College of Music in the News

January 3, 2024

Rohwer Commencement Speaker

UNT Vice President for Planning, Debbie Rohwer, is set to be commencement speaker for the College of Music undergraduate ceremony on December 15 at noon local time. Dr. Rohwer was Regents Professor and Chair of the Division of Music Education for UNT prior to her position on the Cabinet of UNT’s President Neal Smatresk.

Sungji Hong
January 3, 2024

Composition Faculty Named Fellow

UNT Assistant Professor of Composition, Sungji Hong, has been selected as a Civitella Ranieri Music Fellow for their 2024 and 2025 seasons. "Civitella Ranieri Fellowships are awarded through a careful nomination and jury process by a rotating group of distinguished artists, academics, and critics that ensures access to a highly diverse group of emerging and accomplished candidates from around the world." The residency is hosted in a 15th-century castle in the Umbrian region of Italy.

January 3, 2024

Tixier Appears in Netflix Documentary Released

In Fall 2022, College of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Violin, Scott Tixier, performed solo jazz violin at the Carnegie Hall world premiere of the Jon Batiste composition, “American Symphony.” Tixier appears in the Netflix-produced documentary and trailer chronicling the Batiste creation of the original symphony while his wife, Suleika Jaouad, undergoes cancer treatment.

opera scene
January 3, 2024

Opera Named First Place Winner by National Opera Association

Winners of the 2022-2023 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition announced. The judges gave a total of 24 awards from the 87 applicants. The University of North Texas College of Music production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” by André Previn & Philip Littell was named Division VII 1st place winner. UNT Associate Professor and Music Director of Opera, Stephanie Rhodes Russell, conducted, Taylor Rachel Carnes was stage director, Donna Marquet was scenic designer and Michael Robinson designed costumes. NOA divisions are based on student classification, production size and budget. Photo: Cathy Vanover.

January 3, 2024

Alumnus Grammy Nominated

The Recording Academy has nominated College of Music alumnus Nathan Carlisle (BM ’06), tenor, who played the role of Drag Queen #4 as a member of The Metropolitan Opera Chorus in the Best Opera Recording category for Blanchard: Champion. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

January 3, 2024

Singer Grammy Nominee

Bass Cameron Beauchamp has been nominated in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance as an ensemble member of Roomful of Teeth for the album Rough Magic.

January 3, 2024

Alumnus Nwigwe Grammy Nominee

Alumnus Tobe Nwigwe, along with his wife Fat Nwigwe’s song, They Want It, But No, is included on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By which is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (Various Artists). He is a rapper, singer, actor and a former linebacker for UNT's Mean Green Football team.

January 3, 2024

Alumni Singer Grammy Nominee

Roomful of Teeth bass-baritone Thann Scoggin (BM ’04, MS ’07) has been nominated in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance as an ensemble member for the album Rough Magic.

January 3, 2024

Geoffroy-Schwinden Receives Major Prize

The American Musicological Society has bestowed its Lewis Lockwood Award, which goes to the best book by an early career scholar, to @UNT Associate Professor of Music History, Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy-Schwinden for her first book, “From Servant to Savant: Musical Privilege, Property, and the French Revolution,” published by Oxford University Press, 2022.

January 3, 2024

Lecrae Receives Two 2024 Nomination and Ninth Nomination

Lecrae (BAAS ʼ02) and Tasha Cobbs Leonard have been nominated for Your Power in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category.
Also, Lecrae was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Church Clothes 4. He studied sociology and electronic media as a UNT student and was influenced by the College of Music – see the connection story at the link below.

January 3, 2024

Grammy Nomination to Alumnus

Tenor David Portillo (MM’05) received a 2024 Grammy nomination as principal soloist for Corigliano: The Lord Of Cries. Gil Rose was producer and conducted the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera Chorus.

January 3, 2024

Alumna Grammy Nominated

The Recording Academy nominated principal soloist, soprano Latonia Moore, in the Best Opera Recording category for Blanchard: Champion. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

Phillip Dizack
October 31, 2023

Jazz Trumpet Faculty Featured

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Improvisation Emphasis, Philip Dizack, was featured in a six-page interview in a Polish language magazine where he also was headliner for their festival - Jazz nad Odra

October 31, 2023

Percussion Students and Faculty in Poland

Twenty percussion faculty and students of the University of North Texas College of Music presented concerts and clinics at Poland’s Krakow Academy of Music, The Opole School of Music and served as featured soloists/judges and clinicians for Europe's largest percussion festival, Drum Fest and the Polish National Marimba/Vibraphone Competition. Former faculty member Nicholas Williams (BM ‘97, MM ‘04, DMA ‘09) conducts the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra involving UNT students and faculty.

l-r Dave Hall, Michael Crawford, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick and José Aponte. Students include John Thomas Baker, Jase Ballard, Desmond Bigler, Jacob Fullinwider, Aidan Henderson, Sam Koch, Raina Liao, Sophia Lo, Nathan Siegel, Zeke Strawn, Denton Sutherlin and Maddie Wallace.