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UNT Musicians Learn On Historic Instrument
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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
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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
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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...

Petting zoo at UNT to introduce close to 200 grade-schoolers to musical instruments
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Sat, Oct 8, 2016 - 9:12pm

By Lucinda Breeding

Professor Don Taylor and his students are bracing for the flood of little feet they expect will storm the University of North Texas College of Music Recital Hall on Saturday.

The annual musical instrument petting zoo usually brings in close to 200 children — grades two to five — and their parents to the college.

This year marks the 10th year that the College of Music has opened its doors for elementary school children to take in performances and then move from station to station, holding, inspecting and playing instruments from every section of a symphony — strings, brass, woodwind and...

Former Beauty Queen Ashleigh Smith Found Her Calling as a Globe-Trotting Jazz Singer
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Fri, Oct 7, 2016 - 4:00am

By Eva Raggio

The odds are ever in Ashleigh Smith's favor, whether she's in an international voice competition or competing in a beauty pageant. The University of North Texas alumna is stepping up to the front of the stage after spending six years singing backup for Chrisette Michele.

Her jazzy R&B debut album, Sunkissed, was released in August through Concord Records, a prestigious label whose artists include Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney. Upon its release, the album sat long and pretty on the No. 3 spot on the iTunes jazz charts. The album release will finally be...