College of Music (COM)

Picking from the (piano) bench: UNT professor helps select Van Cliburn musicians

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 - 6:15am

By Lucinda Breeding 

Pamela Mia Paul didn’t travel the world for six weeks to listen to some of the most ambitious pianists in the world as if she were a computer picking over data.

The University of North Texas regents professor of piano listened like a person ready to fall in love.

The men and women at the piano were the ones trying to measure the right amount of technique against the perfect dram of passion as they played a repertoire Paul describes as “Olympic.”

That’s what it takes to be one of the 30 musicians vying for a medal in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in May....

UNT prof in percussion’s hall of fame

Thu, Dec 15, 2016 - 7:58am

An internationally recognized musician and jazz studies professor at the University of North Texas was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

Ed Soph received the honor in November at the Percussive Arts Society international conference in Indianapolis.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the industry’s top leaders in percussion performance, education and composition. To be selected, nominees must have made a notable difference or created fundamental improvements in percussion or improved the profession through significant services.

UNT Musicians Learn On Historic Instrument

Thu, Nov 24, 2016 - 8:24am

By Steven Pickering

DENTON (KRLD) – The University of North Texas is celebrating a new acquisition this fall. Students in the College of Music are getting the chance to play on an instrument that’s older than the State of Texas. It’s called the Raisin Organ, after the town where it was discovered.

“Raisin — some people will recognize that as a very small town around the Victoria area in south Texas, and that’s where this instrument was discovered many years ago,” said Professor Jesse Eschbach, coordinator of UNT’s Organ Program. The organ was built in the late...

Historic organ to make its UNT debut

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 - 7:07am

The oldest playable organ in Texas has found a home in Denton.

Last November, the Raisin Organ came to the UNT College of Music. The college will host an inauguration for the instrument at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Organ Recital Hall in the Music Building, 415 S. Ave. C. A free concert follows at 4 p.m.

A Lutheran pastor hauled the Raisin Organ from Switzerland to Texas by sea more than 150 years ago. Early German pioneers in Texas were the earliest musicians to sit at the instrument.

“The Raisin Organ is a clear voice from the past,” said Jesse Eschbach, professor of organ and coordinator of UNT’s organ...

Vocal band to perform during residency at UNT

Thu, Oct 13, 2016 - 7:11am

By Harrison Long

Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-award winning ensemble group and the current UNT College of Music artist-in-residence, brings its brew of choral music, indigenous vocals and intricate harmonies to UNT’s Voertman Hall on Monday night.

The group often characterizes itself as a “vocal band,” a fitting descriptor given the group’s adventurous tastes. Jazz flavors fuse with folksy notions and lively rhythmic phrases.

Among its members is University of North Texas alumnus Cameron Beauchamp, who said he was eager to be back in Denton.

“I am really looking forward to seeing how the school of music...