Alumni

February 6, 2023

Alumni Leads in Maine

Brendon Wilkins (BM ’16, MM ’19, Honors College) is serving as director of jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and applied music associate teaching woodwinds at Colby College.

January 5, 2023

Alumnus Educator Named Grammy Finalist

Jack A. Eaddy, Jr. (DMA ’19), Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, has been named 1 of 10 finalists for the Recording Academy & GRAMMY Museum 2023 Music Educator Award. The award “recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and demonstrate a commitment to maintaining music education in schools.”

Amorsina Trio
January 5, 2023

Alumni Trio Win Commission

As one of twelve grants, Amorsima Trio of violinist Mia Detwiler (DMA ’21), violist Michael Capone (MM ’16), and cellist Kourtney Newton (DMA ’22) have received a classical commissioning grant from Chamber Music America. Supported by The Mellon Foundation, grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers.

December 5, 2022

Grammy Nominations 2023

Alumni and faculty from across UNT colleges and schools were nominated or part of projects nominated in the 2023 awards (people with UNT ties in bold):

BEST ARRANGEMENT (INSTRUMENTAL or A CAPELLA)
Kings Return — “How Deep is your Love”
College of Music faculty member Rosana Eckert (producer) and College of Music alumnus Vaughn Faison (Kings Return member)

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
College of Music Alumnus Jeff Coffin — “Between Dreaming and Joy”
College of Music Alumni Michael League, Shaun Martin, Justin Stanton, Chris Bullock and Mike Maher of Snarky Puppy — “Empire Central”

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
UNT Alumna Maren Morris — “Humble Quest”

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
UNT Alumna Maren Morris — “Circles Around This Town”

BEST COUNTRY SONG
UNT Alumna Maren Morris — “Circles Around This Town”

BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM
Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows — “Architecture of Storms”
College of Music faculty member Philip Dizack (trumpet)

BEST NEW ARTIST
UNT Alumnus Tobe Nwigwe

BEST OPERA RECORDING
Metropolitan Opera — “Fire Shut Up In My Bones”
College of Music Alumna Latonia Moore as Billie

BEST TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM
College of Music Alumna Norah Jones — “I Dream of Christmas (Extended)”

December 5, 2022

Faculty And Alumna Perform With Cleveland Orchestra

The weekend of November 17, 2022, faculty countertenor Daniel Bubeck and mezzo-soprano Josefina Maldonado (BM ‘19), were soloists performing John Adams' nativity oratorio, El Niño with Johns Adams conducting The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus.

Christine (Belle) Cumberledge and Jack A. Eaddy, Jr.
November 30, 2022

Two Alumni Educators Named Grammy Semifinalists

Christine (Belle) Cumberledge (BM ’97), band director at Central Junior High School in Euless, Texas and Jack A. Eaddy, Jr. (DMA ’19), Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, named 2 of the 25 semifinalists for the Recording Academy & GRAMMY Museum 2023 Music Educator Award. The award ‘recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and demonstrate a commitment to maintaining music education in schools.’

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