SMU music education major wins national award

The Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors congratulates Chance Krause of SMU as the recipient of the 2016 Malcolm Helm Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

From The Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors: 

The Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors congratulates Chance Krause as the recipient of the 2016 Malcolm Helm Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Currently a student at Southern Methodist University, Krause will be formally recognized at the annual TBA Convention/Clinic in San Antonio, Texas, this summer.

Chance Kraus
Chance Krause 

Krause will begin his senior year at SMU this fall, working towards a bachelors degree in Music Education. Throughout his time at SMU, he has been a part of the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the Meadows Jazz Orchestra, saxophone quartets, and performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. An excellent student, Krause has repeatedly been on the Honor Roll and currently ranks in the top ten percent of his class. During the past two summers, he has had the privilege to be employed by the SMU Music Educators Workshops to help facilitate operations for music educators from around the world.  

 “I consider myself fortunate to have studied under Lynn Jackson, Brian Merrill, Sarah Allen, and Julie Scott. These professors have given me numerous teaching opportunities and I have gained private teaching experience as a saxophone instructor for Duncanville ISD,” Krause says.  “After graduation I look forward to teaching middle school or high school band in Texas.”

Krause began his musical training in Springtown, Texas, under Jeremy Strickland and Robin Hidrogo. He graduated from Springtown High School where he marched in the band under Chris McLellan and Scott McPhetrige. While in high school, Krause served as the leader of the woodwind section for two years and made the ATSSB state marching finals his senior year. He participated in the TMEA/ATSSB state solo and ensemble competition throughout high school and earned a chair in the ATSSB All-State Ensemble in 2013.

About The Scholarship

The recipient of the Malcolm Helm Memorial Endowed Scholarship is an outstanding undergraduate wind or percussion player who is majoring in music education at a Texas public or private college or university. The scholarship was named for Texas school band director Malcolm Helm. Long after becoming ill, Helm continued to serve his beloved profession tirelessly with the same uncompromising commitment to service and excellence exhibited throughout an illustrious 23-year career. Following his death in March 1993, the TBA Executive Board established the scholarship to be supported by an endowment funded by donations from friends and colleagues. During a time of escalating costs in higher education, TBA sees this scholarship as an opportunity to assist talented, promising college students as they prepare for the teaching profession.

For more information, visit the TBA web site

About The Convention

This year marks the 69th annual Convention/Clinic hosted by TBA. Over six thousand band directors, music teachers, and university music students from across the state will attend the convention July 21-24 in San Antonio. Housed at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, TBA presents over 60 educational clinics and professional concerts to its membership of persons working in or retired from the music education profession. During the convention, TBA also offers special full-day programs for first-year and new-to-Texas directors, middle and high school band students, and Booster Club members.