Student Jazz Bassist Named Semi-finalist

Eric Hitt (MM ’19 and DMA student) was recognized as an international top ten semi-finalist then was awarded honorable mention in the final results of the International Society of Bassists International Double Bass Competition. 

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Viola Student Places Second

 Haojian Wang, DMA student in viola, won second place in the AVS American Viola Society Orchestral Excerpt Competition.





Student Named Third Place

PhD and DMA student Júlia Coelho, soprano, has been named 3rd place in the American Prize competition, university division, opera category. As well, she was named semifinalist in the oratorio and art song category, university division. 

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Faculty in National Commercial

Assistant Professor of Jazz Violin, Scott Tixier, was recently included in recording Academy Award winning Jon Batiste’s composition, NBA Anthem. The New York City recording was included in a National Basketball Association commercial, NBA “That’s Game.” 

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Composition Faculty and Alumni at Conference

Twelve members of the College of Music faculty and alumni represented the University of North Texas at the International Computer Music Conference 2021 being held online from Chile. Faculty include Professor Jon Nelson, Associate Professor Panayiotis Kokoras, Associate Professor Andrew May, Principal Lecturer Elizabeth McNutt and alumni Jason Fick (PhD ’13), Mikel Keuhn (BM), Elainie Lillios (DMA ’00), Bradley Robin (PhD ’16), Seth Shafer (PhD ’17), Zach Thomas (PhD ’19) and Yu-Chung Tseng (MM ’94, DMA ’98) have music being presented at the conference while Jeffrey Morris (DMA ’07)... Read more.





Saturday Sounds

From 2012. Regents Professor of Music, Eugene Corporon, conducts the University of North Texas Wind Symphony performing Ode to the End of the War, Opus 105 (1945) by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) with four pianos and eight harps. 

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Theory Faculty Published

Andrew Chung, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, published an article entitled "Vibration, Difference, and Solidarity in the Anthropocene: Ethical Difficulties of New Materialist Sound Studies and Some Alternatives" in Resonance vol. 2, no. 2. 

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New Alumnus to Academy

Austin Ford (BM ’21), trumpet, was named to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass 2021 Academy. The program “identifies and assists the most talented artists embracing jazz.” Academy membership comes with a full-cost of attendance award. This is the second alumnus included this Summer.





Alumnus Begins Label

Music attorney William J. Metzger (BA ’11) announced the creation of his own record label, Affiant Records. Based in Dallas, Texas, Affiant Records is a multi-genre label focusing on talent that brings about a positive change in the world through music and entertainment. 

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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.

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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.

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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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





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. 

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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.





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.





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.





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.





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.”





The Brock Family Legacy

Amanda Yanowski writes about the late Horace and Euline Brock support of the University of North Texas with their estate gift of $6.5 million to fund scholarships in the College of Music. 

https://northtexan.unt.edu/issues/2021-spring/transforming-legacy





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.





Hugh Nini

Alumnus Life Stages

Jessica DeLeón writes about Hugh Nini's life going from musician (French Horn) and ballet dancer to a published co-author of Loving: A Photographic History that has won international acclaim. 

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