College of Music in the News

July 23, 2021

Saturday Sounds

Jolene Masone (DMA ’16) and Brian McKee, DMA, University of North Texas College of Music academic counselor for graduate studies and both members of the Premier Lone Star Wind Orchestra, directed by UNT Regents Professor of Music Eugene Corporon, perform. Their bassoon duo performance of Three Arias from “Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini, was recorded at Moody Performance Hall Dallas.

July 23, 2021

Professor Honored

David Childs, Professor of Euphonium, and co-director of the UNT Brass Band, was honored by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA) with its biennial Excellence in Recording Award for his Symphonic Euphonium II CD featuring premiere concerto recordings with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The Awards were established by the ITEA to foster, encourage and recognize excellence in the field of recording.

July 23, 2021

UNT Music Represents

The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute included, l-r, Kim Childs (DMA ’06); Lenora McCroskey, Professor Emeritus, retired 2009); McKenna Stenson, UNT DMA student in conducting and Kateri Lavacek, MM student in conducting. Also attending but not pictured, is incoming DMA conducting student, Jacob Augsten.

July 23, 2021

Instructor Featured

Megan Heber, University of North Texas Adjunct Instructor of Arts Management, was a featured panelist for Business Council for the Arts (BCA) Leadership Arts Alumni (LAA) discussion series, Connect for the Arts. These online forums are for learning and discussion about challenges facing the North Texas arts and culture nonprofit community. She is also Executive Director of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas.

July 23, 2021

Professor Teaching in Italy

Jennifer Lane, Professor of Voice, returned for a third year of teaching at the Festival “Musica in Laguna d’Arte” Corsi Musicale Internazionale Estivi 2021, Associazione Lirico Musicale Clodiense in Regione Veneto, Città di Chioggia. The course concluded with a concert of 17th and 18th century music in Auditorium San Nicolò, a building dating from year 1211.

July 23, 2021

Student Published in Brazil

Marcel Castro-Lima, Brazilian composer and PhD student published a new paper about the Composer/Performer collaboration with the clarinetist José Batista Júnior and the compositional process of the piece, Interference, for Bass Clarinet and Electronics. The paper is published in vol.34 (2021) of the Brazilian Journal of Music.

July 8, 2021

Alumnus Named to Academy

Joseph Trahan (BM ’21), saxophone, has been named to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) 2021 Academy. The goal of the Summer Big Band program is “to identify and assist the most talented artists embracing jazz.” Academy membership includes a full-cost of attendance financial award. This is the second of three UNT students/alumni included this Summer.

July 8, 2021

Locrian to Perform Klein

The work by Joseph Klein, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Composition and Chair of the Division of Composition, Chain of Circumstances, for solo piano and optional dancer, has been selected for performance during the 2021-22 season by The Locrian Chamber Players from its annual call for scores. The video version of the work premiered November 2020 at University of North Texas for CEMI's Sonic Murals Festival.

July 8, 2021

Alumnus to the Palmetto State

Megan Stapleton (DMA ‘20) has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Voice Studies at BJU - Division of Music at Bob Jones University and will be teaching applied voice, vocal literature, vocal pedagogy and opera workshop.

July 8, 2021

Breaking: Two O'clock to the Midwest Clinic

North Texas Jazz | UNT Division of Jazz Studies Two O’Clock Lab Band was chosen to perform at the 2021 @midwestclinic international band and orchestra conference in Chicago, Illinois. The band is directed by Rob Parton, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Chair of the Division of Jazz Studies.

July 8, 2021

Faculty Returns from Studio

Rob Parton, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Chair of the Division of Jazz Studies, returned from a recording session in Chicago with David Bloom, composer/producer and Cliff Colnot, arranger/producer, where he was featured soloist on four tracks. The scheduled release is 2022.

July 8, 2021

Graduate Drumset Student

Joshua Calef, MM student in drumset has been named to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) 2021 Academy. The Summer big band program is under the leadership of Christian McBride, Shelly Berg and Chuck Bergeron with the goal “to identify and assist the most talented artists embracing jazz.” As such, inclusion to the Academy is a full-cost of attendance financial award.

July 8, 2021

Faculty Honored

Jeff Bradetich, Regents Professor of Double Bass, was awarded by the International Society of Bassists with their 2021 Special Recognition Award in the category of Teaching. The honor is bestowed “to those who have contributed their special skills, knowledge, projects and other positive works in furthering the ISB's mission to inspire, educate and connect.”

July 8, 2021

Green Brigade on the Cover

Check out the 2021-2022 Product Catalogue from DeMoulin Bros. and Co. – manufacturer of the new University of North Texas Green Brigade marching band uniform. They’ve been creating marching band uniforms since 1892.

July 8, 2021

Suzuki for Brass

A FIRST: Faculty and alumnus join Alfred Music in releasing Suzuki Trumpet School, Volume 1 - the very first Suzuki Method book for the brass instrument family. See Caleb Hudson, Assistant Professor of Trumpet and member of Canadian Brass along with Michael Schneider, (BM ’99), a classical pianist, collaborator, educating artist and composer.

UNT Bassists Recognized

The International Society of Bassists announced the 10 semi-finalists for the 2021 ISB Double Bass Competition Jazz Division - 4 from UNT - Michael Baylock, Alex Browne (BM ’14), Eric Hitt and Guillermo Lopez.

DMA Conducting Associate to NC

Brett Penshorn, doctoral student in wind conducting, has been named Visiting Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the 2021-2022 school year.

Murthy Named Presser Scholar

Music education and flute performance major, Amrutha Murthy, received the undergraduate Presser Award. This award, considered the most prestigious undergraduate award in music at the University of North Texas, is provided by the Presser Foundation. The recipient “should show a high level of academic and musical accomplishment and embody the qualities of leadership and citizenship. The recipient is one who has grown individually and who has contributed earnestly to the success of the school of music.” See the full list of UNT recipients: