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John Richmond named dean of UNT’s College of Music

DENTON (UNT), Texas - John W. Richmond, director of the Glenn Korff School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named the dean of the University of North Texas College of Music.

“Dr. Richmond possesses the leadership and experience needed to support and grow the reputation of UNT’s College of Music as one of the largest and most respected comprehensive music schools in the world,” said Finley Graves, provost and vice president for... Read more.


UNT College of Music receives sizable donation of works by retired faculty member, famed composer

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Larry Austin, retired University of North Texas College of Music professor and famed composer, has donated his life's work to the college. Austin, who retired from UNT in 1996 after 18 years on the faculty, has been highly successful as a composer for traditional as well as experimental music genres. Compositions donated to UNT have been performed and recorded by the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and the National Symphony orchestras, as well as many other major ensembles in North America and Europe.

"In addition to his significant contributions to... Read more.


UNT One O'Clock Lab Band recording new album, heading Down Under

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band has an exciting summer in store – they are recording a new album and heading to Australia.

"Our student musicians will assist in leading concerts and clinics at the James Morrison Academy, perform for thousands of jazz students from all across Australia as featured headliner at the Generations of Jazz Festival, and collaborate with numerous jazz professionals and jazz orchestras from Australia and around the world," said One O'Clock Lab Band Director Jay Saunders. "This is a major recruiting... Read more.


UNT College of Music jazz students win 8 'DownBeat' Student Music Awards

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas College of Music jazz students, faculty and ensembles have been honored by the national jazz and blues magazine "DownBeat"with a total of eight student music and outstanding performance awards. The awards, considered the most prestigious in jazz education, will be announced in the June issue of the magazine.

Jennifer Barnes, assistant professor of vocal jazz and mentor of the UNT Jazz Singers, earned the DownBeat Jazz Education Achievement Award while the UNT Jazz Singers won in the Graduate College Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category... Read more.


UNT Concert Orchestra to perform commissioned work by Grammy nominee

UNT Concert Orchestra to perform commissioned work by Grammy nominee and jazz professor Rich DeRosa

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- It has been an exciting time for University of North Texas jazz professor Rich DeRosa. First, he was named chief conductor of the Grammy award-winning WDR Big Band in Germany for the 2014-16 season. Then, in December, he was nominated for a Grammy for his composition "Neil," performed by... Read more.


UNT HarpBeats bring modern spin to classical instrument

UNT HarpBeats bring modern spin to classical instrument

What: The UNT HarpBeats, an ensemble of nine harpists who perform pieces ranging from Bach to the music of Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift, present an evening of modern and classical music.

When: 6:30 p.m. April 14 (Thursday).

Where: Paul Voertman Concert Hall, located in the Music Building at 415 Avenue C, Denton.

Cost: Free.

More... Read more.


April Highlights

UNT College of Music highlights April events

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The spring semester is winding down, but the University of North Texas College of Music is gearing up for a busy April. This month brings an African cultural festival, choral and orchestral performances, and a famed jazz singer who has toured with Sting and Paul Simon. Below are a few highlights followed by a complete calendar of April performances.


UNT College of Music Summer Workshops

UNT College of Music offers a wide range of stimulating summer workshops

 

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Music is registering musicians for their summer workshops – and you don't have to be a college student to attend. This year, there will be a variety of jazz, instrumental and voice classes for musicians ages 14 and up.

For the first time, double bassists and harpists are... Read more.


March Highlights

UNT College of Music highlights March events

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The spring semester is in full swing, and the University of North Texas College of Music is offering a variety of concerts, recitals and symphonic performances. Below are a few highlights of March performances.

  • The University of North Texas College of Music's One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, will perform with world-renowned pianist and composer... Read more.


Grammy-winner performs with One O'Clock Lab Band

Danilo Pérez, Panama 500, join One O'Clock Lab Band for annual Glenn E. Gomez Endowment concert 

The University of North Texas College of Music's One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, will perform with world-renowned pianist and composer Danilo Pérez at 8 p.m. on March 3 as part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series and this year's Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies visit.

"We're very excited to have Danilo Pérez as our guest for the Gomez Endowment residency," said John Murphy, chair of the Division of Jazz Studies. "His... Read more.


Orchestra Concerts- Something for Everyone!

With two full orchestras and visiting ensembles such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the UNT College of Music has become a prime source of outstanding orchestral performances.

On Feb. 3, the UNT Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler's large-scale Symphony No. 6 in A minor, sometimes referred to as his "tragic" symphony. Mahler's wife wrote at the time of its creation that it was his most personal work, saying both she and Mahler were moved to tears, "so deeply did we feel this music and the sinister premonitions it disclosed." The audience at its 1906 premiere was said to... Read more.


Division of Jazz Studies Welcomes Guest Artists

Jazz lovers have an exciting spring in store as world-renowned artists join UNT musicians for unforgettable performances.

UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band will perform with Grammy-award winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez on March 3 as part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series. Pérez, who is this year's Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies guest artist, will be a featured soloist for the first half of the concert. His band Panama 500 will be invited to the stage for the second half of the show. The dual performance, featuring lively jazz... Read more.


UNT Opera Celebrates Strong Women

The UNT Opera has chosen a theme of celebrating strong women for this season. "The Mother of Us All," a work that chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony and her fight for women's suffrage is the centerpiece of the spring 2016 repertoire. The second collaboration between author Gertrude Stein and composer Virgil Thompson, this 20th century modernist opera features the UNT Opera and Concert Orchestra melding together both fictional and non-fictional characters from American History. Performances begin Feb. 26 and run through March 6.

Continuing in the celebration of strong women,... Read more.


DeRosa, several alumni nominated for Grammys

Rich DeRosa, right, the director of jazz composition and arranging studies for the UNT College of Music, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Instrumental Composition category for his song “Neil” from the work “Lab 2015.” The composition was played by the UNT ... Read more.


The College of Music Mourns the Loss of Regents Professor Emeritus Cecil D. Adkins

Cecil D. Adkins (January 30, 1932 – November 4, 2015) was born in Red Oak, Iowa on January 30, 1932.  Adkins earned the BFA in organ in 1953 from the University of Omaha, the MM in theory in 1959 from the University of South Dakota and the Ph.D. in theory in 1963 from the University of Iowa.  His thesis was entitled “A Study of Chromaticism in the Works of Chopin.”  His dissertation was entitled “The Theory and Technique of the Monochord.”

He was assistant conductor and arranger for the Fourth Armored Division Band... Read more.


November/December Highlights

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The UNT College of Music fall concert schedule concludes with Mozart's Don Giovanni, a performance by the One O'Clock Lab Band with highly regarded drummer Dennis Mackrel, a night of chamber music presented by the UNT Center for Chamber Music Studies, a tribute to the legendary divas of jazz by the UNT Jazz Singers, and an abundance of holiday music, both in November with a Czech music festival featuring a Czech Christmas mass and in December with two concerts of classic holiday favorites: the return of last year's popular Sounds of the Holidays,... Read more.


7 Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Season!

Musicians and music lovers from around the world will flock to UNT’s College of Music this fall for a variety of concerts, events and international festivals. Classical music, jazz, the best of Broadway and holiday classics are on the program this season starting with the 51st annual American Liszt Festival in September and ending with the popular Sounds of the Holidays concert in December, this year featuring choral music.

Be sure to mark these seven big events on your calendar and check our online calendar for all concerts and events happening at the College of Music... Read more.


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