College of Music Spotlights

Famed composer Bruce Broughton joins UNT Symphonic Band for concert featuring his music

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Bruce Broughton, 10-time Emmy Award winner and 2017-18 University of North Texas composer-in-residence, will return to the College of Music to join the Symphonic Band in a performance of his compositions and participate in a unique on-stage conversation where he will discuss his music, career and contributions live for the audience. Media: Download image... Read more.

UNT hosts national student electronic music festival

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The seventh annual National Student Electronic Music Event is coming to the University of North Texas College of Music. There have been 157 submissions for the festival, including works for fixed media (stereo and multichannel), instruments + electronics, audiovisual works, actor + electronics and one sound installation for robotic performers.


What: The 7th annual National Student Electronic Music Festival, an... Read more.

The Musician's Bookkeeper helps make handling finances less taxing for freelance performers

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas College of Music master’s student Kyle McKay was playing a gig with a band in New England when he noticed what turned out to be a common theme – freelance musicians need help with their finances, including tax preparation. That’s what inspired him to create The Musician’s Bookkeeper.

“I mentioned that I needed to keep track of the miles I was driving so I could deduct them on my taxes. The other band members’ minds were... Read more.

UNT doctoral music student receives Fulbright-Hays fellowship to research mariachi in Mexico

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- José R. Torres-Ramos, University of North Texas College of Music doctoral student, has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to study mariachi in Mexico for a year. He is the first UNT Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology to earn this honor.  

“I told myself that if I were to win this award, I’d just start crying because it’s probably one of the most prestigious awards somebody in ethnomusicology can win,” Torres-Ramos said. “I’m very humbled, I’m very honored... Read more.

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 2018 competition must submit an essay on a Case Study Topic.

Awards of $1,... Read more.

UNT Music In the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism

The UNT College of Music is engaging a broader audience by again taking their talents to Moody Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St. in Dallas. “UNT Music in the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism,” is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 (Friday).

Molly Fillmore, soprano and professor of voice, describes the performance as a metaphor for a spectrum: “As a glass prism can disperse a ray of light into many colors, so too have three composers, George Crumb, Reza Vali and Luciano Berio, added layers of richness, beauty, attitude, and in some cases, haunting overtones to melodies that belong... Read more.

Experimenting with music accelerates child development in UNT’s Early Childhood Music program

What: University of North Texas’ Early Childhood Music program offers music classes for children from birth to 5 years old. The classes are designed to accelerate childrens’ development in song, rhythm and expressivity.

When: There will be a 10-week winter session held Fridays from Jan. 5 - March 9 and Saturdays from Jan. 6 – March 10.

Where: Room 115 of the Music Annex Building, at the corner of Avenue C and Highland in Denton (1630 W. Highland St.).

Cost:... Read more.

UNT faculty and alumni nominated for Grammy Awards

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas faculty and alumni are part of projects that have received nominations in 10 categories for the 60th annual Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Nominations, which include UNT alumna Maren Morris, who was nominated this year in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “I Could Use a Love Song,” were announced on Nov. 28.

Since 1964, 100 UNT College of Music alumni have worked on projects nominated for Grammy Awards, with 53 of... Read more.

Ring in the holidays with UNT’s sounds of the season

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- ‘Tis the season for the University of North Texas College of Music to ring in the holidays with UNT Sounds of the Holidays, TUBACHRISTMAS and a special holiday performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers.

The holiday festivities begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 (Friday) when the Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers present “Handl and Handel” at the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton. The performance will... Read more.

Qawwali singers bring 700-year-old mystical music to UNT

Qawwali began more than 700 years ago as a musical tradition to deliver inspirational messages to devotees inside a shrine – a place where Sufi Muslims with mystical beliefs would seek the truth of divine love and knowledge. It is rarely heard outside of those sacred walls. Now the University of North Texas College of Music is bringing direct descendants of some of the original Qawwali singers to the Recital Hall in the Music Building, 415 S. Ave. C, at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 (Thursday) to perform their spiritual craft.

“The art of these sacred songs of love is captivating – it strikes deep... Read more.

Internationally renowned director Jonathan Eaton directs UNT's "The Magic Flute"

Jonathan Eaton, the new Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, has had a successful career – directing performances both nationally and internationally for some of the most prestigious opera companies. From Dallas, to Chicago, to New York, San Francisco and San Diego, overseas to Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and France, this international opera director has spread his talents around the world. Now he’s bringing his unique perspective to the UNT College of Music to enrich North Texas with his operatic vision.

He does not shy away from current events and political... Read more.

‘Best of the Two’ album release honors esteemed retired UNT Lab Band directors

What: Jim Riggs and Jay Saunders, jazz leaders and retired UNT Lab Band directors, to be honored at a University of North Texas College of Music Division of Jazz Studies album release celebration. 

When: 2 p.m. Oct. 14 (Saturday).

Where: Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

Tickets: Free.

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Premier big band and Grammy-winning artist featured in UNT One O’Clock Lab Band guest concerts

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The United States Navy Band Commodores – one of only five professional big bands in the U.S – and Christian McBride, a four-time Grammy-winning jazz virtuoso who’s one of the most recorded musicians of his generation, will each join the One O’Clock Lab Band for concerts this fall.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, an 18-piece Washington D.C. premier big band that features six UNT College of Music... Read more.

‘Billboard’ names UNT College of Music top music business school

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- “Billboard Magazine” has released its list of the “15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017,” and the University of North Texas College of Music has earned a coveted spot.

“I am thrilled for the recognition," said Fabiana Claure, director of career development and entrepreneurship in music, who developed the program in 2016. “... Read more.

Celebration of milestones culminates in Carnegie Hall concert for UNT Regents professor

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- It’s a year of milestones for University of North Texas Regents Professor of Double Bass Jeff Bradetich. His treasured bass turned 250 years old this year; he celebrated his 60th birthday – 50 of those years have been dedicated to playing bass; he marked 30 years of honing the skills of talented musicians in his summer strings institute; his foundation just celebrated its first decade; and now he plans to commemorate it all by performing at Carnegie Hall 35 years – almost to the day – after his debut in the prestigious venue.

“There’s something very special... Read more.

UNT jazz takes talents to Klyde Warren Park for “Jazz on the Green”

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Music Division of Jazz Studies is continuing to celebrate its 70th year by partnering with The Dallas Foundation for “Jazz on the Green” at Klyde Warren Park, located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas.... Read more.

Collaborative pianists to gather at UNT for 2017 CollabFest

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- They are used to playing second fiddle – or, in this case, piano – to other instrumentalists, singers, dancers and performing artists. Now, collaborative pianists are getting their moment in the spotlight at the University of North Texas College of Music’s second annual CollabFest – the first festival of its type in the nation.

“Collaborative pianists are trained as partners and love to work with others. Though well able to take... Read more.

UNT Symphony Orchestra takes their talents to the Dallas Arts District

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 08:12
Category: Arts and Music General News

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Music is engaging a broader audience by taking their talents to the newly renamed Moody Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St. in Dallas. The UNT Symphony Orchestra will kick off this semester’s journey south at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

The performance will include Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 with world-renowned pianist Misha Dichter. It coincides with the beginning of the world-wide... Read more.

Grammy-nominated franchise and Broadway tunes create “An Enchanted Evening” at UNT College of Music gala

What: The annual University of North Texas College of Music Gala, this year titled An Enchanted Evening - An Homage to the Leading Ladies of Broadway, is presented by Independent Bank and will feature a concert showcasing the UNT Symphony Orchestra and select student vocalists under the direction of David Itkin. The performance is open to the public. The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alan Baylock, will perform for guests of the reception and dinner to follow at UNT Gateway Center.

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Free weekly lab band & jazz ensemble concerts at UNT Union Syndicate

The University of North Texas College of Music kicks off Jazz at the Syndicate at 9 p.m. on Sept. 12 (Tuesday). The free evening and lunchtime jazz performances will be held in the University Union Syndicate, 1155 Union Circle.

The weekly concerts are open to the UNT community and the general public. Performances showcase the UNT College of Music’s variety of jazz ensembles at noon on Thursdays and Fridays and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band will kick off the first... Read more.

Famed composer to join UNT College of Music

He is best known for his many memorable and award-winning film scores including “Silverado,” “Tombstone,” “The Rescuers Down Under,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” among others. “JAG,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Dinosaurs” all grace his television theme repertoire. Now, Bruce Broughton, a 10-time Emmy Award winner, will be joining the University of North Texas College of Music as the 2017-18 composer-in-residence. He will work with students and conduct research as part of four one-week residencies... Read more.

Second annual double bass competition to bring finest international young musicians to UNT

The University of North Texas College of Music is hosting 20 of the world’s most talented young musicians as part of the second annual Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Competition. The event will be held Sept. 1 (Friday) -5 (Tuesday) with three rounds of performances, including a final performance with an orchestra.

“We are looking for the very finest performers in the world to... Read more.

Remembering Paul Voertman

Paul Russell Voertman, 88, philanthropist, patron of art and music, and former owner of Denton's iconic Voertman's Bookstore, died June 21, 2017.

Paul wants people to remember him as being fair-minded. But he was so much more to so many people and so many organizations.

Paul was born in Denton on April 30, 1929, to Roy Fredrick and Helena Jacobson Voertman. He grew up with the Voertman Bookstore, which was established near the University of North Texas by his father in 1925. While Paul worked there during breaks from school,... Read more.

UNT College of Music launches music entrepreneurship competition

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Music students at the University of North Texas are invited to create and submit business plans as part of the College of Music’s inaugural Music Entrepreneurship Competition.

Competitors will be eligible to earn cash prizes totaling $18,000, which can be used by the students to launch start-up businesses.

Fabiana Claure, director of career development and entrepreneurship in music, said the competition aims to engage students in... Read more.

UNT tops alumni list for renowned Disneyland band

DENTON (UNT), Texas – For University of North Texas College of Music graduate student Brendon Wilkins, the opportunity to perform in the Disneyland All-American College Band was much more than a summer job.

An alto saxophonist, Wilkins performed with some of the best collegiate musicians in the country while learning tips from the industry’s top jazz musicians.

“It was terrific. I have never had an experience quite like this,” said Wilkins, 24, a member of the 2016 band. “I learned a lot about what it takes to make it as a professional musician.”

Wilkins is the most... Read more.