Tag Archives: School of Music

Students: Craig Aamot

Graduating music student balances diverse interests

Graduating master's student Craig Aamot in action during a VocaLibre concert

Graduating master’s student
Craig Aamot in action during a
VocaLibre concert

By Audrey Webb

Craig Aamot’s story is a rather typical one – just that of another student-athlete on a full basketball and football scholarship who earned his undergraduate degree in choral conducting.

Okay, perhaps that’s not a typical path for most people, but it seems to be a pattern for men in the Aamot family. Both his father and his older brother are also former student-athletes who have enjoyed lengthy careers in choral conducting. Continue reading

Alumni: Roger Sellers

Sellers embarks on music world, heads to Texas State’s MR Fest

By Catherine Harper

Roger Sellers

Roger Sellers (Photo by Jake Marx)

Texas State University grad Roger Sellers says he’s living the dream. With constant tours around the country as a professional musician, Sellers is doing what he loves for a living: traveling and making music.

“There are few people in the world that get to do what they love while traveling,” Sellers says. “Travel is the number one best part of being a musician for me. It’s so fulfilling and changes your entire perspective on life.”

Having graduated from Texas State in May 2011 with a bachelor of general studies degree focusing on music, business and media studies, Sellers has risen to the top all on his own. As the writer, performer, director, producer and engineer of his music — which meshes genres of folk, Americana, electronic and dance — he has expanded his influence from his original scene in San Marcos to the world beyond.  Continue reading

Happenings: Grupo Fantasma at Texas State

Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma plays Texas State with four alums

Whether you’re a Latin music lover or just like moving to the music, Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has you covered. On Saturday, March 31, the Grammy-winning ensemble — including four Texas State alumni  — will take their talents to Texas State for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Continue reading

Happenings: 13th Annual Feria Del Mariachi

13th Annual Feria Del Mariachi
fires up culture at Texas State

The Texas State University School of Music will host the 13th annual Feria del Mariachi conference and festival March 2-3 at various venues in San Marcos.

Tickets for the event are $5 for students with valid Texas State identification, $15 for general admission, $20 for preferred seating and $50 for the Noche de Gala Dinner and preferred seating during the Feria del Mariachi concert.

The two-day list of festivities includes a mariachi competition for middle school, high school and college-level ensembles at San Marcos High School that is free to the public, workshops on vocal and instrumental techniques, a clinic with the international award-winning group Mariachi 7 Leguas and a concert featuring both Mariachi 7 Leguas and Texas State University’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion. The finale concert will take place at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in San Marcos and will be hosted by celebrity master of ceremonies Valente Rodriguez of the “George Lopez” show.

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Happenings: 24th Annual Comm Week

Hear us roar: Comm Week 2012 invites Bobcats to find their voice

By Catherine Harper

How important are strong communication skills for your career? How does music communicate emotions to make us laugh and cry? And why are good first impressions so important?

From Feb. 27 to March 2, answer these questions — and more — at Texas State’s 24th Annual Comm Week featuring speakers from all over the nation.

From hard-hitting issues — such as humane animal treatment, homosexuality and 9/11 — to obstacles we encounter everyday, Texas State’s 2012 Comm Week invites Texas State students, faculty and the community to speak out on topics of communication with a  full schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Happenings: Juilliard Joins Texas State

‘Juilliard Joins Texas State’ features performers, poet, world premiere

Dr. Wayne Oquin during rehearsal at Texas State

By Billi London-Gray

The best collaborations continue for years. “Juilliard Joins Texas State” is no exception. The annual spring event, now in its fifth year, is a joint effort by the best performers from Texas State University and New York’s renowned Juilliard School.

This year’s performance, titled Sustaining the Moment: Reflections of Art and Nature, will be an artistic response, through dance, drama and music, to the Texas State Common Experience theme of sustainability. Dr. Wayne Oquin, a Texas State Honors grad and Distinguished Alumnus and an award-winning composer, pianist and Juilliard faculty member, will direct the performance. Continue reading

Alumni: Grupo Fantasma

Grupo Fantasma heads to Grammys with four talented Texas State alums

By Billi London-Gray

For ten years, the Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has been turning heads and earning accolades. With the talents of four Texas State grads, the group has received its second Grammy nomination.

Grupo’s 2010 album, El Existential, is nominated for the Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album Grammy. Their 2008 release, Sonidos Gold, was nominated for the same award. Texas State alumni Josh Levy, Kino Esparza, Matthew “Sweet Lou” Holmes and Gilbert Elorreaga are all full-time members of the 10-piece ensemble. Continue reading