College of Music in the News

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Landon Chang Wins Competition

The junior music education and saxophone performance major was named winner of the Young Artists Woodwind Division of the Music Teachers National Association competition. He advances to the next round held in 2020

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Cynthia Gonzales (MM Theory '90, BM '82) honored as Regents Teacher

ALUMNA HONORED AS REGENTS TEACHER: Cynthia Gonzales (MM Theory '90, BM '82) an associate professor in the School of Music at Texas State University in San Marcos, was honored in 2019 as a Texas State University System Regents’ Teacher and received the 2018 Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

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New York Times Praises Alumnus David Portillo

NEW YORK TIMES PRAISES ALUMNUS DAVID PORTILLO (MM '05) "The tenor David Portillo, who was a standout at the Met last spring in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites,” was wonderful as Tamino: a rich sound, melting phrasing during moments of lyrical reverie and impressively crisp diction." - Anthony Tommasini

Central Junior High Band

Alumni Leading Band to Midwest Clinic

Christine Belle Cumberledge (BM '97) and Nick Wilson (BM '15) direct bands at Central Jr. High (Hurst-Euless-Bedford TX ISD). The symphonic band traveled to Chicago for the international Midwest Clinic conference.

Mariachi Águilas performing on stage

Mexican Music Initiative Receives Grant

The Rea Charitable Trust, administered by Wells Fargo Bank, has granted THE College of Music $20,000 to expand our Mariachi program to include other regional Mexican music traditions. Congratulations to Cathy Ragland on this successful grant submission. Mariachi Águilas de UNT recently moved to the Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology where Cathy has assumed the role of faculty advisor.

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Fromm Foundation honors College of Music Composer Sungji Hong

FROMM FOUNDATION HONORS COLLEGE OF MUSIC COMPOSER: Sungji Hong, lecturer in the Division of Composition Studies, has been named by the Board of Directors of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University as one of fifteen composers selected to receive 2019 Fromm commissions. Joseph Klein, chair of the Division of Composition said, "This is one of the most prestigious awards in our discipline, and I am delighted that one of our own faculty members was selected for this honor."

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College of Music Receives Education Award

Sean Powell, chair of the Division of Music Education announced that the College of Music Summers Only MMEd program received an institutional effectiveness award "for academic program demonstrating strong institutional effective practices" from the UNT Toulouse Graduate School.

UNT Opera performing "The Cunning Little Vixen"

UNT Opera Awarded Two Prizes

UNT Opera has been awarded two prizes in the National Opera Association competition for the best college productions in America. The Cunning Little Vixen, by Leoš Janáček won 2nd place while Gianni Schicchi and Le testament de la tante Caroline, by Giacomo Puccini/Albert Roussel won 3rd place in their divisions.

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