College of Music in the News

Jennifer Mendez Daffinee

Alumna Jennifer Mendez Daffinee Named First Prize Winner

Clarinetist Jennifer Mendez Daffinee (DMA '18), was named winner of the 2020 International Clarinet Association Research Competition for her presentation, "Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr: American Clarinet Performer and Pedagogue." Her prize includes guaranteed publication in The Clarinet.

Jaymee Haefner

Jaymee Haefner Appointed as Director of Graduate Studies

Dean John W. Richmond has announced the appointment of Jaymee Haefner, Assistant Professor of Harp, as the College of Music’s next Director of Graduate Studies. She previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and as the Administrative Chair of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. She begins her duties August 1st.

Joshua Habermann

Joshua Habermann to Conduct at ACDA

UNT professor to conduct at American Choral Directors Association national conference. Joshua Habermann, UNT professor of choral literature, will be conducting the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Dallas Symphony Orchestra in two movements from the Messa per Rossini, the Introit by Buzzolla and the final movement, which is also the final movement of Verdi's Requiem (Libera Me). He is director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and music director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.


Vox Aquilae and Baroque Orchestra invited to ACDA conference

The American Choral Directors Association 2021 national conference has extended an invitation to UNT’s Baroque Orchestra, Paul Leenhouts, director and Vox Aquilae, directed by Allen Hightower, as demonstration groups presenting "Baroque Choral Works with Period Instruments from the Archives of Prince Carl Liechtenstein of Kroměříž."

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Croft and Fillmore Perform in Metropolitan Opera Stream

New York’s Metropolitan Opera streamed the production of Satyagraha by Philip Glass, with UNT Distinguished Research Professor of Voice, Richard Croft featured in the leading role of Mahatma Gandhi and Professor of Voice and Chair of the Division of Vocal Studies Molly Fillmore featured in the role of Mrs. Naidoo. This was part of the Met’s free streaming program they began at the start of their closure due to COVID-19. The text is sung in Sanskrit, taken from the Bhagavad Gita.

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A Cappella Choir to perform at 2021 ACDA Conference

Allen Hightower will direct as they perform at the 2021 national conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Only 24 choirs from across the United States have been invited. A Cappella is one of only three university mixed choirs invited nationally and the only mixed university/college choir from Texas. This is the fourth appearance of the UNT A Cappella choir at the national conference in 22 years conducted under Mel Ivey, Jerry McCoy and, now, Allen Hightower. The conference will be held in Dallas in March 2021.

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DownBeat Magazine Awards UNT Vocal Jazz

The 43rd annual Student Music Awards were awarded to UNT Jazz Singers, Jennifer Barnes, director, Wes Dziedzic for Outstanding Scat Soloist on “Course” and Outstanding Improv Soloist: Vaughn Faison on “Estrogenia” along with Avenue C, Kathryn Sherman, director and Hanna Song as Outstanding Scat Soloist on “Beautiful Moons Ago”. See pages 71 & 84.


Bree Nichols

Nichols Selected for Presser Graduate Award

Bree Nichols, DMA vocal performance student, was chosen to receive the 2020 Presser Foundation Graduate Award. "The program is designed to encourage and support in a special way the advanced education and career of truly exceptional graduate music students who have the potential to make a distinguished contribution to the field of music." Photo: Lauren Terrill

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