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UNT to host largest trumpet competition in the nation

DENTON (UNT), Texas - In March, the finest trumpet players from all over the nation will converge on the University of North Texas for the 26th annual National Trumpet Competition, the largest of its kind. Competitors will vie for thousands of dollars in prize money and have opportunities to network with other top talent.

“It’s truly a trumpet-centric event and one that brings together the brightest and best for healthy competition, networking and instruction,” said Jason Bergman, assistant... Read more.


One O’Clock Lab Band to perform with critically acclaimed jazz saxophonist

What: UNT One O’Clock Lab Band directed by Alan Baylock, will perform with guest artist Jimmy Heath.

When: 8 p.m. March 1 (Thursday)

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $15 for the public; $10 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center... Read more.


For 20 years, Denton’s New Horizons Band has helped North Texas seniors get in tune with their musical talents

DENTON (UNT), Texas - On Monday afternoons during the University of North Texas fall and spring semesters, the Denton Senior Center is filled with the vibrant sounds of a traditional concert wind ensemble – woodwinds, brass and percussion all working together in harmony. But, there is something unique about the musicians sitting in the chairs of the two Denton New Horizons bands – they are either active adults or retirees.

Buddy Givens, who played music in college, the Air Force and a Shrine band, says when he moved to the area, he was looking for new musical opportunities.

... Read more.


UNT opera director brings his expertise of Weill to interpretation of “Street Scene”

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Jonathan Eaton, University of North Texas College of Music Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, wants to transport his audience to a New York tenement in the sweltering summer of 1946 for a classic American story of love and loss, heartbreak and hope when he presents Kurt Weill’s classic, “Street Scene.”

“One of the fascinating things about ‘Street Scene’ is that the... Read more.


Benefit concert in memory of accomplished UNT student pianist to raise scholarship funds

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas College of Music is presenting a benefit concert in memory of Reuben Allred, an accomplished piano student who died unexpectedly in April 2017.

Allred was working on his doctorate of musical arts in piano performance and earned a graduate artist certificate at UNT. He was assistant chorus master of the Dallas Opera and served as artist-in-residence and guest lecturer at universities around the world.

“Mr. Allred was a highly respected and sought-after collaborator, accompanying 25 to 30 concerts each year,” said Regents... Read more.


UNT Music in the City: Canetti-menagerie, a surreal soiree

Moody Performance Hall 4-11-2018 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets:  theMPAC.com

Join us April 11 at 7:30pm in Moody Performance Hall to experience UNT faculty composer Joseph Klein’s Canetti-menagerie: a surreal soiree, a collection of solo and chamber performances depicting seven characters from Nobel Prize winning author Elias Canetti’s book Earwitness: Fifty Characters. These varied and eccentric personae come to life through haunting musical performances by UNT faculty and guest artists, dramatic visualizations by local artist... Read more.


Gospel Meets Jazz concert at UNT celebrates Black History

What: Gospel Meets Jazz conducted by Brad Leali.

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 (Sunday).

Where: Paul Voertman Concert Hall, 415 S. Ave. C in Denton.

Cost: Free.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Brad Leali, College of Music jazz saxophone professor, presents his fifth annual Black History Month concert, “Gospel Meets Jazz,” at the ... Read more.


UNT jazz professor takes talents to New York to perform with big names at internationally lauded club

DENTON (UNT), Texas - It’s always exciting to get the band back together, but especially so for Davy Mooney, assistant professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas, who’s bringing his Hope of Home band together for a rare New York appearance. The band, which consists of some of the biggest names in jazz – Brian Blade, drummer for musicians ranging from Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, to UNT alumna Norah Jones; Jon Cowherd, pianist and composer who’s worked with the likes of Rosanna Cash, Cassandra Wilson and Iggy Pop; John Ellis, saxophonist and composer who has played with... Read more.


UNT alumni see Grammy wins at 60th annual awards show

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Two University of North Texas alumni were part of projects that earned three awards at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28). Here is a round-up of the winners:

Edward Stephan

Alumnus Edward Stephan is a timpanist for the Pittsburgh Orchestra, which won in the categories of Best Engineered Album (Classical) and Best Orchestral Performance.

Frank Greene

Alumnus Frank Greene is lead trumpet for the Christian McBride Big Band... Read more.


UNT Wind Symphony collaborates with Lone Star Wind Orchestra for tribute to local children’s advocacy group

What: The UNT Wind Symphony and The Lone Star Wind Orchestra present “Winds of a Grateful Heart,” conducted by Eugene Corporon

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (Thursday).                                                              

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $10 for the public; $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT... Read more.


Famed composer Bruce Broughton joins UNT Symphonic Band for concert featuring his music

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Bruce Broughton, 10-time Emmy Award winner and 2017-18 University of North Texas composer-in-residence, will return to the College of Music to join the Symphonic Band in a performance of his compositions and participate in a unique on-stage conversation where he will discuss his music, career and contributions live for the audience. Media: Download image... Read more.


UNT hosts national student electronic music festival

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The seventh annual National Student Electronic Music Event is coming to the University of North Texas College of Music. There have been 157 submissions for the festival, including works for fixed media (stereo and multichannel), instruments + electronics, audiovisual works, actor + electronics and one sound installation for robotic performers.

 

What: The 7th annual National Student Electronic Music Festival... Read more.


The Musician's Bookkeeper helps make handling finances less taxing for freelance performers

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas College of Music master’s student Kyle McKay was playing a gig with a band in New England when he noticed what turned out to be a common theme – freelance musicians need help with their finances, including tax preparation. That’s what inspired him to create The Musician’s Bookkeeper.

“I mentioned that I needed to keep track of the miles I was driving so I could deduct them on my taxes. The other band members’... Read more.


UNT doctoral music student receives Fulbright-Hays fellowship to research mariachi in Mexico

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- José R. Torres-Ramos, University of North Texas College of Music doctoral student, has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to study mariachi in Mexico for a year. He is the first UNT Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology to earn this honor.  

“I told myself that if I were to win this award, I’d just start crying because it’s probably one of the most prestigious awards somebody in ethnomusicology can win,” Torres-Ramos said. “I’m very humbled, I’m very... Read more.


Annual Ricco Ethics Award Competition

 

Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. The competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. Applicants for the 2018 competition must submit an essay on a Case Study Topic.

Awards of $1... Read more.


UNT Music In the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism

The UNT College of Music is engaging a broader audience by again taking their talents to Moody Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St. in Dallas. “UNT Music in the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism,” is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 (Friday).

Molly Fillmore, soprano and professor of voice, describes the performance as a metaphor for a spectrum: “As a glass prism can disperse a ray of light into many colors, so too have three composers, George Crumb, Reza Vali and Luciano Berio, added layers of richness, beauty, attitude, and in some cases, haunting overtones to melodies that... Read more.


Experimenting with music accelerates child development in UNT’s Early Childhood Music program

What: University of North Texas’ Early Childhood Music program offers music classes for children from birth to 5 years old. The classes are designed to accelerate childrens’ development in song, rhythm and expressivity.

When: There will be a 10-week winter session held Fridays from Jan. 5 - March 9 and Saturdays from Jan. 6 – March 10.

Where: Room 115 of the Music Annex Building, at the corner of Avenue C and Highland in Denton (1630 W. Highland St.).

Cost:... Read more.


UNT faculty and alumni nominated for Grammy Awards

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas faculty and alumni are part of projects that have received nominations in 10 categories for the 60th annual Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Nominations, which include UNT alumna Maren Morris, who was nominated this year in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “I Could Use a Love Song,” were announced on Nov. 28.

Since 1964, 100 UNT College of Music alumni have worked on projects nominated for Grammy Awards, with 53... Read more.


Ring in the holidays with UNT’s sounds of the season

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- ‘Tis the season for the University of North Texas College of Music to ring in the holidays with UNT Sounds of the Holidays, TUBACHRISTMAS and a special holiday performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers.

The holiday festivities begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 (Friday) when the Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers present “Handl and Handel” at the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton. The performance... Read more.


Qawwali singers bring 700-year-old mystical music to UNT

Qawwali began more than 700 years ago as a musical tradition to deliver inspirational messages to devotees inside a shrine – a place where Sufi Muslims with mystical beliefs would seek the truth of divine love and knowledge. It is rarely heard outside of those sacred walls. Now the University of North Texas College of Music is bringing direct descendants of some of the original Qawwali singers to the Recital Hall in the Music Building, 415 S. Ave. C, at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 (Thursday) to perform their spiritual craft.

“The art of these sacred songs of love is captivating – it strikes deep... Read more.


Internationally renowned director Jonathan Eaton directs UNT's "The Magic Flute"

Jonathan Eaton, the new Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, has had a successful career – directing performances both nationally and internationally for some of the most prestigious opera companies. From Dallas, to Chicago, to New York, San Francisco and San Diego, overseas to Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and France, this international opera director has spread his talents around the world. Now he’s bringing his unique perspective to the UNT College of Music to enrich North Texas with his operatic vision.

He does not shy away from current events and political... Read more.


‘Best of the Two’ album release honors esteemed retired UNT Lab Band directors

What: Jim Riggs and Jay Saunders, jazz leaders and retired UNT Lab Band directors, to be honored at a University of North Texas College of Music Division of Jazz Studies album release celebration. 

When: 2 p.m. Oct. 14 (Saturday).

Where: Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

Tickets: Free.

Media: Download images... Read more.


Premier big band and Grammy-winning artist featured in UNT One O’Clock Lab Band guest concerts

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The United States Navy Band Commodores – one of only five professional big bands in the U.S – and Christian McBride, a four-time Grammy-winning jazz virtuoso who’s one of the most recorded musicians of his generation, will each join the One O’Clock Lab Band for concerts this fall.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, an 18-piece Washington D.C. premier big band that features six UNT College of... Read more.


‘Billboard’ names UNT College of Music top music business school

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- “Billboard Magazine” has released its list of the “15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017,” and the University of North Texas College of Music has earned a coveted spot.

“I am thrilled for the recognition," said Fabiana Claure, director of career development and entrepreneurship in music, who developed the... Read more.


Celebration of milestones culminates in Carnegie Hall concert for UNT Regents professor

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- It’s a year of milestones for University of North Texas Regents Professor of Double Bass Jeff Bradetich. His treasured bass turned 250 years old this year; he celebrated his 60th birthday – 50 of those years have been dedicated to playing bass; he marked 30 years of honing the skills of talented musicians in his summer strings institute; his foundation just celebrated its first decade; and now he plans to commemorate it all by performing at Carnegie Hall 35 years – almost to the day – after his debut in the prestigious venue.

“There’s something very special... Read more.


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