College of Music

TB Winds, a boutique music shop, now open in Denton

As Tony Barrette strings lights alongside a saxophone at his work station, he explains how he's working to fix the instrument for a high school student in Frisco. 

One piece was missing that normally takes two weeks to get in the shop, but the student needs it back tomorrow. Instead, he just made it himself, he explains casually as natural light pours in through large, scenic windows overlooking the downtown courthouse lawn. Next will be fixing some bent keys.

The saxophonist and repairman has worked out of a high-profile shop in Michigan, his own space in Boston and now at TB Winds — a new...

UNT Opera Theatre to close 'Magic Flute' this weekend

Mozart's The Magic Flute is the directing debut of the new Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies, Jonathan Eaton. The opera closes this weekend.

Eaton just joined the faculty of the UNT College of Music as the Winspear Chair, and directing the university's operas is one of his principal tasks.

Eaton has approached the Mozart favorite with his own twist. His adaptation of the classic opera, in which the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from captivity, plays out as a dream sequence. The adaptation is a mysterious, whimsical look at romance between men and...

Qawwali singers to perform rarely-heard music at UNT

University of North Texas College of Music will present a concert of music rarely heard outside of the walls of Sufi Muslim worship spaces at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. The concert takes place in the Recital Hall in the music building, 415 S. Ave. C. 

Qawwali singers will perform their sacred music, which began more than 700 years ago as a traditional form to deliver inspirational messages to devotees inside a shrine. The group's concert "Qawwali - Ecstatic Sufi Singers of Pakistan" brings some of the direct descendants of the original Qawwali singers to Denton. 

The music blends Sufi ritual...

Philanthropist Paul Voertman was a kind heart Denton will fondly remember

Paul Voertman may not be a household name in Dallas, but the former owner of an iconic bookstore was a philanthropic giant in Denton. Voertman’s Bookstore got an impressive national shout-out from gothic fiction author Anne Rice, who attended the University of North Texas, when she was interviewed in The New York Times in 1988.

But this week, the university announced that Voertman...

UNT music professor discusses high school football corridos in Rio Grande Valley


Throughout the week, Hugo de la Cruz, better known to his loyal fans as Mr. Nifu Nifa, can be found chatting on the radio airwaves at Tejano 102.1 FM, based out of McAllen.

The longtime locutor talks about a variety of subjects on his daily program "Mi Valle, Mi Voz." On that same station, he can also still be found under another banner.

"Todavía tengo el programa de 'Football Scoreboard,'" de la Cruz says proudly of his long-lasting hit series. As part of a generation that included previous iconic locutores like "Chuy" de Leon and Rogelio Botello Rios, de la Cruz is the last of his kind still standing...