College of Music in the News

Steven Harlos

Faculty Releases CD

Steven Harlos, Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Studies, released ‘The Piano Music of Dick Hyman’ produced by Eastlake Records with Arbors Records. The CD includes two first-time recordings – get your copy here

Alumnus Celebrates Ten Seasons With The MET

Scott Scully, (BM ’99) tenor, made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Young Prisoner in From the House of the Dead in 2009 and begins his 11th season as a performer with the Metropolitan Opera. He is an affiliated Grammy winner for his participation in the LA Opera recording of Corigliano’s The Ghost of Versailles. In recent seasons, he has added Joe in La fanciulla del West, Remendado in Carmen, Gastone in La Traviata, Borsa in Rigoletto, Messenger in Samson et Dalila, Domo I in Der Rosenkavalier, the Dancing Master in Manon Lescaut, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte, and Young Servant in Elektra.

Alumna Receives Herb Alpert Award

Courtney L. Wright was recently announced as one of 20 recipients of the ASCAP Foundation 2021 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards for her work for big band, Like Thad. Three of the 20 award recipients are alumni or current students of University of North Texas.

PhD Student Honored

Texas Society for Music Theory - TSMT awarded Yiyi Gao) the Colvin Award for best student presentation at its annual meeting. Her presentation was entitled "Unveiling the Poetic-Musical Narrative and the Incomplete 'Urlinie': Recontextualizing Robert Schumann's Song 'Wehmut' Op. 39/9."

Sphinx Awards Alumni With Prize

Joseph Nunez (BM ’18), was named most outstanding double bass instrumentalist of the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions (SOPA) Excerpt Competition (2021) sponsored by the Sphinx Organization with the goal of job placement for musicians of color in American orchestras.

Alumnus To Conduct At Carnegie Hall

MidAmerica Productions tapped Ryan Sullivan, (DMA ’19) to conduct a concert of Felix Mendelsohn’s Jesu, Meine Freude and Antonín Dvořák’s Te Deum. He is Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies Coordinator at Arkansas State University.

Organ Students Recognized

DMA student Sungyun Kim won first prize in the Bill Hall Pipe Organ Competition while Jonathan Story, GAC student, received second prize and best hymn award.

Ethnomusicology Alumnus Wins Prize

The Southern Plains Chapter of The Society for Ethnomusicology awarded its 2020 Vida Chenoweth Prize for best paper to Yang Chen (MA, Ethnomusicology, ‘20). His paper is titled “Sounding the Ancestors: Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw and the Ancestral Spirit Imaginary.”

Alumnus Receives Prize

Jacob Nydegger (MM ’20, BM ’17) was awarded 1st Prize in the Senior Category of the 2021 Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition. As part of his award he will be making his performance debut in London at Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room.

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Choral DMA Students Honored

Francis Cathlina and McKenna Stenson, both doctoral choral conducting students, have been named semi-finalists for the American Prize in conducting. Francis Cathlina for his work with the UNT Men’s Chorus and McKenna Stenson for her work with the Manassas, VA Chamber Ensemble.

Trio Resonance

Classical Guitar Album Released

Trio Resonance - a classical guitar trio comprised of DMA students Héctor Torres, Noe Garcia, and Zhi Li (DMA ’20), has released its debut album Sound & Motion. This recording includes the debut of The Art of Sound and Motion by New Zealand composer Bruce Paine as well as pieces by Piazzolla, Glass and others. Available across all platforms.

Eric Nestler

Faculty Honored

Jacqueline Foertsch, chair of the Faculty Awards Committee, announced Eric Nestler, Distinguished Teaching Professor (Saxophone), as recipient of a 2021 President’s Council Teaching Award.

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UNT Named Best Performing Arts School

College Gazette named the University of North Texas the Best Performing Arts College in the United States. According to the authors, “These [ten institutions] are exceptionally prestigious schools that regularly invite major guest artists to campus, are highly selective, and have stellar faculty who are accomplished performing artists themselves.” In addition to the significant offerings of the College of Music, the ranking includes our friends in UNT Department of Dance and Theatre along with the extensive UNT Music Library.