James Welsch (D.M.A., Orchestral Conducting, 2016) was recently appointed Music Director/General Manager of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and Assistant Conductor of the El Paso Symphony.
James Welsch appointed Music Director/General Manager of El Paso Symphony
Emmanuel Kaghondi accepted into Ph.D. program
After teaching in The Department of Music at Tumaini University Makumira for two years, Emmanuel Kaghondi (M.M., Music and Human Learning, 2014) received admission to the University of Minnesota for the Ph.D. in Music Education program in fall 2016. His research focus is in multi-cultural music education. Upon graduation, Kaghondi plans to return to Tanzania to continue teaching music.
Hank Hehmsoth (B.M. 1975; M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1976), a composer and jazz performing artist in the School of Music at Texas State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Senior Specialist Program grant to Santiago, Chile in music this summer. Hehmsoth will conduct master classes of contemporary American jazz in performance and theory at the Pro Jazz Professional Institute. He will teach jazz arranging and composition, and perform citywide jazz festival concerts with Chilean musicians. This is his second Fulbright grant, his first one coming in 2013.
Art Brownlow receives UT System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award
Art Brownlow (D.M.A., Trumpet Performance, 1994) was selected as a recipient of the University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016. Brownlow has taught for over 30 years in higher education, currently as Professor of Music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, he won the 2014-15 College Music Society Instructional Technology Initiative Award, and he was also selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2015. Brownlow’s recent book, Teaching Music History with iPad, is available for free in the Apple iBooks Store. Photo by Bill Frakes.
Artina McCain (D.M.A., Piano Performance, 2011) will join the faculty at the University of Memphis as Assistant Professor of Piano this fall. Photo by Claire McAdams.
Cellist Hai Zheng (B.M. 1988; M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1990) Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Southwestern University, released in May her sixth CD, Remembrance on the Amatius Classics label. The CD is her second album with her longtime pianist, Kiyoshi Tamagawa (D.M.A., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1988), Associate Dean and Professor of Music at Southwestern University, and celebrates their 20th season of performing.
Wayne Ching (B.M. 2013, M.M., Keyboard, 2015) will join the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 20th season as a festival artist, performing chamber music concerts across south Texas this summer.
Joan Schubert (B.M., Applied Music/Performance, 1982) recently released her first CD of jazz standards Our Favorite Things featuring Schubert, flute, and Bryon Dahl, guitar. She also has released a video of her original tune, Joan's Blues, dedicated to one of her jazz teachers.
Owen Lovell (D.M.A., Piano, 2005) is a featured artist on the new Albany Records release, The Recalcitrants. This CD of works by ASCAP award-winning composer Randy Bauer was released in January and will be available through the iTunes Store in March. Lovell, currently an associate professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, has accepted a position at Georgia College starting fall 2016.
Rachel Charbel Joins Cincinnati Symphony, Northern Kentucky University Faculty
Rachel Charbel recently won a full-time position as a violin II with the Cincinnati Symphony and also joined the faculty at the Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts. Both positions began in fall 2015. She also plays with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Concert:Nova ensembles as a guest artist.