College of Music

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...

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band plans fall concerts with guests


The University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band will share the stage with two guests in concerts this fall. 

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, an 18-piece big band, will perform a free concert at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the University Union Syndicate, 1155 Union Circle. The One O'clock Lab Band will open for the Commodores, which includes six alumni of the UNT College of Music.  The lab band's pre-concert rehearsal will be open to the public, along with an earlier Commodores concert at 2 p.m., in Kenton Hall at 415 Ave. C. 

Four-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist...

UNT music professor caps year of milestones with Carnegie concert

Jeff Bradetich is having a year of milestones. The University of North Texas Regents Professor of Double Bass turned 60, his double bass turned 250 years old and he marked his 50th years playing double bass, the largest string instrument in the orchestra pit.

He just saw the competition his foundation launched stage its second international solo bass competition, and his summer strings institute turned 30.

Bradetich will celebrate the milestones with an 8 p.m. concert on Friday, Nov. 17 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. UNT visiting professor Christoph Hammer will accompany him on...

Unheard Duke Ellington songs given new life by UNT jazz professor

You’ve heard Duke Ellington, but never like this.

Richard DeRosa, Grammy nominee and professor of jazz arranging at the University of North Texas, co-produced an album of modernized works by Ellington, a jazz legend. It's called Rediscovered Ellington.

Fans of Ellington’s toe-tapping “Hey Baby,” which he recorded with Rosemary Clooney (actor George Clooney’s aunt) in 1946, will recognize what DeRosa calls “the DNA of the song,” but with an entirely new twist. The other songs on the album are much more obscure. Even fans of Ellington’s work might not recognize some of the material. That’s...