College of Music in the News

May 7, 2024

Graduate Presser Scholar Named

Júlia Coelho is a UNT doctoral candidate in vocal performance (DMA) and musicology (PhD) with related fields in early music and in music theory. This Presser Award supports a recording project of her song cycle-monodrama, “O Tempo fora do Tempo: uma viagem cronológica sobre o Tempo e Doença" (“Time Outside of Time: A Chronological Journey on Time and Illness,” 2023), written for Pierrot Ensemble and Júlia Coelho, soprano. The work sets her poetry written in European Portuguese to the music of composer Kory Reeder.

April 10, 2024

Theory Faculty Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Andrew J. Chung, has been awarded a nine-month fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Chung’s fellowship will assist him in the completion of his book, “Music’s Long Anthropocene: The Climate of Empire and the Sound of Ecological Disaster.”


January 4, 2024

Music Theory Professor Writes Chapter

Professor of Music Theory, David Bard-Schwarz, published Normativity, Psychoanalysis, Music: Modalities of Understanding Disruption in the First Movement of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. This is a chapter in a book edited by Tobias Janz and Jens Gerrit Papenburg titled Ästhetische Normativität in der Musik published by Verlag Vittorio Klostermann.

January 3, 2024

Geoffroy-Schwinden Receives Major Prize

The American Musicological Society has bestowed its Lewis Lockwood Award, which goes to the best book by an early career scholar, to @UNT Associate Professor of Music History, Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy-Schwinden for her first book, “From Servant to Savant: Musical Privilege, Property, and the French Revolution,” published by Oxford University Press, 2022.

Brian Wright
October 30, 2023

Wright Presents Paper

Assistant Professor of Music History, Brian Wright presents his paper, “Before Bootsy: James Brown’s Early Electric Bassists and the Development of Funk,” at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, United States branch Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

June 5, 2023

Music History Professor Recipient of Two NEH Grants

Associate Professor of Music History, Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, has received, in a rare occurrence, TWO nationally competitive awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. An NEH Summer Stipend will support her research for a project entitled “Stories of Music, Luxury, and Loss in the Age of Revolutions (1760s–1820s).” The second award is the NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society allowing Dr. Geoffroy-Schwinden to carry out eight months of archival research at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. This research will culminate in a book about the musical and sonic world of the du Pont women's community from the French Revolution to the American Civil War.

May 5, 2023

Music Theory Professor Published

UNT Professor of Music Theory, David Bard-Schwarz, has a published chapter titled, “Modes of Understanding Disruption in the First Movement of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony,” in the book Ästhetische Normativität in der Musik. Edited by Tobias Janz and Jens Gerrit Papenburg, the publisher is Verlag Vittorio Klostermann edit the book.

May 5, 2023

College of Music Welcomes New Faculty

Tamar Sella joins us as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology. Her current research is “an ethnographic study of contemporary Mizrahi performance and cultural memory that seeks to illuminate the ways in which ongoing Jewish diasporic formations reframe colonial and racial logics in Israel/Palestine.” She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD from Harvard University. She comes to us from Rice University where she is the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellow.

May 5, 2023

Faculty to be Keynote Speaker

University of North Texas Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology, Steven Friedson, will keynote speak at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. Ritual Transformations of Consciousness is the institute's second annual conference in the Black sacred arts underway May 15 in New Haven, Connecticut.

December 5, 2022

Faculty Member Receives Major Award

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Andrew Chung, received recognition at the recently held annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory. He was named a recipient of the Society’s Emerging Scholar Award for his article "What is Musical Meaning? Theorizing Music as Performative Utterance" in Music Theory Online. The award recognizes “significant contributions to music theory, analysis, or history of theory.”