Alumni Information

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Alumni of the UNT Composition Program have achieved success as composers, arrangers, orchestrators, music copyists, audio engineers, producers, conductors, and teachers, working for advertising agencies, film studios, recording companies, symphony orchestras, and universities throughout the United States and around the world. The alumni directory included on this website is being continuously updated, and your assistance is appreciated in keeping this information current. We welcome alumni to send new or updated information for inclusion on this site.

Alumni Spotlight

  • Warner Hutchison

    • MM, 1956
    • PhD, 1971
    • Professor Emeritus and former Composer-in-Residence and Music Department chair at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM); previously taught at Houghton College (1956-58) and at Union University (1959-66).

    • http://lib.nmsu.edu/subject/music/musiwahu.html

Recent Alumni News

  • Dream of a Thousand Keys, the dissertation composition by alumna Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011), was premiered on 8 March 2012 by the Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga as part of the International Women's Day celebration in Spain. The performance was featured on Canal Sur TV.

  • Alumnus Ricardo Gallo (BM 2002) remains active as a jazz composer and pianist. The Ricardo Gallo Cuarteto will be on a European tour (May-June 2012) and Gallo was featured in an article in the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. The interdisciplinary group La Quinta del Lobo premiered Gallo's work Vanitas Libellum in March 2012 at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, with subsequent performances at the Festival de La Imagen (Manizales, Colombia) and at Teatro Britanico (Lima, Peru).

  • There Are Ghosts, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011), has been selected for inclusion at the 2012 Studio 300 BYTE Gallery International Exhibition on 28-29 September 2012 in Lexington, KY. This festival will present thirty-four works by composers and artists from the United States, Europe, South America, and India, selected from a pool of over 200 entries. There Are Ghosts has also been selected for performance at the 2012 Soundcrawl Festival: Art of the Future exhibition at the Brick Factory on 7 October 2012 in Nashville, TN.

  • The following UNT composers had their works presented at the 2011 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) at the University of Huddersfield, England (31 July - 5 August 2011): doctoral student Dan Tramte; alumni Da Jeong Choi, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Yu-Chung Tseng; and former faculty John Mallia.

  • Alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (MM 2010) was awarded the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission at the 2012 SEAMUS Conference for his master's thesis composition, Fractus I for trumpet and electronics.

  • On Top of Wheat Silos, a work by alumnus Ryan Manchester (BM 2008) was presented by the Chicago-based group Access Contemporary Music on 6 December 2010. A review of the event may be found on the Chicago Classical Review website.

  • UNT composition alumnus Mark Scott (BM '08) won first prize in the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop Composition Competition for his work Quartet Stories. In addition to a cash prize, the winning composition was performed by the Curtis Institute Trombone Quartet in a recital during the workshop.

  • There Are Ghosts, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011), has been selected for performance at the international film and video festival, CINESONIKA, which takes place 18-19 February 2012 in British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the performance, all accepted works will be eligible for international distribution on DVD, public exhibition, museum curatorial, video on demand, and touring festival.

  • Systasis, an electroacoustic work by composition alumnus Dave Gedosh (DMA 2009) was selected as a finalist for the Fresh Minds Festival at Texas A & M University. Gedosh's Train Song was selected for the SEAMUS CD Vol 23 and was recently programmed at Last Friday Listening Room at UCSD by Tom Erbe, who is also programming the piece for a performance at Fort Mason in San Francisco as part of the Sweet Thunder Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in April 2014

  • Terry Lee (MM 2009) received a commission from the Rose V. Johnson Flute Performance Studio in Federal Way (Seattle), WA for a new work for flute choir. San Juan Suite, a five movement composition for 2 piccolos, 8 flutes, alto flute, and bass flute, was premiered in Federal Way on 4 June 2010.

  • This year's International Computer Music Conference, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 9-14 September 2012, will include works by several UNT composers. In addition to being presented at the conference, works by faculty members Jon Christopher Nelson (Turbulent Blue) and Panayiotis Kokoras (Construct Synthesis) were selected by an international jury from among 600 entries for inclusion on the conference CD. Alumni composers Yu-Chung Tseng, Elainie Lillios, Jon Anderson, and Mikel Kuehn will also have works presented at the conference.

  • Alumnus Kevin Walczyk (MM 1991; DMA 1994) has been named the recipient of the ninth Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. The competition, organized by the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts, supports and promotes composers and the performance of their new musical works. An international award, the prize offers a substantial recognition including a commission of $25,000 to compose a work for a specified ensemble, public performances, and a recording. This year’s prize is for a concerto for brass quintet (Atlantic Brass Quintet) and wind ensemble.

  • Piano works by current and former UNT composers were presented in two programs in Seoul, South Korea. "UNT in South Korea: Works for Piano" was sponsored by the Composers Forum and featured works by Daniel Bernardo, Da Jeong Choi, Joshua Harris, John Mallia, Andrew May, and James Worlton. The works were performed at Konkuk University (20 May 2010) and Baekseok Art University (27 May 2010) by UNT alumni pianists Hyangmee Kim, Min Kim, Eun Jun Oh, and Young Mi Seo.

  • UNT composition alumna Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010) received a commission from the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to compose a piano trio titled Blue Mirror, Green Mirror, Red Mirror. The work is scheduled to be performed by players of the TSO in August 2011, and will be published and subsequently released on CD.

  • Alumnus composer Chaz Underriner (BA 2010) received a commission as the winner of the annual composition competition by the Santa Clarita Master Chorale for the piece A Mountain in Labor for choir, narrator and piano. The work was premiered in June 2011 at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center (Santa Clarita, CA).

  • Improbable Edges for oboe and trombone by alumnus composer Mark Scott (BM 2008) will be performed by fellow UNT alumni Ben and Kristin Polk at the 2011 International Double Reed Society conference at Arizona State University.

  • Dave Gedosh (DMA 2009) has been offered a tenure-track position at Rose State College (Oklahoma City, OK), where he will direct the audio recording program. Dr. Gedosh's work Train Songs was also recently selected for inclusion on the SEAMUS 2013 CD recording.

  • Composition alumnus Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Low Brass & Instrumental Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University, beginning in the fall 2012.

  • Eleven UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2014 Conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, 27-29 March 2014: faculty composer Jon Nelson; student composers Stephen Lucas, Mark Oliveiro, Clay Allen, and Jen Hill; alumni composers Paul Thomas, Greg Dixon, Eli Fieldsteel, Chapman Welch, and Peter McCulloch; and former faculty composer Butch Rovan.

  • Works by the following UNT composers were selected for performance at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in New York City and Stony Brook, NY on 1-5 June 2010: student composer Da Jeong Choi (Reflection in the Glass); emeritus faculty composer Larry Austin (Le flutes de Pan, homage a Debussy); alumna composer Elainie Lillios (Nostalgiac Visions); and past CEMI resident composer Diana Simpson-Salazar (Spindle Song).

  • Jamesy Boy, a film with an original soundtrack by alumnus Jermaine Stegall (MM 2003), opens in select theaters nationwide 17 January 2014. Jermaine's other recent credits include the Emmy-winning TV series documentary Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (Shay’s Rebellion: America’s First Civil War), and additional music for Scream 4 (directed by Wes Craven), An American Carol (directed by David Zucker), CW Television Network’s Supernatural, and the Nickelodeon TV movie The Last Day of Summer.

  • Alumna composer Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000), an associate professor of composition at Bowling Green State University, has been awarded a commission from the prestigious Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in Paris. Lillios is only the second American composer in the history of the GRM to be awarded a commission. Lillios’s new work will be premiered in October 2013 at La maison de Radio France in the Salle Olivier Messiaen, as a featured piece on the GRM’s “Multiphonies” concert series.

  • Err Prenne, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011) has been selected for inclusion at the 2012 International WOCMAT (International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology) conference, which takes place on 30 November and 1 December at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Republic of China. The conference includes guest speakers John Chowning, Simon Emmerson, Richard Dudas, among others, as well as sound installations and music and technology exhibitions.

  • The Unspoken Geography: FEAR by alumna composer Christina Rusnak (MA 2010) was performed 2 March 2013 at the 12th Annual CSUF New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century. On 23 July 2013, Rusnak's Teklanika, a work created in Denali National Park and Yukon Charley National Preserve, was performed at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Going Rogue for horn trio will be premiered on 18 October 2013, and Adriana for solo flute will be performed on 15 November 2013, both in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Rusnak recently was commissioned by Oregon State Parks to compose a work for a new state park, Cottonwood Canyon, to be premiered in the spring of 2014.

  • Alumnus composer Yo Goto (MM 2004) has been awarded the American Bandmasters Association 2011 Sousa/Ostwald Award for his work Songs for wind ensemble. Previous winners of this prestigious award include North Texas alumni Michael Daugherty (2007) and Fisher Tull (1970), and former faculty composer Martin Mailman (1983, 1989).

  • Alumnus Jon Anderson's electroacoustic work for fixed media, dash.em, was selected for performance at the regional Society of Composers Inc. Conference hosted by Clarke University. His work for fixed media and video luft am morgen, was selected for performance at the 2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Both works were also invited for performance at the 2013 Electronic Music Midwest Mini-Festival, part of the New Sounds Festival 2013 hosted by Western Michigan University.

  • Alumna composer Sarah Summar was profiled in the recent UNT INhouse web magazine (13 December 2012).

  • In Spring 2011, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra called on alumnus Robert Pound (BM, '92) as both conductor and composer, inviting him to conduct the ASO and commissioning him to compose a fanfare in honor of Music Director Robert Spano's tenth anniversary with the orchestra. Other recent premieres include his work for cello and piano, goes around, composed for the Murasaki Duo and perfomed by the duo on their Spring 2013 tour. Pound's work exhortation, a setting of texts for soprano and string trio inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's letters, was premiered by soprano Juliana Burdick at the Peabody Conservatory in May 2013.

  • Chaz Underriner (BA 2010) has performed as a guitarist at REDCAT in Los Angeles at the Sofia Gubaidulina Festival (May 2011), at the Wild Beast concert hall at California Institute of the Arts as a soloist with the Dogstar Orchestra performing Michael Pisaro's here (1) (July 2011), and as a soloist at the Laboratorium 2011 Festival in Antwerp, Beligum performing Mark Applebaum's DNA (March 2011).

  • The following North Texas composers will be participating in Electronic Music Midwest at Kansas City Kansas Community College (30 September - 1 October 2011): students Jonathan Jackson, Greg Dixon, and Dan Tramte; and alumnae Da Jeong Choi and Elainie Lillios.

  • Nine UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2012 Conference at Lawrence University, 9-11 February 2012: student composers L. Scott Price and Greg Dixon; alumni composers Ethan Hayden, Chapman Welch, Mikel Kuehn, Daniel Zajicek, Eli Fieldsteel, and Elainie Lillios; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.

  • Etude for Orchestra, a work by alumna Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010), will receive a performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2011, with the composer conducting. The Japan Federation of Composers sponsors the performance as part of the Asian Music Festival 2011.

  • Just After The Rain, a work by faculty composer Jon Christopher Nelson, is one of nine works selected by an international jury for Sonic Screens 2011. The work will be performed at O' in Milan, Italy on 26 November 2011. One of the other selected works was Spindlesong by 2007 Bourges/CEMI resident Diana Salazar (Simpson).

  • The Canadian Electroacoustic Community, in collaboration with the Australasian Computer Music Association (ACMA) has announced the results of the 11th edition of JTTP (Jeu de Temps/Time Play). This year's winners included doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro in the Australasian section (for In Maluga) and 2010 Bourges resident artist Émilie Payeur in the Canadian section (for Triptyque). The 2010 edition of this project was open to young and/or emerging sound artists/composers from (or living in) either Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

  • Recent composition graduate Joshua Harris (PhD 2013) has accepted a tenure-track position in music at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he will be teaching theory, composition, and electronic music, as well as directing the school's music theater productions. He will begin his appointment in the fall of 2014.

  • Alumna composer Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010) has recently received three commissions for new works: Adoration for piano four-hands will be premiered in Houston on 17 November 2012; Before Sunrise for vibraphone and marimba, and will be premiered on 4 December 2012 at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, performed by percussionists Ling Sun and Kunihiko Komori; and Currents of Inevitable Convergence for chamber orchestra and computer music will be premiered in 2013 by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

  • Composition alumnus Stephen Anderson (MM 2000; DMA 2005) received a commission from the Barlow Endowment for a new piano concerto, composed for UNT faculty pianist Steven Harlos. Harlos premiered the work with the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tonu Kalam, on 13 April 2010.

  • Jonathan Anderson (DMA 2010) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at Wayne State University beginning Fall 2011, after having served as Dance Media/Production Coordinator at the university in recent years.

  • "Epitaphs Unwritten," the second symphony by alumnus Kevin Walczyk (MM 1991; DMA 1994), was selected as the winner of the National Band Association's 2011 Wiliam D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest. Dr. Walczyk's Songs of Paradise for concert band received an honorable mention in the 2011 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Young Band Composition Contest.

  • Alumna composer Michelle Alonso (BM 2011) has been awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Fellowship for the summer of 2012. The fellowship provides three months of free housing for artists to work at the Foundation, located in Taos, New Mexico.

  • UNT alumnus and composer Michael Daugherty was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his piece Deux ex Machina. The album was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Classical Album.

  • Alumna composer Christina Rusnak has been selected as Composer-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument in spring 2012 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. The residency will provide three weeks of housing at the monument, located near Beatrice Nebraska.

  • Eleven UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2013 Conference at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, MN, 18-20 April 2013: faculty composers Panayiotis Kokoras and Jon Christopher Nelson; doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro; alumni composers Jon Anderson, Greg Dixon, Eli Fieldsteel, Dave Gedosh, Elainie Lillios, and L. Scott Price; and former faculty composer Butch Rovan. Also participating in the conference was faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt.

  • The first movement of Ilya Y. Rostovtsev's master's thesis composition Understatements was selected for presentation in the Pixilerations festival at Brown University in Rhode Island (October 2010) and the sfSound-curated San Francisco Tape Music Festival (January 2011).

  • Faculty composer Panayiotis Kokoras and alumnus Joshua Harris (PhD 2013) were two of the nineteen composers selected for the juried recording project, SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures 2013: Negative Space.

  • The following UNT composers participated in the SEAMUS 2010 Conference at St. Cloud State University, 8-10 April 2010: student composers Greg Dixon and Da Jeong Choi; faculty members David Bithell, Andrew May, Jon Christopher Nelson, and Elizabeth McNutt; emeritus faculty composer Larry Austin; and alumni composers Elainie Lillios and Chapman Welch.

  • Doctoral composers Da Jeong Choi and Greg Dixon, and alumnus Chapman Welch, were invited as guest artists to New Music Focus Week 2010 at the State University of New York, Oneonta (28 March - 1 April 2010). In addition to performances of their works by percussionist Julie Licata, Choi also presented three lectures at the festival.

  • Fourteen UNT-affiliated composers have been selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2011 Conference at the University of Miami, 20-22 January 2011: student composers Da Jeong Choi, Greg Dixon, Joshua Harris, Brian Hernandez, Mark Oliveiro, L. Scott Price, and Dan Tramte; alumni composers Elainie Lillios, Stephen Lucas, Ilya Rostovtsev, Kohsuke Tajima, Rodney Waschka, and Chapman Welch; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.

  • This year's International Computer Music Conference, which takes place in Perth, Australia on 11-17 August 2013, will include works by four UNT-affiliated composers: doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro (Sikinnis), alumni Yu-Chung Tseng (Fantasy) and Jing Wang (Brahmanda), and Bourges residency composer Diana Salazar (Capsicum Fever)

  • Alumnus Arthur Barrow (BM 1975) has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Singularity, an album featuring music by Robby Krieger of The Doors. Barrow co-wrote much of the music and co-produced the album with Krieger. Singularity was released in June 2010, and is a nominee in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. The award ceremony is 13 February 2011.

  • Diversions, a four movement work for tuba and piano by Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), received its world premiere on 20 May 2011 at the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, which was held at Northern Arizona University. The work was premiered by Justin Lerma, tubist with the U.S. Navy Band in San Diego, CA.

  • Alumnus Chapman Welch's article "Programming Machines and People: Techniques for Live Improvisation with Electronics" will be published in The Leonardo Music Journal 20.

  • Alumna composer Christina Rusnak continues to organize the sound art series titled "New Sounds for a New Space" at the Dallas Contemporary, with a program on 7 October 2010 at 7:00 pm. The program includes works by Rusnak, and faculty composers Cindy McTee and David Stout.

  • Alumnus Ricardo Gallo (BM 2002) received a grant from the Colombian Ministry of Culture for an artist residency at Banff, Canada, in October-November 2012. During the residency, Gallo will complete a new work for the New York-based ensemble Yarn/Wire.