College of Music Spotlights

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


Joshua Taylor headshot

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.


Texas society for music theory group photo

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.


Daniel Sabzghabaei, Composer

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei (BM '14 Composition) has been included in the 2019 Eurasia Festival

Joseph Klein, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Division of Composition Studies, said, "Since graduating from UNT in 2014, Daniel Sabzghabaei has had an impressive record of commissions and performances. His inclusion as one of four emerging artists in this year's Eurasia Festival is just the most recent in a series of significant national and international festivals that have featured Daniel's work. He is rapidly establishing himself as a distinctive voice among young composers."

https://www.eurasiafestival.... Read more.


Nick Finzer, holding trombone

Finzer Named to "Artists to Watch" List

UNT College of Music jazz trombone professor, Nick Finzer, has been listed as '19 Jazz Artists to Watch in 2019'.
https://www.jazziz.com/the-shape-of-jazz-to-come-artists-to-watch-in-2019/


Brad Leali performing on Saxophone

UNT College of Music offers Gospel Meets Jazz concert celebrating Black History Month

DENTON (UNT), Texas - University of North Texas College of Music Professor of Jazz Saxophone, Brad Leali, will conduct his sixth annual “Gospel Meets Jazz” concert celebrating Black History Month and the contributions of African American culture.

“The blues is an integral part of jazz. At an early age my teachers would constantly quote: ‘No blues, No jazz... Read more.


College of Music Director of Admissions Named UNT Employee of the Year

AWARD: UNT President Neal Smatresk named Joel Wiley (l) (MM ’14) who serves the College of Music as Director of Admissions as UNT's 2019 Steve Miller Outstanding Employee Award. Wiley will be honored on April 2. UNT College of Music Dean, John W. Richmond (r) congratulates Joel.


STUDENT SUCCESS: UNT euphonium student, Brandon M. Hawkins, wins United States Army Band competition

On Tuesday evening #UNTCoM senior euphonium student, Brandon M. Hawkins, won the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba-Euphonium Workshop Solo Euphonium Competition.

He will be featured soloist, performing Philip Sparke’s Pantomime, with the U.S. Army Band in the gala concert of the 2019 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, to be held at Brucker Hall, Joint Base Myer, February 2 in Arlington, VA.

Live stream will be available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgfIH7ac6jM&feature=... Read more.


Brandon Nelson Headshot

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Nelson

Alumni Spotlight: "School Band and Orchestra" magazine has selected UNT College of Music alumni Brandon Nelson (BME '11) Oak Harbor High School (WA) Band Teacher to be featured in their annual "50 Directors who Make a Difference".


Jay Sutey and Ally (Hany) Albrecht vist UNT booth

Alumni Spotlight: Jay Sutey (BM'13) - bassoon and Ally (Hany) Albrecht (BM'14) - trumpet now serving in the US Air Force Band of the West visit UNT College of Music booth during Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Alumni Spotlight: Jay Sutey (BM'13) - bassoon and Ally (Hany) Albrecht (BM'14) - trumpet now serving in the US Air Force Band of the West visit UNT College of Music booth during Midwest Clinic in Chicago.


Fabiana Claure at NAMM

Fabiana Claure presents at the National Association of Music Merchants NAMMShow

The annual conference, held in Anaheim, CA, is the largest music business industry conference in the United States. Claure is the founder and director of UNT's Music Business and Entrepreneurship program - https://career.music.unt.edu


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