Jonathan Babcock interviews visitors to the Texas State University Choral Department. Interviews include Gwyneth Walker, Craig Hella Johnson & Derrick Brookins. Special Off Campus Episodes from TMEA & ACDA Conventions!
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.
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.
Dawn Reinhuber & Brigitte Smith, Directors of the San Marcos HS Men's Choir
The men of the San Marcos High School Men's Choir are our home town heros, having had given a stunning performance at this year's TMEA convention. The Choirs Directors Dawn Reinhuber and Brigitte Smith talk with us about their performance, their program and their community.
All musical excerpts are from the San Marcos HS Men's Choir 2020 performance.
Dr. Robert Horton, Past-President TMEA
TMEA SPECIAL EDITION: Recorded from the floor of the TMEA 2020 Convention, Dr. Robert (Bob) Horton talks with us about the importance of service to our professional communities, and how TMEA helped shape his career.
Dr. Horton is the Fine Arts Director for the Conroe, TX ISD, and currently serves as the Past-President of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). He has held multiple leadership positions in both TMEA and TCDA.
Prior to working in Conroe, For eleven years, Dr. Horton was the Head Choir Director at Woodlands High School, Texas. In 2011 and 2014, The Woodlands HS Chamber Choir won the American Classics Madrigal Festival and presented Honor Concerts in 2012 and 2015. The TWHS varsity treble choir, conducted by Bob and his assistant Lynn Bull, was also selected to perform at Southwest American Choral Directors Association in March 2014.
All musical excerpts are of the Woodlands HS Varsity Treble Choir Performing at the 2013 TMEA Convention.
Dr. Ralph Allwood, MBE former Precentor at Eton College,England. Music Director The Rodolfus Choir & Foundation
Ralph Allwood, MBE is a British conductor, who currently conducts the choir of Queens' College, Cambridge. He was previously the Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College in the UK until September 2011, and set up many musical events, including the Eton Choral Courses of which there are now seven a year. He previously headed the music departments at Pangbourne and Uppingham. He also conducts the Rodolfus Choir, a critically acclaimed group of singers aged 16–25, drawn principally from the Eton Choral Courses.
In this episode Ralph and I talk about his time at Eton as well as his work with at-risk youth in Pimlico, London.
All musical excerpts are of the Rodolfus Choir under the direction of Ralph Alwood.