Vocal Studies

Division of Vocal Studies

Faculty and students of the Division of Vocal Studies regularly perform in opera, concert, and recital both on and off-campus. For a listing of UNT events, go to: calendar.music.unt.edu

Recent guests include Darren Keith Woods and Joseph Illick of Fort Worth Opera, Matthew Horner of IMG Artists, Ann Baltz of OperaWorks, and David Brock of Texas Christian University and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Alumni of the Division of Vocal Studies include:

June 5, 2024

Three-Time Grammy Winning Alumna Performs

June 8, University of North Texas alumna Latonia Moore performed on the Great Stages Concert hosted by Queen Latifah as The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin presented an evening honoring the memory of contralto and civil rights leader Marian Anderson. Moore joined fellow sopranos Audra McDonald, Angel Blue and pianist Marcus Roberts.

May 7, 2024

Alumna Published

Soprano Leanne Scaggs (DMA ’19) has published a modern performance edition of music by classical composer Nina d’Aubigny von Engelbrunner titled “Deutsche, Italienische und Französische Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte” (German, Italian, and French Songs with Piano Accompaniment). She is instructor of music in voice and opera at Texas A&M University in Commerce. The publisher is ClarNan Editions, a division of Classical Vocal Reprints Classical Vocal Reprints.

May 7, 2024

Two Faculty Receive Fellowships

Soprano and Professor Molly Fillmore, Chair of the Division of Vocal Studies, and Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Lead Emphasis, Philip Dizack, Division of Jazz Studies, have each been named a recipient of a 2024-2025 University of North Texas Initiative for Advancement of the Arts (IAA) Fellowship. John W. Richmond, Professor and Dean of the College of Music said, “Please join me in offering heartfelt congratulations to them for this important affirmation of their work and to Provost McPherson for his important investments in our research and creative activities!”

MOLLY FILLMORE’S work is a multi-media, interdisciplinary project culminating with a commercially released audio recording and music videos consisting of songs performed in England during the Regency era. Her collaborators Include Steven Harlos, Jaymee Haefner and Jeffrey Snider.

The Fellowship to PHILIP DIZACK will be utilized to support the composition of a large-scale work entitled "Brass Regalia." A multi-suite composition written for jazz quartet & nine-piece brass ensemble telling the story of resilience and healing from childhood trauma. The culmination of the work will include a European tour and performance including a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus Wiener Konzerthaus as a part of their "Art of Brass" series in June 2025.

May 7, 2024

Alumna Debuts on BBC Proms

Native Texan, University of North Texas alumna, three-time Grammy winner and soprano Latonia Moore makes her debut with BBC Proms Festival performing Verdi’s "Requiem" as Ryan Bancroft conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus. She will perform along with fellow soloists Karen Cargill, SeokJong Baek, Solomon Howard and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Begun in 1895 and referred to as, “The World’s Greatest Classical Music Festival,” this performance will be presented at the Royal Albert Hall in London July 23 and can be seen and heard at BBC Four and BBC iPlayer.

May 7, 2024

DMA and MBA Student Honored With Golden Eagle Award

Cherisse Williams, DMA in Voice and MBA student in Music Business, received the Golden Eagle Award created by UNT's Center for Leadership and Service and Division of Student Affairs. "The Golden Eagle Award is the most prestigious award that UNT bestows on a student leader." The award is inscribed, "For their impact on the University of North Texas through their Commitment to Co-curricular Involvement, Engagement in Service to the UNT and Greater Communities, Commitment to Impeccable Leadership and Achievement of Academic Excellence."

May 7, 2024

Graduate Presser Scholar Named

Júlia Coelho is a UNT doctoral candidate in vocal performance (DMA) and musicology (PhD) with related fields in early music and in music theory. This Presser Award supports a recording project of her song cycle-monodrama, “O Tempo fora do Tempo: uma viagem cronológica sobre o Tempo e Doença" (“Time Outside of Time: A Chronological Journey on Time and Illness,” 2023), written for Pierrot Ensemble and Júlia Coelho, soprano. The work sets her poetry written in European Portuguese to the music of composer Kory Reeder.