This is not only a prestigious invitation for me, but a
great opportunity for our students to share their talent and represent the
Department of Music,” said Placeres, UTB Director of String Studies and Symphony
Students were selected for the trip by an audition with excerpts of musical
pieces, including some of the difficult passages from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, dubbed the New World Symphony.
moment when I saw the results, I was really astonished,” said Martinez, who
began playing the violin at age 15. “I still think it was just a matter of luck
because there are many really talented string students in our music department.
I believe that any other student could have been chosen, and that leads me to
feel responsible to well represent the Music Department on this trip.”
The students and Professor Placeres are responsible for
airfare, train tickets, some meals and other incidental expenses during their
journey and when sightseeing.
“The students are receiving some
financial support from the
UTB Department of Music and the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts,” said Dr. Tom Nevill, Chair of the Music
Department. “Additionally, we are tremendously grateful to the Brownsville
Society for the Performing Arts for its generous assistance; yet, contributions
are being accepted to help offset the students’ expenses.”
a senior music education major from South Padre Island, said he first picked up
a violin the summer before his freshman year in high school, when he was 15.
is really late to start learning the violin, so I always felt I was playing catch
up,” he said. “I probably chose this instrument because it was so beautiful
sounding and looking. Whenever I take out my violin, people who are not
familiar with orchestral instruments always want to get a closer look and ask
a freshman music education major who began studying violin when he was 15 at
the Colegio de San Juan Siglo XXI music school in Matamoros, said he was
attracted to the violin as though it were “love at first sight.”
who was late to pick up the violin was Vidaña, a junior music education major, who
began playing the violin at age 16. She originally wanted to play the guitar,
but the guitar instructor advised her to select another instrument because she
has small hands.
I selected the violin without knowing or expecting anything, and I’m so glad I did because I just love it now,” she said. “Being a music
major requires dedication – to study and to practice the violin to be able to
do everything well. I commute from Matamoros, and this takes extra time; at the
end of the day, I barely sleep.”
in Austria, the students will rehearse with the Rheintalische Musikschule orchestra and attend Master
Classes with professors from the school, as well as the nearby Feldkirch
Conservatory. Placeres will also conduct Master Classes and rehearse with the
Concert Reichshofsaal Lustenau will
take place on the evening of Thursday,
May 15. The school director, Doris Glatter-Götz, Chair of the Rheintalische Musikschule, will conduct
Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9” and Placeres will conduct George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody
The students and Placeres will be guests of the Music
School and its director, staying with host families in Bregenz, on the shore of
Lake Constance. Their free time will include excursions to Innsbruck, Bodensee,
Bregenzerwald, and St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Student travel and scholarship donations can be sent to the
UTB Department of Music, attention Dr. Tom Nevill. For more information, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or 956-882-8247.