College of Music in the News

March 3, 2023

Alumni GRAMMY Winners: Snarky Puppy

Congratulations to Snarky Puppy and University of North Texas College of Music alumni Michael League, Shaun Martin, Justin Stanton, Chris Bullock and Mike Maher for receiving Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for "Empire Central" at the 65th GRAMMY Awards."

Dave Meder headshot
January 5, 2023

Faculty Receives Major Commission

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano, Dave Meder, announced as a recipient of a commission from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works for Denton, Texas-based Psalmic Echoes Quartet. New Jazz Works ‘provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works.’ It’s supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

October 10, 2022

Student Receives Military Fellowship

Renée McGee, trumpet, has been selected to receive an "Air Force Diversity Fellowship" by The United States Air Force Band and includes a residency to rehearse and perform with the Airmen of Note in Washington, DC in July. Photo: Jerry Almonte.

October 10, 2022

Davy Mooney New Book

Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar's newest book, “Into the Labyrinth, An Anatomy of Position Playing for Jazz Guitar” released by Mel Bay Publications Inc.

October 10, 2022

El Paso Jazz Girls Turns Five

Founded by University of North Texas alumna, Amanda Eckery (BM ’16, Honors College), El Paso Jazz Girls is recognizing its 5th Anniversary. In an effort to help celebrate, the UNT College of Music recently forwarded nine instruments for their student use.

Tyler Mire
October 10, 2022

Alumnus Releases Album

Tyler Mire’s (BM ’10, MM ’12) Multiplayer Big Band released its first album "Critical Hits", featuring arrangements and originals from classic games such as Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Sonic the Hedgehog featuring more than 32 current and former University of North Texas North Texas Jazz | UNT Division of Jazz Studies alums.

Brad Leili
September 22, 2022

Faculty on DFW TV

University of North Texas Professor of Jazz Saxophone, Brad Leali, spoke to Dallas/Fort Worth’s NBC Channel 5 about African American Music Appreciation Month.

Amanda Ekery
September 22, 2022

Alumna Named Hero

The Jazz Journalists Association names Amanda Ekery (BM ’16, Honors College) as the 2022 El Paso Jazz Award Hero. She is "committed to the growth, evolution and advancement of gender equality within jazz's national and international communities."

April 6, 2022

Alumnus Lyle Mays Wins 11th Grammy Award

The late Lyle Mays (1953-2020), announced as the WINNER for Best Instrumental Composition for “Eberhard.” As a UNT student, he composed and arranged the music for the One O'Clock Lab Band®’s album Lab ’75, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. He was nominated for 24 Grammys – winning 10 as a member of the Pat Metheny Group and receiving a nomination for the first of his five solo albums. He performed with Joni Mitchell and the group Earth, Wind & Fire. In 2010, he was in residency as part of the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies.

April 6, 2022

Congratulations Daniel Foose

Affiliated Grammy winner as bassist for best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Love for Sale” Affiliated Winner - Daniel Foose, (BM '05, MM '07).

April 6, 2022

Skillicorn Receives Fulbright

Master of Music student in jazz violin, Alexa Torres Skillicorn, awarded a Fulbright research award for her project, "Ethnography of Practice: An Embodied Jazz Violin Praxis in Poland." She will study in Poland following her research as a Presser Graduate Scholar in France and Belgium.