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•Hank Hehmsoth, a faculty member in the School of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in music composition for 2011. Hehmsoth, a jazz artist/composer, won with a 2010 composition, "Two Desert Dances," © Time/Space Fabrics 2010, a jazz and string ensemble piece featuring live performance with 60-year-old recordings of Native American dance from the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music. The MacDowell Colony Fellowship is one of the highest awards given in the United States to artists. The MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

•Hank Hehmsoth has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, under Category one: Non-matching fellowship grants to established professional jazz artist of exceptional talent, to advance their career through composition, arrangement, and performance.

•Hank Hehmsoth placed first in the 2010 National Association of Composers, USA, Texas Composition Competition. Hehmsoth, a jazz artist/composer, won top honors in the professional category with a string quartet, “X-trusions- a déjà vu in 4D” © Time/Space Fabrics 2010. The piece was performed during the International Joint Conference on Latin-American and Modern Music, held Feb. 26-27 at the School of Music. The National Association of Composers, U.S.A. (NACUSA) is one of the oldest organizations of composers in the U.S.

•Hank Hehmsoth has been awarded a 2010 Special Recognition/Honorable Mention for the composition: “Theme from Carlos' n Charlie's” for the Texas State Panorama Steel Band Ensemble © Time/Space Fabrics 2010 Latin Jazz for steel drum band awarded by the JCOI – Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, George E. Lewis – Director. JCOI is an affiliate of the ACO American Composers Orchestra.

•Hank Hehmsoth, as member of the Christopher Cross pop-rock group, won an Academy Award at the 54th Annual Academy Awards© *winner Academy Award “Best Song”
(from the film "Arthur") title: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

•Hank Hehmsoth, as member of the Christopher Cross pop-rock group, won 5 Grammies at the 23rd Annual GRAMMY© Awards. Trivia: Christopher Cross became the first and only artist to win all four General Field awards in one night, which include *Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year (“Sailing”) and Best New Artist.

•Hank Hehmsoth, as a Warner Communications professional tour musician with national and international tours with Christopher Cross (multiple international and national tours - 5 years), Fleetwood Mac (international “Tusk” album 1 year tour), The Eagles (national “The Long Run” album 1 year tour), and Bonnie Raitt (spring/summer tour).

•Hank Hehmsoth is a career performing artist at all levels, from international, national, state/regional to local area performance, and from classical to jazz to pop/rock, as well as Broadway, concert tour music, Austin Symphony work at the RiverBend complex, and theater work at the Paramount Theater, UT Performing Arts Center, and Mary Mooden North Theater. As a resident performing artist in Austin Hank has remarkably played over thousands of individual performances.
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