College of Music Spotlights

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

One O’Clock Lab Band to perform with critically acclaimed jazz saxophonist

What: UNT One O’Clock Lab Band directed by Alan Baylock, will perform with guest artist Jimmy Heath.

When: 8 p.m. March 1 (Thursday)

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $15 for the public; $10 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center... Read more.

For 20 years, Denton’s New Horizons Band has helped North Texas seniors get in tune with their musical talents

DENTON (UNT), Texas - On Monday afternoons during the University of North Texas fall and spring semesters, the Denton Senior Center is filled with the vibrant sounds of a traditional concert wind ensemble – woodwinds, brass and percussion all working together in harmony. But, there is something unique about the musicians sitting in the chairs of the two Denton New Horizons bands – they are either active adults or retirees.

Buddy Givens, who played music in college, the Air Force and a Shrine band, says when he moved to the area, he was looking for new musical opportunities.

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UNT opera director brings his expertise of Weill to interpretation of “Street Scene”

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Jonathan Eaton, University of North Texas College of Music Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, wants to transport his audience to a New York tenement in the sweltering summer of 1946 for a classic American story of love and loss, heartbreak and hope when he presents Kurt Weill’s classic, “Street Scene.”

“One of the fascinating things about ‘Street Scene’ is that the story is... Read more.

Benefit concert in memory of accomplished UNT student pianist to raise scholarship funds

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas College of Music is presenting a benefit concert in memory of Reuben Allred, an accomplished piano student who died unexpectedly in April 2017.

Allred was working on his doctorate of musical arts in piano performance and earned a graduate artist certificate at UNT. He was assistant chorus master of the Dallas Opera and served as artist-in-residence and guest lecturer at universities around the world.

“Mr. Allred was a highly respected and sought-after collaborator, accompanying 25 to 30 concerts each year,” said Regents... Read more.

UNT Music in the City: Canetti-menagerie, a surreal soiree

Moody Performance Hall 4-11-2018 @ 7:30 PM

Join us April 11 at 7:30pm in Moody Performance Hall to experience UNT faculty composer Joseph Klein’s Canetti-menagerie: a surreal soiree, a collection of solo and chamber performances depicting seven characters from Nobel Prize winning author Elias Canetti’s book Earwitness: Fifty Characters. These varied and eccentric personae come to life through haunting musical performances by UNT faculty and guest artists, dramatic visualizations by local artist... Read more.

Gospel Meets Jazz concert at UNT celebrates Black History

What: Gospel Meets Jazz conducted by Brad Leali.

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 (Sunday).

Where: Paul Voertman Concert Hall, 415 S. Ave. C in Denton.

Cost: Free.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Brad Leali, College of Music jazz saxophone professor, presents his fifth annual Black History Month concert, “Gospel Meets Jazz,” at the University of... Read more.

UNT jazz professor takes talents to New York to perform with big names at internationally lauded club

DENTON (UNT), Texas - It’s always exciting to get the band back together, but especially so for Davy Mooney, assistant professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas, who’s bringing his Hope of Home band together for a rare New York appearance. The band, which consists of some of the biggest names in jazz – Brian Blade, drummer for musicians ranging from Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, to UNT alumna Norah Jones; Jon Cowherd, pianist and composer who’s worked with the likes of Rosanna Cash, Cassandra Wilson and Iggy Pop; John Ellis, saxophonist and composer who has played with... Read more.

UNT alumni see Grammy wins at 60th annual awards show

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Two University of North Texas alumni were part of projects that earned three awards at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28). Here is a round-up of the winners:

Edward Stephan

Alumnus Edward Stephan is a timpanist for the Pittsburgh Orchestra, which won in the categories of Best Engineered Album (Classical) and Best Orchestral Performance.

Frank Greene

Alumnus Frank Greene is lead trumpet for the Christian McBride Big Band... Read more.

UNT Wind Symphony collaborates with Lone Star Wind Orchestra for tribute to local children’s advocacy group

What: The UNT Wind Symphony and The Lone Star Wind Orchestra present “Winds of a Grateful Heart,” conducted by Eugene Corporon

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (Thursday).                                                              

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $10 for the public; $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT... Read more.