College of Music in the News

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."

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."