18 episodes

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.

TXST Choirs Today‪!‬ Jonathan Babcock

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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 5, Episode 1 - Rosephanye Powell, Auburn University

    Season 5, Episode 1 - Rosephanye Powell, Auburn University

    Composer, conductor and singer Rosephanye Powell talks about her life as an artist, an educator and performer.
    Featured recordings:
    Songs of Separation: If you should go William Grant Still
    Gospel Trinity - III. Holy Spirit, Come Rosephanye Powell; Rosephanye Powell, soloist
    To sit and dream Rosephanye Powell; California State University-Long Beach University Choir
    The Word Was God - Rosephanye Powell; Texas A&M-Commerce Chorale

    • 34 min
    Season 5, Episode 2 - Michael Barrett, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    Season 5, Episode 2 - Michael Barrett, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    Meet our 2024 TMEA All-State Conductor Michael Barrett on Texas State Choirs Today! Michael talks about the University of Pretoria Choir, including their travels, membership, and local events. We also discuss Dr. Barrett's activity as an arranger of South African folk music.

    • 24 min
    Season 4, Episode 1: Z. Randall Stroope, conductor & composer

    Season 4, Episode 1: Z. Randall Stroope, conductor & composer

    Composer/Conductor Z. Randall Stroope

    • 24 min
    Season 4, Episode 2: Max Mendez, North Idaho College

    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.

    • 34 min
    Season 3, Episode 2 - Dr. Deb Confredo, Temple University

    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.

    • 36 min
    Dr. Craig Jessop

    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.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

sean-not-shawn1 ,

Concise, Inviting, and Refreshing

I initially started listening as an alum but I keep coming back for the refreshing conversations facilitated by Dr. Babcock. As a secondary choir director, it’s easy to get caught up in my own bubble, but this podcast provides a window to the outside choral world that I’d otherwise not have.
I’m a fan of the concise format that allows for some depth but doesn’t keep you there for 90+ minutes.
Thank you for these, Dr. Babcock!

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