College of Music in the News

March 5, 2024

Welcome New Faculty

College of Music Dean John W. Richmond announced that Brian Walker will be joining the UNT faculty as Associate Professor of Trumpet beginning Fall 2024. Dr. Walker came to UNT from Tarleton State University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild and is an alumnus of UNT receiving his DMA in 2011.

March 5, 2024

Long Serving Faculty Announces Retirement

After serving UNT and its College of Music students since 1986, Jesse Eschbach, Professor of Organ, announced his intent to retire at the close of the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Eschbach is University of Michigan, Indiana University and Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison educated, a published author, performer, lecturer and pedagogue. Among others, he studied organ with Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier and piano with Christiane Devos. His students sit on important organ appointments throughout the world. In 2023 he oversaw major expansion and renovation of the 100-year-old 1949 Möller IV/78 in UNT's Main Auditorium originally built in 1924.

March 5, 2024

Two Alumni Receive Animation Award Nominations

UNT alum Kristopher Carter (BM ’93) and his two partners Lolita Ritmanis and fellow UNT alum Michael McCuistion (BM ’87), were nominated for “Best Music-TV/Media” in the 51st Annie Awards™ for their composing of the music for the Warner Brothers animated movie, “Babylon 5: The Road Home!” The award honors excellence in the field of animation.

February 1, 2024

Staff Member Awarded

Diana Cooley (Administrative Coordinator for Conducting/Ensembles, Keyboard, and Vocal Studies) received an Academic Excellence Award from UNT for her outstanding work in documenting Institutional Effectiveness (TracDat/Improve). She was recognized specifically for improvements submitted regarding the MM in Conducting Performance Plan. The award was presented to Diana by Provost Michael McPherson.

February 1, 2024

Alumna Releases Album

Pianist and UNT alumna, Elena Dorozhkina (DMA ’12) released Russian Piano Gems showcasing works of Mosolov, Glinka, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Fanfare Magazine said, “Her debut disc reveals a remarkable talent ... a thoroughly successful and musically satisfying debut on disc.” This PARMA Recordings (Navona Records) album is available at the link below.

February 1, 2024

Soprano Named Second Place Winner

Cherisse Williams named Second-Prize Winner of the William Gammon Henry Concerto Competition and will perform at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas during their 2024-2025 season and with the UNT Concert Orchestra conducted by Clay Couturiaux.

February 1, 2024

Clarinetist Wins Competition

Erick Morales named First-Prize Winner of the UNT William Gammon Henry Concerto Competition and will perform with Oklahoma's Norman Philharmonic as guest artist during their 2024-2025 season and with the UNT Concert Orchestra conducted by Clay Couturiaux.

February 1, 2024

Two Shara Nova Projects Nominated

Alumni Shara Nova (BM ’98) has two choral projects nominated for the Grammy’s Best Choral Performance. Austin, Texas-based Conspirare’s “The House of Belonging” conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, for which she wrote two songs, one being the title track, and then Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based choir, The Crossing's album “Carols After A Plague,” conducted by Donald Nally, on which appear three of her compositions.

January 4, 2024

Alumni Chosen for Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program

Two UNT Vocal Studies Alumni have been chosen from more than 1,000 applicants for the Santa Fe Opera apprentice program for singers. Alumni Kayla Nanto, mezzo-soprano, (MM '18) and David Bogaev, tenor (MM '20) will be Santa Fe apprentice artists in 2024. "This is one of the most prestigious and competitive apprentice programs in the nation."

January 4, 2024

Music Theory Professor Writes Chapter

Professor of Music Theory, David Bard-Schwarz, published Normativity, Psychoanalysis, Music: Modalities of Understanding Disruption in the First Movement of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. This is a chapter in a book edited by Tobias Janz and Jens Gerrit Papenburg titled Ästhetische Normativität in der Musik published by Verlag Vittorio Klostermann.

January 4, 2024

Professor Performs at Midwest Clinic

University of North Texas Professor of Euphonium, David Childs, performs Peter Graham’s euphonium concerto, “Force of Nature” at the at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Festival in Chicago. He performed with the UNT hometown school district's Braswell High School Band Wind Symphony from Braswell High School, conducted by Aaron Snipes, III.