College of Music Spotlights

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Alumnus Judson Baines Joins the Charlotte Symphony

Judson Baines (BM '19) was appointed as Assistant Principal Double Bass of the Charlotte, North Carolina Symphony. He begins his position in Fall 2020.

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PhD Student Olivia Gail Tucker Accepts Position

UNT College of Music PhD music education student, Olivia Gail Tucker,  accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of New Mexico.

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Student Wins Trumpet Position

DMA student Marcus Flores recently won the trumpet position with the United States Naval Academy Band.

Mark Montemayor - Associate Professor of Music Education beginning Fall 2020

Welcome New Faculty Member Mark Montemayor

Mark Montemayor will be joining the UNT College of Music Division of Music Education as associate professor beginning Fall 2020

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Three-time GRAMMY Winning Alumnus on Cover of JAZZed Magazine

Michael League ('02-'06), leader of Snarky Puppy told Bryan Reesman, who interviewed him for the current magazine issue, "I'm just not good at doing things halfway."

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Chang places third in national saxophone competition

Landon Chang placed third in the collegiate solo division at the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) competition.

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Schilling places second in national saxophone competition

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and UNT College of Music student, Austin Schilling, placed second at the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Mariachi Águilas performing in the community

Mariachi Águilas de UNT, directed by Lizeth Dominguez, performed at Denton ISD’S Nelson Elementary School’s diversity day

Mariachi Águilas de UNT, directed by Lizeth Dominguez, performed at Denton ISD’S Nelson Elementary School’s diversity day

Dave Meder's Album PASSAGE

Meder Album Makes Favorites List

All Music Guide’s Favorite Jazz Albums of 2019 includes UNT College of Music assistant professor of jazz piano Dave Meder album titled Passage. "The jazz pianist's engaging debut balances post-bop harmonies with a soulful gospel warmth and contemporary classical sophistication."

Patron Magazine

College of Music Appears in Magazine

  Patron Magazine and Lee Cullum wrote a story highlighting North Texas performing arts leaders to include UNT College of Music Dean, John Richmond. See page 60.

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Raquel Samoya Releases New Book

“Dueling Fundamentals for Two Trumpets” was published by Mountain Peak Music. The UNT College of Music assistant professor of trumpet says, "The book challenges and engages two trumpeters when practicing fundamentals in a duet format. The book includes exercises dealing with sound production, flexibility, articulation, finger dexterity, and range." The book also places value on collaborative practice.

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UNT College of Music Alumni

Alumni and Friends visit College of Music

L-R - Jim Ed Norman ('68-'69); Philip Dizack, assistant professor of jazz trumpet - improvisation; David Mann; Jamie Hovorka (BM '05); Mike Cottone; Mike Boscarino; Alan Baylock (MM '94), director of the One O'Clock Lab Band® and Tom Evans were in rehearsal of the One O'Clock Monday speaking about their vast and diverse industry experience individually and together and performed.

Andrew Vagts

PhD student Andrew Vagts won the Colvin paper award at the Texas Society for Music Theory

PhD student in music theory, Andrew Vagts, won the Colvin paper award at the Texas Society for Music Theory this past weekend. He presented a paper titled "Fanfare Topics as Boundary Markers in Mozart's Da Ponte Operas."

Woody Guthrie

Professors Speak about Protest Music

Jonathan Patterson, assistant professor of popular and commercial music, and professor emeritus of jazz trumpet, Mike Steinel, spoke to the Denton Record-Chronicle about the state of protest music.

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Student Saxophonist Places Third at National Competition

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and UNT College of Music student Austin Schilling placed third at "The President's Own" United States Marine Band 2020 Concerto Competition held in Washington, DC.

Camille Ortiz and Orlando Opera

Alumna Performs with Opera Orlando

Camille Ortiz (DMA '17) will be performing the title role of Marie in Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment.

Program Cover for "A Journey Home"

A Cappella Choir at TMEA

Allen Hightower led the ensemble in their performance – A Journey Home at the 2020 TMEA convention in San Antonio, TX.

Shades of Blue Flute Quartet

Shades of Blue Flute Quartet performed at TMEA

Junior Shauna Heisler, senior Megan Hutchison, junior Francisco Carreon and senior Ally Langley performed.

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In Memorium - Lyle Mays

The College of Music mourned the death of UNT alumnus and American jazz pianist and composer known for his work as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. He was an eleven time GRAMMY® winner and 23 time nominee. Pat Metheney wrote, “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known. Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special."

Andrew Trachsel

Tracshel Conducts Private School All-State Band

Andrew Trachsel, Associate Professor of Wind Studies, conducted the All-State Band at the Texas Private School Music Education Association state conference.

Rosana Eckert

Eckert Leads Idaho State Ensemble

Rosana Eckert, principle lecturer of vocal jazz, served as the guest conductor for the 2020 Idaho All State Jazz Choir which performed at the Idaho MEA convention in Nampa.