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High Notes - Spring 2014

FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR

We are pleased to announce that the UTB Department of Music’s annual Music Scholarship Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 and Saturday, March 22, 2014. It is an exciting time to be a UTB music student and we invite you to be a part of our vibrant program! The accomplishments of our students and faculty are renowned and respected nationally (something to consider as you contemplate your university choices!). The Department of Music is also extremely proud of our music education majors that complete the state music certification exam at a 100% pass rate.  No other Texas music program can make that claim. UTB music alumni have professions as teachers in private studios, public schools, colleges and universities, community music schools and other programs.  Our music alumni also hold positions as professional performers, conductors, composers and arrangers around the state and the country.  Take the time to visit www.utb.edu/music and explore our department website to view the wonderful musical opportunities that await you at UTB.  I further encourage you to request a lesson with one of our distinguished and dedicated faculty to experience first-hand what we offer.  Schedule a visit to our campus and see our program in action, attend our rousing spring concerts, and discover how we can be an active part of your future.  Visit www.utb.edu/music to schedule your audition date on-line.
Dr. Tom Nevill, Department of Music Chair

OPERA STUDENTS PLACE THIRD IN NATIONAL COMPETITION

Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, Connie Lopez, Azalea Laredo and Robert Reyna, staff accompanist Laura Brumbaugh and Dr. Nicole Asel are in the grand ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel
Three music majors representing The University of Texas at Brownsville won third place at the National Opera Association Convention held Jan. 9-12 in New York City.  Students Connie Lopez, Azalea Laredo and Robert Reyna departed Brownsville on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to sing in the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition, where they competed against four other schools from across the nation.  Mezzo-soprano Lopez, a music education major who graduated from Harlingen High School South in 2011, played the role of a noble woman, the Marquise de Birkenfield, who tries to turn the Regiment’s daughter into a proper young lady.  “During this trip I was exposed to a world I had only dreamt about,” Lopez said. “I’m happy to say that I’ll be leaving knowing that this dream could very well be my future.”  Baritone Reyna, a junior vocal performance major who graduated from Harlingen High School in 2010, played Sulpice, a sergeant in the regiment. Soprano Laredo, a senior vocal performance major who graduated from high school in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2010, played Marie, a young woman who was adopted by the Regiment.  “This has been hard work, but we have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Laredo “We are singing in French, so that made this selection even more challenging.”  Along with Hunter-Holly and Asel, staff pianist Laura Brumbaugh accompanied the three students to the convention. “We have received so many positive comments from colleagues,” Hunter-Holly said. “This really has been an extraordinary experience for all of us.”  Schools were selected to compete by the National Opera Association from audition videos, with the finalists placed into undergraduate and graduate categories. The ages of the students in UTB’s audition video were in the higher category; therefore, Lopez, Laredo and Reyna, all undergraduates, competed against older students in the graduate category.  On their first day in New York City, the group enjoyed a private dinner hosted by the President of the Ford Foundation. They also received a behind-the-scenes tour of Carnegie Hall.  Along with attending the activities at the conference, the group attended a Broadway musical, The Lion King, and they saw the opera Falstaff by Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera.

UTB FEATURED AT TMEA

Flautarra Rehearsal 7-22-13.jpg Flautarra rehearsing with Dr. Michael Quantz
Music students and faculty from the UTB Department of Music will be taking the stage at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention February 13-16, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The UTB Flautarra Ensemble and UTB Clarinet Choir were competitively selected from among groups from all over Texas to perform in the annual convention’s Musical Showcase.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Flautarra, an innovative ensemble featuring the combined forces of the UTB Flute Choir and Guitar Orchestra, will perform a Musical Showcase concert featuring a program of works by Latin American composers from 3:30-4:15 p.m. (CC East Registration). Flautarra is directed by co-founders, Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor of Flute, and Dr. Michael Quantz, Professor of Guitar.

Dr. Jonathan Guist, Associate Professor of Clarinet will join Dr. Cristina Ballatori, to present their clinic “Pay it Forward: Service Learning for Future Music Educators.” The clinic will explore the various service learning and outreach activities that Dr. Guist and Dr. Ballatori have incorporated into their chamber music and applied lesson curriculum to give their students enhanced opportunities for growth as future artist/teachers.

Friday, February 14, 2014
The UTB Clarinet Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Guist, will perform a Musical Showcase concerts at 2:30-3:15 p.m. (CC West Registration). The group will also perform in second concert at 9:00 a.m. (CC West Registration) featuring the combined forces of the UTB Clarinet Choir and the University of Texas-Pan American Clarinet Choir in a full-length arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” for clarinet choir.

SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS

The Department of Music’s annual Music Scholarship Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 and Saturday, March 22, 2014.  The UTB Department of Music awards over $80,000 in scholarships annually. Students interested in majoring in music at UTB in Fall 2014, are invited to audition. Visit www.utb.edu/music for complete details and to schedule your audition date on-line.

STUDY ABROAD

UTB Study Abroad, in collaboration with the Music Department, is planning the second Study Abroad in Vienna program during May Session of 2014. In this program, music students will travel to Vienna, Austria, with music professor Dr. Art Brownlow, to learn about the city’s great composers and musicians, visit places where they lived and worked, learn about the culture that produced such momentous music, and hear concerts and opera performances from some of the greatest musical institutions and venues in the world. This program will be repeated every two years, so that each UTB music student will have at least two opportunities to travel abroad during their university experience.

EXCURSIONES MUSICALES

The UTB Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for Latin American and Iberian Music (CELAIM) now have a weekly radio show. It is called Excursiones Musicales. Written and produced by Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology & Horn), it is broadcast every Friday at noon on 88 FM community supported public radio located in Harlingen, Texas.  Hermes Music sponsored the first year’s worth of shows. Excursiones Musicales is a 30 minute radio show that uses events in the Rio Grande Valley as a stepping stone to music from around the world in a series of sound excursions.  The carefully scripted show moves freely between styles and times periods including all sorts of world music, jazz, and classical music.  Faculty members from the UTB Department of Music are often featured on the show about upcoming recitals or about their favorite pieces of music. Dr. Hurley-Glowa has currently written and produced sixty-eight weekly Excursiones Musicales podcasts and she is still going strong. The broadcasts are archived as streaming mp3 files which are available to the public. The archive’s web address is: http://www.hurleyglowa.com/radio/

WOODWINDS

FLUTE STUDIO.

The UTB Flautarra Ensemble, a combined ensemble featuring the UTB Flute Choir and Guitar Ensembles, were selected to perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  The group will perform a Musical Showcase concert featuring a program of works by Latin American composers on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. (CC East Registration). Flautarra is directed by Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor of Flute and Dr. Michael Quantz, Professor of Guitar.

Clarissa Salinas was selected as the winner of UTB’s 2014 Concerto/Aria Competition in the Instrumental Division. She will perform W.A. Mozart’s Concerto in G Major with the UTB Symphony on April 10, 2014.

The 2014 Brownsville Flute Festival, hosted by the UTB Flute Studio and Flautissimo Flute Club, will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in conjunction with the 2014 Brownsville Clarinet Festival. The festival will feature a guest artists Marianne Gedigian

(UT-Austin), Francesca Arnone (Baylor University), Helen Ann Shanley (Baylor University, Retired), Elizabeth Janzen (TAMUK), and Timothy Hagen (UT-Austin) along with a full roster of hands-on clinics, master classes, concerts, flute choir reading sessions, and exhibits for flutists of all ages and ability levels. Visit www.utb.edu/fcfestival for complete details and to register for this FREE event.

FACULTY NEWS.  In Fall 2013, Dr. Cristina Ballatori enjoyed numerous performances as flutist of both the Frontera Chamber Players and Semplice Duo, including guest artist recitals at the University of Maryland and George Mason University in Virginia, and a featured performance at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors’ annual convention in Richmond, Virginia. She also served as adjudicator for performance competitions sponsored by the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Rochester Flute Association in Rochester, New York.  In February 2014, Dr. Ballatori, along with Dr. Jonathan Guist, Associate Professor of Clarinet, will present their clinic, “Pay It Forward: Training Future Music Educators through Service Learning,” at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Dr. Ballatori will present guest artist recitals and master classes at Baylor University and the University of North Texas. On May 11, 2014, the Semplice Duo with Dr. Ballatori, flute and Dr. Kevin Chance, piano, will be featured in recital on the Atelier Concert Series at the American Church in Paris, France.

DOUBLE REED STUDIO.

FACULTY NEWS.  Dr. Carol McNabb Goodwin performed in a recital at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in October with Dr. Tracy Carr, ENMU oboe professor.  While there, she gave a bassoon master class and presented a demonstration to the sophomore ear training class of the unique harmonic dictation system which she developed at UTB.  At UTB, three oboe students performed in a master class for Dr. Carr, who joined Dr. McNabb Goodwin in a recital.  Also in October, she performed her transcription for bassoon and piano of the recently discovered Verdi, Capriccio for Bassoon and Orchestra at the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors conference in Richmond, Virginia.  While in Richmond, she gave a bassoon master class to high school and college students at Virginia Commonwealth University.

CLARINET STUDIO.

The UTB Clarinet Choir will be performing at the 2014 TMEA Conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 14.  The group will perform two concerts, the second of which will feature the combined forces of the UTB Clarinet Choir and the UTPA Clarinet Choir. The UTB and UTPA Combined Clarinet Choirs will be performing at ClarinetFest 2014, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association, held this July on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

On April 12, 2014 the UTB Clarinet Studio and Clarion Clarinet Club will host the 2014 Brownsville Clarinet Festival in conjunction with the 2014 Brownsville Flute Festival.  The festival will feature guest artists Nathan Williams (UT Austin), Jun Qian (Baylor University), Richard Shanley (Baylor University – retired), Kellie Lignitz (TAMUK), Bill O’Neil (UTPA) along with clarinet choir reading sessions, exhibits, and much more. Visit www.utb.edu/fcfestival for complete details and to register for this FREE event.

FACULTY NEWS. Dr. Jonathan Guist will join UTB Assistant Professor of Flute, Dr. Cristina Ballatori, to present a clinic at the 2014 TMEA Conference entitled, “Pay it Forward: Service Learning for Future Music Educators.” This clinic will explore the various service learning and outreach activities that Dr. Guist and Dr. Ballatori have incorporated into their chamber music and applied lesson curriculum to give their students enhanced opportunities for growth as future artist/teachers. In October 2013, Dr. Jonathan Guist performed recitals of flute and clarinet duo music with Dr. Cristina Ballatori at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), the University of Maryland, and Virginia  

BRASS

TUBA/EUPHONIUM STUDIO. 

FACULTY NEWS.   Dr. Stephen Shoop was recently appointed Region 28 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) College Chair.  In this capacity he will be a presider at a number of clinic presentations at the upcoming Texas Music Educators Association conference, in San Antonio.  He also participated at the College Division Fall Conference, held at TMEA headquarters in Austin this past October.  Shoop was also appointed to serve on the History Committee of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA).   Dr. Stephen Shoop recently served as Guest Conductor of the Merry “Tubachristmas” concert at UT Pan American in Edinburg.  He also coordinated a similar event here at UT Brownsville.  That concert featured a number of selections performed by the UTB Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.   For the twentieth consecutive year, Dr. Shoop will serve as an adjudicator on tuba for the TMEA Texas All-State auditions.  This service is in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators Association conference, held each February in San Antonio.

TRUMPET STUDIO. 

On October 1, 2013, the newly formed UTB Faculty Brass Quintet played its first full recital in the Arts Center on TSC campus.   The quintet consists Dr. Art Brownlow and Mr. Adam Decker (trumpet), Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa (horn), Mr. Allen Clark (trombone) and Dr. Steven Shoop (tuba).  The concert began and ended with large brass ensemble works that included many of the top brass students at UTB.  Faculty member Ms. Martha Placeres conducted these expanded brass pieces, which include the Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare by Richard Strauss, and the fanfare from La Péri by Paul Dukas. Faculty member Dr. Mark Eichenberger joined the large brass ensemble on timpani. The quintet program consisted of a variety of old and new works including one Philip Jones Brass Ensemble arrangement that utilized a cuckoo whistle and the alphorn.

STRINGS
Martha Placeres Conducting Martha Placeres conducts the UTB Symphony Orchestra

VIOLIN/VIOLA STUDIO.

Senior Violin student Leonel Garza returned to UTB after an intensive exchange program during the Fall 2013 semester at the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. During his studies at Herzen, he participated with the “Ex Animo” Choir and performed with the renowned St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestra “Klassica”.

STRING CHAMBER.

UTB string students received master classes from the renowned Horszowski Trio (guest artists from New York) during their three-day residence at UTB in November 2013 in which they performed a solo recital plus a special concert with the UTB Symphony Orchestra showcasing the Beethoven Triple Concerto.  Watch clips from the Horszowski Trio Concert with the UTB Symphony:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bq9JKq3w6c

Students Victor Flores, Orlando Pedraza, Jose A. Delgadillo, and Raymond Garcia were accepted to participate in the Coastal Bend Winter Chamber Music Workshop hosted by Texas A&M University Corpus Christi on January 14th and 15th 2014. Students will have the opportunity to take classes with the famous Dali Quartet as well as music faculty from TAMUCC.

Faculty. Martha Placeres, UTB Symphony Orchestra Director, conducted the Region 28 All-Region High School Orchestra in November 2013 and will judge the Region 15 UIL Orchestra Concert and Sight-Reading Contest in February 2014.  Ms. Placeres was also the clinician for the Region 28 All-Region Audition Clinics in September 2013.  In February 2014 she will also present a clinic on Music Theory and Ear Training for AP Theory students at Edinburg North High School. In May 2014, Ms. Placeres will guest conduct the Rheintalische Music School Symphony Orchestra in Lustenau, Austria as well as present violin and conducting master classes. Three UTB string students will be traveling to Austria with her and they will be taking coaching sessions with the music faculty from the Rheintalische Music School as well as the Vorarlberg State Conservatory of Music in Feldkirch.

PERCUSSION

The UTB Percussion studio has completed one full semester of utilizing iPads into the practice room.  All percussion students and faculty use iPad technology in daily percussion activities, including: logging practice times, video analysis of weekly progress and creating digital portfolios for a final project.  The percussion iPad project will continue for spring 2014.
The UTB Contemporary Percussion Ensemble performed their end of semester concert featuring Marimba Reyna del Valle, The UTB Indoor Drumline and UTB Marimba Quartet. The concert included the regional premiere of Amazon Factory by Ryan Spencer. The fall 2014 concert will be held on Monday, April 14 at 7:30 pm in the TSC Arts Center.   
The UTB Percussion Area will be hosting an International Marimba Competition and Festival on May 2nd and 3rd, 2014. The Friday night concert will feature Marimba Reyna del Valle and the UTB Marimba Quartet with UTB Percussion Professor Mark Eichenberger as the featured soloist. The Marimba Competition will take place on Saturday morning prior to an evening concert featuring Mark Ford and the UTB Wind Ensemble performing his newest concerto, Stubernic Fantasy, as part of the Patron of the Arts concert season.

FACULTY NEWS.  Professor Mark Eichenberger and Dr. Nevill will be performing a faculty recital on Thursday February 27 at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. 

PIANO
Linda Chavez.JPGLinda Chavez and guest conductor William Buhidar after the 2013 Winners Concert with the UTB Symphony Orchestra

Senior Music Education Major, Linda Chavez received a full scholarship to attend the Campamento de Piano de Palmares, offered by the University of Costa Rica in the province of Alajuela, CR. Prior to that she was featured as a soloist with the UTB Symphony Orchestra after being selected as one of the Concerto/Aria Competitions winners. 

FACULTY NEWS. Dr. Juan Pablo Andrade Assistant Professor of Music has been very active performing this season in solo recitals, chamber programs and as a soloist. Highlights of recent and upcoming performances include three invitations to perform at Costa Rica’s National Theater, recitals in Canada, Switzerland and a presentation at the 2014 Southern/Mid-Atlantic Joint Regional Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

GUITAR

TMEA.

The new Flautarra (expanded to include the Guitar Orchestra) will be performing for the Texas Music Teachers Association in San Antonio with a full 30 minute program put together and arranged by Dr. Quantz and Dr. Ballatori.  The selections are all Latin-American including several Brazilian pieces and one form a US composer, Christopher Calienedo.  Members of Flautarra are actively involved in the arrangement of the music exploring the possibilities with this innovative ensemble.  The group was competitively selected from among groups from all over Texas to participate in the music Showcase during the annual convention. In preparation for that event, the group will be giving performances in McAllen at South Texas College and the PSJA school district.

UTB 1 oclock at Loyoal New Orleans 2013UTB One O'clock Guitars Perform in New Orlean
The Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival has been revived and will take place March 27-29 in the Arts Center and Eidman Music Building.  The featured artists will be Rovshan Mamedkuliev and Martha Masters.  Rovshan is a Russian guitarist who won the Guitar Foundation of America solo competition in 2012—the world’s most prestigious solo guitar competition.  Martha Masters is also a past winner of the GFA competition and is one of the most active ambassadors for guitar music on the planet.  She has toured all over the world as a performer and master teacher.  There will be master classes, clinics on technique and composing for the guitar, a Baroque music presentation, and a national level ensemble competition.  There will be performances by groundbreaking ensembles like Flautarra and the combined UTB & UTPA Guitar ensembles with the UTB String Orchestra. Visit www.utb.edu/guitarfestival for complete details.

Grammy®-winning guitarist William Kanengiser gave a lively concert as part of the Patron season in November and spent an extra day in Brownsville to give a master class for the UTB guitarists who benefitted from his expressive imagination and technical insights.

FACULTY NEWS. Dr. Michael Quantz is preparing for several national and international presentations. He will be the clinician and conductor for the Austin Classical Guitar “Guitars Galore”, April 25-6 which will convene about 100 guitarists from Texas and Oklahoma to perform the world premier of a new work for guitar ensemble.  In June, he will head to California to give a presentation at California State University-Fullerton for the Guitar Foundation of America on technology integration in the music teaching studio. In July, he will travel to the Guitar Congress of Nicaragua to help with a number of new music programs in that Central American nation. He is also presenting a series of chamber music concerts across the Valley in February.

VOICE

In January 2014, the UTB Bravo Opera placed third in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition.  Over 25 schools submitted videos for the preliminary round of the competition; UTB was chosen for one of five spots for the Division II (Graduate Student) finals held in New York City.  Students Azalea Laredo, Connie Lopez, and Robert Reyna travelled to New York with staff pianist Ms. Laura Brumbaugh and Bravo Opera Directors Dr. Nicole Asel and Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly.  

In Fall 2013, the Voice Area hosted three artist-teachers to work with the voice majors: Dr. Diana Allan, an Associate Professor at UT San Antonio and expert on performance anxiety worked with students on “The Performer’s Mindset: Mental Preparation for Confident Performances;” Louisa Muller, a stage director at Chicago Lyric, The Metropolitan Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, devoted two days to Bravo Opera students helping them to explore the physical presentation of their characters; finally, internationally-recognized mezzo-soprano, Margaret Lattimore, presented a master class for voice students in addition to her recital as part of Patron of the Arts series.

The Bravo Opera company also remained busy with its annual production of Hansel and Gretel for local elementary school children on Friday, October 18.  Nearly 1,000 students attended the performance; for most, it was their first time to the university, the TSC Arts Center, and to an operatic performance.

Azalea Laredo, soprano, student of Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, was selected as Vocal Division winner of UTB’s 2014 Concerto/Aria Competition. She will perform with the UTB Symphony Orchestra on April 10, 2014.

THEORY & ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

In Fall 2013, Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology & Horn) was chosen to participate in the international conference “Music Around The Atlantic Rim.” This was a joint conference hosted by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the AHRC Research Networking Project ‘Atlantic Sounds: Ships And Sailortowns.’  The conference was held on October 19th and 20th, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain.  Her conference paper was titled: “From Cape Verde to Cardiff and Beyond: The Formation Of Cape Verdean Musical Communities On Ship And In Port.”  Dr. Hurley-Glowa also participated in the 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), held in Indianapolis on Nov. 14-17, 2013.  She chaired the session “Music and Place,” served on the SEM Audio Visual Committee, and played in the newly formed SEM Orchestra at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), Indianapolis, Nov. 14-17, 2013.  Dr. Hurley-Glowa published ethnomusicology articles on her specialty, the music of the Republic of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau in Grove Music/Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press, Inc. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Music Scholarship Auditions: March 1 & 22, 2014
The UTB Department of Music awards over $80,000 in scholarships annually. Students interested in majoring in music at UTB in Fall 2014, are invited to audition.  Visit www.utb.edu/music for complete details and to schedule your audition date on-line.

2014 Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival & Competition: March 27-29, 2014
The Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival featuring guest artists Rovshan Mamedkuliev and Martha Masters. The festival will feature master classes, clinics on technique and composing for the guitar, a Baroque music presentation, and a national level ensemble competition, in addition to performances by groundbreaking ensembles like Flautarra and the combined UTB & UTPA Guitar ensembles with the UTB String Orchestra.
Visit www.utb.edu/guitarfestival for complete details.

2014 Brownsville Flute & Clarinet Festival: April 12, 2014
Come join us for an exciting day of FREE flute and clarinet events in the Rio Grande Valley! The 2014 Brownsville Flute and Clarinet Festival will feature master classes and recitals with outstanding guest artists hands-on clinics and master classes for flutists and clarinetists of all ages and ability levels, as well as, flute choir and clarinet choir reading sessions, exhibitors and more. Bring your instruments!
Visit www.utbe.edu/fcfestival for complete details and to register.

Bravo Opera Presents Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”):  April 25 & April 27, 2014
This spring, Bravo Opera will present Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”).  The production will be sung in German with English supertitles and dialogue.  The performances, part of the Patron of the Arts series, will be on Friday, April 25 at 7:30, and Sunday, April 27 at 3:00.

Patron of the Arts 2013-2014 Season
We hope that you will join us for the 29th season of the UTB Patron of the Arts Series in 2013-14!  Since its inception, the Patron of the Arts Series has brought world-class guest artists to our community for memorable and inspiring musical experiences.

  • Atlantic Brass Quintet from Boston
  • Marianne Gedigian and Nathan Williams, flutist and clarinetist from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music
  • Mark Ford, percussionist from the University of North Texas

Visit www.utb.edu/patron for full details about our 29th Season, including a full slate of concerts !

ALUMNI NEWS

GUITAR
Anubis Avalos (2012, Guitar Education) is a full time music teacher for BISD
Thomas Ryan Brady (2012, Guitar Education) is a full time music teacher for San Benito ISD
Christian Lopez (2013, Guitar Education) is pursuing his graduate degree and teaching guitar in Brownsville

VOICE
Christina Cabrera (2013, Music Education), Choral Director at Irving Academy in San Antonio;

Catarina Cabrera (2013, Music Education), Assistant Choral Director at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio

Jessica Rosas (2013, Music Education): Assistant Choral Director at Perkins Middle School.  

Valeria Ontiveros (2013, Music Education) is now an Assistant Choral Director at Edwin M. Wells Middle School in Spring, Texas.

Peggy Sue Reyna (2012, Music Education), recently applied for and received a technology grant; her classroom at Dishman Elementary School in Harlingen has been upgraded to include a new Mac Book, Apple TV, and a classroom set of iPads.

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