College of Music in the News

Meder Receives Tour Grant

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano, Dave Meder, received a grant enabling his trio to tour the Southeast (USA). Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Alumna on Cover of Opera News

Opera News features University of North Texas alumna Latonia Moore and speaks to her “coming of age in a time when operas by Black composers and on Black subjects are finally getting recognition by major opera companies.” Story by #NaomiAndré. Images by Jeffery Salter.

Alumna Begins Fellowship

Lyanne Alvarado (BM ’16) has been included in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis inaugural class of Fellows for the Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship, a program designed to cultivate leaders in arts administration who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds, particularly those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Faculty On Recording

Philip Dizack, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet – Improvisation appears in quartet on the new Shai Maestro album “Human.” The release is January 29, 2021 by ECM Records.

Student Wins Award

Jazz Studies student Joshua C. Jennings has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner in Jazz Trumpet.

Alumnus Named First Place

Arsentiy Kharitonov (DMA ‘17) was awarded First Place (Gold) in the All-Russia Composers Competition "STAM" in Moscow. He also received Special Prize from the Composers Expert Council. His composition in the finals was "Four Vignettes for Four Violins" written for and performed by Professor of Violin, Julia Bushkova and the soloists of ensemble ViolUNTi.

Student Success at National Conference

MM student jazz pianist and former One O'Clock Lab Band® member Michael Clement's composition, “Evading Karmacities,” to be highlighted during the 2021 Jazz Education Network National Conference. The Young Composer Showcase Session takes place on January 9, 2021 and will be performed by the Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra.

Master's Student Accepts Position

MM student, Vannesa Nates, joins the National Alliance for Audition Support training program in a collaborative effort led by the Sphinx Organization “to increase diversity in American orchestras by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support and audition previews.”

Bruce Broughton Collection Arrives

John W. Richmond, Dean of the UNT College of Music, stands with 67 boxes containing materials for the Bruce Broughton Collection. The collection is to be quarantined then scanned for scholarly observation and research then permanently stored at the Research Collections Library.

Alumna Leads Orchestra

Amy Wilson (MM ’07) Artistic Director of the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, spoke with Georgia based Huthmaker Violins “Classes for the Curious Musician – Amy Wilson, Woman in Charge” where she discusses what it’s like to become a conductor and what a musician can do to be a contributing, vital member of an ensemble.

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.

Dr. Capital stands with collorators outdoors at "Motto Shikoku Ongakusai 2020"

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.