College of Music Spotlights

Nick Finzer, holding trombone

Finzer Named to "Artists to Watch" List

UNT College of Music jazz trombone professor, Nick Finzer, has been listed as '19 Jazz Artists to Watch in 2019'.
https://www.jazziz.com/the-shape-of-jazz-to-come-artists-to-watch-in-2019/


Brad Leali performing on Saxophone

UNT College of Music offers Gospel Meets Jazz concert celebrating Black History Month

DENTON (UNT), Texas - University of North Texas College of Music Professor of Jazz Saxophone, Brad Leali, will conduct his sixth annual “Gospel Meets Jazz” concert celebrating Black History Month and the contributions of African American culture.

“The blues is an integral part of jazz. At an early age my teachers would constantly quote: ‘No blues, No jazz... Read more.


College of Music Director of Admissions Named UNT Employee of the Year

AWARD: UNT President Neal Smatresk named Joel Wiley (l) (MM ’14) who serves the College of Music as Director of Admissions as UNT's 2019 Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Award. Wiley will be honored on April 2. UNT College of Music Dean, John W. Richmond (r) congratulates Joel.


STUDENT SUCCESS: UNT euphonium student, Brandon M. Hawkins, wins United States Army Band competition

On Tuesday evening #UNTCoM senior euphonium student, Brandon M. Hawkins, won the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba-Euphonium Workshop Solo Euphonium Competition.

He will be featured soloist, performing Philip Sparke’s Pantomime, with the U.S. Army Band in the gala concert of the 2019 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, to be held at Brucker Hall, Joint Base Myer, February 2 in Arlington, VA.

Live stream will be available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgfIH7ac6jM&feature=... Read more.


Brandon Nelson Headshot

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Nelson

Alumni Spotlight: "School Band and Orchestra" magazine has selected UNT College of Music alumni Brandon Nelson (BME '11) Oak Harbor High School (WA) Band Teacher to be featured in their annual "50 Directors who Make a Difference".


Jay Sutey and Ally (Hany) Albrecht vist UNT booth

Alumni Spotlight: Jay Sutey (BM'13) - bassoon and Ally (Hany) Albrecht (BM'14) - trumpet now serving in the US Air Force Band of the West visit UNT College of Music booth during Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Alumni Spotlight: Jay Sutey (BM'13) - bassoon and Ally (Hany) Albrecht (BM'14) - trumpet now serving in the US Air Force Band of the West visit UNT College of Music booth during Midwest Clinic in Chicago.


Fabiana Claure at NAMM

Fabiana Claure presents at the National Association of Music Merchants NAMMShow

The annual conference, held in Anaheim, CA, is the largest music business industry conference in the United States. Claure is the founder and director of UNT's Music Business and Entrepreneurship program - https://career.music.unt.edu


Elizabeth McNutt, flutist

D Magazine Highlights Elizabeth McNutt and Sounds Modern

College of Music Faculty News: D Magazine Highlights Elizabeth McNutt and Sounds Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2019/01/the-fort-worth-modern-hosts-some-of-dfws-most-experimental-concerts/


Richard Sparks, The Conductor's Toolbox

Richard Sparks signing new book at TMEA convention

UNT College of Music professor Richard Sparks will be signing his new book, 'The Conductor's Toolbox', at the GIA Publications booth February 15 at 2:30 during the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) state convention.

https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/the-conductors-toolbox-print-g9566

 


Dave Meder's Album PASSAGE

UNT College of Music jazz piano professor Dave Meder and the Dave Meder Trio release single from PASSAGE

NEW RELEASE: UNT College of Music jazz piano professor Dave Meder and the Dave Meder Trio release single from PASSAGE.

https://bit.ly/2Dk1DmU


Elizabeth McNutt performing on flute

Sounds Modern Performance Named To Top Ten List

Led by music director and UNT College of Music professor Elizabeth McNutt, www.SoundsModern.org was named to arts journalist Robin Coffelt’s 10 favorite music performances of 2018!

http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/2018inreview/20181229161055/2018-12-30/The-Year-in-Music-Part-2


UNT Opera Performance Named to Top Ten List

The UNT Opera performance of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen has been named to arts journalist Gregory Sullivan Isaacs' 10 favorite music and opera performances for 2018.

http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/2018inreview/20181229161002/2018-12-30/The-Year-in-Music-Part-1


Benign Strangers Album Cover

Downbeat Magazine Names Davy Mooney Release as One of the Best CD’s of 2018

FACULTY RECOGNITION: "Benign Strangers," a CD released in July by Ko Omura and UNT College of Music jazz guitar professor, Davy Money, has been listed as one of the Best CDs of 2018 by Downbeat Magazine. The recording was assisted through the UNT College of Music Creative Activity Award.


UNT College of Music Logo

UNT alumni nominated for Grammy Awards

DENTON (UNT), Texas –Nominations for the 61st annual Recording Academy Grammy Awards were announced on Dec. 7. Once again, University of North Texas faculty and alumni are part of projects that have received nominations in seven categories.

Since the 1960s, UNT College of Music alumni, faculty and staff have... Read more.


UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band Appears LIVE on CBS/Channel 11 (Dallas)

Channel 11 CBS/Dallas will be broadcasting the Klyde Warren Park Christmas tree lighting event in Dallas on Saturday December 15th at 6:30 pm featuring the UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band.

Preview Here:

 


WFAA SANTA'S HELPERS: UNT College of Music patrons, faculty and staff exceeded their toy collection goals for children of Denton County.


Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield portrait

UNT Alumna Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield to perform in Bush State Funeral

WASHINGTONGunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, a graduate of the University of North Texas will participate in former President George H. W. Bush’s State Funeral as a vocalist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra. The funeral is to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Washington National Cathedral.

President Bush’s State Funeral marks the 14th such event for which “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band or Marine Chamber Orchestra has performed. “The President’s Own”... Read more.


UNT College of Music Signs Student Exchange Agreements with Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

At the third International Festival of Czech Music, the University of North Texas signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Partnerships among UNT and these two distinguished Czech universities have existed on for some time, but the formalizing of understandings is new and important. Dean John W. Richmond of the UNT College of Music observed that, "These partnerships create important opportunties for faculty and students alike. The initial momentum for these relationships was made... Read more.


Poster for Rhythms of the Arab World

UNT hosts guest artists from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and presents Rhythms of the Arab World as part of a cultural and Arabic language enrichment program

What: The University of North Texas College of Music; College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures and Arabic program present “Rhythms of the Arab World,” a concert that culminates a larger project offering students hands-on, authentic experiences of Arab music.

 

When: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 (Sunday)

 

Where: Recital... Read more.


UNT Mean Green Members performing percussion at Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show

Green Brigade members perform with Meghan Trainor at Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show


UNT College of Music hosts International Festival of Czech Music celebrating the centennial anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia

What: The University of North Texas College of Music hosts the third International Festival of Czech Music. The program includes an academic conference, concerts, multimedia performances and lectures open to the public. For a full list of events visit https://czech.music.unt.edu

 

When: Nov. 27 (Tuesday) – Dec. 1 (Saturday)

 

Where: For conference, performance and lecture times/locations on the UNT campus visit... Read more.


Jazz Singers release new CD

JAZZ SINGERS NEW CD DROPS: The UNT Jazz Singers newest recording, A Thousand Nights, is released to the public

"A Thousand Nights is the fourth album recorded by UNT Jazz Singers since I began teaching at UNT in Fall 2011, and I was aiming for it to showcase the diverse musical spectrum to which I strive to expose the students for their enjoyment and growth.  For the first time, we asked our guest artists-in-residence who came to UNT during the spring of 2017 and 2018  if they would be willing to be on our album, and we’re honored and delighted that all three of... Read more.


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