College of Music in the News

Carolyn Cruse

UNT Alumna Elected as TCDA President

Carolyn Cruse (BM '94) was recently elected as President of the Texas Choral Directors Association. She is Associate Director of Choral Studies and Associate Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University.

Jessica Napoles and Allen Hightower

UNT Faculty Elected to TCDA Board

Jessica Napoles, Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Interim Chair of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles, was named College/Community Vice President and Allen Hightower, Professor and Director of Choral Studies, was named Church Vice President of the Texas Choral Directors Association.

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Alumni Featured on Virtual Lyric Opera of Chicago Performance

Tomorrow evening, Sunday, July 26, at 6, Martin Luther Clark, tenor (BM '15) (GAC '17) performs Samuel K. Sweet's (BM '18) (MM '20, choral conducting), composition, “a just soliloquy" through the virtual experiences of Lyric Opera of Chicago. The work is dedicated to the victims of the Orlando, Florida Pulse Nightclub tragedy and also serves as a reflection on racial and LGBTQ+ inequality.

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MEIT Steel Installed

Steel beams are installed in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater intended to support new trusses for technology hanging. July 16, 2020 update.

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Terri Sundberg Brings Global Flautists Together

As Professor of Flute, she informally began the UNT “Summer Flute Class Series” at the onset of COVID-19 to build and retain the community of UNT flute students. Since then it has grown to a no-cost global gathering place. The recent class included more than 500 registrants with participants from across the globe and throughout the United States and welcomed professionals, amateurs, music educators and students of all ages. The esteemed William Bennett, OBE, considered widely as one of the foremost figures in the flute world, was included in the Zoom series.

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ACDA Invites Alumna Kari Adams to Present

Kari Adams (PHD '20), along with Kevin Fenton and Michael Hanawalt, present Our Shared Song: Creating a Choral Collective through Introspection, Depiction, and Reflection as an interest session at the 2021 national conference.

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Alumna Carolyn Cruse to Present at ACDA

Carolyn Cruse (BM '94) has been invited to lead an interest session titled "Creating Preparatory Sheets to Maximize Sequential Teaching" and is being presented with Denise Eaton at the 2021 ACDA national conference in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Cruse is Associate Director of Choral Studies and Associate Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University.

Jonathan "Capital" Patterson

Faculty Member Jonathan "Capital" Patterson Appears on Magazine Cover

Assistant Professor of Commercial and Popular Music, Jonathan "Capital" Patterson, is featured in an interview and pictured on the cover of the Fall issue of "Acoustic Guitar Magazine" in Japan. This quarterly publication selects only four artists per year for this honor. The theme of the issue is online content creators. Dr. Capital is featured as a master ("tatsujin" in Japanese) based on the success of his YouTube channel, with more than 5.3 million views and 86k+ subscribers.


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Alumna Conducts TMEA Ensemble

Amanda Quist, (DMA '08), is set to conduct the Texas Music Educator's Association 2021 All-State Mixed Choir. She is also conducting the same ensemble as they perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2021 national conference. She is Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

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Alumnus Clinton Hardy Directs Choir at ACDA

Clinton Hardy, (MMED '18), will direct the Trinity Springs Middle School Tenor-Bass Choir (Keller, TX ISD) as they have been invited to perform at the 2021 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conference.

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Student Performance to be Broadcast

Megan Koch, GAC singer and Fort Worth Opera Lesley Resident Artist, performed Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro,” and was featured artist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater and The Cliburn in a first-ever collaborative concert. The pre-recorded performance was broadcast July 3, 2020 on WFAA Channel 8. Photo courtesy of FWSO.


Sean Powell

Music Education Chair Accepts Leadership Positions

Sean Powell, Chair of the Division of Music Education, elected Chair-Elect of the Society for Music Teacher Education. His 2-year term culminates by assuming the Chair role in 2022. Also, he will be joining the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Music Education

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University Singers to Present at ACDA

UNT University Singers, conducted by Kristina Caswell MacMullen, will present at the 2021 national conference of the American Choral Directors Association as an invited interest session with the topic, “Intentional In-Between: The Art of Seamless Performance Transitions.” Additionally, University Singers, as part of the collegiate honor choir, will perform William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast along with Baylor University, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University. The concert will be conducted by Simon Halsey with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Photo: Projected images from Rose-Lynn Fisher’s Topography of Tears.