Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensemble Program

Fri, Mar 27, 2015 - 11:25am

The National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier national honor ensembles will be led by four award-winning conductors. The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national honor program. The students must first compete at their local, district, and state level to become eligible for this honor. On October 28, during the 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference, these exceptional young musicians will gather in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase their expert musicianship and perform a gala concert at the Grand Ole Opry House celebrating music...


Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - 9:32am

The opportunity to make zero energy homes a standard rather than an exception is getting closer thanks to research conducted at locations such as the Zero Energy Research Lab at UNT’s Discovery Park.

To achieve net-zero energy use, renewable energy resources such as solar, geothermal and wind are combined to power a building. If done right, the system creates excess energy to return back to the power grid.

At UNT’s lab, researchers use a centralized computer system to measure how efficiently energy is used. Their goal is to reduce the amount of wasted energy humans produce, getting as close as possible to a net of...

5 things every college student should know about personal finance

Tue, Mar 24, 2015 - 9:15am

Money often is a topic of concern among college students, and many young adults have to make their own financial decisions for the first time while in college. It's crucial to build financial habits on a solid foundation, said Erick Jones, director of the University of North Georgia (UNG) Student Money Management Center, and he shares five tips that every student should know. 

1. Start early.

Whether building good credit or planning to fund long-term investment goals, the earlier you put good practices into place, the...

Kim Phillips: SXSW features Denton flavor

Sun, Mar 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

We are standing at the crossroads of the world. There is Sweden over there. Singapore and Germany are just a little farther down. There is NASA. Austin, Tyler and Texas are behind us. Oh, and I see China off to the right. Every language and dialect blend into an exciting, chaotic song as some 60,000 people of all ages, colors and cultures explore the cutting edge in technology, music and film. We are in the heart of Austin’s mammoth South by Southwest festival.

The Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau staff is part of a multi-member team here to introduce Denton to the masses from around the globe. Last summer, the city...

‘Passion’ is conductor’s final flourish

Sun, Mar 22, 2015 - 9:56pm

Henry Gibbons was a physics major in college.

He took a music theory class, something he thought might be interesting. He had always liked classical music.

“It seemed easy to me,” said Gibbons, who will retire his baton as the music director of the Denton Bach Society on Palm Sunday, after leading the choir and players through St. Matthew Passion. “I looked around and saw that the music majors in the class were struggling, and I thought I might be onto something.”

Gibbons retired from his full-time position as a professor of conducting at the University of North Texas College of Music in...