College of Music in the News

April 10, 2024

Faculty Presents at International Conference in Switzerland

UNT Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Oscar Macchioni, presented at the 46th International European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) Conference at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland. Pianists from 27 countries spent four days presenting and performing. Dr. Macchioni presented piano pedagogy curriculum for implementation in universities and conservatories.

March 5, 2024

Long Serving Faculty Announces Retirement

After serving UNT and its College of Music students since 1986, Jesse Eschbach, Professor of Organ, announced his intent to retire at the close of the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Eschbach is University of Michigan, Indiana University and Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison educated, a published author, performer, lecturer and pedagogue. Among others, he studied organ with Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier and piano with Christiane Devos. His students sit on important organ appointments throughout the world. In 2023 he oversaw major expansion and renovation of the 100-year-old 1949 Möller IV/78 in UNT's Main Auditorium originally built in 1924.

February 1, 2024

Alumna Releases Album

Pianist and UNT alumna, Elena Dorozhkina (DMA ’12) released Russian Piano Gems showcasing works of Mosolov, Glinka, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Fanfare Magazine said, “Her debut disc reveals a remarkable talent ... a thoroughly successful and musically satisfying debut on disc.” This PARMA Recordings (Navona Records) album is available at the link below.

Ryan Giraldi
October 31, 2023

Student Wins Organ Prize

Organ performance student, Ryan Giraldi, was selected as recipient of the 2023 M. Louise Miller–Paul E. Knox Scholarship. The award is presented annually by the Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

August 8, 2023

Brad Beckman Awarded

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy awarded UNT Assistant Professor Brad Beckman (MM ‘89, DMA ‘94) with a Frances Clark Center Outstanding Service Recognition Award. This award is presented for ongoing leadership, highest-quality expertise, and support for the advancement of piano teaching, learning, and performing.

August 8, 2023

MM Student on Faculty

Organ graduate student, Ezechiel Daos, serving on the Summer faculty as Associate Cantor for Lutheran Summer Music - LSN Academy Festival, which is a faith-based music academy for high school students.

August 8, 2023

Alumni Selected for Organ Competition

The festival selection jury announced the organists taking part in the 32nd St. Albans, United Kingdom, International Organ Competitions. Samuel Gaskin, (MM ’18), along with four others from across the globe, were selected as a competitor in the improvisation category.

May 5, 2023

College of Music Welcomes New Faculty

Oscar Macchioni has accepted an invitation to join the UNT College of Music faculty as an Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy. Dr. Macchioni’s academic credentials include the Téchnico Instrumentista Especialidad Piano from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumá (Argentina), the Artist Certificate in Piano from the Krakow Academy of Music (Poland), the Master of Music in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. In addition to being an accomplished performing artist, he is a published scholar with credits including a solo-authored book, a solo-authored book chapter, a series of published journal articles, six CD recordings and an impressive list of solo recitals and performances. He comes to Denton from the University of Texas at El Paso.

May 5, 2023

IKCAS Launches Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal

University of North Texas Professor of Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching and founder and president of the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society - IKCAS, Elvia Puccinelli, has announced the launch of "On Collaborating." The journal is a multi-media platform connecting performance and research in collaborative piano.

March 3, 2023

Romero Receives High Honor

Professor of Piano, Gustavo Romero, designated as University Distinguished Research Professor. Michael McPherson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. “…your selection demonstrates the very high caliber of faculty such as yourself who merit this honorable distinction.”

March 3, 2023

Alumna Receives Award and Grant

Collaborative Piano Alumna Lauren Koszyk (MM'20) awarded the Music Teachers National Association MarySue Harris Fellowship. The grant, funded by the MarySue Harris Endowment Fund, is presented annually to a recently graduated independent teacher who demonstrates commitment to the music teaching profession and outstanding studio development.

October 10, 2022

Faculty Cliburn Winner Featured

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dalia Faheid featured University of North Texas Artist-in-Residence Professor of Piano, Vladimir Viardo. See the full-page advertisement honoring Vladimir Viardo in The Cliburn program book:

October 10, 2022

Alumna Joins Faculty

Collaborative piano alumna Lauren Koszyk (MM'20) joins the faculty of Opera Seme in Arezzo, Italy this summer. She is serving as opera coach, collaborative pianist and Music Director for Opera Seme's production of Umberto Giordano's opera “Mese mariano.”

November 16, 2021

Piano Alumnus Performing in Texas

Dzmitry Ulasiuk (DMA ‘21) will be performing with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at the Plaza Theater in El Paso, the Plano Symphony Orchestra at the Eisemann Center in Richardson and with the Irving Symphony Orchestra at the Irving Arts Center.

Molly Fillmore
November 16, 2021

Faculty Album Release Concert

Bold Beauty – Songs by Juliana Hall performed by Molly Fillmore, soprano and Elvia Puccinelli, piano TONIGHT at 6:30 in the Music Building Recital Hall. Gramophone says, “Fillmore herself is a compelling interpreter not only of her own words but also of the other texts... Hall’s gifts as a pianist can be the keyboard assignments, which Puccinelli handles with urgent and flexible élan."