Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A Studio Art, 2006) participated in The Contemporary Austin's Teen Artist + Mentor Program, which culminated this summer in the exhibition Special Blend. Collaboration is the foundation of this community arts initiative, in which ten professional artist-mentors work with ten exemplary high school students from the Austin area over seven months to create new work.
New Edition of Scott Shattuck's 'The Director's Vision' Released
The Director's Vision (Second Edition) by Louis E. Catron and Scott Shattuck (M.F.A. Drama, 1988) was published by Waveland Press, Inc. in May 2015. It is one of the most widely-used textbooks in college courses that introduce students to the process of play directing.
Martin McCain recently won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal for the Best Instrumentalist category and a Bronze Medal for his second solo CD Shades. He was also featured in Billboard Magazine as an Emerging Artist earlier this year. Martin McCain is currently an Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and actively performs as a solo, orchestral, chamber, and jazz/commercial musician.
Kate Stubbs joins faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Dr. Kate Stubbs (D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, 2015) has just been appointed to a faculty position as Instructor and Collaborative Pianist at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma.
Kirstin Garrison (B.M. Music Education, 2009) was recently selected as the newest member of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) Board of Directors. YOSA has eight orchestras for young musicians to participate in, ranging from Prelude Strings at the entry level to the Philharmonic, comprised of the very best young instrumentalists in the greater San Antonio area.
Adrian Hernandez named Chief Arranger of The U.S. Army Field Band
Adrian Hernandez (B.M. Composition, 2004) was recently selected for promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant and will be assuming the role of Chief Arranger of The U.S. Army Field Band, where he has served as Staff Arranger since 2007. In addition, Hernandez continues to compose music for films, television, games and internet media.
Michael Bunchman appointed to faculty position at Truman State University
Dr. Michael Bunchman (D.M.A. Collaborative Piano, 2015) has been appointed to a faculty position as Staff Pianist and Collaborative Coordinator at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
Brian Heim (B.M. Composition, 2014) was awarded a 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Selected from an application pool of more than 600 submissions, the 28 young composer winners were recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015. The award-winning composers share prizes of over $45,000.
Emmy Award-winning Casting Director Holly Powell has written the best selling book, The Audition Bible: Secrets Every Actor Needs To Know. Holly wrote The Audition Bible as a companion piece to compliment her Audition Workshops taught at Holly Powell Studios in Los Angeles. An "audition class in a book", this is a user-friendly guide that demystifies the audition process, bringing it down from the epic to the mundane.