College of Music Spotlights

Sean Powell

Music Education Chair Accepts Leadership Positions

Sean Powell, Chair of the Division of Music Education, elected Chair-Elect of the Society for Music Teacher Education. His 2-year term culminates by assuming the Chair role in 2022. Also, he will be joining the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Music Education

Vox Aquila

University Singers to Present at ACDA

UNT University Singers, conducted by Kristina Caswell MacMullen, will present at the 2021 national conference of the American Choral Directors Association as an invited interest session with the topic, “Intentional In-Between: The Art of Seamless Performance Transitions.” Additionally, University Singers, as part of the collegiate honor choir, will perform William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast along with Baylor University, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University. The concert will be conducted by Simon Halsey with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony... Read more.

Jennifer Mendez Daffinee

Alumna Jennifer Mendez Daffinee Named First Prize Winner

Clarinetist Jennifer Mendez Daffinee (DMA '18), was named winner of the 2020 International Clarinet Association Research Competition for her presentation, "Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr: American Clarinet Performer and Pedagogue." Her prize includes guaranteed publication in The Clarinet.

Andrew Chung

Andrew J. Chung Publishes Article in Sound Studies

The journal Sound Studies recently published "Music as sexual violence? Investigating the case of bar/club-based sex trafficking and sonic harm." The article is written by Andrew J. Chung, Assistant Professor of Music Theory.

Jaymee Haefner

Jaymee Haefner Appointed as Director of Graduate Studies

Dean John W. Richmond has announced the appointment of Jaymee Haefner, Assistant Professor of Harp, as the College of Music’s next Director of Graduate Studies. She previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and as the Administrative Chair of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. She begins her duties August 1st.

Joshua Habermann

Joshua Habermann to Conduct at ACDA

UNT professor to conduct at American Choral Directors Association national conference. Joshua Habermann, UNT professor of choral literature, will be conducting the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Dallas Symphony Orchestra in two movements from the Messa per Rossini, the Introit by Buzzolla and the final movement, which is also the final movement of Verdi's Requiem (Libera Me). He is director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and music director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.


Vox Aquilae and Baroque Orchestra invited to ACDA conference

The American Choral Directors Association 2021 national conference has extended an invitation to UNT’s Baroque Orchestra, Paul Leenhouts, director and Vox Aquilae, directed by Allen Hightower, as demonstration groups presenting "Baroque Choral Works with Period Instruments from the Archives of Prince Carl Liechtenstein of Kroměříž."

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MEIT Renovation Progress

Renovations continue as the new external entrance to the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater takes shape.

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Croft and Fillmore Perform in Metropolitan Opera Stream

New York’s Metropolitan Opera streamed the production of Satyagraha by Philip Glass, with UNT Distinguished Research Professor of Voice, Richard Croft featured in the leading role of Mahatma Gandhi and Professor of Voice and Chair of the Division of Vocal Studies Molly Fillmore featured in the role of Mrs. Naidoo. This was part of the Met’s free streaming program they began at the start of their closure due to COVID-19. The text is sung in Sanskrit, taken from the Bhagavad Gita.

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Alumni Tivon Lee Receives Silver Medal

Tivon Lee, (MM ’20), clarinet, was awarded the Silver Medal in the Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar Division at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition.

A Cappella Choir

A Cappella Choir to perform at 2021 ACDA Conference

Allen Hightower will direct as they perform at the 2021 national conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Only 24 choirs from across the United States have been invited. A Cappella is one of only three university mixed choirs invited nationally and the only mixed university/college choir from Texas. This is the fourth appearance of the UNT A Cappella choir at the national conference in 22 years conducted under Mel Ivey, Jerry McCoy and, now, Allen Hightower. The conference will be held in Dallas in March 2021.

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Alumna Sarah Dunbar Accepts University Position

Sarah Dunbar, (DMA '19, MM '17, BM Jazz Studies '15, BM Classical Saxophone '15), accepted the position of as Assistant Professor of Music - Woodwinds (tenure-track), at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX.

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Alumnus Meilin Ai (DMA '19) Releases CD

Jonathan Welsh writes, "...this is an utterly magnificent disc." Meilin Ai, (DMA '19), full-time faculty member of the Conservatory of Music of the Sichuan Normal University in China, recorded this album in Winspear Hall of UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center.


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DownBeat Magazine Awards UNT Vocal Jazz

The 43rd annual Student Music Awards were awarded to UNT Jazz Singers, Jennifer Barnes, director, Wes Dziedzic for Outstanding Scat Soloist on “Course” and Outstanding Improv Soloist: Vaughn Faison on “Estrogenia” along with Avenue C, Kathryn Sherman, director and Hanna Song as Outstanding Scat Soloist on “Beautiful Moons Ago”. See pages 71 & 84.


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Alumna Clare Carrasco Publishes Article

An article penned by Clare Carrasco (PhD, Musicology, '16), "The Unlike Pair: Impressionism, Expressionism, and Critical Reception of Schoenberg and Schreker’s Chamber Symphonies," appears in the Journal of Musicology 37/2 (2020)



Wec C Moore

Alumnus Wes C. Moore Assumes Leadership Position

Wes C. Moore, (DMA '12) is now Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University. As well, he continues as DBU's Chair of the Department of Music.

View of MEIT Renovation Progress from Balcony

MEIT Renovation Progress

An in-progress photo of changes to the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.

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DMA Student Hyunjee Lee Honored

UNT College of Music DMA student Hyunjee Lee won 2nd prize of the Myrna Brown Flute Competition.

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Alumna Carolina Calvache (MM '10) Releases Album

Carolina Calvache (MM '10) released her second album as band leader. Vida Profunda is available from Sunnyside Records and is listed by Jazziz Magazine as 10 Albums You Need to Know: May 2020.

Kaitlin Miller

Kaitlin Miller Wins National Harp Award

The American Harp Society Foundation Board of Directors and Competition Committee awarded Kaitlin Miller as one of three national winners of the 2020 Anne Adams Competition.