College of Music in the News

March 28, 2022

Faculty Across the Country

Jessica Nápoles, Professor of Choral Music Education, conducted the Georgia and South Carolina All-State choirs then to South Carolina in March to conduct. She also conducted the Indiana All-State Choir and ACDA Eastern honor choir in Boston.

February 17, 2022


Daniel Cook and David Childs presented "Brass Band 101: A Clinic/Concert by the Dallas Brass Band.

February 17, 2022

PhD Student Named Director

Thomas Rinn (PHD, music education) selected as the Rainbow-Froehlich Outreach Program Director, a program providing regular, quality musical experiences for residents in assisted living and nursing facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton Metroplex.

February 17, 2022

Celebration Concerts

The College of Music and the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia commemorated the renovation of the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.

January 24, 2022

Alumna Named to Opera America Program

Alumna Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, dramatic soprano, multi-genre performing artist and producer, has been selected as a participant of the OPERA America inaugural mentorship program for opera leaders of color. Her mentor is Houston Grand Opera general director, Khori Dastoor.

January 24, 2022

UNT College of Music at Midwest

Geritt Davenport (BA ’20) (center l), Founder and Publisher of TUX People’s Music Publishing Co. along with Cody Myre (BM ’19) Chief Editor, appear here with Dean John Richmond (l) and UNT Composer-In-Residence and 24-time Emmy nominee and 10-time winner, Bruce Broughton (r). TUX People’s Music is a Texas-based music publishing house representing more than 50 composers and arrangers from around the world.

January 24, 2022

Theory Professor Published

Frank Heidlberger, University of North Texas Professor of Music Theory, has co-authored the two-volume “Lexikon des Orchesters” The projects represents a decade of work with co-editors Gesine Schröder and Christoph Wünsch and is published by Laaber-Verlag.

January 24, 2022

Alumna Semi-finalist

Sara Kennedy (BM ’15, MM ’19) is semi-finalist of the Opera Tampa D’Angelo Young Artist Vocal Competition. Semi-finals and finals were held at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

January 24, 2022

Music Education Paper Published

The Journal of Music Teacher Education has published “The Reported Self-Care Practices of Music Educators,” authored by @UNT Assistant Professor of Music Education, Jamey Kelley with Kelsey Nussbaum (PhD ‘21), Michael Crawford (PhD ‘21), Jared Critchfield (PhD ‘21), PhD student Sam Flippin, Alyssa Grey (PhD ‘21) and PhD student Candace Mahaffey.

January 24, 2022

Bancroft Quartet Wins

The King’s Peak International Music Competition Winter session announced that the University of North Texas Bancroft Quartet placed first in the Ensemble category for their age group. Performers are Sardor Djumaev, Diana Galimova, Fang Chen and Mengmeng Huang.

January 24, 2022

Alumna Radio Hosting

Nikki Velonis (BM ‘03) has joined Classical WRR 101 as a new host at the Dallas/Fort Worth (USA) classical radio station. WRR 101.1 is celebrating its centennial birthday this year.

January 24, 2022

Breaking News

The University of North Texas Wind Orchestra has been invited to perform at the Southwestern Division Conference of the CBDNA - College Band Directors National Association. Andrew Trachsel, Associate Professor of Wind Studies and Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles is conductor. The Spring 2022 conference is to held in Waco, Texas.

January 24, 2022

College of Music Commencement Speaker

In addition to his position at the Juilliard School, professor Flagg (r) with College of Musc Dean John Richmond, serves the New York State Council on the Arts. He lectures frequently on the arts, arts education and diversity, equity and inclusion. He is a trumpeter, educator, consultant, writer and non-profit executive. Read his story here: