College of Music Spotlights

John Richmond

John Richmond Appointed for Second Term as Dean

Jennifer Cowley, PhD, UNT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, recently announced that Dean John W. Richmond, PhD and Professor, has agreed to continue his service as Dean of the College of Music following his reappointment review. His second, five-year term begins August 1, 2021. According to Provost Crowley, “He has fostered the growth and quality of the student body, led the College in its strategic planning, supported new imaginative curricula, recruited new faculty and staff, and brought increased recognition to the College.”

Hendrick Schulze

Schulze Publishes Scholarly Work

Hendrik Schulze, Associate Professor of Music History, with Sara Elisa Stangalino has published the “first scholarly-critical edition” of the early baroque opera of Francesco Cavalli's opera Xerse (1655). It is published by Bärenreiter as part of the Cavalli Works Edition.

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Alumnus Performed Live from Chicago

David Portillo (MM ’05) and collaborative partner, Yasuko Oura featured Schumann’s Dichterliebe, a set of Roger Quilter songs and a performance of My Dearest Ruth, by Stacy Garrop during a streamed live from the salon of the historic Glessner House in Chicago.

MacMillan Selected as Mentor

Ann MacMillan, (upper left corner), coordinator of the #UNT instrument repair program, has been included as mentor on the 2020-21 Women+’s Mentoring Program of the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Committee on the Status of Women. Applicants selected will work with mentors to develop community engagement projects aimed at school-aged saxophonists, the elderly or under-resourced communities.


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Music Educator Job Placements

The UNT Division of Music Education had another banner year (2019-2020) of job placements for 48 recent graduates. See the list:

Bryan Aguilar, Crowley ISD; Amy Allmon, Troy ISD; Hannah Anthony, Saginaw ISD; Katrina Arabie, Burkburnett ISD; Tyler Atkins, Houston ISD; Sarah Grace Boyd, Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language; Luke Hahn, Brady ISD; Andrew Burris, Humble ISD; Marcus Cardenas, Irving ISD; Manuel Cardona, Denton ISD; Melinda Coleman, Lubbock-Cooper ISD; Kathryn Davidson, Irving ISD; Katherine Dickerson, Venus ISD; Melanie Gorsalitz, Klein ISD; Julia Gray,... Read more.

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Alumna Article Published

Kimary Fick (PhD, Musicology, ‘15), published her article, "Feeling the Feminine, Forming the Masculine: Amateur Male Musicians and the Flute Sonatas of Anna Bon di Venezia (1738–?)" in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 24 (2020).

Nick Owsik

Alumnus Earns Military Band Position

Trumpeter Nick Owsik, (BM '17, MM '19) and former member of The One O'Clock Lab Band won a position with the Army Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band.

Thomas Schwan

DMA Student Wins Competition

Thomas Schwan, DMA student in piano performance, won First Prize in the 2020 World Bach Competition - Keyboard & Plucked Instruments Professional Category with 273 musicians from 39 countries taking part organized by the Boulder Bach Festival.


Scharnberg Retires as Editor

After 17 years, University of North Texas Regents Professor Emeritus of French Horn, William Scharnberg, has retired as Editor of The Horn Call, the official publication of the International Horn Society.

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Professor Published

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, David Heetderks, has published an article in Music Theory Spectrum, a journal for the Society for Music Theory. His article, "Play with Closing Markers: Cadential Multivalence in 1960s Prechoruses and Related Schemas." It argues that the moment that the verse leads to a chorus in a 1960s pop song is often the most climactic in the song because it uses melody, text, and chords to create ambiguous boundaries.



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Andrew Trachsel appointed Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles.

Associate Professor of Wind Studies and Conductor of the Wind Orchestra, Andrew Trachsel, was appointed Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles. He began his four-year term serving the students, faculty and staff of the division overseeing the areas of Choral Studies, Early Music Studies, Opera Studies, Orchestral Studies and Wind Studies.

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Doctoral Student Ensemble Honored

Centennial High School A Cappella Choir in Frisco, Texas, formerly directed by UNT DMA student Francis Cathlina, received third place in the 2019-2020 high school division of the American Prize in Choral Performance.

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Alumni Choir Places Second

The East Carolina University Chamber Singers, directed by James Franklin (DMA ’14) was awarded second place in the 2019-2020 college/university division of the American Prize in Choral Performance.

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Alumnus Accepts Position in Idaho

Daniel Pinilla, (MM ’16, DMA ’20) accepted a position with the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music as Lecturer of Guitar.

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David Stout's Hypnomancy Premiered

“A visual music performance that evokes the dream state as a field for divination, interdimensional time travel and superconscious transformation.” UNT Professor of Composition Studies and Coordinator for Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA).

Brian Schmidt

Alumnus Ensemble wins National Prize

Baylor University School of Music A Cappella Choir, directed by Brian A. Schmidt (MM ’10, DMA ’12), was named winner of the college/university American Prize in Choral Performance.

Seth Carter

Seth Carter Wins Awards

Junior, Seth Carter, won the Tuba Artist Gold Medal and received the Leonard Falcone Tribute Award from the 2020 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

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Euphonium Student Greg Stevens Honored

Senior Greg Stevens won the Euphonium Artist Bronze Medal and received the Douglas & Jane Goodrich Award from the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

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William J. Coppola Releases Book

Assistant Professor of Music Education, William J. Coppola releases World Music Pedagogy, Volume VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education along with David G. Hebert and Patricia Shehan Campbell

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Davy Mooney Releases Album

Davy Mooney, Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar, released "Live at National Sawdust" from the Sunnyside Label - "St. Paul's" - Davy Mooney and the Hope of Home Band.

Terence Hodby

Alumnus to Lead Jazz Program

Terence Hobdy, (MM ’15) began his role as Head of Jazz Studies at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

David Portillo

Alumnus David Portillo Featured on Minnesota Public Radio

David Portillo (MM ’05), hear Classical MPR's Steve Staruch interview about Portillo's performing for the first time since quarantine began. He sang August 1 at the Lakes Area Music Festival’s "Night at the Opera." Photo: Simon Pauley.

Sergio Pamies

Jazz Alumnus to Cincinnati

Sergio Pamies, (MM ’11, DMA ’16), joined the faculty of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano.

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Alumnus Raul Reyes joins Jazz Faculty

Raul Reyes (MM ’19) begins his tenure at Tarleton State University Department of Fine Arts in Stephenville, Texas this Fall as a member of their jazz studies faculty.

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UNT Faculty Mentioned in Chinese Publication

An interview with the 国家大剧院 National Centre for the Performing Arts, Andrew May, Associate Professor of Composition and David Stout, Professor of Composition Studies and Coordinator for Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA), speak to their experience with creating music using artificial intelligence.