Alumna Tony Nominated

Carmen Cusack has been Tony nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance in “Flying Over Sunset.” See the awards show June 12 on CBS.

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Grammy Winning Alumnus Featured

Michael League, four-time Grammy winner, featured in the June issue of DownBeat Magazine

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DMA Student to San Antonio

Current University of North Texas DMA student in choral conducting, Jordan Boyd, joins the music faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio as Associate Director of Choral Studies/Professor of Practice.





Alumnus to Georgia

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia has announced that Nicholas Enrico Williams (DMA ’09, MM ’04, BM ’97) as Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands.

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Alumnus to University of Texas at Austin

J.D. Burnett (DMA ’13) has been announced as Director of Choral Activities for the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

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DMA Student to Kansas

Current University of North Texas DMA student in choral conducting, McKenna Stenson, has been appointed as Associate Director of Choral Studies/Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas.





Alumnus Named Fine Arts Dean

Stephen F. Austin State University has named Gary T. Wurtz (DMA ’01, MM ’87, trumpet) dean of the Micky Elliott College of Fine Arts. He was formerly director of the SFA School of Music.

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Faculty Published

Vivek Virani published his article, “From Satsang to Stage: Negotiating Aesthetic Theologies and Aspirational Subjectivities in a North Indian Bhajan Competition,” in his discipline’s flagship journal, Ethnomusicology.





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.





Double Bass Student Receives Fulbright

Zoe Czarnecki has been named a 2022 Fulbright recipient to Germany.





Alumnus to University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

Brownsville, Texas welcomes Aaron Jensen (DMA ’20) as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at UT – Rio Grande Valley.





Organ Alumnus Receives Fulbright

Samuel Gaskin (MM '18) has been named a 2022 Fulbright recipient of the Study/Research Program to France.





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."

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Alumnus Wins Tuba Position

Mason Soria (BM ’20) has won the full-time principal tuba position with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia).





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.





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.





Denton ISD Music Education Recognized - Again

Congratulations to our hometown public school district as Denton Independent School District Fine Arts is named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” for the 15th consecutive year.

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Alumnus Accepts Director of Bands Position

 Bradley Genevro (DMA ’06) has accepted the position of Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University.





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.





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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.





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).





Congratulations Gary Eckert

Affiliated Grammy winner as vocalist for Best Instrumental Composition - “Eberhard” by alumnus, the late Lyle Mays (1953-2020). Gary is UNT Alumni BA '92, MA '14.