College of Music in the News

Brad Leili
September 22, 2022

Faculty on DFW TV

University of North Texas Professor of Jazz Saxophone, Brad Leali, spoke to Dallas/Fort Worth’s NBC Channel 5 about African American Music Appreciation Month.

Amanda Ekery
September 22, 2022

Alumna Named Hero

The Jazz Journalists Association names Amanda Ekery (BM ’16, Honors College) as the 2022 El Paso Jazz Award Hero. She is "committed to the growth, evolution and advancement of gender equality within jazz's national and international communities."

Anuj Bhutani
September 22, 2022

Alumnus Wins Award

Anuj Bhutani (BM '21) has been awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation's Morton Gould Award for “On Letting Go” for solo cello and live electronics.

Carmen Cusack
May 12, 2022

Alumna Tony Nominated

Carmen Cusack has been Tony nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance in “Flying Over Sunset.” See the awards show June 12 on CBS.

April 26, 2022

DMA Student to Kansas

Current University of North Texas DMA student in choral conducting, McKenna Stenson, has been appointed as Associate Director of Choral Studies/Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas.

April 18, 2022

Faculty Published

Vivek Virani published his article, “From Satsang to Stage: Negotiating Aesthetic Theologies and Aspirational Subjectivities in a North Indian Bhajan Competition,” in his discipline’s flagship journal, Ethnomusicology.

April 18, 2022

Associate Professor Featured

Opera Lafayette presents “Marie Antoinette’s Musical Legacies” series with UNT Associate Professor of Music History, Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, discussing Antoinette's musical legacies among women in revolutionary and Napoleonic France.

April 14, 2022

Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Alejandro L. Madrid (MM ’99) announced as a 2022 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Research. He is Professor in the Department of Music at Cornell University where he is described as a “cultural theorist who specializes in music and expressive culture from Latin America and Latinxs in the United States. Working at the intersection of musicology, ethnomusicology, and performance studies, Madrid’s scholarship interrogates neoliberalism, globalization, and postmodernity while exploring questions of embodiment, affectivity, and politics in transnational settings."

April 14, 2022

Congratulations Sarah Decker

Current University of North Texas choral music education student Sarah Decker and Grammy Affiliate Winner for Best Choral Performance as a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus included in the recording of Symphony No. 8 by Mahler. Sarah was an alto with the LACC for five years and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale multiple times.

April 13, 2022

Doctoral Student Receives Grant

PhD student in ethnomusicology, Nate Ash-Morgan, has received a Graduate Research Experiences Abroad Travel (GREAT) Grant from the University of North Texas division of UNT International Affairs. The grant supports his fieldwork in Ghana furthering his dissertation on Ghanaian traditional and popular music.

April 13, 2022

UNT Composition Faculty Elected

As it celebrates its 200th anniversary, Royal Academy of Music has elected Sungji Hong, UNT music composition faculty member, as an Associate. This designation is made to Academy alumni who have distinguished themselves in and made a significant contribution to their music career. She will travel to London in September to receive the honor from Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Governing Body who is also Chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ballet.

April 13, 2022

Panayiotis Kokoras Receives 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

The Guggenheim Foundation announced that University of North Texas composition faculty member Panayiotis Kokoras as recipient of a 2022 Fellowship. Since 1925, Guggenheim Fellowships have been offered “to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions… to those making their mark in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and creative arts.”