College of Music Spotlights

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Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield portrait

UNT Alumna Gunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield to perform in Bush State Funeral

WASHINGTONGunnery Sgt. Sara Sheffield, a graduate of the University of North Texas will participate in former President George H. W. Bush’s State Funeral as a vocalist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra. The funeral is to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Washington National Cathedral.

President Bush’s State Funeral marks the 14th such event for which “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band or Marine Chamber Orchestra has performed. “The President’s Own”... Read more.

UNT College of Music Signs Student Exchange Agreements with Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

At the third International Festival of Czech Music, the University of North Texas signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Partnerships among UNT and these two distinguished Czech universities have existed on for some time, but the formalizing of understandings is new and important. Dean John W. Richmond of the UNT College of Music observed that, "These partnerships create important opportunties for faculty and students alike. The initial momentum for these relationships was made... Read more.

Poster for Rhythms of the Arab World

UNT hosts guest artists from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and presents Rhythms of the Arab World as part of a cultural and Arabic language enrichment program

What: The University of North Texas College of Music; College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures and Arabic program present “Rhythms of the Arab World,” a concert that culminates a larger project offering students hands-on, authentic experiences of Arab music.


When: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 (Sunday)


Where: Recital... Read more.

UNT Mean Green Members performing percussion at Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show

Green Brigade members perform with Meghan Trainor at Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show

UNT College of Music hosts International Festival of Czech Music celebrating the centennial anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia

What: The University of North Texas College of Music hosts the third International Festival of Czech Music. The program includes an academic conference, concerts, multimedia performances and lectures open to the public. For a full list of events visit


When: Nov. 27 (Tuesday) – Dec. 1 (Saturday)


Where: For conference, performance and lecture times/locations on the UNT campus visit... Read more.

Jazz Singers release new CD

JAZZ SINGERS NEW CD DROPS: The UNT Jazz Singers newest recording, A Thousand Nights, is released to the public

"A Thousand Nights is the fourth album recorded by UNT Jazz Singers since I began teaching at UNT in Fall 2011, and I was aiming for it to showcase the diverse musical spectrum to which I strive to expose the students for their enjoyment and growth.  For the first time, we asked our guest artists-in-residence who came to UNT during the spring of 2017 and 2018  if they would be willing to be on our album, and we’re honored and delighted that all three of... Read more.

The Hollywood Reporter has ranked #UNTCoM at #19 in the "Top 25 Music Schools for Composing in Film and TV."

NEW RANKING: The Hollywood Reporter has ranked #UNTCoM at 19 in the "Top 25 Music Schools for Composing in Film and TV." See our advertisement on slide 51 and details on slides 58 and 59.

Air Force Band Members

UNT College of Music named best school in Texas, 3rd nationwide for veterans

College Factual announced that the UNT College of Music has been named the BEST school in Texas for veterans studying music AND ranked #3 nationwide in the same category for 2019. View the article at... Read more.

University of North Texas A Cappella Choir to Partner with FWSO for Handel’s Messiah

FORT WORTH, TX—November 5, 2018 — The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the University of North Texas A Cappella Choir. The first performance in this partnership will be the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah under the baton of FWSO Associate Conductor Alejandro Gómez Guillén on Monday December 3, 2018 at Bass Performance Hall.

This group of exceptional young performers is part of an illustrious history of choral excellence including an international tour and various performances at national choral... Read more.

UNT Music Video honoring Mahatma Gandhi

UNT College of Music releases an original arrangement and music video honoring Mahatma Gandhi

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DENTON (UNT), Texas - At the request of the Consul General of India in Houston, TX, the University of North Texas College of Music has produced and released an original arrangement and music video to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.

“Gandhi has influenced and inspired the world through his example of peace and nonviolence,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk. “This has been a tremendous opportunity... Read more.

Aaron Olguin, headshot

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Olguin

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Olguin, (BM '16) & (MM '18) has been appointed Principal Bass of the Trondheim, Norway Symphony Orchestra. His tenure begins January 2019.

Jackie Gao, headshot

Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Gao

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jackie Gao (DMA, violin) was an associate producer on the documentary series "Treasures of The Earth" that won the Gold World Medal of The New York Festivals Best TV and Films 2018. This documentary series, filmed in multiple countries, has three episodes: Gems, Metals and Power. It was produced by NOVA and broadcast on PBS at the end of 2016.

"It will take... Read more.

UNT College of Music presents the delightful Czech opera, “The Cunning Little Vixen”

What: The University of North Texas College of Music presents the Czech opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” performed in English with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, & 10 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), 3:00 p.m. Nov. 11 (Sunday), with an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 (Saturday) for the UNT International Festival of Czech Music. An “In-the-Know” pre-performance talk will be held at 6:45 p.m. before each performance.

Where:... Read more.

"ethics" in word game blocks

Annual Ricco Ethics Award Competition

Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. The competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. Applicants for the 2019 competition must submit an essay on a Case Study Topic.

Awards of $1,000 each will be granted to one student from each college or school at UNT. As... Read more.

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Collaborative pianists to gather at UNT for 2018 CollabFest

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Collaborative pianists are getting their moment in the spotlight at the University of North Texas College of Music’s third annual CollabFest – the first conference of its type in the nation.

“Collaborative pianists are trained as partners. It’s about being present in a moment; intuiting, responding and dancing together with other artists real time – heart to heart,” said Elvia Puccinelli, associate professor... Read more.

Dennis Fisher

The UNT Symphonic Band brings North Texas a celebration of Russian Culture

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas College of Music will celebrate the music of Russian composers, some very familiar and some who are not typically featured in popular concert repertoire.

The concert will be performed by the UNT Symphonic Band, conducted by professor of music and associate director of wind studies, Dennis Fisher. A faculty member since 1982, Fisher is known for his extensive national and international experience as a conductor... Read more.

2018-19 Presser Undergraduate Scholar

Ruth Mertens, a harp music performance student from Natchitoches, Louisiana, has been named the University of North Texas College of Music’s 2018-19 Presser Scholar and recipient of a $4,000 Presser scholarship. Dean of the College of Music, John Richmond and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Harp, Jaymee Haefner presented Ruth with her award.

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is presented annually to a student entering his or her senior year who has shown extraordinary musical and academic accomplishments. The Presser award is considered the most... Read more.

Summer MMEd program has first graduates

The University of North Texas College of Music division of music education celebrated the first graduates of its master of music education summer program. The program was started in 2016 to accommodate teachers who want to continue their music teaching job while attending graduate school.

“We have a large music-education faculty of highly accomplished, broadly published, deeply devoted teachers and researchers who are working across many of the most urgent, complex and important issues in the profession,” said John Richmond, dean of the College of Music.

The UNT summer... Read more.

Davy Mooney with Guitar

UNT jazz professor Davy Mooney and drummer Ko Omura bring strong musical chemistry to new album release, “Benign Strangers”

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Assistant professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas, Davy Mooney and Tokyo-born drummer, Ko Omura have released their first album entitled “Benign Strangers.”

“The album’s title describes our creative experience,” said Mooney. “Ko had never met the rest of the band. He flew in from Tokyo and met everybody for the first time at the recording studio. It’s remarkable that... Read more.

Harp Beats members with flowers

HarpBeats perform in Chicago

DENTON (UNT), Texas--The University of North Texas College of Music HarpBeats recently performed at the famed Chicago Lyon & Healy Hall. The HarpBeats, a nine-member ensemble, joined only a few artists invited to participate in the concert series including Emmanuel Ceysson (harpist for the New York MET), Katherine Siochi (International Harp... Read more.

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UNT Flutist Martin Godoy wins Myrna Brown Flute Competition

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas College of Music announced that Martin Godoy, a doctor of musical arts student, won first prize in the Texas Flute Society’s 32nd annual Myrna Brown Artist Competition. The event, held each year in Denton, is widely recognized as one of the highest level international flute competitions and has no age limit. Godoy receives a cash prize and is invited to appear as a guest artist at the 2019 Texas Flute... Read more.

UNT to host largest trumpet competition in the nation

DENTON (UNT), Texas - In March, the finest trumpet players from all over the nation will converge on the University of North Texas for the 26th annual National Trumpet Competition, the largest of its kind. Competitors will vie for thousands of dollars in prize money and have opportunities to network with other top talent.

“It’s truly a trumpet-centric event and one that brings together the brightest and best for healthy competition, networking and instruction,” said Jason Bergman, assistant... Read more.