Posted: 5/17/23

TAMIU Music Students Excel in Regional, Musical Opportunities 


Music student performs a musical selection
Ricardo Hernández, TAMIU music student and flautist  

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) music students in the College of Arts and Sciences, department of Fine and Performing Arts, have garnered recent accolades for their musical talents.

Dante G. Carreón, a junior music performance major and budding classical pianist under the direction of Dr. Friedrich Gechter, was chosen as the 2023 Adam’s Music House Fellowship recipient. Adam’s Music House, an Austin-based organization aimed at fostering an appreciation for classical piano, chose Carreón and Laurel Engelhardt of Baylor University; together, they will study the work of Claude Debussy alongside Steinway artist Dr. Anthony Tobin.

The Fellowship includes opportunities for meet-and-greet recitals in September and lecture demonstration at Adam’s Music House in December.

Carreón was recommended by Gechter, associate professor of Music at TAMIU. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Carreón will receive $1,000.

Ricardo Hernández, flautist and senior majoring in Music – All-Level Certification, recently submitted a recording of “Orange Dawn” by composer Ian Clarke. The submission was sent to the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company in Plano, TX, which sponsored a workshop and masterclass by Clarke in early April. Hernández was invited to play the piece during the workshop and masterclass performers were selected to participate in a master class with Clarke. 

Carlos Merino-Gutiérrez, flautist and senior majoring in Music Performance, participated in the Texas Flute Society Collegiate/Adult Masterclass Competition. After submitting a recorded musical piece, Merino-Gutiérrez won a spot to perform at the Texas Flute Society Festival in Trophy Club, TX. Merino-Gutiérrez was the only winner chosen from Texas, with two additional winners chosen from out-of-state. Winners performed for Jasmine Choi, a highly acclaimed, world-renowned flautist.

Hernández and Merino-Gutiérrez study under the direction of Melissa Hinojosa, TAMIU adjunct faculty member.

Dr. James Moyer, chair of the department of Fine and Performing Arts and associate professor of Music, noted the garnered accolades by students reflected the quality of instruction received by these outstanding students. 

“Our music and art students continue to demonstrate high standards in their work through performances and gallery shows. These students get teaching placements in our schools, and many are attending graduate school to continue their education from TAMIU,” said Dr. Moyer.

Currently, TAMIU offers a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Double Major. A music minor is also available.

For more information on the degrees available through the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, visit http://catalog.tamiu.edu/undergraduate-information/arts-sciences/fine-performing-arts/.

Registration for Summer and Fall 2023 at TAMIU is now underway. View the registration schedule here: https://www.tamiu.edu/registrar/registration

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