Faculty and Staff
Caroline Beatty - Director of Bands
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Caroline Beatty is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Texas State University where she conducts the Texas State Wind Symphony, leads the graduate wind band conducting program, teaches conducting and band literature courses, and provides primary administration and oversight for the comprehensive band program.
Performances under her direction garner consistent accolades from audience members, composers, and fellow performers for their artistry, excitement, beauty, and craft. While honoring the standard repertoire, Dr. Beatty actively invests in the commissioning and performance of new works. The Texas State Bands Centennial Music Project encompassed commissions for new works by Wayne Oquin, Ryan Chase, Michael Ippolito, Jack Wilds, Daniel Montoya, and Ricky Hall to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the bands at the university. Other premiere performances include music by Robert Beaser, Carter Pann, Michael Daugherty, Cynthia Van Maanen, Theresa Martin, Margaret Brouwer, David Maslanka, and Alexandra Gardner. The Texas State Wind Symphony has been recognized for their artistry through invitations to perform at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the Southwestern Division Conference of CBDNA, and for the Texas Music Educators Association. In 2017, Dr. Beatty was presented with the Texas State University Presidential Distinction Award for Teaching.
Dr. Beatty maintains a vibrant conducting and teaching schedule outside of the university. In 2020, she served as Chief Clinician for the Australia Band and Orchestra Directors Association- Victoria Summer Conducting School and in 2017 as Chief Adjudicator and Clinician for the Victoria School Music Festival where she enjoyed connecting with over 80 Australian school bands. Dr. Beatty is consistently engaged as conductor for a variety of ensembles throughout the US including recent invitations to conduct the professional ensemble Concordia Santa Fe, the World Youth Wind Symphony at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Indiana All-State Band, the Florida All-State Band, the University of South Carolina Honor Band, the Texas ATSSB All- State Band, and numerous Texas All-Region bands. Additionally, she is a sought-after rehearsal clinician for secondary school bands.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Beatty held the position of Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University and Northwestern State University-Louisiana. Her secondary school teaching experience includes thirteen years as a high school band director in the Houston area. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan and both a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beatty serves the profession as President- elect of the Southwestern Division of the College Band Directors National Association and through memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity.
Kyle Glaser - Associate Director of Bands
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Kyle Glaser serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, overseeing all athletic bands, and teaching various methods classes. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Glaser served as the Director of Bands at the East Stroudsburg Area South High School in northeastern Pennsylvania and as the interim director of the East Stroudsburg University Concert Band.
Glaser maintains an active schedule as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator across the nation. His significant research of the music of Robert Russell Bennett has resulted in a performance edition of the wind band suite Down to the Sea in Ships issued by Alfred Publications. Additionally, Glaser has contributed several chapters to the GIA Publications Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. From 2017-2019 he served as the national vice president for professional relations for Tau Beta Sigma, the national band sorority.
Glaser's professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity.
Matthew Holzner - Assistant Director of Bands
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Matthew Holzner serves as Senior Lecturer in Music and Assistant Director of Bands at Texas State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band, assisting with the Bobcat Marching Band and Basketball Band, teaching instrumental conducting, and supervising student teachers. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has studied tuba performance with Mark Moore and Daniel Perantoni.
Prior to his appointment at Texas State, Holzner served as the Director of Bands at Mendota Township High School in the west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Under his direction, ensembles at Mendota received numerous Superior ratings at the IHSA State and Solo/Ensemble contests. In 2014, the MHS Percussion Ensemble was chosen to perform at the Annual Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) State Music Education Conference.
Holzner has served as a contributing author to the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and assisted in the filming of GIA series The Marching Band Director's Video Toolbox. Holzner served on several committees for ILMEA, and regularly served as adjudicator for IHSA and IMEA festivals and auditions. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Jordan Stern - Marching Percussion Coordinator
Jordan Stern is a freelance educator, composer, arranger and performer based in the San Antonio area. He currently serves as the Marching Percussion Coordinator for the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band. In addition, he teaches a class at Texas State on arranging.
Jordan served as an Associate Band Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson and William Brennan High Schools. During his tenure at Johnson, the marching band distinguished itself with such honors as 1st place at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional, 3rd place at the U.I.L. 6A State Marching Contest, and was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. As a concert band director, his ensembles at Brennan and Johnson consistently received first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest. Jordan also has been on the percussion staff at Winston Churchill High School and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a private teacher, Jordan has enjoyed helping many students develop into successful performers over the years. Since 2006, 13 of his students have been placed into the TMEA All-State ensembles, with his students winning the first chair at All-State auditions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, 4 of his students have won first place at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Solo Marimba Competition.
Mr. Stern is an active arranger and composer, writing for both percussion and wind band. While at William Brennan High School, Jordan composed the School Song and Fight Song, and arranged for the marching winds and percussion. Jordan has also arranged for the marching bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Cedar Park, Mustang (OK), Plano, Foster, Kerrville Tivy and Gregory Portland High School, among others.
Jordan Stern received Bachelors degrees from Texas State University in Percussion Performance and Music Studies with Teacher Certification. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education from Texas State. His percussion teachers have included Genaro Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, Matt Strauss, and Thomas Burritt. Jordan has performed as a member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and spent several summers at orchestral festivals, including the International Festival Institute at Roundtop and the Texas Music Festival. He has also performed with the Texas Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as a substitute percussionist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. Jordan can be seen often playing drum set in the San Antonio area with various jazz groups, and is part of the Vibraphone/Marimba duo group Blue and Green with Eric Carraway.
Kim Booher - Color Guard Coordinator
Originally from Crestwood, KY, Kim began participating in color guard in high school. While attending college at Northern Kentucky University and earning her degree in Elementary Education, she began teaching various color guard programs in Ohio and Kentucky. For 15 years, Kim participated with the Onyx Winter Guard organization from Dayton, Ohio either as a marching member or a staff member. She also spent 5 summers as a staff member with Cincinnati Glory and Marion Glory Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years, Kim has served as a color guard adjudicator for various marching band and winter guard events along with participating in MEPA, Tri-State, and OIPA color guard circuits in various capacities. She continues to serve as a color guard clinician, choreographer, and consultant.
Kim moved to San Antonio in 2008 where she was the Color Guard Director at Judson High School for 9 years. Judson was named a WGI World Championships SA Finalist in 2013 and 2016 and has had multiple units achieve top 3 honors at TCGC championships over the years. In 2012, the Judson HS JV Guard was named TCGC SRA State champion and in 2013 the Judson HS B Guard was named TCGC Novice class state champion. She also spent 7 years as a staff member with Identity Winter Guard, the 2013 WGI IO World Champion from San Marcos, Texas. Kim is currently serving as the Vice President of Color Guard for the Texas Color Guard Circuit and has been a past Color Guard Task Force member serving on many different committees for the circuit. In April of 2017, Kim became the Color Guard Director at Winston Churchill HS in San Antonio, TX.