College of Music Spotlights

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Jazz Guitar Today Showcases Davy Mooney

Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar, Davy Mooney, his book and his new video series, Advanced Improvisational Concepts, were all showcased along with a Division of Jazz Studies shout out.

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Jazz Times Reviews One O'Clock Recording

 Check out the Byken Franckling review of the One O'Clock Lab Band® recording, LAB 2019, directed by Alan Baylock.

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Dr. Capital Featured on Japanese Television

NHK televised concert, "Motto Shikoku Ongakusai 2020" featured Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, Jonathan "Capital" Patterson (3rd from the left), as music director, performer and expert commentator. He starred alongside Japanese comedian Kiyotaka Nanbara as a guest commentator for the entire program. He was music director, arranger and guitarist for four songs that included collaborations with JPOP stars Angela Aki and Hiroshi Miyama, a 23-piece traditional Japanese festival ensemble, and a large-scale arrangement combining 16 ensembles and more than 170 participants into one socially... Read more.

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Album Release Includes Several Alumni

Tyler Austin (MM ’14) Artistic Director & Conductor of Maryland Chamber Winds announced the drop of their first album 'Preludes + Recitations'. The album includes playing by Brian Do, current UNT DMA student, Danielle Fisher (MM '18) and Matthew Hudgens (MM ’15)

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UNT Performing and Visual Arts in Top Ten for Hispanic Graduation

The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has named the University of North Texas one of the nation's 'Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics,' The College of Music and the College of Visual Arts and Design came in at No. 10 in the United States for visual and performing arts degrees earned by Hispanic students.

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Faculty Member Interviewed

Denton Record-Chronicle features editor Lucinda Breeding interviewed Brian F. Wright, Assistant Professor of Music History in an article about the life and career of Eddie Van Halen. Photo: G.J. McCarthy/Dallas Morning News file photo

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Alumnus and Family Showcased

Nat Irvin, II (DMA ’87, Composition) and sons appear on Denton Black Film Festival SoulTalk with Frederick “Nick” Nichelson, DBFF Music Director, discussing Denton connections and their work on the American horror film Antebellum and other projects.

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Alumna to Duluth

Hyeyoun Jang (DMA ’19) is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Music.

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Alumna Accepts University Position

Shuo-Hui Sophie Hung, (DMA '18) has joined Southwestern Oklahoma State University as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music in Piano.

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Student Joins Seminary Faculty

Master’s degree student, Joy Elise Mote, has joined the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) as an Adjunct Professor of Voice in the School of Church Music and Worship.

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Performances Continue

Even during a pandemic, Linda Strube, programs coordinator, safely produces performance programs with limited printing. Linda began producing performance program in 2001 and has produced 18,337 programs.

Ellen Bakulina Publishes Article

Ellen Bakulina, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, published "Tonal Pairing in Two of Rachmaninoff's Songs" in Analytical Approaches to Twentieth-Century Russian Music: Tonality, Modernism, Serialism. Edited by Inessa Bazayev and Christopher Segall.

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We Are North Texas Podcast

Episode 24 with Dr. John Richmond, Dean of the UNT College of Music.


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Mickens Releases Album

Associate Professor of Horn, Stacie Mickens, has released "From the Great Lakes: Music for Horn" featuring Stacie Mickens & Friends. With partial funding from a University of North Texas Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant, the album features four pieces, three of which were composed for the performer. Composers include David Morgan ("When Penguins Fly"), Susan Mutter ("Ages"), and James Wilding ("Distill" and "Melencolia.")

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Alumnus Writes Guide for Tubists

Justin Benavidez (BM ’05) is now under agreement with Oxford University Press to publish Notes for Tubists: A Guide to the Repertoire with release date in 2023. The publication is designed to be the definitive guide to significant works for the tuba soloist repertoire. He is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Florida State University College of Music.

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Faculty Member Publishes

Assistant Professor of Music History, Brian Wright, published an article entitled "Jaco Pastorius, the Electric Bass, and the Struggle for Jazz Credibility" in the University of California Press. In addition, he co-authored a conference report in the same volume.

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Alumnus Leading Music Program

Jay Walls (MM ’95 Composition, PhD ’11 Composition) was named Chair for the Harding University Department of Music in Searcy, Arkansas. He is Associate Professor teaching composition, orchestration and counterpoint and is director of the Arts & Life Performance Series.

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Choral Faculty Member Appears on Podcast

Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Associate Professor of Choral Studies and Director of University Singers and Kalandra, appeared on "With One Accord," a podcast of Houston Chamber Choir. April Harris spoke with Macmullen and Georgia State University’s Deanna Joseph.

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Denton High School National Winner

The Foundation for Music Education competition has named Denton High School (TX) as the national winner of the High School Jazz Ensemble Division. Jesse Woolery (BM ’04) leads the winning ensemble and is Associate Director of Bands, Director of Jazz Studies and also “the voice” of the University of North Texas Green Brigade.

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Alumna Plays for Live Pop-up Audiences

Paula Gudmundson (MM ’01) was featured in the Duluth News Tribune as she performed six flute performances in one afternoon. She is Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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Alumna Opera Published

The one act opera “No Ladies in the Ladies Book,” composed by Lisa DeSpain (BM ’91) with libretto by Rachel J. Peters and commissioned by Utah Opera has been released for publishing and licensing.

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Ruben Balboa Accepts Position

Ruben Balboa III (MM ‘16) serves as Instructional Assistant Professor of Viola and Assistant Director/Master Teacher for the Illinois State String Project at Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.

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Alumnus Releases Debut Album

Bryron Crenshaw (BM ’19) debut album, Bass Tone Paintings, "is a psychedelic jazz album of one minute-long songs with introspective sentiments on Black identity, love for the environment and social media anxieties. The album spans seventeen tracks spoken in four languages, recorded primarily with Byron’s bass guitar and vocoder.”

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Lueveno and Haven Trio Release CD

Haven Trio releases “Twinge” – retelling stories of survival from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The CD features trio members, UNT Professor of Clarinet, Kimberly Cole Luevano, Lindsay Kesselman, soprano and Midori Koga, piano with music by Jon Magnussen and words and narration by Barry Bearak. Released on Blue Griffin Records.
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The Complete Beethoven Sonatas

UNT Professor of Piano, Gustavo Romero, performed the Complete Beethoven Sonatas in seven live streamed performances from The UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center.