Clinic Feature:
Texas Music Educators 2013-14
All State Audition Etudes
Featuring Sherry Rubins, Professor of Percussion, UT San Antonio

Each year, thousands of percussionists throughout Texas audition for placement in the All Region, Area and State Ensembles. Because of the worth of musical development that these selections have for high school percussionists, we’ve decided to create a special clinic covering the 4 etudes.

Even if you’re not from Texas, we hope that you’ll benefit from the musical experience by practicing these selections.



Click here to read “Preparing for an All-State Audition: An outline for success”


2 Mallet Keyboard Selection:
From Morris Goldenberg's "Modern School for the Xylophone", Etude V, meas 1-39 (page 64)

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Full Performance, Slow Tempo for Practice


Mallet Recommendations:

Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium. The most popular model in the series. Features an extraordinary range of color‚ which is easily manipulated by the performer.
L = 17"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. Cuts well‚ but still maintains a pure fundamental sound. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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4 Mallet Keyboard Selection:
From Julie Davila's "Impressions on Wood", Mango Bay (page 15-17)

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Full Performance, Slow Tempo for Practice
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Mallet Recommendations:

Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium soft. A very versatile mallet that covers the entire instrument.
L = 17"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Snare Drum Selection:
From Anthony Cirone's "Portraits in Rhythm", Etude 7 (page 9)

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Full Performance, Slow Tempo for Practice
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Stick Recommendations:

Tim Genis Signature - General (STG)
Designed to produce a dark‚ full-bodied sound. Great balance.
L = 16.81" | Dia. = .650"
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Ted Atkatz Signature (SATK)
Long taper for great control and clarity during soft playing. Persimmon
L = 17" | Dia. = .660"
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Timpani Selection:
From “The Solo Timpanist”, Vic Firth

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Mallet Recommendations:

Tim Genis -- Molto Articulate
Designed to produce the most immediate attack while retaining a dark quality of sound. Wood core.
L = 14 1/4" Head = 1 1/4"
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T3
Medium hard for rhythmic articulation.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 1/2"
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Mrs. Sherry D. Rubins directs the UTSA Percussion program. Mrs. Rubins recently and over four years has fulfilled the roles of either Principal Timpanist or Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the San Antonio Symphony. Additionally, for the past 25 years Mrs. Rubins has performed as an extra musician with the San Antonio Symphony and she has been the principal percussionist/timpanist with the Mid-Texas Symphony since 1991.

Sherry has been Vice-President of the Texas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston, the Stephen F. Austin University Percussion Symposium, Texas Lutheran University, and the University of Houston. Mrs. Rubins has presented clinics and concerts at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Texas Bandmasters Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and the Texas Day of Percussion. Mrs. Rubins is a busy freelance performer throughout the South Texas area.

A native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Dr. Francis received an Undergraduate degree in Honors Music Education from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, a Masters in Percussion Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. His percussion instructors include Jill Ball, Thomas Burritt, Doug Howard, Kalman Cherry, Ed Smith, Tony Edwards, and Brannen Temple.

He has performed with the Austin Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, The Corpus Christi Symphony, the Prince Edward Island Symphony, the Rome Festival Orchestra, and with a multitude of chamber ensembles. His musical activities encompass a wide variety of music from orchestral to jazz to world percussion. Graeme has recorded with the Meadows Wind Ensemble and the University of Texas Chamber Singers for the Gasparo and Naxos labels. He is also very active as a studio drummer in the Austin area.

Dr. Francis is a member of the Austin Chamber Music Center faculty and is the Music Director of the American Repertory Ensemble (ARE). His solo performances with ARE have been nominated for Outstanding Solo Instrumental Performance by the Austin Critic’s Table in 2008 and 2009. A founding member, drummer, and director of the UTSA Faculty Jazz Combo, Dr. Francis has served as Lecturer in Percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio since 2006.

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University of Texas at San Antonio Percussion Department

 




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