College of Music Spotlights

Hilary Grace Taylor

DMA Student Named Finalist

DMA voice student Hilary Grace Taylor has been named a district winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Next up: regional auditions.

Crystal Lynn Gerrard

Music Education Faculty Published

Crystal Lynn Gerrard, Assistant Professor of Music Education, published an article entitled "It's More Than Playing Music: Exploring Band in a Predominantly Latinx Community" in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

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Theory Professor Writes Article

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Ellen Bakulina, wrote "The Brigade Textbook: Disseminating the Riemannian Legacy in the Russian-Soviet Theoretical Tradition" for the UNT-based journal Theoria, volume 26. The article belongs to a group of three, all of which are on Russian theory and are cumulatively titled "Russian Music Theory Panel, SMT 2018." She also penned the introduction to the panel, "Theories of Harmonic Function in Russia: an Introduction to Three Essays."

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Alumnus Company Publishes Inaugural Fanfare

Sean Murphy (DMA '19, MM '13), owner of Murphy Music Press, LLC has published Fanfare Politeia composed by Kimberly K. Archer. The new composition is being premiered today by the "The President's Own" United States Marine Band during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.

Student String Ensemble Named National Finalist

Music Teachers National Association recently announced the UNT Frieden Quartet has been named finalist of the 2020-2021 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Members include Charles Latimer, violin, Clarissa Tamara, violin, Patrick Hayes, viola and Alex Paradis, cello. The quartet is coached by Julia Bushkova, Professor of Violin.

Alumnus Named Yamaha Artist

Yamaha Drums recently announced that John Sturino (MM ’18, BM ’16) was added to the roster of Yamaha Artists. Sturino is based in New York and is drummer, arranger, composer and educator.


Denton County Magazine Highlights Livestreaming

Annette Nevins writes for Denton County Magazine about the UNT College of Music efforts to expand livestreaming capacities to continue reaching the community. 

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Professor Joins Advisory Board

Kris Chesky, Professor and co-director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, joins the Association for Body Mapping Education Scientific Advisory Board.



Alumna Receives Composition Award

The International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers (ISJAC) has recognized alumna Courtney Wright as co-winner of the 2021 ISJAC/University of South Florida Owen Prize in Jazz Composition and the inaugural ISJAC/USF Prize for Emerging Black Composers.... Read more.

David Childs, presented “Reflections - David Childs and Friends - A New Year’s Eve Concert”


Professor of Euphonium, David Childs, presented “Reflections - David Childs and Friends - A New Year’s Eve Concert” ... Read more.

Meder Receives Tour Grant

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano, Dave Meder, received a grant enabling his trio to tour the Southeast (USA). Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Alumna on Cover of Opera News

Opera News features University of North Texas alumna Latonia Moore and speaks to her “coming of age in a time when operas by Black composers and on Black subjects are finally getting recognition by major opera companies.” Story by #NaomiAndré. Images by Jeffery Salter.

Alumnus Takes Over Superman Writing For DC Comics

In an announcement via an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Phillip Kennedy Johnson (MM ’03), said he will begin writing both monthly issues of Action Comics which launched Superman in 1938. His duties begin March 2021.

Alumna Begins Fellowship

Lyanne Alvarado (BM ’16) has been included in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis inaugural class of Fellows for the Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship, a program designed to cultivate leaders in arts administration who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds, particularly those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Faculty On Recording

Philip Dizack, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet – Improvisation appears in quartet on the new Shai Maestro album “Human.” The release is January 29, 2021 by ECM Records.

Alumnus Wins Dr. Pepper Scholarship

Vocal Studies graduate, Mario Antonio Porras (BM '20), won a $50,000 scholarship from the Dr. Pepper 2020 Tuition Giveaway to continue his education.

Student Wins Award

Jazz Studies student Joshua C. Jennings has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner in Jazz Trumpet.

Alumnus Named First Place

Arsentiy Kharitonov (DMA ‘17) was awarded First Place (Gold) in the All-Russia Composers Competition "STAM" in Moscow. He also received Special Prize from the Composers Expert Council. His composition in the finals was "Four Vignettes for Four Violins" written for and performed by Professor of Violin, Julia Bushkova and the soloists of ensemble ViolUNTi.

Student Success at National Conference

MM student jazz pianist and former One O'Clock Lab Band® member Michael Clement's composition, “Evading Karmacities,” to be highlighted during the 2021 Jazz Education Network National Conference. The Young Composer Showcase Session takes place on January 9, 2021 and will be performed by the Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra.

DMA Student Accepts Adjunct Position

DMA tuba student, David Humphreys, has been appointed Adjunct Instructor of Music, Tuba and Euphonium at Texas Woman’s University in Denton beginning January 2021.

Master's Student Accepts Position

MM student, Vannesa Nates, joins the National Alliance for Audition Support training program in a collaborative effort led by the Sphinx Organization “to increase diversity in American orchestras by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support and audition previews.”

Bruce Broughton Collection Arrives

John W. Richmond, Dean of the UNT College of Music, stands with 67 boxes containing materials for the Bruce Broughton Collection. The collection is to be quarantined then scanned for scholarly observation and research then permanently stored at the Research Collections Library.

Alumna Leads Orchestra

Amy Wilson (MM ’07) Artistic Director of the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, spoke with Georgia based Huthmaker Violins “Classes for the Curious Musician – Amy Wilson, Woman in Charge” where she discusses what it’s like to become a conductor and what a musician can do to be a contributing, vital member of an ensemble.

UNT Faculty Member Joins Yale Steering Committee

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music has appointed Steven Friedson, University Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology, to its new Black Sacred Arts Steering Committee to design and implement a series of international conferences and related publications over the next four years. “This initiative will make a substantial contribution to an underrepresented field of study and to the diversification of sacred music studies.”

Alumnus Joins Booker T. Washington

Garry Williams (MEd ’19, BM ’99) has become the Director of Arts Conservatories at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.