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March 9th, 2010
Texas State faculty musician wins competition

030810HEHMTexas State faculty member Hank Hehmsoth (standing) is an award winning musician in addition to a faculty member at Texas State.

STAFF REPORT

Award-winning musician and composer Hank Hehmsoth, a faculty member at Texas State, recently placed first in the 2010 National Association of Composers USA Texas Composition Competition.

His string quartet composition, “X-trusions- a déjà vu in 4D,” won the top honors in the professional category. The piece was performed at the International Joint Conference on Latin-American and Modern Music held last week at Texas State.

“This piece literally came to me in a dream,” said Hehmsoth. “In the middle of the night, I scrambled to write it all down. This has been a jazz piece for my group, the Hehmsoth Project since then.

“Sometime in March 2009, I realized this had to be a string quartet,” Hehmsoth continued. “What began as a jazz piece had become much, much more. This piece has elements of written jazz improvisation and requires extraordinary rhythmic precision. There are numerous overlays and interruptions of thoughts, much like a mosaic in sound.”

The Hehmsoth Project, his band, has been featured at the Elephant Room with the Grammy-award winning Yellowjackets and with jazz saxophonist and Yellowjackets founder Bob Mintzer as a special guest.

Founded in 1933, he National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA) is an organization devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music.

Hehmsoth teaches jazz piano/improvisation, composition/arranging, film scoring, and music technology at undergraduate and graduate levels at Texas State. He is also the director of computer applications and serves as the webmaster for the School of Music.

More information on Hehmsoth is available at www.music.txstate.edu/facultystaff/bios/hehmsoth.html.

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