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Concerts, Fall 2021


 

Texas State Chorale

October 2, 7:30pm
Saint John the Evangelist
Catholic Church
624 E Hopkins Street
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Free Admission

Max Mendez Masterclass

October 18, 6:30pm
Hill Country Youth Chorus
School of Music Choir Room

Texas State Chorale

November 13, 7:30pm
Saint John the Evangelist
Catholic Church
624 E Hopkins Street
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Free Admission

Texas State Chorale

November 19, 7:30pm
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
3201 Windsor Road
Austin, Texas 78703
Free Admission

Guest Artists, 2021-2022


 

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Max Mendez, conductor

Max Mendez, is currently serves as a Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  He has been an active part of the Inland Northwest music community for the last 18 years. He divides his time between conducting, teaching and performing.  For the last fourteen years at North Idaho College he has conducted the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  Choirs under his direction have performed concerts in Mexico, San Francisco, and Carnegie Hall.

Professor Mendez has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for festivals and workshops throughout Idaho and Washington including the Spokane School District’s Festival of the Arts, the Idaho All-State Elementary Choir, the Gem State Mixed Honor Choir, the Canyon Country Mixed Honor Choir, and Twin Falls Middle School Honor Choir.  Max has served as a conductor and musical director for Eastern Washington University, Spokane Civic Theater, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. He has sung to critical success in the Northwest Bach Festival, the Spokane Symphony, and Spokane Opera. As an opera artist, he has performed with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Opera, Opera Idaho, and Opera Coeur d’Alene.  He has performed with many of the finest concert ensembles in the Inland Northwest including; the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mozart in the Park, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, , Allegro: Baroque and Beyond, Zephyr, Clarion Brass and the Northwest Bach Festival. His versatility as a singer ranges from opera and oratorio to musical theatre, cabaret, and popular styles.

Max is a founding member and artistic director of Spokane Choral Artists, a member of Male Ensemble Northwest (MEN), and a member of Tim Sharp’s Kentucky Harmony.   

Professor Mendez is currently the president elect for the Idaho chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association.  Max is a strong advocate for community involvement in arts and music programs.  While on sabbatical from North Idaho College during the Spring 2019 term he pursued extended studies in the field of Body Mapping and Amusia.


 

Ann Howard Jones, conductor

Recognized as a distinguished clinician, adjudicator, teacher and conductor, Ann Howard Jones has led many all-state and regional choruses, workshops, and master classes in the U.S., Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. She has been invited to teach and conduct at college's and university's across the world.

Ann Howard Jones is professor emerita of Music at Boston University. From 1984 to 1998, Dr. Jones was the assistant conductor to the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony choruses, where she was the assistant conductor for choruses, sang in the alto section, assisted with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, and helped to organize the Robert Shaw Institute.


 

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David Conte, composer

David Conte (b. 1955) is the composer of over one hundred and fifty works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, including 7 operas, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, band, and chamber music.  He has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco, Oakland,  Stockton, and Dayton Symphonies, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra; and from the American Guild of Organists. In 2007 he received the Raymond Brock commission from the American Choral Directors Association, one of the nation’s highest honors in choral music. His work is represented on many commercial CD recordings, including in 2015 Chamber Music of David Conte, on the Albany label;  in 2016 Choral Music of Conrad Susa and David Conte, on the Delos label; and in 2018 Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte on the Arsis label.   His opera  The Gift of the Magi has received over 30 productions in the U. S., Canada, and Europe. He co-wrote the film score for the acclaimed documentary Ballets Russes, shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005, and composed the music for the PBS documentary, Orozco: Man of Fire, shown on the American Masters Series in the fall of 2007.   In 1982, Conte lived and worked with Aaron Copland while preparing a study of the composer’s sketches, having received a Fulbright Fellowship for study with Copland's teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris, where he was one of her last students.   He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University.  He is Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  In 2010 he was appointed to the composition faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. In 2014 he was named Composer in Residence for Cappella SF, a professional chamber choir in San Francisco.  In 2016 his song cycle American Death Ballads won First Prize in the NATS Composition Competition, and was premiered by tenor Brian Thorsett and pianist Warren Jones at the NATS Conference in Chicago.