October 2015 News


Senior tubist Kyle Ayoub toured Europe as a member of the Blue Devils International Drum and Bugle Corps during Summer 2015. 

DMA baritone Robert Cardwell has been accepted by Sarasota Opera to their Apprentice Program starting January 2016.  He is in the studio of Carol Wilson.

Senior tubist Austin Crumrine performed on tuba and electric bass as a member of the Disneyland (California) All-American College Band during Summer 2015.

O salutaris hostia by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds cropped up recently on an excellent disc from the South Dakota Chorale conducted by alum Brian Schmidt.  Indeed, so exquisite is the music and so wonderful is the ensemble that the first time I listened I immediately replayed the track. The piece calls for two soprano soloists to soar ecstatically over the sound of the rest of the choir and the two sopranos here, Natalie Campbell and Julianna Emanski (student of Stephen Morscheck) sound simply gorgeous, their voices pure and clear. In his notes Brian A Schmidt describes the piece as “another gem of stylistic perfection.” Yes it is; and it receives a gem of a performance here.  See the complete review by John Quinn on Music Web International at http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Sep/Sacred_songs_PTC5186530.htm

Kimary Fick successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Sensitivity, Inspiration, and Rational Aesthetics: Experiencing Music in the North German Enlightenment”. Research on the dissertation was in part funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and by a Toulouse Dissertation Fellowship. She will be presenting her findings at the upcoming Southwest Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society, as well as at the national meeting of AMS in November.

Robby Garrison (Freshman, BM) has been awarded the October 2015 Young Artist Award for the International Trumpet Guild. He is a student of Jason Bergman.

Liudmila Georgievskaya, DMA student of Pamela Mia Paul, gave a faculty chamber music recital at SMU (music of Messiaen).

Anna Jalkeus (harp, jazz voice) will be presented the Monica Zetterlund Award, named after the Swedish jazz singer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Zetterlund). Once a year the Monica Zetterlund Foundation picks two musicians, one in the category of “established artist” and one for “young and promising” (that’s Anna), to receive the award for having “worked in the spirit of Monica Zetterlund.” It is one of those things that you can’t apply for; the foundation simply picks your name. It is a great honor to receive this award, which involves a cash prize.  The news has been published in the Swedish national newspapers, and prize recipients usually get more media attention during the week of the prize ceremony. A concert where the prizes were handed out took place on Sept 27 at the Stockholm Concert Hall.  The prize committee has written an explanatory statement (translated) that was published at the same time as the recipient announcement:  “You have a genuine and profound musicality, Anna. Your phrasing, your treatment of lyrics, your ears and your sense of timbre and intonation are astonishing. Supported by your brilliant harp playing, the exquisite quality of your voice, your imaginative improvisations, your wide vocal range and your talent in the fields of composition and arranging you are continuously exploring new areas. Your capacity appears to be limitless. We wish you the best of luck on your journey in the world of music!”

Hando Nahkur, new DMA student of Pamela Mia Paul, has released his latest CD, Waltzing Mephisto...by the Danube, on Estonian Record Productions.

Irving Ray, DMA euphonium student of Brian Bowman, just (Oct. 1) won a euphonium position with the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C.


Carolina Araoz has released a CD entitled Bloom.  Musician, saxophonist, music director and singer, in charge of the music institution Jazz Jaus, was born in 1979.  She started her musical activities at 12, studying with the masters Lucho Gonzales & Jorge Madueño. Four years later, she founded and directed together with Mónica Gastelumendi the very well known chorus Arpegio, which has won two gold and platinum records.  Arpegio performed at international festivals in Washington and New York. At the same time, Carolina found and administers Orquesta Juvenil de Música Nueva, with whom she will play at the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) in New York. By 2001 she took saxophone lessons with Carlos Espinoza at UNT, receiving a BA in music.  She then moved to New York to work as a producer at the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center. Returning home to Lima, she continues with the Juvenile Orchestra of New Music project, founding and presiding Jazz Jaus, an association that promotes and expands musical education as a way of social transformation. She is also director of the main band Jazz Jaus Big Band, which has participated in many jazz festivals in Peru , sharing the stage with recognized national and international musicians like Jean Pierre Magnet (Perú), Andrés Prado (Perú), Eric Marienthal (EE.UU.), Osvaldo Lichtenstein (Argentina), Mike del Ferro (Holanda), amongst others.  As a saxophonist, she has been part of the New Music Marathon of Miami jazz festivals from a lot of cultural Peruvian institutions (Japanese, British, American, etc.). Up to this day, she still plays in a lot of places as a solo singer or with her band. Also she is invited to various record productions as an interpreter or jury member, in contests and music conferences about music, arts and culture. Her first solo album Bloom has been on the market since October 2014.

Dr. Justin Benavidez (BM in Tuba 2005) was the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition Winner and performed the Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Benavidez this fall began his appointment to the music faculty of Ithaca College, NY.

Machine Language, the final recording by ANIMATION, the group founded and led by the late composer and musician Bob Belden (who passed away on May 20, 2015), was released Sept. 25 on Rare Noise Records in multiple formats. The group for this session features Belden on saxophone and flute, Peter Clagett on trumpet, Roberto Verastegui on keyboards, Bill Laswell on electric bass, Matt Young on drums and Kurt Elling guesting as narrator.

During the past month, tenor Derek Chester (DMA, student of Jennifer Lane) sang Rameau's cantatas Orphée and L'Impatience with Albuquerque Baroque Players, Ferrando in Opera Ft. Collins’ production of Cosi fan tutte, and Evangelist in St. John Passion at the Staunton Festival in Virginia, while continuing his assistant professorship at University of Northern Colorado.

Guitarist Ryan Davidson, who completed his master's in jazz studies at UNT in spring 2009, has won his second award from the Canadian Country Music Association. His first award was in 2012. Here's the news item from his undergrad alma mater, StFX: http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/18181/

Kait Dunton (jazz piano MM) debuts her new electro-acoustic band, trioKAIT, with eponymous new album. trioKAIT features Jake Reed on drums and fellow UNT alum Cooper Appelt on electric bass. The album is now on heavy rotation at KNTU and has reached top 20 on the JazzWeek charts.

Bryan Gozdowski (MM in Tuba 2014) toured Europe during Summer 2015 as principal tuba with the Blue Lake International Orchestra.

Clarinetist Tom Kmiecik (student of Kimberly Cole Luevano) was recently named as director of Artist/Educator Relations for the D'Addario Corporation.  

Soprano Patricia O'Keefe (student of Jennifer Lane) was selected to perform at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy.

Recent UNT Jazz Studies master's graduate Laura Otero released a new album of all original compositions, From Noche to Night, in Austin on September 20. She played with Mitch Watkins, Michael Longoria, and Justin Vasquez. The singer Suzi Stern was a guest on one song.  After reaching the goal in a crowd funding campaign, she was signed by the jazz label Destiny Records (run by UNT alumni Mike Shields, Cameron Mizell and George Shalda). The album also has two arrangements by UNT alumna Michelle Alonso.  Laura collaborated with Colombian illustrator Helena Melo for the artwork and designed a digital booklet:
http://www.lauraoteromusic.com/from-noche-to-night.html.  You can listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/destiny-records-music/sets/laura-otero-from-noche-to-night.  The album can be purchased here:

Amanda Quist (DMA Choral, student of Jerry McCoy) achieved tenure at the Westminster Choir College/Rider University and also was appointed Department Chair.

DMA countertenor David Stanley (student of Jennifer Lane), recently sang with OperaMission in New York City and holds a position at Ouachita Baptist University teaching voice and directing opera. MM baritone Levi Hernandez will sing the role of Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas by Mexican composer Daniel Catán for Arizona Opera.

Bassist and alumnus Gerald Stockton has released the CD "My Gentle Breeze," which features many UNT alumni. You can find out more about it at his site: http://www.geraldstocktonmusic.com/

Clarinetist Kristen Thompson (student of Kimberly Cole Luevano) was recently named as Reserve Method Clinician for the D'Addario Corporation.


Jason Bergman has been invited by the International Trumpet Guild to give a masterclass and warm up session at their 2016 conference in Anaheim, California. His proposal, "Adaptive Teaching: Pedagogical Insights and Techniques Used in Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” was accepted by peer review for presentation at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Bergman also presented a recital and masterclass at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Rich DeRosa's arrangements of popular TV themes from the 1970s and 1980s will be performed by the Dallas Winds on October 6 at the Myerson Symphony Center. The featured solo artist is trumpeter Carol Morgan who commissioned the arrangements for the project called "After These Messages."  Rich will be conducting the WDR big band at the Cologne Philharmonie (Cologne, Germany) on Oct. 31. His arrangements for this program will feature trumpeter Warren Vache.

Donna Emmanuel received the Faculty Community Service Award on Oct. 2.  Emmanuel coordinates the doctoral program in music education, and leads the UNT Mariachi Ensemble and organizes a summer mariachi camp for middle school and high school students.  She approaches community engagement on two levels – from her musical discipline and from a broader view of the university-community relationship.  The UNT Mariachi ensemble has drawn students from all majors for 12 years. The group performs many events in the community. This connection has allowed the university to engage with the community, particularly the Hispanic culture. Many students from the ensemble continue to play mariachi professionally after graduation.  The summer camp has bridged many gaps with the Hispanic community by providing opportunities for the youth. Children have seen how their heritage can open doors for a university education, Emmanuel said. As a result, 30 to 40 students who came to the camp have enrolled at UNT, and many of them are the first members of their family to attend college.  Emmanuel serves as the chair of the College Music Society’s national committee on community engagement. That committee looks at new ways universities can interact with their communities.  “If we want to do something we need to sit down together and co-create it, rather than sit down as a university and say ‘this is what we would like to do for you,’” Emmanuel said.

Both Joshua Habermann (current choral faculty) and Brian Schmidt (DMA Choral alum) are part of the Swedish-American choral exchange spending time studying the choral culture in Sweden in September-October.

During the past month, 2015 Grammy nominee Jennifer Lane sang the title role in Dido & Aeneas with La Folia Baroque Austin described in the press as follows: "La Follia begins its 2015-2016 season in spectacular fashion with a dramatized concert performance of Henry Purcell's operatic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas, with superstar Jennifer Lane in the role of Dido." (AustinCultureMap.com).  She also joined the Dallas Choral Festival in Beethoven's Mass in C, under the direction of Greg Hobbs, performing alongside fellow UNT faculty members Molly Fillmore, John Scott and Daryl Coad, among others. Prof. Lane also collaborated with fellow UNT Professor C. Melinda Levin and award-winning PBS filmmaker Mark Birnbaum to film interviews in New York City for the film Who Killed The New York City Opera (working title).

Kimberly Cole Luevano's recent CD release (May 2015), Atonement, was entered into the Grammy nomination process in the category of Best Chamber Music Performance.  Voting begins October 1.  Along with her trio Haven (Midori Koga, piano and Lindsay Kesselman, soprano), she was the recent recipient of a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, one of only 12 proposals funded out of 132 submissions.

Felix Olschofka has been selected as a 2015-2016 UNT Leadership Fellow by the Provost’s Office. 

Pamela Mia Paul has been named to the international screening jury for the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The jury of four will be traveling throughout the world in early 2017 to select the contestants for the Cliburn Competition.

Richard Sparks will be participating in a radio panel in Stockholm, Sweden in November about the importance of the Swedish Radio Choir (which Sparks has conducted on a number of occasions), on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Swedish Radio.  He will lead the UNT Collegium Singers in a concert at the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in Portland, OR on November 14. They were selected by a jury to perform and will sing John Taverner’s Sanctus and Benedictus from his Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas, Heinrich Schütz’ Deutsches Magnificat, and J.S. Bach’s motet Komm, Jesu, Komm.

Retired Faculty

On October 22nd, the Sammons Center for the Arts will present Dan Haerle with the 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year award. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 6:30. The Sammons Center is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219.


The UNT HarpBeats will be performing at TMEA in February.

The One O’Clock Lab Band performs at McDavid Studio on Oct. 2 at 7:30 pm.  McDavid Studio in downtown Ft. Worth is one of the places where the One O'Clock sounds best. Tickets are available here: http://www.basshall.com/mcdavidStudio.jsp
McDavid Studio in downtown Ft. Worth is one of the places where the One O'Clock sounds best. The band will play there on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30. Tickets are available here: http://www.basshall.com/mcdavidStudio.jsp