College of Music Spotlights

Josh brown

STUDENT SUCCESS: Congratulations to UNT DMA student Joshua Brown on his appointment as Director of Choral Activities at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

STUDENT SUCCESS: Congratulations to UNT DMA student Joshua Brown on his appointment as Director of Choral Activities at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Sophomore viola student, Tomas de la Rosa, received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School of Music in Colorado

He is violist in UNT's inaugural undergraduate string quartet, the Primo Volo String Quartet. photo: Elle Logan


Ryan Sullivan

STUDENT SUCCESS: DMA candidate, Ryan Sullivan, has been appointed as Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas

STUDENT SUCCESS: DMA candidate, Ryan Sullivan, has been appointed as Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.STUDENT SUCCESS: DMA candidate, Ryan Sullivan, has been appointed as Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.


Mason Soria

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Junior tuba performance major, Mason Soria, received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School of Music in Colorado this summer.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Junior tuba performance major, Mason Soria, received a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival and School of Music in Colorado this summer. Mason is currently principal tuba with the UNT Symphony Orchestra and is an alum of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.


Brad Leali presented with Community Engagement Award

Brad Leali wins UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award

Associate Professor of jazz saxophone, Brad Leali, has won the UNT FOUNDATION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD. "On behalf of the UNT Foundation and the Office of Faculty Success, we appreciate your service and leadership to the students, the community and the campus. Your dean and department chair were instrumental in your nomination for this award," Linda Holloway, PhD, CRC,  Interim Associate Vice Provost, Office of Faculty Success. 


Limeng Zhang performing on violin

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: DMA student, Limeng Zhang, recently performed at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of the International Golden Classical Music Awards

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: DMA student, Limeng Zhang, recently performed at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of the International Golden Classical Music Awards


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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Joshua Taylor, adjunct instructor of Sacred Music, publishes article

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Joshua Taylor, adjunct instructor of Sacred Music, had an article published in the Call to Worship Journal, a quarterly publication of the Presbyterian Church (USA), entitled “And This Shall Be Our Response to Violence: Singing in Times of Trial.” It chronicles his experience planning the music for the interfaith service in Dallas, Texas for the fallen police officers in 2016.


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STUDENTS PRESENT AT STATE CONFERENCE: Three College of Music graduate students presented at the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference in February

Brian Anderson - “Gratuitous Repetition and Formal Function in Scarlatti’s Sonatas”; Bryan Stevens- “Theorizing Sonata Form from the Margins: The Spanish Keyboard Sonata from 1744 to c. 1790”; Levi Walls - “Composing out Notre-dame: How Louise Bertin Musically Represents the Hugolian Themes of Fate and Decay in La Esmeralda”.


Yu Nishiyama holding saxophone

ALUMNA SUCCESS: Yu Nishiyama (BM '17), a Jazz Studies graduate, has been named as one of 18 recipients of the ASCAP Foundation 2019 Herb Alpert Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.

ALUMNA SUCCESS: Yu Nishiyama (BM '17), a Jazz Studies graduate, has been named as one of 18 recipients of the ASCAP Foundation 2019 Herb Alpert Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.


Brandon K. McDonnald conducting

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Brandon K. McDannald (DMA '18)

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Brandon K. McDannald (DMA '18) is guest conducting the Florida Wind Band and is in his second year as Director of Bands at the University of Tampa, where he directs the wind ensemble and jazz band, coordinates the music education program, supervises student teachers, and teaches applied horn.


Meilin Ai performing on Grand Piano

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: CoM DMA student, Meilin Ai, has accepted a full-time position at the Conservatory of Music at Sichuan Normal University beginning Fall 2019

Sichuan Normal University is a first-tier university in Sichuan province, China. The Conservatory of Music has 2,080 undergraduate students, 214 graduate students, and 108 faculty. It offers degrees in instrumental performance, vocal performance, music pedagogy, and musicology.


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