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School of Music hosts international Latin, modern music conference

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
February 23, 2010

The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Music will host performances and presenters from across the globe Feb. 26-27 for the International Joint Conference on Latin American Music and on Modern Music.

Held in the Music Building on the Texas State campus, educators and scholars who specialize in both Latin American music and in modern music along with composers and musicians will be in attendance at the conference. Included at the event will be scholarly presentations on Latin American music, performances of mariachi, salsa, Latin American art songs and modern music in general with a special emphasis on modern music from Texas.

"Our attendees will hear a lot of outstanding performances of both modern music and Latin American music," said Nico Schuler, a professor in the School of Music. "For example, we will have 16 world premiere performances, which is a very high number even for international conferences."

Keynote speakers at the event will include Jennifer Campbell, Central Michigan University, Jeff Nevin, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., Denis Collins, University of Queensland, Australia, and Milos Zatkalik, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. It is co-sponsored by Equity and Access at Texas State University, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Composers USA and by the Texas State School of Music.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending can find the conference program at http://www.txstate.edu/musicconf/, or may stop by the Music Building Feb. 26-27. For more information about this event, email musicconf@txstate.edu.