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The TWU Concert Choir rehearses on the Margo Jones stage.
The TWU Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Joni Jensen, Director of Choral Activities.

Art and design take center stage at Circle of Light

Holiday festivals on the Texas Woman's University campus have gone through a few incarnations and themes over the years, but this year's Circle of Light is a celebration of art and design.

Holiday festival returns to TWU

After a three-year pandemic-related hiatus, a holiday celebration returns to the Texas Woman's University's campus on Dec. 6, 2022. The five divisions of TWU's School of Arts & Design – dance, fashion, music, theatre, and visual arts – are joining forces to create the Circle of Light, an art-themed festival in and around Pioneer Circle between the Visual Arts Building and the Music Building. The Circle of Light will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Slovenian composer to address TWU grad students

The Texas Woman's University division of music will host Slovenian composer Dušan Bavdek as a guest lecturer Oct. 24-25.

Bavdek is professor of composition and vice dean for international affairs at the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music. At TWU, he will present the lecture "Pedagogical Aspects of the Operatic Tale, The Lord and the Pears" to the graduate music pedagogy cohort, and will present a lecture about the music education system in Slovenia for music education graduate students.

TWU Music announces Fall 2022 schedule

The annual holiday concert, A Very Merry Concert!, will cap the Texas Woman's University Division of Music's 17-event calendar of performances for Fall 2022.

2022-23 audition information available

Band, orchestra, and choir audition materials for the 2022-2023 academic year are now available.

Watch: How We Adapted During COVID-19

Professor Richard Shuster to present lecture-recital at Liszt Academy of Music

Professor of Piano Richard Shuster, DMA will present an analysis and performance of the work Chain of Circumstances at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music on May 16, 2022.

PBS Wisconsin Q&A with Joni Jensen, 2021 State Honors Treble Choir Conductor

Joni Jensen, DMA, TWU director of choral activities and professor of voice, was interviewed by PBS Wisconsin about Texas Woman’s music students’ activities over the past year and a half as well as her participation in the State Honors Treble Choir performance in Wisconsin. The 2021 Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Concerts were held live and in-person on Oct. 28 and 29.

TWU Music presents 9/11 memorial concert ‘Home of the Brave’

Join the Texas Woman’s University Division of Music for “Home of the Brave,” a 9/11 memorial concert featuring performances by the TWU band, choir and orchestra. The event will take place in Margo Jones Performance Hall on TWU’s Denton campus at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11.

TWU Music major able to sing again thanks to Medical City Denton

TWU music student Tibrisha Crawford recently underwent a procedure to address bilateral pulmonary embolisms and is now able to sing again thanks to a new technique used by Dr. Anthony Rios at Medical City Denton.

Music therapy faculty revamp curriculum, forge partnerships at home and abroad

In a year of unexpected challenges, TWU music therapy program faculty Drs. Lauren DiMaio, Della Molloy-Daugherty and Rebecca West have teamed up to create an innovative, holistic and social justice-driven curriculum with new opportunities for student-client connection and community collaboration.

NaTasha Rogers is ready to heal the world with patience, compassion and music

Professional musician, sound engineer, entrepreneur and full-time graduate student NaTasha Rogers has a lot on her plate these days, but she juggles it all with a spirit of profound positivity and infinite strength, even in the face of adversity.

Music therapy graduate helps patients heal with hope and harmony

Kathleen Montes began her career as a music teacher, but when her father passed away from cancer, she realized music therapy was her true calling. While pursuing her Master of Music Therapy degree at TWU, Kathleen advocated for her own clinical training path in hospice care.

Vocal ensembles bring music to unexpected heights

In November, a limited audience of TWU community members were treated to a free TWU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir performance in an unusual location: The third floor of the Oakland Street Parking Garage. The vocal ensembles, led by professor Joni Jensen, DMA, first made use of the open-air space for rehearsals and then decided to transform the spot into a unique, socially-distanced venue for “Untraveled Worlds.”

TWU alumna, cancer survivor inspires others through ukulele music

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Noel Tardy studied classical guitar at Texas Woman’s University, but went to work in accounting. When she picked up the ukulele about 12 years ago she couldn’t put it down. She founded the Lone Star Uke Fest and the nonprofit Ukes in the Classroom program to teach music literacy to children. Now that she’s retired, Tardy is dedicated to music full-time. She has her own ukulele shop in Dallas, UkeLady’s Music Store, where she teaches private lessons and holds workshops.

Music education alumna Jennefer Dixon serenades T. Boone Hospice patients

“I go in with my guitar and book of music and play whatever music is special to that family and that patient,” she explained. “It might be old church hymns or Frank Sinatra, or some people just want you to play anything and take them away for a while,” said music education alumna Jennefer Dixon.

TWU Music's Sam Flippin invites string players to join Virtual Orchestra

Texas Woman's University has launched its "Virtual Orchestra 2020" project to help musicians collaborate and make music together, even when they can't be in the same room.

"Like many of you, we find ourselves suddenly unable to meet together and rehearse, and we do not know how long this situation will last.

We've decided to take inspiration from Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Project, and create our own virtual orchestra, as a way to make music with one another, and we'd like to invite other musicians to join us," said Sam Flippin, project organizer and TWU Orchestra Director.

The project will start with “Adoration,” a piece written by American composer Florence Price, and arranged for string orchestra by Elaine Fine.

If you are a string player and interested in being a part of this project, visit the TWU Virtual Orchestra website for more information.

TWU’s top scholarship awarded to McKinney HS senior

Sometimes, surprises aren’t just big, they’re transformational, too.

And for Caroline Deitch, whose outstanding academic credentials put her near the top of her senior class at McKinney High School, the surprise was a full-ride scholarship to Texas Woman’s University.

TWU Wind Symphony performs at Collegiate Band Directors National Association regional conference

On Wednesday, February 19, the TWU Wind Symphony performed at the Collegiate Band Directors National Association's Southwest regional conference, hosted by Oklahoma University. Carter Biggers designed the program, which included the world premiere of The Rules Have to Change by Paul David Thomas, Remembering the Remarkables by Grace Baugher, Twist by Jodie Blackshaw, Daughters of Texas by John Philip Sousa, Shenandoah by Omar Thomas, and Masquerade by Vincent Persichetti. Two of the composers were in attendance.

TWU choir to perform at music educators’ centennial convention

The Texas Woman’s University Concert Choir has been selected to perform at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Centennial Clinic/Convention Feb. 13 in San Antonio. TWU is one of only two collegiate choral ensembles invited to perform out of more than 150 entries.

TWU alumnus and music therapist Chad Harmon joins Baylor University Medical Center's NICU

Assistant professor Paul David Thomas awarded second place in national competition

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts recently announced the winners of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the choral music division (octavos). TWU assistant professor and coordinator of music theory, Paul David Thomas, Ph.D., was awarded second place for his composition, Out Damned Spot.

Denton musicians join forces for music that packs a punch

Black Sabbath’s heavy metal music brought Denton musicians Bailey Chatman and Alex Gillen together during a concert. Since then, the now engaged couple has teamed up to form punk duo Heavy Pulp. Gillen earned a master’s degree in classical guitar from Texas Woman’s University and said he tries to incorporate what he has learned in Heavy Pulp’s music.

Vocal pedagogy alumna Meredith Tompkins featured by Art&Seek as 'Opportunity for Inspiration'

Verdigris Ensemble’s ION Young Composer Competition is the brainchild of Meredith Tompkins, a Verdigris soprano and board member. Tompkins is a Dallas-based soprano completing her second season with Verdigris. Currently, she is the associate choir director and private voice teacher at Harwood Junior High in Bedford, TX and is an active composer of choral music for young voices. She earned a master’s in vocal pedagogy from TWU in 2014.

2019 Music Education Student Accolades

Lauren Spier - Communism and Ballet: How Swan Lake became the Ideal Example of Soviet Propaganda (Platform Presentation - 2019 Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium)

Hunter Hancock - How the Bard Singeth, Shalt Sing I (Platform Presentation - 2019 Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium)

Zane Rutledge - 2019 Student Pioneer of Excellence Award

Joseph Reyes - 2019 Graduate Assistant Award of Excellence

Amanda Lee Mendoza - 2019 Presser Scholar

Richard Shuster Zongoraestje: Ter-zene-sorozat

Headshot of Richard Shuster

April 7, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

FUGA: Budapesti Építészeti Központ

Maurice Ravel: Tükrök

George Crumb: Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik, Ruminations on "Round Midnight" by Thelonius Monk

Philip Glass: Etüdök zongorára, l. kötet, Nr. 2

Joseph Klein: Unweaving a Rainbow

Közerműködick: Krulik Esszter - hegedű

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