The Texas State University School of Music annually hosts notable figures in choral music today. TXST Choirs Today! Dr. Jonathan Babcock of the Texas State Choral Faculty interviews our campus visitors on their music, their passion and their craft. Guests include conductors Craig Hella Johnson (Artistic Director, Conspirare), Z. Randall Stroope (Director of Choral Activities, Oklahoma State University) & Craig Jessop (conductor emeritus The Mormon Tabernacle Choir), as well as composers Gwyneth Walker and David Conte. Get one-on-one insite on rehearsal strategies, choral history and current trends from some of today's most insightful choral artists.
Season 4, Episode 1: Z. Randall Stroope, conductor & composer
Composer/Conductor Z. Randall Stroope
Season 4, Episode 2: Max Mendez, North Idaho College
Prof. Max Mendez discusses his research on the Amusia disorder (tone deafness), and his use of Body Mapping as it relates to singing and the choral rehearsal.
Season 3, Episode 2 - Dr. Deb Confredo, Temple University
Recorded from the floor of the 2020 TMEA Convention, Temple University professor Dr. Deb Confredo speaks with Dr. Babcock about the future of music education including technology in the classroom and the new world of remote teaching.
Dr. Craig Jessop
TXST Choirs Today speaks with Maestro Craig Jessop from the Southwestern ACDA Convention in Little Rock Arkansas. Dr. Jessop discusses his time leading the Air Force Singing Sergeants, his work with Robert Shaw and his time as Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Season 3, Episode 3 Samir Savant, director of the Handel London Festival
On April 5, the TXST Chorale will perform as part of the London Handel Festival virtual performance of Handel's most famous oratorio Messiah. In this episode we speak to Festival Director Samir Savant about the project.
James Cumings, Jackson Northwest Kidder Middle School, Michigan
Mr. James Cumings has been teaching choral music since 1999 at Jackson Northwest Kidder Middle School. During that time He has taken great pleasure in working with middle school singers--watching them grow both as musicians and young people who care about each other and their art. During the summer he directs the 6-9 SSA choir at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Recently, James was honored by being selected MSVMA’s “Teacher of the Year” at the 2019 conference.
In this episode I speak with both James Cumings and his wife Ashley about their unique partnership in the classroom, as well as tried and true methods for middle school teachers that have worked for them.