Summary: News & Notes April 20, 2009
On March 21, John Benzer was guest conductor for both
the Waller Junior High School Wind Ensemble (Waller
ISD), and the First Colony Middle School Honors Band
(Fort Bend ISD) at the Music for All National Band
Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. These two ensembles
were the only two Texas middle school bands invited to
perform at this festival. The Waller Wind Ensemble was
directed by Greg McCutcheon (former MSM post-
baccalaureate student - studio of David Bertman). Franz
Krager was one of the festival evaluators.
Rhona Brink's article, "The Kodaly-Inspired Teacher
Meets the Needs of Individual Students," is being
published in the Spring issue of the KET Encounter.
Juliet White-Smith (MM, `87 - studios of Fredell Lack
and Lawrence Wheeler) recently released a CD of
American Music for viola including the premiere recording
of Pulitzer-Prize winner composer George Walker's Viola
Sonata (1989) and two works by Maurice Gardner (Suite
for Violin and Viola and Tricinium: Sonata for Solo Viola).