School of Music

School Of Music Fall 2020 Message

Hello TAMUK Music Family – Past, Present, and Future, 

I hope this message finds all of you doing well and adapting to these changing times in which we find ourselves.  No one could have predicted how this year would turn out, and now we face the reality that the pandemic will continue into 2021.  These are truly challenging times, but I sincerely hope that each of you are finding ways to stay healthy, happy, and productive.

That being said, I want to focus on the positive things that have transpired here in the TAMUK music program this past year.  First and foremost, we have finally opened our beautiful new music facility.  This incredible building is a symbol of the commitment that the Texas A&M System and Texas A&M-Kingsville have to our music program.  Please understand that these are not just the facilities that we need, these are the facilities that we deserve!  Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni have earned this facility through their dedication, hard work, perseverance, creativity, and quest for excellence. 

Our new facility was built upon the vision, optimism, and ambition of past music faculty and alumni - They represent the foundation of the building.  Our current faculty and students have adapted to and are exploring the possibilities that the new facility has to offer – They represent the structure of the building.  Our future faculty and students will develop, evolve, and dream about what can and will transpire with the new facilities – They represent the future of the building and the music program.  

We only have to refer to the Spiderman movies to be reminded that “with great power comes great responsibility.”  We intend to use our facilities responsibly as a major resource for our students, school districts, and South Texas community.  We hope to host music conferences, festivals, competitions, and concerts that will educate and enlighten our students and constituents.  We want this facility to be a center for musical study, learning, and performing.

In other news, you may have heard that we have now been designated as a School of Music.  This title will allow us the infrastructure and organization to grow and evolve into the future.  It is also a recognition that our music program has achieved a great milestone in its development.  We have become a comprehensive music program that will continue to strive for excellence while expanding our programs, offerings, and outreach.  This designation also provides us with a fantastic naming opportunity for a patron/donor of our wonderful music program.

Finally, I want to “toot” our own horn a little and brag on some of our student ensembles and their achievements from this past year.  These are just samples of the great musical accomplishments of our students and faculty.  It goes without saying that each student honor was achieved with the leadership of one or more of our fantastic music faculty!    

January 2020

  • Musical Theatre ensemble was a finalist in the National Opera Association Competition and performed in Cleveland, Ohio

February 2020

  • TAMUK Jazz Band I was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio for the 5th time since 1995
  • TAMUK Trumpet Ensemble was selected to play at the opening ceremony for the 100th Anniversary of the Texas Music Educators Association
  • TAMUK Trombone Choir placed second runner-up in the International Trombone Association Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition 

March 2020

  • Three TAMUK Trumpet Ensembles were selected as semi-finalists to compete at the National Trumpet Competition in Pennsylvania***
  • TAMUK Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble was invited to perform at the International Tuba/Euphonium Association Regional Conference in Oklahoma***

April 2020

  • TAMUK Jazz Band I won an Outstanding Performance Award from DownBeat Magazine in the Large Ensemble, Graduate University category

June 2020

  • TAMUK Wind Symphony won second prize in the American Prize Competition in the University Wind Ensemble category

July 2020

  • TAMUK Clarinet Choir was invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Reno, Nevada*** 

August 2020

  • TAMUK Flute Ensemble was invited to perform at the National Flute Association Conference in Dallas***

September 2020

  • TAMUK Wind Symphony placed third in the College Division of the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music

December 2020

  • TAMUK Trombone Choir was selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago***

***Rescheduled/Cancelled due to COVID 

So, as you can see, great things continue to happen here at the TAMUK School of Music – But, this is only the beginning of the next exciting chapter of our program.  We invite all of you to come by our new facility and attend a concert, clinic, workshop, or other event.  If you are an alumnus, please reconnect with us!  If you are a music educator, come check us out!  If you are a potential student, our door is open to you and we invite you to become a part of our musical family!

With warmest regards, 

Paul Hageman, Director
TAMUK School of Music