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. He is co-author of the workbook Conducting Enrichment: Daily Exercises for the Conducting Curriculum, published by Sentia Publishing. 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. In 2022 Glaser was appointed as the Music Director of the Austin Symphonic Band, the official band of the City of Austin.
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.
Robert Lopez - Marching Percussion Coordinator
Robert (Bobby) Lopez is currently Senior Lecturer at Texas State University where his duties include teaching applied percussion, Bobcat Marching Band, percussion ensemble, percussion techniques and is responsible for the maintenance and inventory for the percussion area.
Mr. Lopez is an active educator, clinician, performer and adjudicator throughout the United States. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Texas State University. His teachers include Dr. Norman Weinberg, Dr. Paul Bissell, Genaro Gonzalez, Jim Casella, Murray Gusseck, Dave Sankus, Jeff Lee and Scott Johnson. Alumnus of the DCI High Percussion recipient 1998 Santa Clara Vanguard, and the 1999 DCI World Champion Concord Blue Devils, he was awarded first prize for his composition Two Days in the 1998 DCI multi-percussion solo competition.
He has worked with several percussion programs including Georgetown High School (TX), Cedar Park High School, Revolution Indoor, served as the Front Ensemble Caption Head for Rhythmic Force Indoor and Texas State University’s Bobcat Marching Band.
Mr. Lopez also maintains a private percussion studio focusing on the development of young percussionists. His private students have earned chairs in the Texas All-State bands, earned Outstanding Soloist at the Texas UIL Solo & Ensemble competition, earned chairs in the middle school region bands in the central Texas area, and have participated in music festivals such as the Interlochen Summer Music Festival.
Aside from his duties at Texas State University, Bobby performs as a regular extra in the Austin Symphony. He has also performed with the Mid-Texas Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin and has performed for many musical productions in the central Texas area. He is published by Tapspace Publications and is an endorser for Innovative Percussion, Inc. SABIAN Cymbals, Marimba One and Grover Pro Percussion, Inc.
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.