College of Music in the News

UNT Faculty Member Joins Yale Steering Committee

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music has appointed Steven Friedson, University Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology, to its new Black Sacred Arts Steering Committee to design and implement a series of international conferences and related publications over the next four years. “This initiative will make a substantial contribution to an underrepresented field of study and to the diversification of sacred music studies.”

Opera Nationally Recognized

The National Opera Association Opera Production Competition for 2019-2020 recently announced that the UNT Opera production of Don Giovanni won 2nd Place in Division VI of the competition. Jonathan Eaton is the Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies.

Alumna Receives National Academic Honor

Lindsay Pope (DMA ’19) has received the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize recognizing outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music. Her dissertation titled Beyond the Binary: The Intersection of Gender and Cross-Cultural Identity in Reena Esmail's Life and Choral Works was previously honored with the University of North Texas 2019 Toulouse Dissertation Award in the Fine Arts field by the Toulouse Graduate School. According to Allen Hightower, Professor of Music and UNT College of Music Director of Choral Studies says, “There is no higher academic recognition in our field than the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.”

Student Wins Brahms Society Award

The American Brahms Society has awarded the Karl Geiringer Scholarship to current UNT PhD student, Robert Anderson, in support of his dissertation “Ideale Hausmusik”: Johannes Brahms’s Vocal Quartets (opp. 31, 52, 64, 65, 92, 103) and the Politics of Domestic Music.

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Dr. Capital Featured on Japanese Television

NHK televised concert, "Motto Shikoku Ongakusai 2020" featured Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, Jonathan "Capital" Patterson (3rd from the left), as music director, performer and expert commentator. He starred alongside Japanese comedian Kiyotaka Nanbara as a guest commentator for the entire program. He was music director, arranger and guitarist for four songs that included collaborations with JPOP stars Angela Aki and Hiroshi Miyama, a 23-piece traditional Japanese festival ensemble, and a large-scale arrangement combining 16 ensembles and more than 170 participants into one socially distanced musical performance.

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Student Joins Seminary Faculty

Master’s degree student, Joy Elise Mote, has joined the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) as an Adjunct Professor of Voice in the School of Church Music and Worship.

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Performances Continue

Even during a pandemic, Linda Strube, programs coordinator, safely produces performance programs with limited printing. Linda began producing performance program in 2001 and has produced 18,337 programs.

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Mickens Releases Album

Associate Professor of Horn, Stacie Mickens, has released "From the Great Lakes: Music for Horn" featuring Stacie Mickens & Friends. With partial funding from a University of North Texas Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant, the album features four pieces, three of which were composed for the performer. Composers include David Morgan ("When Penguins Fly"), Susan Mutter ("Ages"), and James Wilding ("Distill" and "Melencolia.")

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Alumnus Writes Guide for Tubists

Justin Benavidez (BM ’05) is now under agreement with Oxford University Press to publish Notes for Tubists: A Guide to the Repertoire with release date in 2023. The publication is designed to be the definitive guide to significant works for the tuba soloist repertoire. He is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Florida State University College of Music.

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Alumnus Leading Music Program

Jay Walls (MM ’95 Composition, PhD ’11 Composition) was named Chair for the Harding University Department of Music in Searcy, Arkansas. He is Associate Professor teaching composition, orchestration and counterpoint and is director of the Arts & Life Performance Series.