College of Music in the News

February 1, 2024

Two Alumni Receive Animation Award Nominations

Alumni Kristopher Carter Composer Page (BM ’93) and his two partners Lolita Ritmanis and fellow UNT alum Michael McCuistion (BM ’87), nominated for “Best Music-TV/Media” in the 51st Annie Awards™ for their composing of the music for the Warner Bros. Entertainment animated movie, “Babylon 5: The Road Home!” The award honors excellence in the field of animation.

January 3, 2024

Tixier Appears in Netflix Documentary Released

In Fall 2022, College of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Violin, Scott Tixier, performed solo jazz violin at the Carnegie Hall world premiere of the Jon Batiste composition, “American Symphony.” Tixier appears in the Netflix-produced documentary and trailer chronicling the Batiste creation of the original symphony while his wife, Suleika Jaouad, undergoes cancer treatment.

Phillip Dizack
October 31, 2023

Jazz Trumpet Faculty Featured

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Improvisation Emphasis, Philip Dizack, was featured in a six-page interview in a Polish language magazine where he also was headliner for their festival - Jazz nad Odra

June 5, 2023

Davy Mooney Releases New Album

Sunnyside Records releases new 10 track album, “Way Back.” (funded in part by a 2022 @UNT Scholarly and Creative Activity award from the College of Music). One track called "Wintry Mix," is inspired by the North Texas landscape and weather.

June 5, 2023

ASCAP Awards Alumnus

Through a national juried competition, Jack Lanhardt (BM ’23) has received a Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation describes recipients as up-and-coming composers and are proud to be a part of their creative journey.

May 5, 2023

Dave Meder Releasing Third Album

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano, Dave Meder, releases “New American Hymnal.” The recording features fellow UNT faculty member Philip Dizack on trumpet. Meder describes the project “think of it as a "book of worship" for our American "civic religion."

May 5, 2023

IAA Fellows Named

The University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts has selected Quincy Davis as a 2023-224 Advancement of the Arts Faculty Fellow. He will create a new musical composition for large ensemble titled “Empathy Suite,” inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd.

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."