College of Music in the News

April 18, 2022

Associate Professor Featured

Opera Lafayette presents “Marie Antoinette’s Musical Legacies” series with UNT Associate Professor of Music History, Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, discussing Antoinette's musical legacies among women in revolutionary and Napoleonic France.

April 14, 2022

Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Alejandro L. Madrid (MM ’99) announced as a 2022 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Research. He is Professor in the Department of Music at Cornell University where he is described as a “cultural theorist who specializes in music and expressive culture from Latin America and Latinxs in the United States. Working at the intersection of musicology, ethnomusicology, and performance studies, Madrid’s scholarship interrogates neoliberalism, globalization, and postmodernity while exploring questions of embodiment, affectivity, and politics in transnational settings."

www.gf.org/announcements/

April 14, 2022

Congratulations Sarah Decker

Current University of North Texas choral music education student Sarah Decker and Grammy Affiliate Winner for Best Choral Performance as a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus included in the recording of Symphony No. 8 by Mahler. Sarah was an alto with the LACC for five years and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale multiple times.

April 13, 2022

Doctoral Student Receives Grant

PhD student in ethnomusicology, Nate Ash-Morgan, has received a Graduate Research Experiences Abroad Travel (GREAT) Grant from the University of North Texas division of UNT International Affairs. The grant supports his fieldwork in Ghana furthering his dissertation on Ghanaian traditional and popular music.

April 13, 2022

UNT Composition Faculty Elected

As it celebrates its 200th anniversary, Royal Academy of Music has elected Sungji Hong, UNT music composition faculty member, as an Associate. This designation is made to Academy alumni who have distinguished themselves in and made a significant contribution to their music career. She will travel to London in September to receive the honor from Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Governing Body who is also Chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ballet.

April 13, 2022

Panayiotis Kokoras Receives 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

The Guggenheim Foundation announced that University of North Texas composition faculty member Panayiotis Kokoras as recipient of a 2022 Fellowship. Since 1925, Guggenheim Fellowships have been offered “to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions… to those making their mark in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and creative arts.”

https://www.gf.org/announcements/
https://music.unt.edu/faculty-and-staff/panayiotis-kokoras
https://www.panayiotiskokoras.com/

April 13, 2022

Sungji Hong Receives 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

The Guggenheim Foundation announced that UNT composition faculty member Sungji Hong is recipient of a 2022 Fellowship. Since 1925, Guggenheim Fellowships have been offered “to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions… to those making their mark in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and creative arts.”

https://www.gf.org/announcements/
https://music.unt.edu/faculty-and-staff/sungji-hong
https://www.sungjihong.com/

April 6, 2022

Alumnus Lyle Mays Wins 11th Grammy Award

The late Lyle Mays (1953-2020), announced as the WINNER for Best Instrumental Composition for “Eberhard.” As a UNT student, he composed and arranged the music for the One O'Clock Lab Band®’s album Lab ’75, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. He was nominated for 24 Grammys – winning 10 as a member of the Pat Metheny Group and receiving a nomination for the first of his five solo albums. He performed with Joni Mitchell and the group Earth, Wind & Fire. In 2010, he was in residency as part of the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-04-03/2022-grammy-winners-complete-list

April 6, 2022

Congratulations Alumnus

Charlie Kim (MM '12 performance and collaborative piano), tenor and Grammy Affiliate Winner for Best Choral Performance as a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale included in the recording of Symphony No. 8 by Mahler.

April 6, 2022

Congratulations Daniel Foose

Affiliated Grammy winner as bassist for best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Love for Sale” Affiliated Winner - Daniel Foose, (BM '05, MM '07).

April 6, 2022

Newest Presser Graduate Scholar Named

The 2021 Presser Foundation Graduate Award has been designated to doctoral ethnomusicology student Meng Ren. Her project supports her dissertation titled "Forbidden Sound: The Art, Culture, and Politics of Chinese Hip-Hop." According to the Presser Foundation, "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."

April 6, 2022

Skillicorn Receives Fulbright

Master of Music student in jazz violin, Alexa Torres Skillicorn, awarded a Fulbright research award for her project, "Ethnography of Practice: An Embodied Jazz Violin Praxis in Poland." She will study in Poland following her research as a Presser Graduate Scholar in France and Belgium.

March 28, 2022

Student Wins Military Music Position

Graduate student Claire Bradley has won a horn position with the United States Army “Pershing’s Own” Ceremonial Band. Claire will graduate from UNT this spring with her Master of Music degree in horn performance.

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