Alvis Murray Autrey

In Memoriam (1923-1988)

Professor Al Autreyby Gary Powell

No single person has influenced me musically more than Al Autrey. For six years at Sam Houston State University, he was my choir director, my voice teacher, my conducting teacher, my mentor and my friend. I was a pall bearer at his funeral in 1988 and I miss him dearly.

There is hardly any piece of music I’ve written that does not reflect some portion of what Al Autrey instilled in me as a conductor, composer and person. I can only hope my contribution to the whole of the musical lexicon honors him as my friend and my teacher and in some small way honors all music educators who have touched us in profound ways beyond simply reading eighth notes and quarter rests.

Professor Al Autreyby Gary Powell

No single person has influenced me musically more than Al Autrey. For six years at Sam Houston State University, he was my choir director, my voice teacher, my conducting teacher, my mentor and my friend. I was a pall bearer at his funeral in 1988 and I miss him dearly.

There is hardly any piece of music I’ve written that does not reflect some portion of what Al Autrey instilled in me as a conductor, composer and person. I can only hope my contribution to the whole of the musical lexicon honors him as my friend and my teacher and in some small way honors all music educators who have touched us in profound ways beyond simply reading eighth notes and quarter rests.

Teri McCarthy Goes Big in Austin


with McCarthy Print

Teri McCarthy, Heidelberg Press
by Gary Powell

My goal is to drop more words than names on this weblog to try to explain, and even understand myself, the components of success. This success story should be helpful to us as artistan entrepreneurs. However, over the past six months I’ve been noticing my preference for the word achievement over the word success and the word aspiration over dream. In any other city, the story below might be called, “The Key to Success”. In Austin we would probably call it “The Wholeness of Achievement”.

Winning People

by Gary Powell

Ayn RandThe people you meet on my site are on the whole more competent than lucky. In that regard, we can learn from them. There is little to learn from someone who was simply born to success or from someone who rolled everything they owned on a “hard-eight” and won! If you are not a legacy, are not royalty, have no trust fund, don’t vacation in Vegas and your uncle’s first name is not “Senator”, then this new category might soon become your favorite.

Ted Kryczko, VP at Walt Disney Records

by Gary Powell

The name, Ted Kryczko (pronounced Crisco), makes many appearances here on my site. I am pleased to have enjoyed Ted as a trusted colleague since our first album project together, Disney Babies – Playtime, in 1989. Please read the bio below to learn more about the successful career of Ted Kryczko.


Ted Kryczko, Vice-President
A&R Catalog Development at Walt Disney Records.

On staff since 1982, Ted has produced and developed over 500 products and programs for children and families through Disney Records. His work has received 14 Parent’s Choice Awards, more gold and platinum records than Elvis or the Beatles, and he has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, winning twice. His records have sold over 30 million copies in the US and over 60 million worldwide.