College of Music in the News

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Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Gao

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jackie Gao (DMA, violin) was an associate producer on the documentary series "Treasures of The Earth" that won the Gold World Medal of The New York Festivals Best TV and Films 2018. This documentary series, filmed in multiple countries, has three episodes: Gems, Metals and Power. It was produced by NOVA and broadcast on PBS at the end of 2016.

"It will take us on a journey deep inside Earth to uncover the mysteries of how these treasures were created, and to explore how they have allowed humankind to progress and build our great civilizations." NOVA official webpage.


UNT Opera students rehearsing "The Cunning Little Vixen" in the Lyric Theater

UNT College of Music presents the delightful Czech opera, “The Cunning Little Vixen”

What: The University of North Texas College of Music presents the Czech opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” performed in English with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, & 10 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), 3:00 p.m. Nov. 11 (Sunday), with an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 (Saturday) for the UNT International Festival of Czech Music. An “In-the-Know” pre-performance talk will be held at 6:45 p.m. before each performance.

Where: Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 N Interstate 35, in Denton.

Cost: $35 / $25 / $15 for adults, $5 for students with additional discounts available for senior citizens 55+, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees, groups of 10+. For tickets visit or call 940-369-7802.

Parking: Free parking spaces will be set aside in Fouts Field for patrons attending performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. View the UNT parking map here.

More information: For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.

Background: Leoš Janáček composed “The Cunning Little Vixen” in 1924.

“This is one of the most delightful operas ever written - a charming, funny, touching story about love and life cycles, based on a popular Czech cartoon series - a sort of ‘Charlie Brown’ of Czech opera,” said Jonathan Eaton,  UNT College of Music Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies.

The opera charts the adventures of a charming, feisty, cunning little vixen and contrasts the fierce vitality and exuberance of the animal world with the human world. It's a perfect evening for newcomers to opera and cognoscenti alike.

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Collaborative pianists to gather at UNT for 2018 CollabFest

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Collaborative pianists are getting their moment in the spotlight at the University of North Texas College of Music’s third annual CollabFest – the first conference of its type in the nation.

“Collaborative pianists are trained as partners. It’s about being present in a moment; intuiting, responding and dancing together with other artists real time – heart to heart,” said Elvia Puccinelli, associate professor of collaborative piano and vocal coaching. “We have the opportunity to work in all areas of classical music, though rarely do we have the opportunity to interact over an extended period with other collaborative pianists. That is one of the primary goals of CollabFest – to serve as a professional conference specifically dedicated to collaborative pianists.”

CollabFest is part of CollabWeek at UNT, which features a variety of events, including free, evening public performances Oct. 18 (Thursday) – 20 (Saturday). CollabFest itself is a paid conference Oct. 18 (Thursday) – 20 (Saturday), featuring sessions and masterclasses presented by guest artists and UNT faculty members from around the country as an opportunity to be reenergized, inspired artistically, rejuvenated and challenged.

“We are so excited to have the amazing Margo Garrett as our master clinician and keynote speaker this year. I have such deep respect for her personally and professionally. Though I never formally studied with her beyond several masterclasses early in my training– which were transformative, by the way -  she is a major influence in my life, as I know she is and has been for so many musicians. This is the wonder of Margo Garrett!” Puccinelli said.

Garrett is a devoted teacher who recently retired from heading the collaborative piano department at The Juilliard School. She has served as co-director of the Tanglewood Music Center vocal fellowship program and is the recipient of many awards and honors including the American Society of Composers and Publishers “Most Creative Programming Award.”

American art song composer, Juliana Hall, a highly-regarded composer of vocal music, will serve as the conference’s composer-in-residence. Following her Master of Music in Composition degree from Yale, Hall went on to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship.  One of the most prolific art song composers of our time, her works have been heard in 29 countries on six continents.

The free, public Thursday evening performance features the world premiere of “Cameos,” a setting of poems about American female visual artists by UNT Chair of Vocal Studies, Molly Filmore, who, with Puccinelli, will premiere the work. Friday’s public recital features students from around the country and Saturday’s recital features the CollabFest faculty.

Celebrating a “big birthday” of their mentor Alan Smith in 2015, Puccinelli and Lisa Sylvester, associate professor of practice at the University of Southern California, developed the concept of this event. Smith will be the master clinician for CollabFest 2019.

 “2018 is the third year we have organized this event at UNT and it continues to grow. The number of colleagues around the country who reach out in interest about this is a sign to me that this is the right time and that we have struck a need in our pianist community,” Puccinelli said. “Being able to make music with another person is a thrill and an honor, and being in a room full of beautiful pianist souls who feel the same way is priceless.” 

For a full list of events and recitals, please visit CollabFest 2018.

Dennis Fisher

The UNT Symphonic Band brings North Texas a celebration of Russian Culture

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas College of Music will celebrate the music of Russian composers, some very familiar and some who are not typically featured in popular concert repertoire.

The concert will be performed by the UNT Symphonic Band, conducted by professor of music and associate director of wind studies, Dennis Fisher. A faculty member since 1982, Fisher is known for his extensive national and international experience as a conductor, arranger, clinician and consultant and has served as the principal guest conductor of the Volga Band, in Saratov, Russia since 2006.

“It is exciting to do an entire concert featuring Russian composers,” Fisher said. “To prepare, we brought in the composer and resident conductor of the Volga Band, Dennis Mariev, via Skype so that the students had the opportunity to collaborate with a Russian composer and experience the country’s culture.”

 Mariev composed one of the pieces for the concert, Symphony No. 1, that will have its U.S. premier on Thursday.

“With more than 75 percent of the students performing with the Symphonic Band for the first time,  I’m very proud of how they have grown in our short time together on this extremely demanding program,” Fisher said. “Attendees are sure to enjoy their exciting and exhilarating first concert of the season.”

For those who are unable to attend the concert in person, be sure to join us via live stream.

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Ruth Mertens photo op with Dean Richmond and Professor Haefner

2018-19 Presser Undergraduate Scholar

Ruth Mertens, a harp music performance student from Natchitoches, Louisiana, has been named the University of North Texas College of Music’s 2018-19 Presser Scholar and recipient of a $4,000 Presser scholarship. Dean of the College of Music, John Richmond and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Harp, Jaymee Haefner presented Ruth with her award.

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is presented annually to a student entering his or her senior year who has shown extraordinary musical and academic accomplishments. The Presser award is considered the most prestigious undergraduate award in music at UNT and is provided by the Presser Foundation that awards annual scholarships, grants and funds for the furthering of music education and music in America.

"I am so excited and surprised,” Mertens said. “UNT has such an outstanding music school and so many of my fellow musicians are worthy of this award. It was an honor just to be nominated."

The winner is nominated and selected by UNT music faculty. The scholarship has been awarded annually for more than six decades.

Haefner, who nominated Mertens for the scholarship, said, "In every opportunity, Ruth represents the best of the UNT College of Music and does so with poise and humility. Currently in her junior year, Ruth is preparing and performing repertoire which would be challenging for some doctoral students. In the summer of 2017, Ruth accompanied the UNT HarpBeats in their Hong Kong performance for the World Harp Congress which featured one of her arrangements. This past summer, she performed  with the other members of our harp studio at Lyon and Healy Hall for the Summer Concert Series in Chicago. She is an exemplary student with many bright opportunities ahead and I’ve been so honored to work with her." Mertens said she credits Haefner for putting opportunities in her path to help her grow both as a musician and a scholar and that the scholarship will open doors for her to pursue a postgraduate degree."

Summer MMEd program graduates

Summer MMEd program has first graduates

The University of North Texas College of Music division of music education celebrated the first graduates of its master of music education summer program. The program was started in 2016 to accommodate teachers who want to continue their music teaching job while attending graduate school.

“We have a large music-education faculty of highly accomplished, broadly published, deeply devoted teachers and researchers who are working across many of the most urgent, complex and important issues in the profession,” said John Richmond, dean of the College of Music.

The UNT summer program combines practical skill development with an in-depth education that includes an expansion of critical thinking and a nuanced understanding of large issues affecting education.

“The UNT College of Music faculty is unsurpassed in experience and expertise,” said Sean Powell, chair of the division of music education. “Our program is 100 percent face-to-face. We take great pride in creating a close-knit community of learners.”

One of the program’s first graduates, Allison Murray, a music teacher in Carrollton, received her bachelor’s degree from UNT and was excited to be able to pursue a graduate degree in the summer program.

“I decided to pursue my master’s because I wanted to continue being a life-long learner and be a better teacher for my students,” she said. “I believe every student should have the opportunity to experience something bigger than themselves, to come together with a group of people and learn how to express themselves through music.”

Kelsey Nussbaum, a music teacher from Austin, found refuge in public school music education programs when she was growing up. She became a music teacher to provide a similar experience for students in public school orchestra programs.

“I have always planned on pursuing further education, but was not yet ready to leave my teaching position in Austin,” she said. “When I heard about the new summer master’s program at UNT, it seemed like the perfect fit. I knew about the school’s excellent reputation and the recent expansion within the music education department, so there was a lot of positive energy surrounding the program.”

Davy Mooney with Guitar

UNT jazz professor Davy Mooney and drummer Ko Omura bring strong musical chemistry to new album release, “Benign Strangers”

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Assistant professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas, Davy Mooney and Tokyo-born drummer, Ko Omura have released their first album entitled “Benign Strangers.”

“The album’s title describes our creative experience,” said Mooney. “Ko had never met the rest of the band. He flew in from Tokyo and met everybody for the first time at the recording studio. It’s remarkable that people from far off places and different walks of life can have an immediate, dramatic impact on each other after meeting just once.”

Mooney and Omura toured together previously in Japan and recognized their strong musical chemistry. The two decided to collaborate on an album, each contributing five compositions. In January, Mooney and Omura joined John Ellis: saxophones and clarinets; Glenn Saleski: piano; and Matt Clohesy: bass to record the album in New York.

Mooney, a UNT College of Music alumnus, stays on top of the New York and international jazz scene, recording and touring when he is not teaching. He says that being a professional musician and a teacher is a perfect fit that benefits both him and his students.

“I am fortunate to get to collaborate with students who are incredibly innovative and performing at a really high level,” said Mooney. “It’s exciting to work with them and share what I’ve learned while on tour and in the recording studio.”

Mooney has recorded eight CDs as a leader and many others as a sideman. “Benign Strangers,” “Hope of Home” and “Perrier St.” are released on Sunnyside Records. Mooney has also self-published two novels, “Annalee” and “Hometown Heroes.”

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UNT Flutist Martin Godoy wins Myrna Brown Flute Competition

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas College of Music announced that Martin Godoy, a doctor of musical arts student, won first prize in the Texas Flute Society’s 32nd annual Myrna Brown Artist Competition. The event, held each year in Denton, is widely recognized as one of the highest level international flute competitions and has no age limit. Godoy receives a cash prize and is invited to appear as a guest artist at the 2019 Texas Flute Festival.

Godoy’s success is sweeter because of his personal journey. Godoy is a Dallas native and a first generation college student.

“For me, going to college meant making a name for my family and to show that anything is possible,” said Godoy. “‘I’m so proud of you, Mijo,’ and ‘that’s my boy,’ are expressions I often hear from my proud parents. I like to think that I take a bit of each of them with me as I achieve my dreams in music.”

Godoy explains that he had incredible encouragement from teachers, counselors and family. In elementary school, music was his favorite class. His music teacher recommended that he audition for the All-City Boys Choir and he was accepted. In middle school, he joined the band and fell in love with the flute. From there, he excelled through all-city, region, region orchestra and state bands.

 “Thank goodness for high school counselors.” Godoy said. “I honestly do not know where I would be right now had it not been for college. I have met so many people and have developed a wide variety of interests. My world is bigger and dreams bigger as a result.”

Godoy’s talent and drive landed him at the UNT College of Music where he found inspiration, friendship, guidance and a hunger for success.

“Winning a top tier competition like the Myrna Brown Flute Competition is a stellar achievement for any flute student, to win it as a first generation college student is all the more remarkable, as often students like Martin have not had flute lessons until they enter college,” said Terri Sundberg, professor of flute at the UNT College of Music. “He is incredibly gifted and has worked to support himself and pay tuition and expenses to earn three degrees by teaching flute and directing the Color Guard at Colleyville High School. He has blossomed into one of the top flutists in the country and is an example of what is possible with talent, drive and determination.”

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UNT to host largest trumpet competition in the nation

DENTON (UNT), Texas - In March, the finest trumpet players from all over the nation will converge on the University of North Texas for the 26th annual National Trumpet Competition, the largest of its kind. Competitors will vie for thousands of dollars in prize money and have opportunities to network with other top talent.

“It’s truly a trumpet-centric event and one that brings together the brightest and best for healthy competition, networking and instruction,” said Jason Bergman, assistant professor of trumpet and host of the event. “UNT has a rich history of excellence in our trumpet studio that spans more than 60 years. We are embarking on a new period of excellence and bringing the trumpet world to UNT for this competition can serve as an impactful coming out party for our students.”

This year, 600 participants were selected to compete, including 17 UNT trumpet students.

“That’s the largest number we’ve ever had and is a testament to the hard work our students are doing,” Bergman said. “I think it’s fantastic that UNT students can compete in the premiere trumpet competition in the world at their home university. It’s sort of like competing in a hometown Super Bowl.”

The event also will feature guest artists who will perform with the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and the North Texas Wind Symphony.

The event will be held March 8-10 (Thursday-Saturday) in various locations across campus. View the schedule here for event times and locations. The public is invited to free concerts featuring world-renowned guest artists.

One O’Clock Lab Band concert, 8:30 p.m. March 9 (Friday) features:

Frank Greene

Grammy-winning trumpeter and UNT alumnus Frank Greene is one of the most in-demand lead trumpet players in New York. He has performed as the lead trumpet in the CBS Orchestra for The Late Show, as well as with other big-named ensembles including the Christian McBride Big Band and The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.

Carey Deadman

UNT alumnus Carey Deadman is a freelance trumpet player who remains one of the busiest studio and theater musicians in the Chicago music scene. He also is in great demand as an arranger, orchestrator, producer and teacher.

Scott Belck

Scott Belck, UNT alumnus, currently serves as the director of Jazz and Commercial Music and professor of Music at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he directs the CCM Jazz Orchestra and teaches applied jazz trumpet. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.


UNT Wind Symphony at 2 p.m. March 10 (Saturday) features:

Ryan Anthony

Virtuoso trumpeter Ryan Anthony, noted for his varied career as a soloist, educator, chamber musician and orchestral player. Having departed the world-renowned ensemble Canadian Brass nearly ten years ago, Anthony quickly became one of the most sought after trumpet players in America both as soloist and an orchestral player.

Craig Morris

Trumpeter Craig Morris emerged onto the international classical music scene by winning the prestigious position of Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth in 2001. A desire to more fully focus on his own artistic projects, however, led Morris to leave his position with the CSO and pursue a career as a soloist and chamber musician. 

All of the guest artists, as well as the Dallas Symphony trumpet section, will present master classes for participants. Finals will be held March 10 and will culminate in a 9 p.m. awards ceremony.

One O'Clock Lab Band with Alan Baylock, Director

One O’Clock Lab Band to perform with critically acclaimed jazz saxophonist

What: UNT One O’Clock Lab Band directed by Alan Baylock, will perform with guest artist Jimmy Heath.

When: 8 p.m. March 1 (Thursday)

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $15 for the public; $10 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office. UNT faculty, staff, alumni and the public, may purchase their tickets at the Murchison Performing Arts Center online or by calling the box office at 940-369-7802.

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas College of Music’s One O’Clock Lab Band is excited to welcome critically acclaimed jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath. The performance is at 8 p.m. March 1 (Thursday) in Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E in Denton.

"Jimmy Heath will provide our students with a unique perspective on playing jazz and the history of the music," said John Murphy, chair of the Division of Jazz Studies. "His career as a saxophonist dates back to the 1940s. He played with Charlie Parker. He spoke about his friendship with John Coltrane in the 2016 documentary ‘Chasing Trane.’ He's also a prolific composer and a veteran educator. At the concert, he'll be featured in a small group with members of the jazz faculty during the first half and with the One O'Clock Lab Band in the second half of the program, which will include his compositions."

The band is directed by associate professor of jazz, Alan Baylock.

“Jimmy Heath is a living legend,” Baylock said. “There are few people in the history of jazz who have had such a long and fruitful career.”

New Horizons Band Trumpeter performing with bell raised

For 20 years, Denton’s New Horizons Band has helped North Texas seniors get in tune with their musical talents

DENTON (UNT), Texas - On Monday afternoons during the University of North Texas fall and spring semesters, the Denton Senior Center is filled with the vibrant sounds of a traditional concert wind ensemble – woodwinds, brass and percussion all working together in harmony. But, there is something unique about the musicians sitting in the chairs of the two Denton New Horizons bands – they are either active adults or retirees.

Buddy Givens, who played music in college, the Air Force and a Shrine band, says when he moved to the area, he was looking for new musical opportunities.

“I saw an article in the newspaper regarding the band right after I had retired and had the time to devote to it,” said Givens, who’s played bassoon in the band for seven years. “Now that my wife has retired, she has joined the band as a beginner percussionist, so we are able to enjoy it together.”

The two bands, one strictly for beginners, the other for more advanced musicians who want to hone their skills or re-learn how to play an instrument, are part of the New Horizons International Music Association, created by Roy Ernst, a professor at Eastman School of Music. Debbie Rohwer, University of North Texas associate to the president, chief of staff and professor of music education, studied at Eastman and, after seeing the success of Ernst's program, brought it to Denton in 1998.

“I love this program and what it represents – anyone at any age can make music with others and have a great time doing it,” Rohwer said. “These individuals embody what it means to live life to the fullest, even at 92 years old, as one of our members is, and going strong.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of UNT’s New Horizons Band and they are celebrating the milestone with a special concert at 7 p.m. March 26 (Monday) in Margot and Bill Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located at 2100 S. I-35E.

Two UNT instrumental education doctoral students – Olivia Tucker and Samuel Escalante – work with the bands and will be conducting at the concert. Tucker says she has really enjoyed spending time with the band members as they prepare for the upcoming event.

“I love being a part of New Horizons because it is a meaningful way to extend music education outside formal schooling as a participatory, community endeavor,” Tucker said. “I think the group is a special slice of the arts, music and community spirit of Denton.”

Escalante says he loves working with the ensembles and helping the members realize their potential through music.

“What I enjoy most is everyone’s passion for being part of a musical experience purely for enjoyment, personal growth and socialization,” Escalante said. “I believe it is critical that we join and support community ensembles of all kinds.”

There are now six New Horizons Bands in Texas, with more than 200 across the world. Denton's bands alone have close to 80 members who come from cities across North Texas including Coppell, Carrollton and Dallas.

The Denton bands meet on Monday afternoons during the school year at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. The beginner band starts at 2:45 p.m., and intermediate and advanced players meet at 3:45 p.m. In addition to the anniversary concert, the bands offer performances throughout the year including appearances at the Denton Arts and Jazz festival each spring, and a benefit concert in the fall to raise funds for a local charity.  

Eugenia King, clarinetist for the band, says that everyone in the band is extremely welcoming regardless of your skill level.

"I came in 10 years ago with only five months of clarinet training in high school,” King said. “I just want you to know that if I can do it, anyone can.”

Two opera students rehearsing a scene from "Street Scene"

UNT opera director brings his expertise of Weill to interpretation of “Street Scene”

DENTON (UNT), Texas - Jonathan Eaton, University of North Texas College of Music Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, wants to transport his audience to a New York tenement in the sweltering summer of 1946 for a classic American story of love and loss, heartbreak and hope when he presents Kurt Weill’s classic, “Street Scene.”

“One of the fascinating things about ‘Street Scene’ is that the story is located in a gritty, urban, dirty, somewhat ugly, claustrophobic tenement environment with little light penetrating between the columns of the buildings into the canyons in between and no nature,” Eaton said. “Yet the piece is shot through with a different sort of light – human emotions, light-hearted moments, young love, old love, dying love – human nature. We welcome you to a dark urban world transfused by light.”

“Street Scene” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice and the Tony Award-winning so-called “Broadway opera” features Weill’s inimitable jazz-inspired music and a uniquely American melting pot of characters.

“Their stories weave in and out in an almost cinematic kaleidoscope of lives and loves,” Eaton said. “Weill gives us a cross-section of humanity in all its richness, squalor, joy, banality and glory.”


What: UNT Opera director, the internationally known Jonathan Eaton, brings his expertise of Kurt Weill’s work to his interpretation of “Street Scene,” with opera music director Stephen Dubberly.

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 22-24 (Thursday-Saturday) and 3 p.m. Feb. 25 (Sunday). "In the Know" lecture 45 minutes before each performance.

Where: Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E in Denton. The event also will be streamed live at

Tickets: $35 includes dessert and wine; $25-$15 for all other seats at Discounts available for senior citizens; students; children; UNT faculty, staff and retirees; and groups of 10 or more.

Parking: Free parking will be available in the lot next to the MPAC, with overflow parking available in lots 4 and 26. View the UNT parking map here.


Dubberly will direct music for the opera, which will be presented in English.

Rueben Allred Headshot

Benefit concert in memory of accomplished UNT student pianist to raise scholarship funds

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The University of North Texas College of Music is presenting a benefit concert in memory of Reuben Allred, an accomplished piano student who died unexpectedly in April 2017.

Allred was working on his doctorate of musical arts in piano performance and earned a graduate artist certificate at UNT. He was assistant chorus master of the Dallas Opera and served as artist-in-residence and guest lecturer at universities around the world.

“Mr. Allred was a highly respected and sought-after collaborator, accompanying 25 to 30 concerts each year,” said Regents Professor of Piano Pamela Mia Paul, Allred’s mentor at UNT. “He was also a very active solo pianist, coach, teacher, jazz improviser, studio musician and transcriber who performed with numerous ensembles.”

The benefit will be at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the College of Music Recital Hall, located at 415 S. Ave. C, and will feature several faculty, as well as Allred’s closest musician friends. Funds raised at the event will be used for the Reuben Allred Collaborative Scholarship Fund.

“The scholarship was established in Ben's name in order to honor his life and his memory and in recognition of the many, many musicians – instrumentalists and singers – with whom he collaborated so enthusiastically and so professionally throughout his all-too-short life,” Paul said. “While he was also a most accomplished solo performer, I felt that his legacy would be honored best by establishing a collaborative scholarship in his name.”

Donations will not be taken at the door. For more information or to learn how to contribute, visit the event page.

Dallas's Moody Performance Hall illuminated at night

UNT Music in the City: Canetti-menagerie, a surreal soiree

Moody Performance Hall 4-11-2018 @ 7:30 PM

Join us April 11 at 7:30pm in Moody Performance Hall to experience UNT faculty composer Joseph Klein’s Canetti-menagerie: a surreal soiree, a collection of solo and chamber performances depicting seven characters from Nobel Prize winning author Elias Canetti’s book Earwitness: Fifty Characters. These varied and eccentric personae come to life through haunting musical performances by UNT faculty and guest artists, dramatic visualizations by local artist Jessica Leza and readings from Canetti’s insightful and ironic studies of human behavior.

Composed in March 2015, Canetti-menagerie is a semi-improvisational open-form chamber work for five to eight performers, based on the composer’s collection of solo works, Character Studies after Elias Canetti, which is in turn based on in Canetti's 1974 book Der Ohrenzeuge (Earwitness).  Begun in 1997, there are seventeen character studies in the series to date, composed for piccolo, bass flute, ocarina, basset horn, contrabassoon, alto saxophone, bass saxophone, trumpet, violin, violoncello, contrabass, guitar, percussion, glass harmonica, cimbalom, piano, and organ.  In this performance, seven of character studies are paired with the chamber work. 

In the chamber work, performers improvise in various duo, trio, and quintet combinations, developing musical fragments from these solo studies, which are used as raw material for a variety of musical conversations — not unlike the interaction of distinct characters at a social gathering. Whereas the character studies in this collection explore the psychological qualities of the characters portrayed in Canetti's Der Ohrenzeuge, Canetti-menagerie is more of a sociological study of these characters' various interactions — very much in the spirit of another one of Canetti's writings, Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power), an idiosyncratic yet penetrating study of group dynamics and power structures within various societal constructs.

Featured performers:

Carol Wilson and William Joyner, narrators
Elizabeth McNutt, piccolo 
Kimberly Cole Luevano, basset horn 
John Holt, trumpet 
Christopher Deane, cimbalom 
Jacob Garcia, percussion 
Andrew May, violin 
Madeleine Shapiro, cello 

Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street Dallas, TX 75201

Box Office Opens January 23, 2017 Tickets for concert only in advance through - $10/$8 
Evening of performance tickets available at the Moody Performance Hall: Only will-call tickets, cash or check.

Brad Leali performing on saxophone

Gospel Meets Jazz concert at UNT celebrates Black History

What: Gospel Meets Jazz conducted by Brad Leali.

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 (Sunday).

Where: Paul Voertman Concert Hall, 415 S. Ave. C in Denton.

Cost: Free.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Brad Leali, College of Music jazz saxophone professor, presents his fifth annual Black History Month concert, “Gospel Meets Jazz,” at the University of North Texas.

“We are celebrating black history, the contributions of the African American culture, as well as sending the message that by working together we can attain peace, goodness and acceptance,” Leali said.

The performance will consist of UNT faculty/students and members of the Village Church in Denton and Morse Street Baptist Church choirs. It features vocalist Katina Butler and UNT professors Tanya Darby on trumpet, Quincy Davis on drum set and Pat Coil on piano. The choirs will be led by Bobby Hicks.

Azaria Hogans, Texas Woman’s University graduate student, will be performing a dance segment and Larry Willis, pastor for Morse Street Baptist Church, will be a featured special guest.

The concert will consist of a variety of songs from the gospel and jazz genres, including some new original materials.

Song selections include “Emmitt T.,” “Strange Fruit,” “Jesus is Real” and “I Know I’ve Been Changed.”

Davy Mooney and his Hope of Home band

UNT jazz professor takes talents to New York to perform with big names at internationally lauded club

DENTON (UNT), Texas - It’s always exciting to get the band back together, but especially so for Davy Mooney, assistant professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas, who’s bringing his Hope of Home band together for a rare New York appearance. The band, which consists of some of the biggest names in jazz – Brian Blade, drummer for musicians ranging from Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, to UNT alumna Norah Jones; Jon Cowherd, pianist and composer who’s worked with the likes of Rosanna Cash, Cassandra Wilson and Iggy Pop; John Ellis, saxophonist and composer who has played with artists as diverse as John Patitucci and Sting – all studied under the same teachers in New Orleans, while Matt Clohesy, Australian-born bassist who has worked with Jo Lawry, Maria Schneider and other jazz legends met Mooney through mutual friends in New York.

“We have a shared history,” Mooney said. “We’re good friends who enjoy playing together and I feel like the audience can sense that. It’s almost like a family affair.”

Mooney, who’s no stranger to fame – having played around the world and with jazz luminaries including Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard – wanted to showcase the band’s music and he knew the perfect place – Smalls Jazz Club.

  “Smalls is really a special place, it has a special vibe,” Mooney said. “There’s a real energy there. You really have to step it up. It feels almost like an underground club, like a throwback to another era.”

They booked the gig for March 1 and will perform at 7:30 and 9 p.m. The sets will be livestreamed so fans around the world can tune in to this rare New York gathering, which Mooney says will not disappoint.

“In the jazz realm, New York is really the center of modern jazz in the world,” Mooney said. “It has this intensity that sets a very high bar. Famous musicians will show up at Smalls just to hang out. It’s just the highest level for the modern jazz thing and we promise to put on a memorable show.”

Frank Greene publicity shot, performing trumpet in front of white background

UNT alumni see Grammy wins at 60th annual awards show

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Two University of North Texas alumni were part of projects that earned three awards at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28). Here is a round-up of the winners:

Edward Stephan

Alumnus Edward Stephan is a timpanist for the Pittsburgh Orchestra, which won in the categories of Best Engineered Album (Classical) and Best Orchestral Performance.

Frank Greene

Alumnus Frank Greene is lead trumpet for the Christian McBride Big Band, which won Best Large Jazz Ensemble.

“The history of success among UNT College of Music faculty, students and alumni in Grammy nominations and winning projects is simply remarkable and has very few rivals in American higher education,” said John W. Richmond, dean of the College of Music. “Grammy awards are certainly not the only metric of success at UNT, of course, but they are among the most noticed in the music profession internationally. It is a joy to applaud our alumni this year and celebrate their tremendous accomplishments.”

UNT alumni were part of projects that received nominations in 11 categories for this year’s Grammy awards.

Side view of UNT Wind Symphony conducted by Professor Corporon

UNT Wind Symphony collaborates with Lone Star Wind Orchestra for tribute to local children’s advocacy group

What: The UNT Wind Symphony and The Lone Star Wind Orchestra present “Winds of a Grateful Heart,” conducted by Eugene Corporon

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (Thursday).                                                              

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $10 for the public; $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office. UNT faculty, staff, alumni and the public, may purchase their tickets at the Murchison Performing Arts Center online.

Parking: Free parking will be available in the lot next to the MPAC, with overflow parking available in lots 4 and 26.

More information: For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.



DENTON (UNT), Texas - the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and The Lone Star Wind  Orchestra will present “Winds of a Grateful Heart,” conducted by UNT director of wind studies and music director of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra

Eugene Corporon at the Murchison Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (Thursday).

The concert will feature works by film composers Julie Giroux and Bruce Broughton, as well as Grammy-Award-winning composer and UNT alumnus Michael Daugherty, Percy Grainger, Nancy Galbraith, Frank Ticheli and student composer Luke Ellard.

The performance is a tribute concert for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, or CACDC, a nonprofit organization that empowers child abuse victims, their families and the community through education, healing and justice.

“The event is a celebration of the organization with a great evening of music making by two of the country’s leading wind bands, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the North Texas Wind Symphony,” Corporon said. “My wife Carolyn is a member on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County. She is passionate about this nonprofit organization and the team of dedicated, compassionate and highly skilled professionals.”

Kristen Howell, CEO for CACDC will speak during intermission to introduce the audience to the work and mission of organization.

The first half of the performance will feature the Lone Star Wind Orchestra performing the following compositions:

  • Ticheli’s “Vesuvius,” which takes its title from the volcano of the same name that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D.
  • Giroux’s “Hymn for the Innocent,” which seeks to express pain and grief of a loss, as well as the healing found in each other and music. 
  • Daugherty’s “Rosa Parks Boulevard,” which pays tribute to a woman whose actions helped spark a civil rights movement. 
  • Gailbraith’s “Danza de los Duendes,” which explores the “Dance of the Goblins” or mischievous elfin creatures.

The second half of the performance will feature the world-renowned UNT Wind Symphony performing the following compositions:


  • Broughton’s “New Era Overture for Band,” allows the North Texas Wind Symphony to join with the children’s group to celebrate a new era in the CACDC’s ability to provide services for children in the Denton area.
  • Ellard’s “The Seer,” is programmatic and explores the visions of one who believes his cause is lost but somehow, discovers hope and control in his own fate.
  • Grainger’s “Children’s March, Over the Hills and Far Away,” was written for his own “playmate beyond the hills” and explores Grainger’s child-like nature through a folk setting of the work
Composer Bruce Broughton headshot

Famed composer Bruce Broughton joins UNT Symphonic Band for concert featuring his music

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Bruce Broughton, 10-time Emmy Award winner and 2017-18 University of North Texas composer-in-residence, will return to the College of Music to join the Symphonic Band in a performance of his compositions and participate in a unique on-stage conversation where he will discuss his music, career and contributions live for the audience. Media: Download image here.

 What: “The Music of Bruce Broughton,” a UNT Symphonic Band performance with famed composer Bruce Broughton, featuring his compositions.

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 (Tuesday).

Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.

Cost: $10 for the public; $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office. UNT faculty, staff, alumni and the public, may purchase their tickets at the Murchison Performing Arts Center online.

Parking: Free parking will be available in the lot next to the MPAC, with overflow parking available in lots 4 and 26. View the UNT parking map here.

More information: For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.

“It’s always exciting for me to collaborate with composers on performances of their music. It brings a special energy and intimacy that is unique for our students,” said Dennis Fisher, associate director of wind studies and conductor of the Symphonic Band. “Having him be a part of the performance in preparation for, and then at the concert is something I will always remember and I know the students will as well.”

The performance will feature Broughton’s Harlequin, Fanfare for 16 Horns and From Sea to Shining Sea, along with other favorites, including the opening scenes from his Academy Award-nominated score for the movie “Silverado.”

“I'm most curious to hear the Fanfare for 16 Horns,” said Broughton, who also wrote scores for “Tombstone,” “The Rescuers Down Under,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” among others. “It was composed originally to open a concert at The Hollywood Bowl as part of the International Horn Convention when there were a lot of horn players available and I wasn't sure whether I'd ever hear it played again. This piece will be a rare performance simply because it takes an extraordinary number of horns to play it.”

Fisher says he’s most excited about Spacious Skies, a piece that was commissioned by the United States Air Force in 2017 and required special permission from them, as well as Broughton, before it could be performed.

“I became familiar with the piece when I produced a recording session with the Air Force in April,” Fisher said. “When Bruce and I talked about this concert, I knew Spacious Skies was one piece I would really like to include, as it features a saxophone quartet with the band. The sax section in the Symphonic Band has played quartets together extensively over the past several years and I knew it would be a perfect fit for them.”

Broughton says he’s enjoyed the experience of being UNT’s composer-in-residence and is very much looking forward to the performance.

“It's one thing to compose music, another to perform it and another thing entirely to hear someone else perform your compositions,” Broughton said. “I generally always find someone else's performance interesting because they usually bring something new to the piece in the way that they play it.”

Carla Scaletti Headshot

UNT hosts national student electronic music festival

DENTON (UNT), Texas - The seventh annual National Student Electronic Music Event is coming to the University of North Texas College of Music. There have been 157 submissions for the festival, including works for fixed media (stereo and multichannel), instruments + electronics, audiovisual works, actor + electronics and one sound installation for robotic performers.


What: The 7th annual National Student Electronic Music Festival, an annual event that brings together composers and performers of electronic music.

When: March 9 (Friday) through 10 (Saturday).

Where: Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theatre in the College of Music, 415 Ave. C, Denton.

Cost: Free, but seating is limited and priority will be given to festival attendees.

More information: For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.


NSEME is a national festival that was originally created by a Peabody Conservatory student who wanted to bring together electronic music composers and performers. It features works of undergraduate and graduate students in U.S. colleges and universities.

“Hosting an event like NSEME gives a unique opportunity to our students to work from inside the artistic, academic and organizational aspects of a conference,” said Panayiotis Kokoras, UNT composition professor and director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia. “We are excited to welcome attendees to our state-of-the-art facilities and to get to know the most recent advances in computer music first-hand.”

This year’s event will feature guest artist Carla Scaletti, an experimental composer who designed Kyma sound design language and co-founded the Symbolic Sound Corporation.

Kyle McKay Publicity Photo

The Musician's Bookkeeper helps make handling finances less taxing for freelance performers

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas College of Music master’s student Kyle McKay was playing a gig with a band in New England when he noticed what turned out to be a common theme – freelance musicians need help with their finances, including tax preparation. That’s what inspired him to create The Musician’s Bookkeeper (

“I mentioned that I needed to keep track of the miles I was driving so I could deduct them on my taxes. The other band members’ minds were blown – they had no idea they could deduct certain performance-related expenses,” McKay said.

McKay, who is also working on a finance degree from Harvard, working three jobs and interning, is a clarinetist who worked for his mom as a bookkeeper growing up. It was during that time that he learned of his proficiency in bookkeeping.

 “It’s something I fell into looking for an outlet outside of music so I wouldn’t lose my love for it,” McKay said. “It’s what I did when I took time off between my undergraduate degree and graduate degrees. I started with basic data entry and eventually got a certification through Quickbooks as a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor and now have almost three years’ experience as a bookkeeper.”

He says he was able to create his business with the help from two programs at UNT. He won third place in the Career Development and Entrepreneurship in Music’s inaugural Music Entrepreneurship Competition and second in the College of BusinessWestheimer New Venture Competition for a total of $6,000 in prizes. After he won the competitions, his mother and his fiancé convinced him to take the leap.

“It really gave me the initial capital I needed to start the company – applying for the L.L.C. and getting the technology in order,” McKay said. “It gave me the boost to really get my business going. The initial push can be really difficult. You always hear, ‘anyone can be an entrepreneur,’ but no one ever says exactly how much work it takes to be successful.”

McKay has already landed a big name classical musician/booking agent – Deborah Brooks – and, through her word of mouth, has picked up several more clients.

“I completed financial books for her and her 2016 tax return. She and her CPA called to tell me the books were excellent,” McKay said. “I’ve had other clients tell me I’m their saving grace.”

He also has words of wisdom for others aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

“You can be guided to be an entrepreneur but what you really can’t teach is the dedication and the effort,” McKay said. “You have to just stick it out, blood, sweat and tears all the way, and make it happen.”

Jose Torres-Ramos

UNT doctoral music student receives Fulbright-Hays fellowship to research mariachi in Mexico

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- José R. Torres-Ramos, University of North Texas College of Music doctoral student, has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to study mariachi in Mexico for a year. He is the first UNT Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology to earn this honor.  

“I told myself that if I were to win this award, I’d just start crying because it’s probably one of the most prestigious awards somebody in ethnomusicology can win,” Torres-Ramos said. “I’m very humbled, I’m very honored and it’s also empowering. It gives you validation on what you’re doing, that I chose the right path.”

Since the relationship between mariachi music combined with body language and lyric text has not been studied, he wants to dig deep into the culture to determine how they’re connected and how masculinity figures into performance.

“Mariachi has been a male-dominated tradition with many themes,” Torres-Ramos said. “So, I looked at all aspects of the performance including the way the body is held and how performers stand. I studied the instrument’s timbres because classically trained musicians would say, ‘that trumpet is being played really heavy and really harsh and really out of tune.’ And, I started to realize it’s a performance of masculinity. He’s playing the trumpet to dominate and assert himself in the ensemble – not to be smooth and refined like within an orchestra. There’s this embedded masculine sociology in the performance”

Torres-Ramos received enough funding to cover expenses to live in Mexico this year while he completes his research with institutions in Mexico City and Guadalajara. When he finishes his dissertation and earns his doctorate, he hopes to become an ethnomusicology professor.

“I left a public school teacher position and another institution where I was studying music education when I found this calling,” Torres-Ramos said. “Now, I want to share my love of exploring the music of different cultures through a career in academia.”

Scrabble Tiles spelling "Ethics"

Annual Ricco Ethics Award Competition


Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. The competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. Applicants for the 2018 competition must submit an essay on a Case Study Topic.

Awards of $1,000 each will be granted to one student from each college or school at UNT. As an added incentive for music students to participate, the College of Music will add matching funds to enhance the award to the winner as well as providing awards to our 2nd and 3rd prize winners:

  • 1st prize = $1000 + $1000 COM match
  • 2nd prize = $1000
  • 3rd prize = $500

Entries are accepted online only, on the Mayborn School of Journalism Ricco Ethics Award website: The deadline is January 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Recognition will be given at University Honors Day in spring 2018.



  • Minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards in place at the school or college in effect at the time of any award
  • Full or part-time enrollment in any undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program at UNT.
  • Submit a 1,000-word maximum essay, double-spaced excluding bibliography. The essay will highlight what the applicant believes to be the epitome of ethical behavior in his or her focus of study or field of business. Students may use any UNT faculty member for guidance in this competition.
  • All participants must agree to the posting of his or her name and essay to the college’s website, if declared the winner.


Dallas's Moody Performance Hall illuminated at night

UNT Music In the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism

The UNT College of Music is engaging a broader audience by again taking their talents to Moody Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St. in Dallas. “UNT Music in the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism,” is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 (Friday).

Molly Fillmore, soprano and professor of voice, describes the performance as a metaphor for a spectrum: “As a glass prism can disperse a ray of light into many colors, so too have three composers, George Crumb, Reza Vali and Luciano Berio, added layers of richness, beauty, attitude, and in some cases, haunting overtones to melodies that belong to the folk music genre.” It will include Crumb’s “The Winds of Destiny,” Vali’s “Folksong Arrangements, Set No. 15” and Berio’s “Folksong Arrangements 24.”

The performers include Christopher Deane, percussion; Susan Dubois, viola; Molly Fillmore, soprano; Mark Ford, percussion; Jaymee Haefner, harp; Joseph Klein, conductor; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet; Felix Olschofka, violin; Elvia Puccinelli, piano; Nikola Nino Ruzevic, cello; Terri Sundberg, flute.

“The audience can expect to hear familiar folk tunes such as ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again’ and ‘I Wonder as I Wander,’ through a contemporary lens,” Fillmore said. “Additionally, there are folk songs from many different countries, all of which have great melodies and are easily accessible, so there will be the added benefit of hearing something new and beautiful.”

Tickets cost $10 for the public; $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members and are free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office. UNT faculty, staff, alumni and the public, may purchase their tickets at the Murchison Performing Arts Center online or by calling the box office at 940-369-7802. “I hope the audience will come out of the performance having heard how the familiar can have new life breathed into it, making it new again,” Fillmore said.

Music in the City: When a Ray of Light Meets a Prism
Friday, January 26, 2018 7:30pm
Cost: $10 for the public; $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; free for UNT students. Students can pick up their free ticket at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office. UNT faculty, staff, alumni and the public, may purchase their tickets at the Murchison Performing Arts Center online or by calling the box office at 940-369-7802.

Instructor interacting with little child in UNT Early Childhood music program

Experimenting with music accelerates child development in UNT’s Early Childhood Music program

What: University of North Texas’ Early Childhood Music program offers music classes for children from birth to 5 years old. The classes are designed to accelerate childrens’ development in song, rhythm and expressivity.

When: There will be a 10-week winter session held Fridays from Jan. 5 - March 9 and Saturdays from Jan. 6 – March 10.

Where: Room 115 of the Music Annex Building, at the corner of Avenue C and Highland in Denton (1630 W. Highland St.).

Cost: The cost for the infant class (for newborns and babies up to to 24 months old) is $150 and $170 for children ages 2 to 5 years old, with a $20 application fee per family once per academic year. Families who enrolled in the fall session do not need to pay the application fee for the winter. Families who enroll more than one child will receive a 50 percent discount for each additonal child. Visit the Early Childhood Music program page for more information or to register. Registration is now open and required by Jan. 3.

Parking: On Fridays, a Parkmobile lot is available at the corner of Highland Street and Avenue C for $2.25 per hour. Saturday parking is free in the Faculty/Staff lots. For more information on parking, visit the transportation website or view the UNT parking map here.

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Studies have shown that the first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important to their growth and learning achievement. Nurturing musical development early maximizes children’s musical learning opportunities and provides them with the readiness needed for music instruction later in life. The University of North Texas College of Music's Early Childhood Music Program exposes young children – infants to age 5 – to a rich, music-filled environment in which they participate in listening, vocal exploration and music babble. These skills eventually lead to beat competency and accurate singing.

“With your child, you will sing and chant traditional folk songs and rhymes, sing a variety of songs without words in a variety of tonalities and meters, explore musical instruments and participate in fun beat and movement activities,” said Kateri Lavacek, assistant director and instructor for the program. “These classes will fill your little one with a sense of wonder, imagination, and the building blocks of music that he or she will benefit from throughout life.”

The winter 10-week sessions will be held Fridays from Jan.5 – March 9 and Saturdays from Jan. 6 – March 10 in Room 115 of the Music Annex Building, which is located at the corner of Avenue C and Highland in Denton on 1630 W. Highland St. Friday attendees will have to pay for parking, which is available in the Parkmobile lot at the corner of Highland Street and Avenue C. Parking is free on Saturday. For more information on parking, visit the transportation website or view the UNT parking map here.

The sessions will be divided into four different age groups: 

  • Infant – 0 to 24 months
  • Toddler – 2 to 4 years
  • Pre-K – 3 1/2 to 5 years
  • Multi-age – 0 to 5 years

The 10-week program is $150 for infants and $170 for all other age groups. Families who enroll more than one child will receive a 50 percent discount for each additonal child. The sessions for infants will be 30 minutes in duration, and the other sessions will be 40 minutes.

The schedule for the classes is as follows: 

Friday Sessions

  • Infant: 9:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Toddler: 10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

Saturday Sessions

  • Infant: 8:30 – 9 a.m. and 9:10 – 9:40 a.m.
  • Toddler: 9:50 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Multi-age: 10:40 – 11:20 a.m.
  • Pre-K: 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 

“It is so exciting to see the growth these children have during the sessions,” said Lavacek. “I have seen such incredible musicianship from the youngest of babies and it is so amazing to see how they internalize and then express themselves musically.”

Parents are required to be present with their children for each class. Register here. For more information, contact Kateri Lavacek at 317-213-3763 or email her at


About UNT's Early Childhood Music Program

Directed by Warren Henry, associate dean of academic affairs in UNT's College of Music, the Early Childhood Music Program aims to maximize children's musical learning opportunities. Classes differ according to the age levels and readiness of the children, but all classes include songs, chants, movement and instrument exploration.