fine arts

Italian opera relatable for university students

The Texas State Opera Theatre presented Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” March 26-29 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.

The opera was separated into two parts by an intermission, with one portion in Italian and the other in English. The story is a comedy about a family and a friend, Gianni Schicchi, who plans a scheme to receive all the money left behind by the wealthy Uncle Buoso.

Strutters dance their way to success

Hundreds of people filled Evans Auditorium March 26-28 to watch The Texas State Strutters perform at their annual showcase.

Tammy Fife, director of the dance team, said the group spent months perfecting the series of advanced routines in the Strutters Spectacular.

Fife said the performance is a chance for the dancers to step out of the shadows of the football and basketball team and headline their own show.

Elite student dance company performs new recital


San Marcos is home to performers and dancers, but a company is setting the standard for aspiring professionals.

Michelle Nance, associate professor and co-director of Merge Dance Company, said

the contemporary group is made up of eight dance majors who audition or are recruited to the exclusive team.

The team practices well into the evening hours on a weekly basis, Nance said. Members must be talented and have a good work ethic, she said.

Faculty jazz performance honors Eddie Durham


Texas State’s School of Music celebrated the work of San Marcos native, jazz composer, arranger and instrumentalist Eddie Durham Feb. 6 in Evans Auditorium.

The event featured famous performers such as Doug Lawrence, Count Basie Orchestra saxophonist, and Dan Morgenstern, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy award-winning writer. Texas State faculty and alumni were featured in the performance.

Programs evolve in fine arts departments

Fine arts programs continue to evolve with a variety of majors and minors to choose from as Texas State increases. 

Thomas Clark, director of the School of Music, said he has watched the school grow since coming to Texas State in 2008.  Changes to the program included recent building renovations and the addition of the Performing Arts Center.

"When I started here, we had music courses and activities going on in three different buildings," Clark said. “The School of Music has a very respected sound recording technology program, and the laboratory space for that is in an old fire station that was renovated into a recording studio—a whole complex area of studios."

Clark said the music program is now housed in seven different buildings across campus.

Mottet accepts Provost postion at Northwest Missouri State


The Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication has accepted the Provost position at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

Dr. Timothy Mottet will assume his new responsibilty Aug. 1 at Northwest Missouri State.


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