Raquel Rodriquez will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. Raquel maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. Raquel is on the faculty of Tennessee Tech, serves as principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and performs with the Brass Arts Quintet, both faculty ensembles-in-residence at Tennessee Tech. Raquel is principal cornet with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band and a member of Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America.
Caleb Hudson will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. He is the newest member of the Canadian Brass, having graduated from the Juilliard School with both a Bachelor and Master of Music degree. Acclaimed by the New York Times as 'brilliantly stylish," Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
Dr. Patterson earned the D.M.A. in Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California in 2011, with a Music Education minor field and elective fields in Music Recording and Jazz Studies; the M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, with a research focus in Japanese Popular Music; and the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Southern California in 1997, with a research focus on Japanese Music, Language and Culture. He has been a certified AVID Sibelius Instructor since 2015.
Nick Finzer will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone in August 2018.
Pianist, composer, and educator Dave Meder is quickly becoming one of the prominent musical voices of his generation, with fluid technique, novel rhythmic conception, an intuitive sense of musical drama, and a breadth of stylistic influences. His works and interests are varied, encompassing big band music, contrapuntal explorations of Thelonious Monk repertoire, Bach-influenced organ preludes, film music, rearrangements of traditional folk hymns, the fusion of jazz with American minimalism, and everything in between.
David Childs will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as a Professor of Euphonium in August 2018.
Andrew "Drew" Schnurr will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as Assistant Professor of Composition and Media Arts in August 2018. Schnurr is a Los Angeles composer, sound artist, theorist, and performer blurring traditional lines in media and musical genre. Schnurr’s wide-ranging experience in classical music, electronic music, rock, jazz, Latin music and other international music forms combined with his expertise in modern sound design, music production and audio technology, informs his diverse approach.
Scott Tixier will join the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Violin (Jazz/Popular/Alternative Styles) in August 2018. One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Tixier has made a name for himself as a violinist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “the future of jazz violin” in the words of Downbeat Magazine and “A remarkable improviser and a cunning jazz composer” in those of NPR.
Dr. Stacie Mickens joins the UNT College of Music faculty as an Associate Professor of Horn in August 2018. Prior to her appointment at UNT, Stacie Mickens was Associate Professor at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University where she taught horn, coached brass chamber ensembles, and performed with the Dana Brass and Dana Woodwind Quintets. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) at the University of Michigan as a recipient of the Rackham Fellowship Award.