College of Music in the News

Alumna To South Carolina

Beginning Fall 2021, Colleen Clark (DMA ’19, drum set), will begin her tenure as Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of South Carolina.

Organ Alumnus To Finals

Hentus van Rooyen, (MM '15, DMA '19) was selected as semi-finalist in the 12th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition and will compete in the next round in Kaliningrad, Russia.

DMA Student To Memphis

Francis Cathlina, DMA student in choral conducting, will become Visiting Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Fall 2021.

Breaking News

John W. Richmond, Professor and Dean of the College of Music, has announced that University leadership has approved multi-million-dollar funding for significant renovations to North Texas Jazz | UNT Division of Jazz Studies instructional, rehearsal and performance space known as Lab West (Room 282). Planning is now underway with renovations occurring during Summer 2022. This renovation aligns with the 75th anniversary celebration of the UNT Jazz Studies program.

Broberg Music From Carnegie Hall

The album ENDURANCE was released with Pianist Matthew McCright of music performed from Carnegie Hall, includes Associate Professor of Composition, Kirsten Soriano Broberg, Composer's “Rain Gardens.”

Alumnus Released Solo Album

"Soundtracks For Trying Times" is the debut solo album by North Texas Jazz and The One O'Clock Lab Band’s Brian Donohoe (BM ‘05, MM ’07) featuring guest appearances by noteworthy musicians including North Texas alumni Chris McQueen (BM ’05) and Matthew Muehling. Guests include members and alumni of Snarky Puppy, H.E.R., Bokante, Kanye, Gwen Stefani, Myron Walden, and Brian's fusion group Progger. Album artwork: Alumnus Jared Stone.

Brock Family Legacy Gift

The late Horace Brock and the late Euline Brock ('74 Ph.D.) have left the College of Music a $6.5 million estate gift – one of the largest of its kind at the University of North Texas. "Euline and Horace Brock were truly impactful citizens of this university, this community and the world," says John Richmond, dean of the College of Music.

Three Wind Faculty Published

Andrew Trachsel (MM '05, DMA '07), Associate Professor of Wind Studies and Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles along with Regents Professor of Music and Director of Wind Studies, Eugene Corporon, have been published in Teaching Music through Performance in Band Volume 12. They both selected the repertoire while Trachsel served as editor. Daniel Cook, Lecturer in Wind Studies and Director of Athletic Bands contributed a section of teacher resource guides.

Alumna Named Executive Director

Florida’s Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) has named Lauren Baker Murray (DMA ’02), as the inaugural executive director for the new Instructional Performing Arts Center (IPAC). Photo: Stephanie Roberts.

Student Named Fulbright Scholar

 DMA student and Teaching Fellow in the Division of Vocal Studies, Bree Nichols, was named a Fulbright Program scholar. Her work in the Czech Republic will create the first anthology of Czech art songs while including public performances and collaborative efforts with Czech universities.

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.