Alumni Information

Recent Alumni News

In addition to these recent accomplishments, a record of significant past achievements by students and alumni may be found here.

  • Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind by alumna Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000) received second prize in the 7th Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2014 in Argentina. The Destellos Prix 2014 jury was composed of: Gilles Gobeil (Canada), Eric Chasalow (EU), Gregorio Jiménez (Spain), Federico Schumacher (Chile) and chaired by Elsa Justel.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.