College of Music (COM)

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...

UNT gala raises money for music scholarships
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Thu, Oct 6, 2016 - 6:56am

By Lucinda Breeding

The University of North Texas College of Music presents its annual gala on Sunday afternoon.

“Heroes and Villains of the Stage” features orchestra and opera students, and benefits music scholarships. The gala is the college’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps guarantee scholarships for hundreds of UNT music students. It also helps ensure the college can continue to attract some of the top musicians in the world.

“As several of UNT’s direct competitors for music students — the Curtis Institute, the Colburn School and the Yale School of Music among them — are fully endowed...

UNT student to perform in chamber concert
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Thu, Sep 22, 2016 - 6:52am

By Harrison Long

Belarusian pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound. The event is the opening concert in the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s International Chamber Series. Ulasiuk will open the concert season with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and selected works of Frederic Chopin.

Born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1982, Ulasiuk entered the state Gymnasium-College attached to the Balrusian Academy of Music in 1998. In 2006, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music and in 2007 a Master in Arts — both from Academy of Music.

Ulasiuk has also studied at Texas...

Symphony series to feature UNT pianist
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Thu, Sep 15, 2016 - 6:51am

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will feature a performance by Boalong Zhang, winner of the biannual International Piano Contest, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Zhang is a graduate artist certificate student at the University of North Texas, and previously graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He will perform Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 and Mendelssohn’s Reformation symphony. Also featured will be vocalist Jennifer Youngs, a doctoral candidate at UNT. The Grand will also have on view a portfolio exhibit of seven...

Beethoven, brews and brats on tap
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Thu, Sep 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

By Janet Van Vleet

Bach gives way to Beethoven at the Sept. 17 season opener of the Abilene Philharmonic. That means no "Bachtoberfest," but no worries, brats and beers still are on the program for the afternoon before the concert.

This year, the first Masterworks concert is "Beloved Beethoven," featuring an all-Beethoven program. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in auditorium of the Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

"We can't do Bach every year," said David Itkin, music director and conductor for the Abilene Philharmonic. "Beethoven is a great way to open the season."

The three pieces to...