College of Music Spotlights

Music Education Major Published

Nathan Kock, Bachelor in Music Education candidate and clarinetist, was published in Southwestern Musician – “Fostering an Inclusive Music Education Experience for All.” ... Read more.

Alumna To South Carolina

Beginning Fall 2021, Colleen Clark (DMA ’19, drum set), will begin her tenure as Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of South Carolina.

Alumna Honors Mother

Madeline Adkins (BM ’98), Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, performs Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Lark Ascending" honoring her mother, Alis Dickinson Adkins (PhD ’73), organist, musicologist and former faculty member.

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Organ Alumnus To Finals

Hentus van Rooyen, (MM '15, DMA '19) was selected as semi-finalist in the 12th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition and will compete in the next round in Kaliningrad, Russia.

DMA Student To Memphis

Francis Cathlina, DMA student in choral conducting, will become Visiting Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Fall 2021.

Banowetz Book Released

Professor of Piano, Joseph Banowetz, has released The Performing Pianist's Guide to Fingering - providing practical fingering solutions for technical musical passages. Get your copy here: 

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David Humpries

DMA Tuba Student Accepts Position

David Humphreys (DMA completion August 2021) has been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Euphonium & Tuba beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year at Texas Christian University (TCU).

Breaking News

John W. Richmond, Professor and Dean of the College of Music, has announced that University leadership has approved multi-million-dollar funding for significant renovations to North Texas Jazz | UNT Division of Jazz Studies instructional, rehearsal and performance space known as Lab West (Room 282). Planning is now underway with renovations occurring during Summer 2022. This renovation aligns with the 75th anniversary celebration of the UNT Jazz Studies program.

Jazz Faculty Named Regents Professor

The University of North Texas Office for Faculty Success in partnership with the Office of Research and Innovation, celebrating the scholarly and creative accomplishments of members of the faculty, recently named Lynn Seaton as Regents Professor of Music (Jazz Studies – Bass). ... Read more.

Broberg Music From Carnegie Hall

The album ENDURANCE was released with Pianist Matthew McCright of music performed from Carnegie Hall, includes Associate Professor of Composition, Kirsten Soriano Broberg, Composer's “Rain Gardens.”

Alumnus Released Solo Album

"Soundtracks For Trying Times" is the debut solo album by North Texas Jazz and The One O'Clock Lab Band’s Brian Donohoe (BM ‘05, MM ’07) featuring guest appearances by noteworthy musicians including North Texas alumni Chris McQueen (BM ’05) and Matthew Muehling. Guests include members and alumni of Snarky Puppy, H.E.R., Bokante, Kanye, Gwen Stefani, Myron Walden, and Brian's fusion group Progger. Album artwork: Alumnus Jared Stone. 
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Alumnus To Lead Choral Society

The Choral Society of Pensacola (FL) announced the appointment of Peter Steenblik (DMA ‘15) as its new artistic director beginning with the 2021-2022 season.

DMA Student Honored

Ran Feng, DMA student in piano, placed second at the 2021 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. 

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Paul Metzger

Metzger Featured

North Texas Daily interviews jazz professor Paul Metzger. Photo: Ann MacMillan

Brock Family Legacy Gift

The late Horace Brock and the late Euline Brock ('74 Ph.D.) have left the College of Music a $6.5 million estate gift – one of the largest of its kind at the University of North Texas. "Euline and Horace Brock were truly impactful citizens of this university, this community and the world," says John Richmond, dean of the College of Music. 

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Samuel Gaskin

Organ Alumnus Honored

Samuel Gaskin (MM ’18) was named by The Diapason to its list of 20 Under 30 Class of 2021 showcasing individuals who are ‘setting the pace for the future of the pipe organ… .‘ Two of the twenty on the list represent UNT Organ Studio University of North Texas

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Organ Student Honored

The Diapason named Destin Wernicke (BM ’20 drum set), current Graduate Artist Certificate student in organ performance, to its list of 20 Under 30 Class of 2021 showcasing individuals who are ‘setting the pace for the future of the pipe organ, harpsichord, carillon, church music, and organ and harpsichord building.’

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Saxophone Student Wins

Landon Chang was named winner of the 2021 National Collegiate Solo Competition sponsored by The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." The honor includes a performance with the Army Band, in Washington, DC. 

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Alumna Featured

Mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm (MM ’12) is highlighted by San Francisco Opera article, “Inspired by Figaro, Mezzo-Soprano Laura Krumm Tackles The Barber of Seville.” Photo: Kristen Loken

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Three Wind Faculty Published

Andrew Trachsel (MM '05, DMA '07), Associate Professor of Wind Studies and Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles along with Regents Professor of Music and Director of Wind Studies, Eugene Corporon, have been published in Teaching Music through Performance in Band Volume 12. They both selected the repertoire while Trachsel served as editor. Daniel Cook, Lecturer in Wind Studies and Director of Athletic Bands contributed a section of teacher resource guides. 

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Alumna Named Executive Director

Florida’s Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) has named Lauren Baker Murray (DMA ’02), as the inaugural executive director for the new Instructional Performing Arts Center (IPAC). Photo: Stephanie Roberts.

Scott Tixier Featured

Assistant Professor of Jazz Violin Is featured in D Magazine - twice. Kathy Wise and Alex Temblador pen articles about Scott Tixier and his performing and academic outings since his move to University of North Texas with photos by Elizabeth Lavin and Briscoe Burnett. 

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Student Named Fulbright Scholar

 DMA student and Teaching Fellow in the Division of Vocal Studies, Bree Nichols, was named a Fulbright Program scholar. Her work in the Czech Republic will create the first anthology of Czech art songs while including public performances and collaborative efforts with Czech universities.

Steven Harlos

Faculty Releases CD

Steven Harlos, Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Studies, released ‘The Piano Music of Dick Hyman’ produced by Eastlake Records with Arbors Records. The CD includes two first-time recordings – get your copy here

Alumnus Celebrates Ten Seasons With The MET

Scott Scully, (BM ’99) tenor, made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Young Prisoner in From the House of the Dead in 2009 and begins his 11th season as a performer with the Metropolitan Opera. He is an affiliated Grammy winner for his participation in the LA Opera recording of Corigliano’s The Ghost of Versailles. In recent seasons, he has added Joe in La fanciulla del West, Remendado in Carmen, Gastone in La Traviata, Borsa in Rigoletto, Messenger in Samson et Dalila, Domo I in Der Rosenkavalier, the Dancing Master in Manon Lescaut, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, 2nd Priest in Die... Read more.