College of Music Administration

Maria Baylock

Maria Baylock is the Senior Administrative Coordinator to the Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. A native of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, she joins UNT after a career in the Washington, DC area as a freelance cellist, church musician and private teacher. She served as Principal Cellist and Educational Programs Coordinator for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, and as Music Director and Administrative Assistant for Wellspring United Church of Christ in Centreville, Virginia.

Emilita Marin

Emilita (Emily) Marin is Assistant Dean for Finance and Business in the College of Music. Before coming to UNT, she was an Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) and a College Business Administrator at the University of Houston, main campus. She has over 15 years of experience in administration, human resource, finance and accounting in higher education, and is currently working on her doctorate in leadership and management at St. Thomas University.

John W. Richmond

John W. Richmond was appointed tenured Professor and Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas on August 1, 2016. Previously, Richmond served as Professor and Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL; 2003-2016) and as Professor and in various administrative appointments in the School of Music at the University of South Florida-Tampa (USF; 1987-2003).

Sean Powell

Sean Robert Powell is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of North Texas where he teaches graduate courses in sociology, philosophy, qualitative research, and music teacher education.

Dr. Powell is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and the Advisory Committee of Music Educators Journal. He also serves as the Southwest Division Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education.

Felix Olschofka

German-born and raised violinist, Dr. Felix Olschofka, has toured as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.  His playing has been described as "violinistic pyrotechnics" (TheaterJones Dallas), "charged with beauty" (Gramophone), "a true dream of romantic melodiousness" (General-Anzeiger-Bonn), and "remarkable for dramatic power" (Star-Telegram Fort Worth). 

Jon Nelson

Jon Christopher Nelson's electroacoustic music has been performed widely throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, and has been honored with numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Commission. He is also the recipient of a Bourges Prize, a Luigi Russolo Prize, and numerous electroacoustic commissions.

John Murphy

John Murphy, an ethnomusicologist and saxophonist, joined the UNT Jazz Studies faculty in 2001. He has served as chair of the Division of Jazz Studies since 2008. He is the author of Music in Brazil (Oxford University 2006) and Cavalo-marinho pernambucano(Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil University Press, 2008) and has published articles on jazz improvisation, Brazilian traditional and popular music, Cuban music in New York, and college teaching.

Joseph Klein

Born in Los Angeles in 1962, Joseph Klein is a composer of solo, chamber, and large ensemble works, including instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic, and intermedia compositions. His music—which has been described as “a dizzying euphoria... like a sonic tickling with counterpoint gone awry” NewMusicBox) and exhibiting a “confident polyvalence [that] heightens its very real excitement” (The Wire)—reflects an ongoing interest in processes drawn from such sources as fractal geometry, chaos, and systems theory, often inspired by natural phenomena.

John Holt

John Holt is Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Division of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas. Holt is also principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989. Holt was the recipient of the 2016 UNT Creative Impact Award. This award highlights “a full-time University faculty member whose publications, performances, or exhibitions in the literary or creative arts have had the greatest societal impact.”

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