College of Music in the News

July 10, 2024

UNT Jazz History Portal Established

Bill and Susan Collins, along with The Collins-Binkley Foundation, have collaborated with the Division of Jazz Studies and The @UNT Music Library to launch the Jazz History portal. This transformative initiative begins with UNT Jazz's internal collections, marking America's pioneering collegiate jazz program, and will subsequently incorporate a wealth of exclusive jazz collections, enhancing accessibility for both public consumption and scholarly research.

June 5, 2024

Student Receives Fellowship

Julie Coggiola won an Air Force Diversity Fellowship from the United States Air Force Band and will traveled to Washington D.C. to complete a week-long fellowship with the Airmen of Note. Along with the Fellowship, Julie performed with Airmen of Note in concert on June 7 and 8.

May 7, 2024

Two Faculty Receive Fellowships

Soprano and Professor Molly Fillmore, Chair of the Division of Vocal Studies, and Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Lead Emphasis, Philip Dizack, Division of Jazz Studies, have each been named a recipient of a 2024-2025 University of North Texas Initiative for Advancement of the Arts (IAA) Fellowship. John W. Richmond, Professor and Dean of the College of Music said, “Please join me in offering heartfelt congratulations to them for this important affirmation of their work and to Provost McPherson for his important investments in our research and creative activities!”

MOLLY FILLMORE’S work is a multi-media, interdisciplinary project culminating with a commercially released audio recording and music videos consisting of songs performed in England during the Regency era. Her collaborators Include Steven Harlos, Jaymee Haefner and Jeffrey Snider.

The Fellowship to PHILIP DIZACK will be utilized to support the composition of a large-scale work entitled "Brass Regalia." A multi-suite composition written for jazz quartet & nine-piece brass ensemble telling the story of resilience and healing from childhood trauma. The culmination of the work will include a European tour and performance including a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus Wiener Konzerthaus as a part of their "Art of Brass" series in June 2025.

April 10, 2024

Music Business Faculty Named Finalist

The Music Business Association has named UNT College of Music Assistant Professor of Music Business, Jessica Muñiz-Collado, as finalist for its Bizzy Award “Music Business Educator of the Year." MBA says, “The award celebrates a music business educator who inspires students to enter the music business. The winner will lead by example and teach across the breadth and depth of the industry to open students’ awareness to the possibilities available in the music industry today. The winning candidate should expose students to the importance of connection and relationships in this industry while continuing to learn and be a part of the industry themselves.”

March 6, 2024

Kim and Wagner Selected for Mentor Program

Students Serim Kim and Natalie Wagner have been selected for the Women In Jazz Organization Mentors program. Natalie will be studying with saxophonist, Erica Von Kleist while Serim will be working with pianist, Dawn Clement Music. The mentorship is “designed to connect and enrich the community of women and non-binary people in Jazz. The program provides strong role models to up-and-coming jazz musicians and composers in a safe and supportive environment and offers a way for established jazz musicians and composers on the scene to actively participate in and help shape the future of their art form.”

March 5, 2024

Another Alumnus Grammy Win

Trumpeter and University of North Texas alumnus, Frank Greene, was part of the The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Recording of, “Basie Swings the Blues,” which won Best Large Jazz Ensemble at the 66th Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards.

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.