College of Music in the News

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.

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.

Yamaha Excellence

UNT College Of Music Named To Distinguished List

 The Yamaha Institution of Excellence program has included the UNT College of Music in its inaugural list of 10 distinguished colleges and universities recognizing extraordinary commitment to innovation in the study of music. “These schools rise to the level of exceptional academic leadership that first inspired Yamaha to introduce this vital program and we are eager to join with them in a shared mission,” said Dan Rodowicz, senior director, Institutional Sales, Yamaha. According to John W. Richmond, dean of UNT’s College of Music, “We are thrilled to be included in Yamaha’s inaugural class of Institutions of Excellence and are eager to evolve our relationship with Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) from a transactional one to a collaborative one. We envision collaborations across domains in music performance, music technology, music education, music production/distribution, instrument design/engineering/testing, music business and musicians’ health. We believe this new way of work to be enlightened and momentous. We can’t wait to get started!”

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Wind Studies Faculty At TMEA

Eugene Corporon, University of North Texas Director of Wind Studies, Regents Professor of Music and Conductor of the Wind Symphony along with Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles, Associate Professor of Wind Studies and Conductor of the Wind Orchestra, Andrew Trachsel, spoke about their respective chapters in the new Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volume 12.


Jazz Article Published

Written by Assistant Professor of Music Education, William J. Coppola, From Clubs to Concert Halls: The Influence of Performance Venue on Collective Identity Formation in Jazz was recently published by Indiana University Press for the Spring 2021 Volume of Jazz Education in Research and Practice.

Mike Morey

Alumnus Published

Mike Morey (PhD ’19, DMA ’11) has published "Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 1 (1986): Heroism in a Lyric Context" in Music Research and “Longing for a Fragment: Sappho as a Figure of Hope in Paul Sánchez’s ὁδοιπορία" in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Song Cycles Analytical Pathways Toward Performance" Gordon Sly and Michael R. Callahan, eds. Routledge Press (2021). His grandfather, George Morey, conducted the UNT Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and many of his family members are counted as UNT alumni.


Alumna And Faculty Research Published

The Journal of Research in Music Education has published a new research article, Perceptions of Choral Performances with Static and Expressive Movement, written by Jessica Napoles, University of North Texas Associate Professor of Music Education, UNT alumna Kari Adams (PhD ’20) and colleagues John M. Geringer and D. Gregory Springer.


U-Tubes And Trombone Consortium Win

Taught by Nick Finzer and directed by Jack Courtright, the UNT Jazz Studies student ensemble, U-Tubes, won the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition while the University of North Texas Trombone Consortium, conducted by Natalie Mannix and Steve Menard, announced as the winners of the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition - both led by the International Trombone Association