College of Music Spotlights

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The Gamma Theta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia turns 80

GREEK LIFE IN MUSIC: The Gamma Theta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia turns 80. The chapter was chartered May 19, 1940.

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Landon Chang Becomes Newest Presser Scholar

This week, the UNT College of Music Council of Division Chairs selected Landon Chang, saxophone student, as the 2019-2020 Presser Undergraduate Scholar. This is considered the most prestigious undergraduate award in music at University of North Texas with a continuous history of more than 60 years. Its recipient holds the title of "Presser Scholar." -

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Jennifer Lane elected as Chair of the UNT Faculty Senate

PROFESSOR OF VOICE TAKES LEADERSHIP POSITION: During the May meeting of the UNT Faculty Senate, Jennifer Lane, Professor of Voice, was elected as Chair of that body. She begins her duties July 1, 2020.

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Elvia Puccinelli awarded Advisor of the Year by UNT Student Activities

PUCCINELLI HONORED: UNT Student Activities has bestowed Elvia Puccinelli, Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching, with its Advisor of the Year award which honors "one faculty or staff member who contributes time and expertise in a volunteer capacity to a student organization at UNT."

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Professor of Piano Joseph Banowetz on Spotify

Professor of Piano and two-time GRAMMY nominee, Joseph Banowetz, is a verified artist on Spotify with more than 120,000 monthly listeners and has been added to editorial playlists with nearly 400,000 followers.

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Felix Olschofka Appointed Associate Dean for Operations

Felix Olschofka has been appointed as Associate Dean for Operations and begins those duties today. He previously served the UNT College of Music as Professor of Violin and Director of Graduate Studies.

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Ryan Sullivan (DMA '19) Takes Leadership Position

As of July 1, 2020, Ryan Sullivan (DMA '19) will become President for the Southwestern Region of the American Choral Directors Association.

Recital Hall stripped for Renovation

Recital Hall Renovation

May 2, 2020: Removal of existing recital hall seating makes way for continued renovation that includes enhanced performance acoustics, instruction and, yes, something for which we can be proud. Scheduled to be ready for use Fall 2020.

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Faculty Member Jessica Nápoles' Book Published

See Clifford K. Madsen's Contributions to Music Education and Music Therapy: Love of Learning by Jessica Nápoles, UNT College of Music Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Interim Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles and her colleague Rebecca B. MacLeod.

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Landon Chang Places Second

Landon Chang has been named second-place winner in the woodwind division of the MTNA Young Artist National Performance Competition.

Merril Ellis Intermedia Theater stripped for renovations

Renovation Update: MEIT

April 28, 2020: The UNT College of Music Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre (MEIT) as it's being made ready for renovation scheduled to be complete August 31.


Billboard Magazine Once Again Names University of North Texas a Top Music Business School

NEW RANKING AND MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Billboard Magazine has once again named the University of North Texas to its list of Top Music Business Schools – the fourth year in a row. As well and in the same issue, the University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business and the UNT College of Music announce the creation of a partnership that will offer an MBA in Music Business beginning Fall 2020. See pages 7 and 25.

Billboard Magazine 2020 Top Music Business Schools

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Alumna Jennifer Youngs (DMA '10, MM '12) Accepts Brigham Young Position

Jennifer Youngs (DMA '10, MM '12) was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Voice at BYU School of Music. Her tenure begins Fall, 2020.

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Alumnus Bryan Murray (DMA '20) Accepts Choral Position

Bryan Murray (DMA '20) has accepted the Associate Director of Choral Activities/Choral Music Education position at the University of Wyoming Department of Music.

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Wynton Marsalis Recognizes UNT Professor

Rich DeRosa, UNT College of Music Professor of Jazz Composition & Arranging and GRAMMY nominee, was called out by Marsalis for his new arrangement of Yardbird Suite performed for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert for Our Culture: Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2020 Virtual Gala.

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Alumna Camille Ortiz (DMA '17) Accepts Position

Camille Ortiz (DMA '17) will join the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance Fall 2020 as Assistant Professor of Voice.

The Choral-Orchestral Works of Works of Ralph Vaughan WIlliams

Alumnus Stephen Town (MM '77, BM '74) Publishes Book

Penned by Stephen Town (MM '77, BM '74), Professor of Music at Northwest Missouri State University, The Choral-Orchestral Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams has been published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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Sean Murphy (DMA '19, MM '13) Releases Album

Sean Murphy (DMA '19, MM '13) released recordings of saxophone manuscripts by French composer Pierre-Philippe Bauzin (1933-2005). The restored works have been released through Murphy Music Press.

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Assistant Professor of Music Theory David Heetderks Publishes Article

"What Happens after the Primal Burn? Dissonance in Sonic Youth's Middle Period" by UNT College of Music Assistant Professor of Music Theory, David Heetderks, has been published by Music Theory Online

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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