College of Music Spotlights

Joseph Banowetz at the Piano

Banowetz Receives Honor

Professor of Piano, Joseph Banowetz, was very recently named Honorary Education Director for Lang Lang Art World in China.


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Alumnus Grant Peters elected as President of ITG

Grant Peters (DMA ’98, MM ’91) was elected to a two year term as the 23rd President of the International Trumpet Guild (Official) - the premiere professional organization of trumpeters, serving 4,000 members in more than 64 countries. Peters is in his 24th year as professor at Missouri State University Music Department where he teaches applied trumpet.


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Texas Academy of Math and Science and College of Music Student Austin Schilling, (saxophone) has been named as Finalist

Austin Schilling, saxophone, has been named as finalist for "The President's Own" United States Marine Band 2020 Concerto Competition and in February will compete at the John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, DC.


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Landon Chang Wins Competition

The junior music education and saxophone performance major was named winner of the Young Artists Woodwind Division of the Music Teachers National Association competition. He advances to the next round held in 2020


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Cynthia Gonzales (MM Theory '90, BM '82) honored as Regents Teacher

ALUMNA HONORED AS REGENTS TEACHER: Cynthia Gonzales (MM Theory '90, BM '82) an associate professor in the School of Music at Texas State University in San Marcos, was honored in 2019 as a Texas State University System Regents’ Teacher and received the 2018 Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching


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New York Times Praises Alumnus David Portillo

NEW YORK TIMES PRAISES ALUMNUS DAVID PORTILLO (MM '05) "The tenor David Portillo, who was a standout at the Met last spring in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites,” was wonderful as Tamino: a rich sound, melting phrasing during moments of lyrical reverie and impressively crisp diction." - Anthony Tommasini


Central Junior High Band

Alumni Leading Band to Midwest Clinic

Christine Belle Cumberledge (BM '97) and Nick Wilson (BM '15) direct bands at Central Jr. High (Hurst-Euless-Bedford TX ISD). The symphonic band traveled to Chicago for the international Midwest Clinic conference.

 


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Moody Foundation makes grant to College of Music

The Galveston based and one of the largest foundations in Texas recently announced a $125,000 grant to The College of Music in “assistance with a series of six free concerts in public accessible venues throughout Dallas.”


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Eun Seo Park (MM '15, BM ‘13) has become an instructor for University of Arkansas chamber music studies and the U of A Community Music School

Eun Seo Park (MM '15, BM ‘13) has become an instructor for University of Arkansas chamber music studies and the U of A Community Music School


Mariachi Águilas performing on stage

Mexican Music Initiative Receives Grant

The Rea Charitable Trust, administered by Wells Fargo Bank, has granted THE College of Music $20,000 to expand our Mariachi program to include other regional Mexican music traditions. Congratulations to Cathy Ragland on this successful grant submission. Mariachi Águilas de UNT recently moved to the Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology where Cathy has assumed the role of faculty advisor.


Fairview Crop

The Media Series Workshop students and College of Music’s Drew Schnurr, Assistant Professor in Composition and Media Arts, screened the feature length pilot episode of Fairview Chronicles.

PILOT EPISODE SCREENED: The Media Series Workshop students and College of Music’s Drew Schnurr, Assistant Professor in Composition and Media Arts, screened the feature length pilot episode of Fairview Chronicles.


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Fromm Foundation honors College of Music Composer Sungji Hong

FROMM FOUNDATION HONORS COLLEGE OF MUSIC COMPOSER: Sungji Hong, lecturer in the Division of Composition Studies, has been named by the Board of Directors of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University as one of fifteen composers selected to receive 2019 Fromm commissions. Joseph Klein, chair of the Division of Composition said, "This is one of the most prestigious awards in our discipline, and I am delighted that one of our own faculty members was selected for this honor."


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Milt Allen - The Music Guerrilla (BM '85) is new chair of the department of music at Kansas Wesleyan University

ALUMNUS LEADS MUSIC AT KWU: Milt Allen - The Music Guerrilla (BM '85) is new chair of the department of music at Kansas Wesleyan University.


Plaque for IE Celebrity Award

College of Music Receives Education Award

Sean Powell, chair of the Division of Music Education announced that the College of Music Summers Only MMEd program received an institutional effectiveness award "for academic program demonstrating strong institutional effective practices" from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School.


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Charlotte Botha appointed Director of Choral Activities at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, beginning July 2020

DMA STUDENT ACCEPTS CONDUCTING POSITION: Charlotte Botha has been appointed as the Director of Choral Activities at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The position begins July 2020.


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PhD Student Kari Adams accepts teaching position with Florida State University for Fall 2020

PhD STUDENT ACCEPTS POSITION: Kari Adams accepted a teaching position with Florida State University. The position begins Fall 2020.


UNT Opera Awarded Two Prizes

UNT Opera has been awarded two prizes in the National Opera Association competition for the best college productions in America. The Cunning Little Vixen, by Leoš Janáček won 2nd place while Gianni Schicchi and Le testament de la tante Caroline, by Giacomo Puccini/Albert Roussel won 3rd place in their divisions.

View All Prizes Here


Jazz Trumpets performing

UNT’s One O'Clock Lab Band invited to perform at Lincoln Center

The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band has been invited to perform at Lincoln Center as part of the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship. The invitation came from Wynton Marsalis to UNT President, Neal Smatresk. Only ten collegiate ensembles were invited. See the full release here


Bruce Broughton

Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton to donate music scores to UNT Music Library

Multi Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton has made a commitment to donate his collection of music scores for film, television, video games, theme parks and concert music to the UNT Music Library in support of the media music initiatives in the College of Music.


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