Graduate student Drew Zaremba wins $10,000 Inspiration Award!

When Drew Zaremba was a toddler, he told his parents he wanted to play every instrument in the world.He learned the piano at the age of five and picked up the saxophone when he turned 10. He began composing his own music in high school. Now, the jazz studies graduate student plays six instruments and directs the Four O’Clock Lab Band. His largest endeavor yet was founding the Unity Orchestra, an effort that led to his nomination and subsequent win of $10,000 in UNT’s second annual Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards.

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UNT Acquires Gene Puerling Collection

The UNT College of Music has received music written by Grammy-winning vocal arranger and renowned vocalist, the late Gene Puerling, along with musical scores, instrumental arrangements and other memorabilia from Puerling’s widow, Helen. The Gene Puerling Collection will reside in the Special Collections section of UNT’s Music Library. The collection will be accessible for the entire UNT community and guests by special arrangement. It will be housed in UNT’s Music Library on the fourth floor of Willis Library. Those who would like to access it should give the Music Library staff at least one day’s notice to make the collection readily available. Full Article Here

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Summer workshops offered for music students of all ages!

Each summer, UNT's College of Music opens its doors to music students whose ages and levels of experience span a wide range. From elementary school students, to college graduates, students and professionals, those who want to learn more, fine tune their musical skills, or build on their knowledge of music instruction are invited to apply for the College of Music's summer workshops, many of which offer participants the opportunity to perform in public concerts throughout the summer.

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The 2015-16 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Has Been Announced!

Brendon Wilkins [music education (flute), jazz studies (saxophone)] has been selected as the 2015-16 Presser Undergraduate Scholar for the UNT College of Music. Brendon’s major professors are Mary Karen Clardy for flute and Brad Leali for saxophone (Alex Fraile, applied instruction). He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. He was 1st place winner in the 2014 scholarship competition of NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians) at the local and regional levels, and he won 3rd Place in the final round of competition in Los Angeles. Brendon won the DMTA 2015 Woodwind Young Artist Competition and will compete at the state level in Houston in June. Brendon is currently in the Five O’clock Lab Band as lead alto sax.

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Current DMA student wins BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship!

Congratulations to Aaron Hedenstrom, a second-year musical arts doctoral candidate in Jazz Performance at the University of North Texas, for being awarded the first ever BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship!

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