College of Music in the News

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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.

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Denton High School National Winner

The Foundation for Music Education competition has named Denton High School (TX) as the national winner of the High School Jazz Ensemble Division. Jesse Woolery (BM ’04) leads the winning ensemble and is Associate Director of Bands, Director of Jazz Studies and also “the voice” of the University of North Texas Green Brigade.

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Ruben Balboa Accepts Position

Ruben Balboa III (MM ‘16) serves as Instructional Assistant Professor of Viola and Assistant Director/Master Teacher for the Illinois State String Project at Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.

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Alumnus Releases Debut Album

Bryron Crenshaw (BM ’19) debut album, Bass Tone Paintings, "is a psychedelic jazz album of one minute-long songs with introspective sentiments on Black identity, love for the environment and social media anxieties. The album spans seventeen tracks spoken in four languages, recorded primarily with Byron’s bass guitar and vocoder.”

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Lueveno and Haven Trio Release CD

Haven Trio releases “Twinge” – retelling stories of survival from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The CD features trio members, UNT Professor of Clarinet, Kimberly Cole Luevano, Lindsay Kesselman, soprano and Midori Koga, piano with music by Jon Magnussen and words and narration by Barry Bearak. Released on Blue Griffin Records.
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Interim Chair of Music Education Named

Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Concert Choir, Jessica Nápoles, has been appointed as the Interim Chair of the Division of Music Education for the Fall 2020 semester. She also serves co-coordinating the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference and sits on the board of the Texas Choral Directors Association.

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Alumnus Becomes Dean

Jeremy Blackwood, (MM ’06, DMA ’14) was named Dean of the Graduate School at Southeastern State University in Durant, Oklahoma. He previously served as chair of the department of music, vocal coordinator, music director for Opera Southeastern and for productions with Theatre at Southeastern. He is music director for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival.

UNT Marks 130 Years

Founder's Day

THREE of the first FIVE instructors of the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute taught music. The UNT College of Music is now the largest public-university music program in the United States and one of the most globally respected. About 70 students were included in that first class - today, 130 years later, UNT has 40,796 students.

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Even Borrowed Spaces can be a Practice Room

University of North Texas Honors College and sophomore College of Music student, Cole Rouse, from Sarasota, Florida, finds late night quiet space to practice in the Environmental Education, Science & Technology Building. The scene was captured by Jaime E. Jiménez, Ph.D., from the Department of Biological Sciences.