College of Fine Arts News Archive

August 2015

  • Meyer to premiere unique percussion compositions

    Meyer to premiere unique percussion compositions

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    SFA’s Dr. Brad Meyer will perform the premieres of a number of percussion pieces in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    August 26, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present a recital that features unique and newly commissioned compositions for solo and ensemble percussion.

    The first event in the 2015-2016 Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music, the recital is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

    The performance includes several premieres, including Ivan Trevino’s “Hold Fast” for vibraphone and drumset, Mark Applebaum’s “Composition Machine No. 1” and Meyer’s world premiere of his own arrangement of Steven Bryant’s “Hummingbrrd.”

    “Hold Fast” is a vibraphone and drum set duo commissioned by a consortium of 28 percussionists and colleges around the U.S., according to Trevino. While writing the piece, Trevino said he and his wife, Amanda, “took a leap of faith.”

    “She left her job, we sold our home in Rochester, New York, and we packed our bags for Austin,” he said. “While an exciting time, the move required us to support each other in ways we had yet to experience. With ‘Hold Fast,’ I wanted to capture my emotional state during this time. The piece is technically very challenging, requiring each player to hold steady and be a foundation for the other.”

    Keith Lloyd, assistant professor of percussion at SFA, will play drumset on “Hold Fast” with Meyer on vibraphone.

    Applebaum’s “Composition Machine No. 1” is a blend of improvisation, composed improvisation, and traditional notated composition, Meyer said. The piece is in three parts with the first and last being semi-improvisations on contrasting percussion set-ups, and the middle section being a traditionally written section involving such “percussion instruments” as bottle caps, cups, bowls, chains and tree branches.

    Meyer will perform his own vibraphone arrangement of Bryant’s “Hummingbrrd,” which was originally an electronic work with no live performer. Several months of Meyer working with Bryant after he visited SFA last fall resulted in “an exciting and entertaining new version” of the piece, Meyer said.

    Meyer will also perform the virtuosic, four-mallet marimba solo “Burritt Variations” by Alejandro ViƱao, as well as Applebaum’s composition for gestures and tape.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

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  • Auditions set for new SFA Choristers

    Auditions set for new SFA Choristers

    August 26, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University’ Music Preparatory Division has announced the formation of the SFA Choristers to be directed by Carolyn Andrews.

    Formerly the SFA Children’s Choir, the Choristers will be comprised of students in 5th through 8th grades. Rehearsals will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8 in Room 170 (orchestra room) in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

    Auditions for the SFA Choristers will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. Auditions will also be held on two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 at the Music Prep House. Singers are encouraged to be prepared to sing a simple folk tune such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”or a more elaborate solo of their choice, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

    “We are so happy to have Carolyn Andrews as the choirmaster,” Barnett said.

    Andrews is a graduate of Baylor University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree and studied piano at the Brevard Summer Institute and sang in the Institute Chorus. She also conducted various choirs wherever she resided. Most recently, Andrews is the music teacher and choir director at Regents Academy in Nacogdoches.

    During the fall semester, the Choristers will meet for 14 weeks and will end the semester with a choral concert. Tuition for the ensemble is $60 for the semester.

    For more information, contact Barnett at or (936) 468-1291.

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  • Tubbs new preparator for SFA art galleries

    Tubbs new preparator for SFA art galleries

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    August 5, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Michael Tubbs, faculty member in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art, has assumed the duties of gallery preparator following the recent retirement of Gary Parker, who worked for the university for nearly 30 years.

    “We conducted a national search for this position,” said John Handley, director for the SFA galleries. “From the applicants we received, Michael was clearly the most qualified, and we are happy to have him join our team.”

    Tubbs is a multimedia artist who merges traditional art materials and techniques with digital processes. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media from SFA. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Texas, California and New York.

    Tubbs has taught graphic design and digital media courses in the School of Art and advanced advertising courses in the Department of Mass Communication at SFA. His areas of specialization include vector graphics, videography and motion graphics. He served as faculty co-advisor for the campus chapter of the American Advertising Federation and students competing in the National Student Advertising Competition from 2009 to 2014. In his new capacity at SFA, Tubbs will oversee all of the exhibition installations for the galleries, teach two classes per year and supply technical support for the School of Art.

    He has also worked as a freelance graphic designer and videographer, producing award-winning Web videos for national and international clients, including Proctor & Gamble, the National Cancer Institute, TomTom Europe and Robert Half Professional Staffing.

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