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December, 15, 2021
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


W 181


Sixto Montesinos

Sixto Montesinos

Surpassing La Cucaracha and Mexican Hat Dance: The Importance of Diversifying Mexican-Inspired Repertoire

Clinic Synopsis:

The following questions will be answered during this clinic: What is the overall state of Mexican-inspired compositions for instrumental music ensembles in 2020? What do composers and publishers need to address and improve in order to publish repertoire that accurately and respectfully represents the rich and diverse musical tradition of Mexico?

Sixto Montesinos - Biographical Information

Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Saint Mary’s College of California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an active Mexican-American conductor, flutist, music educator, and scholar researching new and effective ways to strengthen Mexican-American relations through the study and performance of music. Before moving to California, Dr. Montesinos served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Ferrum College in southwest Virginia where he established The Ferrum College Panther Marching Band, Ferrum College Mountain Winds, and Ferrum College Iron Mountain Brass. Enrollment in the band program doubled under his tenure. He also served as music department coordinator and developed curriculum to create a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Dr. Montesinos led an initiative to establish an Appalachian Folk Music Program and started a guest artist recital series designed to bring live music to the Ferrum College community throughout the year. He earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from at Rutgers University in 2018 and taught public school in Texas as Associate Director of Bands at Jersey Village High School. His terminal research project focused on the evolution and socio-political influence of wind bands in Mexico from the War of Independence to the Mexican Revolution.