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TWU Wind Symphony: Night and Day.
TWU Wind Symphony: Night and Day.

TWU Community Music Center offers affordable, supportive environment for lifelong education

When Christopher Madden, DMA, director of the TWU Community Music Center and assistant professor of piano pedagogy, founded the center in Fall 2018, he wanted to “create a culture of excitement surrounding music study.”

“I wanted to offer affordable music lessons to children and adults in Denton, and provide graduate students with hands-on teaching experience while earning their degrees. The Community Music Center offers a safe, non-competitive and supportive environment for music education. It also provides students with an opportunity for social interaction outside of school or work,” said Madden.

TWU's Carlo Pezzimenti performs at the Vatican

A Texas Woman’s University professor will be having the experience of a lifetime playing at the Vatican in Rome. “We have this beautiful art form,” said guitar professor Carlo Pezzimenti. “All we need to do is just share that with other people.”

If music is the gift, then Carlo Pezzimenti is the messenger. Watch the CBS 11 video>>

Carlo Pezzimenti has played at Carnegie Hall. He’s performed with orchestras, and has toured Europe, South America and China. The adjunct music professor at Texas Woman’s University performs for the first time at the Vatican on Friday. Read the Denton Record-Chronicle feature>>

TWU piano professor studies Hungarian in Pécs

"I have always had a strong interest in Hungarian music, and I spent one year studying piano and chamber music at the Liszt Academy in 1997-98, years ago. In the spring of next year, I will be returning to the Liszt Academy as a guest professor and Fulbright scholar to teach piano literature classes. This is what compels me to learn Hungarian," said Richard Shuster, DMA.

TWU Concert Choir invited to sing at 2019 ACDA National Conference


The American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) is the premier choral organization in the country. It produces a highly respected publication, the Choral Journal, provides leadership and scholarship opportunities, sets repertoire and research standards, and oversees state and regional chapters each with their own respective conferences.

Over 225 choirs auditioned for 27 conference spots, chosen via a blind, multi-level jury process. This invitation is a rare and high honor, especially as this is the 60th Year Jubilee Conference. The Concert Choir will present a 30-minute program two times at the conference as well as a preview performance in Denton and recruiting performances during the trip.

The conference will occur in Kansas City, MO from February 27-March 2, 2019.

TWU clarinet faculty and alumni place first in international competition


Danielle Woolery, Assistant Professor of Music, and two TWU alumnae, Natalie Wright and Shannon McDonald, placed first in the International Clarinet Association Research Competition held this past July in Ostend, Belgium. The title of their presentation was “An Examination of the Pedagogical Content of the Clarinet Solos on the Texas University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music List.” Other finalists came from the United States, Germany, and Canada. The results of their research can be viewed on their website at www.clarinetlist.com. Their win came with the cash prize of $1,000 and publication in The Clarinet.

Alumna Kamica King offers healing and hope through the power of music

Award-winning singer/songwriter Kamica King uses music to inspire and help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Texas Woman's music professor earns third Fulbright grant

Texas Woman's University Music Professor Richard Shuster, DMA, has a special attachment to Hungary and, in particular, with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In January 2019, he will head to the academy to teach piano literature courses on a Fulbright Scholar Grant. This isn't his first experience at the school or with the Fulbright program, however. Twenty years ago, Shuster studied piano and chamber music at the prestigious school on a Fulbright Student Grant.

TWU Alumnus Nathan Dame named ACDA Junior High & Middle School National R&R Chair

 Nathan Dame headshot

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) has named Nathan Dame its new national Repertoire & Resources (R&R) chair for Junior High & Middle School Choirs. ACDA is made up of approximately 20,000 members who represent more than 1 million singers across the country. ACDA members conduct and teach a range of choirs, including school and university-based choirs, community choral groups, professional ensembles, and music in worship. ACDA’s mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Mr. Dame joins a team of national R&R chairs who are specialists in a variety of areas, including choir types (like high school choirs or community choirs) and repertoire-specific areas (such as contemporary/commercial or vocal jazz). National chairs are selected for their experience and expertise in their particular area. Their leadership duties include collaborating in selecting music that is to be presented in reading sessions at ACDA national conferences, serving on audition panels for choirs that apply to perform at national conferences, and in general providing leadership in their area of expertise.

2018-2019 Music Education Student Accolades

  • Madeline DeHart  - 2018-19 Presser Scholar
  • Natalie Windle  - 2018 Outstanding Senior Award - TWU Alumni Association
  • Natalie Joyner  - 2017-18 Outstanding Intern/Practicum - TWU College of Professional Education
  • Kristina Reed - 2017-18 Outstanding Student Assistant - TWU Department of University Housing
  • Alexandra Martinez & Natalie Windle - 2018 Collegiate Music Educator Award - Texas Music Educators Association

Texas Premiere of “Cant de les Estrelles” for Piano, Organ, and Chorus by Enric Granados 

Performed by TWU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and TWU piano professor Richard Shuster

Texas Woman’s University Department of Music presents the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Friends in a concert entitled Cant de les Estrelles on April 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. This performance features Latin-inspired works, including the Texas premiere of “Cant de les Estrelles” by Enrique Granados featuring TWU pianist, Richard Shuster. Dr. Cory Gavito will present a pre-concert talk about the featured work at 6:45 in Eberly Recital Hall.

World premiere performance of Peter Senchuk’s Flute Concerto

Performed by TWU Wind Symphony and Dr. Pamela Youngblood

The world premiere performance of Peter Senchuk’s “Flute Concerto” will be performed on April 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall by the Texas Woman's University Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Carter Biggers with Dr. Pamela Youngblood as soloist. The concerto was commissioned in honor of Dr. Youngblood’s 25 years of service to Texas Woman's University. Senchuk will be in attendance and working with TWU students during his time on campus.

Dr. Youngblood, who currently serves as Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre, will perform the concerto with the Wind Symphony as a part of the ensembles final spring concert entitled Premier(e)s.

TWU alumna's music studio helps through harmony

The Coyote Music Studio describes music therapy as “the use of music to accomplish non-musical goals. It is an ongoing, therapeutic service in which a board-certified music therapist and a client (or group) develop a relationship through music in order to accomplish non-musical goals in areas such as communication, fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional stress, academics and to improve quality of life.” After graduating from Texas Woman’s University with a graduate degree in music therapy, studio owner Tonya Blum saw the opportunity to bring music therapy to Denton.

Dr. Vicki Baker elected Vice-President and College Division Chair of TMEA

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On February 16, 2018, Vicki Baker, Ph.D., was elected to the Executive Board of TMEA as the Vice-President and College Division Chair, a position she will hold for two years.

On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers. 

TWU Concert Choir invited to perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's 7th Biennial National Conference

TWU Concert Choir

TWU's Concert Choir will perform November 4, 2017, at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's (NCCO's) 7th Biennial National Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The choirs and guest speakers invited to perform for NCCO represent some of the most highly regarded programs in the country, and the TWU Concert Choir is the only women's chorus to receive an invitation. Their program is titled "Music for Women by Women."

"It is an honor to be included among the ranks of the distinguished programs performing at the conference, and it is an exciting time to see so many talented female musicians represented at this level," said Joni Jensen, DMA, Director of Choral Activities.

The TWU Flute Choir.
The TWU Flute Choir.

Texas Woman’s Flute Choir to perform at 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention

Faculty, staff and student flutists and musicians from the Texas Woman’s Department of Music will be featured at the 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention, held Aug. 10-13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “It is an honor for our musicians to be invited to perform on the national stage, and I believe it speaks to the prominence and quality of our music department,” said Abigail Tilton, dean of TWU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

TWU professor of music Nicki Cohen publishes 'Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice'

Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice by Nicki Cohen

TWU professor of music Nicki Cohen, PhD, MT-BC, has published Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice: Analytical Music Therapy, The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and Vocal Psychotherapy. Her book, which examines the development of four advanced methods of music therapy practice, their relation to each other, and their impact on the music therapy profession, will be available for purchase on Amazon beginning September 21st, 2017.

Based on extensive new research and interviews with leading practitioners, this book describes the differences, similarities, relationships and trends between them; compares linearly the development of the music therapy profession primarily in the 20th century with the development of the four advanced methods; and speculates on the future of these advanced methods in relation to the future of music therapy as a profession. 

5 music graduates in regalia

Congratulations to our Class of 2017 graduates!

The TWU Department of Music would like to wish each and every one of its graduates the very best. We are so proud of your achievements and can't wait to see what the future holds!

"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." - Franz Schubert

Pamela Youngblood, DMA, recognized as the 2016 - 2018 Phi Kappa Phi artist

Pamela Youngblood, DMA, professor of music and chair of TWU's Department of Music and Drama, has been named the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi artist. This award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts: creative, graphic, performing, visual and fine arts.

The TWU Department of Music and Drama presents Ladies Choice: A Cabaret

Imagine stepping into a dark paneled room with candlelit tables and sitting down with your chums as the lights flash brilliantly against the stage and the curtain unfolds. Ladies Choice: A Cabaret adapts the classic 1920s scene of entertainment into a flashy final performance hosted by the TWU Department of Music and Drama.

Nancy Hadsell receives the Mary Toombs Rudenberg Lifetime Leadership Award

Nancy Hadsell, PhD, received the Mary Toombs Rudenberg Lifetime Leadership Award from the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association during its regional conference in April 2016 in Austin, Texas. Recipients of this award have held positions of leadership in regional and/or national music therapy organization, display excellence in clinical practice and/or teaching in the Southwestern region, and mentor and encourage other music therapists. Hadsell was the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association President in 2003.

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