College of Music

Music alumnus on tour for fifth album

Sat, Oct 24, 2015 - 9:37am

Range, available now on Whirlwind Recordings, marks jazz guitarist Pete McCann's fifth release as a leader. Range, which finds McCann exploring the breadth and depth of his formidable artistry as a guitarist, composer and bandleader, features an incomparable cast of some of New York City's finest musicians; John O'Gallagher-alto sax, Henry Hey-piano, Rhodes and organ, Matt Clohesy-acoustic & electric bass and Mark Ferber-drums.The music on Range encompasses a wide variety of musical styles and genres, showcasing McCann's and the ensemble's “range" as they expertly...

Winspear Performance Hall namesake remembered

Wed, Oct 21, 2015 - 11:16pm

By Michael Granberry

Margot Winspear, who along with her husband, Bill, donated the $42 million that helped build the centerpiece of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Winspear Opera House, died Tuesday in an assisted-care facility. She was 83.

Winspear had long been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, said Don Winspear, her son.

Bill Winspear died in 2007 at age 73. Long before his death, the couple had established a shared reputation as being among the leading philanthropists in Dallas.

Bill Lively, the “rainmaker” who spearheaded the multi-year effort to raise the $354 million needed to build...

Instrument petting zoo gives kids a chance to make music

Sat, Oct 17, 2015 - 9:56pm

by Lucinda Breeding

Don Taylor launched the musical instrument petting zoo on the University of North Texas campus nine years ago.

The music education professor at the College of Music will lead student volunteers at the event. Some of them remember when they went to instrument petting zoos as children.

Diana Deming, a junior majoring in music education, remembers an instrument petting zoo, and so does graduate student John Denis. Both will help elementary school students play instruments during the UNT petting zoo.

“Oh, yeah,” Deming said. “I went to one.”

Deming thought she was destined to...