College of Music in the News

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."

August 19, 2021

Piano Alumnus Competes

Jacob Nydegger (MM ’20, BM ’17) was awarded second prize in the 2021 William Knabe International Piano Competition (Concerto Division). William Knabe Piano Institute. Nydegger earlier this year was awarded 1st Prize in the Senior category of the 2021 Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, and as part of his award will perform in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London during the 21-22 season. He has in the past year also won awards in the Ann and Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition and the 2021 Music International Grand Prix Competition.

Piano Alumna Releases CD

Éva Polgár, (DMA ’16, GAC ‘18) released music of Liszt by Hunnia Records & Film Production titled Harmonies Patriotiques et Religieuses. This is her first solo album and is available through online services. She is Assistant Professor of Piano at Azusa Pacific University School of Music.

Alumna Helps Create Opera Short Film

Esme Wong, pianist (MM ’17), is part of the short film "To the Afflicted" with Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo soprano, singing “All’afflitto è dolce il pianto,” an aria from Gaetano Donizetti’s 1837 opera Roberto Devereux. "To the Afflicted is a solemn remembrance, a celebration, a clenched fist around the reigns of destiny, an open hand raised in praise. I dedicate this to the afflicted, those in opera and those fighting on the front lines for justice and equity.” - Bryce-Davis