2016 - 2017 State Officers
Cassidy Wallace, Texas State University
Mercedes Gonzalez, Texas State University
Mercedes Gonzalez is a Sophomore Music Education student at Texas State University with a vocal emphasis. Mercedes is an active member in the Music Fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, where she contributes service and professionalism to the community and to her university. During the summer of 2015, Mercedes performed in Beijing and Shanghai with the Texas State University Symphonic Choir. After performing in China, Mercedes worked as a Choir Counselor at the High school All-state Preparatory Camp and at Texas State University.
Rachel Pulido, Texas A & M Kingsville
Jyron Joseph, University of Texas at San Antonio
Jyron Joseph is a music education major at the University of Texas at San Antonio with an emphasis in voice. Native to New Orleans, Louisiana, Jyron found his love of music at a young age in church. After being displaced by hurricane Katrina in 2005, he viewed music as his refuge and Committed to music ever since. Jyron is brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity incorporated and current serves as the Assistant Collegiate Province Representative for province 9 and the Vice President of the Nu Eta chapter at UTSA. Jyron is also an active member of Texas Choral Directors Association and Texas Music Education Association.
TMEC Collegiate Chair
Amanda C. Soto, Ph.D, Texas State University
Dr. Amanda C. Soto is Assistant Professor of Music Education. Her undergraduate classroom responsibilities include teaching the elementary methods classes, and supervising student teachers. Dr. Soto also teaches a variety of graduate level courses and independent study topics that will serve the interests of individual students. She is currently co-instructor for the annual Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy that is held at the University of Washington in Seattle. She serves as the music education member of the College Music Society Board of Directors, is co-chair of the Education Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is co-chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education Cultural Diversity and Social Justice for Music Teacher Education ASPA of the Society for Teacher Music Education (STME). She also serves as the Collegiate Chair of the Texas Music Educators Conference and is faculty advisor for the Texas State University Collegiate Texas Music Educators chapter. Dr. Soto earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Washington.