News and Events


The Journal of Musicology has accepted an article by Clare Carrasco titled "The Unlike Pair: Impressionism, Expressionism, and Critical Reception of Schoenberg’s and Schreker’s Chamber Symphonies." This will be the second article by Dr. Carrasco (PhD, 2016) to appear in a major musicological journal.

Paper Presentations

Faculty and graduate students presented at the TSMT (Texas Society for Music Theory) Conference on Feb 22-23 at Texas State Unversity in San Marcos.  

Benjamin Graf presented "Motivic Border-Crossing: Continuity Through Formal Divisions"

David Heetderks presented: "Fractured Tonal Narratives in Early R.E.M."

Stephen Slottow presented: "North American Adaptations of Zen Chanting: Four Strategies"

Brian Anderson presented “Gratuitous Repetition and Formal Function in Scarlatti’s Sonatas”

Bryan Stevens presented “Theorizing Sonata Form from the Margins: The Spanish Keyboard Sonata from 1744 to c. 1790”

Levi Walls presented “Composing out Notre-dame: How Louise Bertin Musically Represents the Hugolian Themes of Fate and Decay in La Esmeralda”  

Music & Letters Centenary Prize

Prof. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden's article "Music as Feminine Capital in Napoleonic France: Nancy Macdonald's Musical Upbringing," received the Music & Letters Centenary Prize for best original article in musicology. The article placed second of six winners in the international competition and will be published in the journal's centenary issue in 2019. Music & Letters is an internationally leading peer-reviewed journal of musicological research published by Oxford. 

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Alumni News

Dr. Theodore Albrecht, UNT Distinguished Alumnus, has published the first volume of a path-breaking translation and edition of the deaf composer Ludwig van Beethoven's so-called Conversation Books.  Beethoven (1770-1827) began losing his hearing in 1798, and in 1818 began using blank booklets for his acquaintances to write their sides of conversations, while the composer himself replied orally.  Albrecht's English translation and edition is being issued by the British publisher Boydell & Brewer in 12 volumes at approximately one volume per year.  Volume 1 (including booklets 1-8) has just appeared and covers from February, 1818 to March, 1820.  It includes such subjects as his legal battles over the guardianship of his nephew Karl, his composition of the Catholic Missa solemnis, his intolerance for anti-Semitism, as well as his pantheistic Evening Song under the Starry Heavens.  Discussions range from history, education, literature, religion, languages, and science, to Beethoven's reading habits and his ways of eating a sausage!  To order, please click here.  Use promo code BB130 to receive 30% off until December 31, 2018. 


Dr. Margaret Notley (Music History) received news that the AMS Series (Oxford University Press) has accepted her book manuscript. The title is "'Taken by the Devil': Censorship, Frank Wedekind, and Alban Berg's Opera Lulu.” 

Alumni News

Dr. Aaron West was featured on Vox's video series, Earworm, "How smooth jazz took over the '90s."

Music From Chinese Films
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 8:00pm
Recital Hall, Music Building

The UNT Chinese Ensemble presented their Fall Concert: Music from Chinese Films on Friday, November 30th at 8:00 pm.


Dr. Mondelli's article, "Singing Print, Reading Song: Navigating Voice and Writing in Herder's Volkslieder," appeared in The German Quarterly 91.4 (2018).

Keynote Address

Dr. Steven Friedson will be presenting a keynote address, “The Unbearable Weight of Music: The Intermezzo,” at the University of London for the symposium Liminality and the Cosmologies of Change.

Paper Presentation

Hendrik Schulze (Music History) took part at the international conference on J. S. Bach “BACH BEARBEITET: VOR BACH – BACH UND SEINE ZEIT – NACH BACH” at the Bachfest in Tübingen, Germany, October 1-3. The title of his invited presentation was “Die Johann Crüger’schen Choralmelodien und ihre Veränderung durch Bach” (Johann Crüger’s Chorale Melodies and their Adaptation by Bach).

Prof. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden (Music History) had two publications appear in October: a book chapter, “Digital Approaches to Historical Acoustemologies: Replication and Reenactment,” in the collection Digital Sound Studies, edited by Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, and Whitney Trettien (Duke University Press); and an article, “Music, Copyright, and Intellectual Property during the French Revolution: A Newly Discovered Letter from André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry,” published in Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales, a peer-reviewed journal supported and coedited by the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and la Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

She recently presented on a panel about Rethinking Enlightenment and chaired a panel on Recognizing Women's Labor at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas, and was elected Vice-President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music for a 2018–2020 term.

Presented by the UNT African Percussion Ensemble
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm
Voertman Concert Hall

The UNT African Percussion Ensemble Presents: Rhythms and Dances of Africa.  Directed by Prof. Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie.  Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm in Voertman Concert Hall.  $5 General Admission. 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award

Jose Torres, ABD Ethnomusicology, received the prestigious 2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award for his project “El Mariachi Autentico: A Study of Musical Machismo.”

Paper Presentation

Salvador Hernandez, doctoral student in ethnomusicology, presented a paper, "Music as Worldview: Western Art Music, Conflict, and Terror Management Theory," at the College Music Society 2018 National Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Paper Presentations
Saturday, September 15, 2018

MHTE students and alumni presented papers at the fall meeting of the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter in Canyon, Texas on Sept. 15. Bryan Stevens presented his paper "Theorizing Sonata Form from the Margins: The Early Keyboard Sonata in Spain," Dr. Emily Hagen (PhD 2018) presented her research poster "Supernatural Alterity and Affective Agency in Handel's Alcina," Dr. Mike Morey presented his paper "The Presence of Arnalta and Orpheus in Christopher Rouse's Cello Concerto," and Dr. Randy Kinnett (PhD 2009, Collin College, Preston Ridge Campus) presented his paper “Music and the Klan in 1920s Dallas.”


Dr. Virani's chapter "Casteism and Cultural Capital: Social and Spiritual Reform through Kabir-Singing in North India" was published in the interdisciplinary volume Songs of Social Protest: International Perspectives, published in September by Rowman and Littlefield.

MHTE Lecture Series
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 258

Dr. Janet Schmalfeldt gave her lecture "Domenico Scarlatti, Escape Artist: Sightings of His 'Mixed Style' Towards the End of the Eighteenth Century."


Clare Carrasco published her article, "Zemlinsky's 'Expressionist' Moment: Critical Reception of the Second String Quartet, 1918–1924" in the Journal of the American Musicological Society 71/2 (2018). Click here to access the article.  Click here to view her faculty profile.


Colin Davis recently published his article "'The New Harmony' of Ferruccio Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica" in the Journal of Musicological Research 37/3 (2018). Click here to access the article.  Click here to view his faculty profile at Sam Houston State University.  

Paper Presentation

Frank Heidlberger presented a paper, Instrumental Music at the Accademia in Verona around 1590 – Modes of “Conversazione,” at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, University of Pavia, Institute of Musicology, Cremona Campus (Italy), July 12, 2018.


Frank Heidlberger (clarinet and saxophone) performed with pianist Christoph Wünsch (Conservatory Würzburg, Germany) jazz and own compositions at a Music Festival in Karjalohja (Finland).

Cheryl Bates (PhD, Music Theory, dissertation advisor: Frank Heidlberger) was hired on a tenure track position for elementary music education at Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas