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About Our Team

Mark Blair, Music Librarian

Mark has overseen the daily operations and long-range planning of the Schneider Music Library since 2002. He offers reference/research assistance, teaches information literacy, and makes the library's collection development decisions. He also drinks a lot of coffee, takes a lot of pictures, and has a peculiar obsession with collecting recorded versions of "Moonlight in Vermont."

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Mark went to high school in Oswego, New York and then Cleburne, Texas. He earned his Master's degree in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, specializing in the study of twentieth-century French-American compositional techniques. Concurrently, he worked as a staff supervisor at the UT Fine Arts Library. This experience inspired him to enter UT's School of Information, from which he earned a second Master's degree in 2000.

Mark's bachelor's degree (UT, 1993) is in music composition, with piano and voice as his instruments of focus. Songwriting/recording has been his lifelong passion; under his artistic name, Andy Units, he released his album Night Light in 2011. He posts his ongoing work on Soundcloud.

Andrea Bonneau, Library Assistant

Andrea is from Portland, Texas, which is north of Corpus Christi. She is currently a senior at Texas State University, majoring in special education. Some of Andrea’s hobbies are doodling, scrapbooking, playing video games such as The Sims 4, Skyrim, and Animal Crossing, and she loves spending time with her dog, Harvey. During her first 2 years at Texas State, she was a part of the Bobcat Marching Band and played the tenor saxophone. Andrea has been working at the Schneider Music Library since August 2017. She loves working in the Music building because everyone is so friendly and also because--as a future teacher-- she values the importance of fine arts education in higher learning as well as in the secondary school classroom.

Brittney McKinney, Library Assistant

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brittney McKinney has worked at the Schneider Music Library since the Fall of 2017. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a double minor in French and Opera. Outside of singing, she loves playing the flute, sewing, and watching Disney movies and other fine films.

Cara Flores-Weiss, Library Assistant

Cara is a Choral Music Studies major from Austin, and has been working at the Schneider Music Library since 2019. She is a member of Texas State's University Singers. Currently she serves as President of the Theta Omega chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. Cara is a cat mom to Zelda, who is named after her favorite game series! Her hobbies include jewelry-making, gaming, and activism. Her favorite thing about working in the Music Library is being in a comfortable environment where she can connect with fellow music majors/lovers and share her love for music.

Celeste Parler, Library Assistant

Celeste is from Cypress, Texas, and has worked at the Schneider Music Library since August 2020. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Digital Media Innovation and is a member of the Honors College. She hopes to work in the field of digital journalism writing about fashion and telling stories. In her free time she writes for her personal style blog, spends time with friends, and makes art. Celeste loves working for the Music Library because of the relaxing environment and the amazing people.

Jennifer Mendoza, Library Assistant

"I was born in Houston, Texas. This is my first year at Texas State and at the Music Library. I am a Fashion Merchandising and Accounting major with a minor in Business Administration. I plan on pursuing a Masters in Social Work and creating a sustainable clothing company accessible to minority communities, and also to open up a youth center in Houston. During my free time, I love creating art, reading, and listening to Mac Miller. I really enjoy working at the Music Library because it’s such a cozy place and I get to interact with some of the nicest and friendliest people here. An added bonus is seeing all the passionate students practice something they really love!"

Jessica Martinez, Library Assistant

Her roots in San Antonio, Jessica is majoring in Music Studies at Texas State. She is currently a member of the Texas State Wind Symphony, the Texas State Clarinet Choir, and the Bobcat Marching Band. She served as a brother and Secretary of the Theta Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi during her first two years at Texas State. In her free time, she loves to binge watch shows, play Animal Crossing, talk to her friends, and draw. Jessica loves working at the Schneider Music Library because it’s such a calm environment with kind patrons with whom she can talk about music.

Johanna Vargas, Library Assistant

Johanna is from a small town called Gilmer, Texas. She has been working at the Schneider Music Library since 2018. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Foods (Dietetics Concentration) with a minor in Spanish and plans to follow her passion to become a registered dietician. She is a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Alpha Sigma Pi, Latinas Unidas, and the Honors College. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, binge-watching shows, and cooking. Johanna loves working at the Music Library because of her deep appreciation for music as well as the aesthetic that it brings to the building.