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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.


UNT jazz takes talents to Klyde Warren Park for “Jazz on the Green”

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Music Division of Jazz Studies is continuing to celebrate its 70th year by partnering with The Dallas Foundation for “Jazz on the Green” at Klyde Warren Park, located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway in... Read more.


Collaborative pianists to gather at UNT for 2017 CollabFest

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- They are used to playing second fiddle – or, in this case, piano – to other instrumentalists, singers, dancers and performing artists. Now, collaborative pianists are getting their moment in the spotlight at the University of North Texas College of Music’s second annual CollabFest – the first festival of its type in the nation.

“Collaborative pianists are trained as partners and love to work with others. Though well able to... Read more.


UNT Symphony Orchestra takes their talents to the Dallas Arts District

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 08:12
Category: Arts and Music General News

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Music is engaging a broader audience by taking their talents to the newly renamed Moody Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St. in Dallas. The UNT Symphony Orchestra will kick off this semester’s journey south at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

The performance will include Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 with world-renowned pianist Misha Dichter. It coincides with the beginning of the world-wide... Read more.


Grammy-nominated franchise and Broadway tunes create “An Enchanted Evening” at UNT College of Music gala

What: The annual University of North Texas College of Music Gala, this year titled An Enchanted Evening - An Homage to the Leading Ladies of Broadway, is presented by Independent Bank and will feature a concert showcasing the UNT Symphony Orchestra and select student vocalists under the direction of David Itkin. The performance is open to the public. The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alan Baylock, will perform for guests of the reception and dinner to follow at UNT Gateway Center.

... Read more.


Free weekly lab band & jazz ensemble concerts at UNT Union Syndicate

The University of North Texas College of Music kicks off Jazz at the Syndicate at 9 p.m. on Sept. 12 (Tuesday). The free evening and lunchtime jazz performances will be held in the University Union Syndicate, 1155 Union Circle.

The weekly concerts are open to the UNT community and the general public. Performances showcase the UNT College of Music’s variety of jazz ensembles at noon on Thursdays and Fridays and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band will kick off the first... Read more.


Famed composer to join UNT College of Music

He is best known for his many memorable and award-winning film scores including “Silverado,” “Tombstone,” “The Rescuers Down Under,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” among others. “JAG,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Dinosaurs” all grace his television theme repertoire. Now, Bruce Broughton, a 10-time Emmy Award winner, will be joining the University of North Texas College of Music as the 2017-18 composer-in-residence. He will work with students and conduct research as part of four one-week... Read more.


Second annual double bass competition to bring finest international young musicians to UNT

The University of North Texas College of Music is hosting 20 of the world’s most talented young musicians as part of the second annual Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Competition. The event will be held Sept. 1 (Friday) -5 (Tuesday) with three rounds of performances, including a final performance with an orchestra.

“We are looking for the very finest performers in the world... Read more.


Remembering Paul Voertman

Paul Russell Voertman, 88, philanthropist, patron of art and music, and former owner of Denton's iconic Voertman's Bookstore, died June 21, 2017.

Paul wants people to remember him as being fair-minded. But he was so much more to so many people and so many organizations.

Paul was born in Denton on April 30, 1929, to Roy Fredrick and Helena Jacobson Voertman. He grew up with the Voertman Bookstore, which was established near the University of North Texas by his father in 1925. While Paul worked there during breaks from school... Read more.


UNT College of Music launches music entrepreneurship competition

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Music students at the University of North Texas are invited to create and submit business plans as part of the College of Music’s inaugural Music Entrepreneurship Competition.

Competitors will be eligible to earn cash prizes totaling $18,000, which can be used by the students to launch start-up businesses.

Fabiana Claure, director of career development and entrepreneurship in music, said the competition aims to engage students in... Read more.


UNT tops alumni list for renowned Disneyland band

DENTON (UNT), Texas – For University of North Texas College of Music graduate student Brendon Wilkins, the opportunity to perform in the Disneyland All-American College Band was much more than a summer job.

An alto saxophonist, Wilkins performed with some of the best collegiate musicians in the country while learning tips from the industry’s top jazz musicians.

“It was terrific. I have never had an experience quite like this,” said Wilkins, 24, a member of the 2016 band. “I learned a lot about what it takes to make it as a professional musician.”

Wilkins is the most... Read more.


UNT jazz student wins two international saxophone competitions

DENTON (UNT), Texas - University of North Texas College of Music senior, Howard Dietz, won the Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth Saxophone Idol competitionand Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program award for saxophone.

Saxophone Idol is an international jazz competition in which selected finalists from around the world are invited to perform live in front of a panel of judges and a sold-out house. The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program award “... Read more.


Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth returns to UNT for unique performance

What: Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform a concert at the University of North Texas.

When: 8 p.m. March 9 (Thursday).

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton. The event also will be streamed live at https://recording.music.unt.edu/.

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


College of Music harp ensemble raising funds to perform on international stage

College of Music harp ensemble raising funds to perform on international stage

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas HarpBeats will perform at the World Harp Congress, one of the most prestigious honors in the world for harpists.

The HarpBeats, a 10-member College of Music ensemble, will travel to Hong Kong in July for the concert.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Jaymee Haefner, director of the ensemble and assistant professor of harp. “The... Read more.


College of Music alumni see Grammy wins

DENTON (UNT), Texas - University of North Texas alumni picked up several awards at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 12). Here are a round-up of the winners:

Maren Morris: Country star newcomer Maren Morris won big with the... Read more.


Roomful of Teeth to serve as 2016-17 artist-in-residence

What: A free performance by Roomful of Teeth, the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble and artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas for 2016-17.

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 17 (Monday)

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

Cost: Free, but interested guests are asked to reserve their seats at http://www.thempac.com.

Parking: Free parking will be available in lots 4 and 26.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- ... Read more.


Lab bands, jazz ensembles featured at UNT Union Syndicate

The University of North Texas College of Music is celebrating 70 years of jazz by offering free evening and lunchtime jazz performances in the University Union Syndicate, 1155 Union Circle. 

The free weekly concerts are open to the UNT community and the general public. Performances will showcase the UNT College of Music's variety of jazz ensembles at noon on Thursdays and Fridays and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The One O'Clock Lab Band will kick off the first Wednesday night and Thursday lunchtime events.

The Tuesday at 9 p.m. schedule includes:

... Read more.


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