Community Search
Speakers & Presenters

 

Featured Speakers & Artists


Opening Night Special Guests


The One O’Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Alan Baylock, is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program. With an unprecedented seven Grammy Award® nominations (one or more per decade and under every director since the 70s: Lab ‘75, Lab ‘76, Lab ‘89, Lab ‘91, Lab 2009, Lab 2015) from the library of over eighty critically acclaimed recordings to date, the One O’Clock Lab Band is noted for exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance. Concerts feature the wealth of compositions and arrangements from the UNT jazz library written by current and former North Texas students, by director Alan Baylock, by Grammy-nominated composers Neil Slater, Steve Wiest, and Rich DeRosa (jazz composition faculty), the Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Bob and Darlene Curnow Jazz Libraries (all housed exclusively at North Texas), in addition to library classics and the finest contemporary writers in jazz.

The One O’Clock Lab Band has toured internationally with great success over the decades, performing in Russia, Mexico, Switzerland, England, France, The Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Ireland, and Thailand, where the band performed for the King of Thailand and His Majesty chose to “sit in” with the band. The band has toured the major jazz festivals including Monterey, Cork/Guinness, Montreux (first college band to do so), Vienne, North Sea, Spoleto, Pori and Umbria. In 2010 the band attended the 52nd Grammy Awards while touring in California. The One O’Clock has performed by Presidential invitation at the White House, joined on stage by Duke Ellington and Stan Getz. The band frequently appears at major jazz venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), Catalina's (LA), and as the headliner at jazz festivals, music conferences, and concerts hosted by numerous fine arts series, colleges and high schools across the United States and around the world.

An ongoing tradition at North Texas is to bring major jazz figures to campus to perform and interact with students.  This is achieved through four means – the Annual Fall Concert (since 1959), the Jazz Lecture Series (since 1982), the Gomez International Artist Endowment residency (since 1995), and the various instrumental clubs organized by UNT students. The list of legendary jazz artists (performers, composers, and scholars) who have shared their music and experience with North Texas students and faculty is formidable. Bringing this wealth of information to Denton is a key element in the success of the North Texas jazz program.

The jazz studies degree program at North Texas began in 1946 under Dr. Gene Hall (’47–’59), gained national recognition under Dr. Leon Breeden (’59–’81), and achieved international renown under Neil Slater (’81–’08). The One O’Clock Lab Band’s tradition of excellence continued under Steve Wiest (’08–’14) and Jay Saunders (’14–’16), and is now under the skillful leadership of Alan Baylock. The UNT jazz faculty, chaired by Dr. John Murphy since 2008, is the foundation of the North Texas jazz studies division. Eighteen full-time faculty members provide UNT jazz studies students with an educational environment unparalleled among university programs.

A small ensemble from the One O’Clock Lab Band will be on hand opening night to launch our 2020 convention in style!  Presented by the Phi Tau chapter of North Texas State University!

 

 

Award of Merit Speaker

                  The American baritone and music pedagogue, Mathew Hoch, received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, music education, and music theory, summa cum laude, from Ithaca College (1995-1999), where he joined Mu Phi through the Lambda chapter, a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and music history from the Hartt School (2001-2003), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (2003-2005). His voice teachers have included Susan Clickner, Joanna Levy, Mark St. Laurent, and Lawrence Weller.  

Mathew held part-time teaching positions at Central Connecticut State University, Northeastern University, the Hartt School, and the New England Conservatory. He then was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin–Barron County (August 2005-May 2006). From 2006 to May 2012 he was Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where he was a member of the voice faculty, taught vocal literature, and served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. From 2006 to 2008, he conducted the Shorter Chorus. Since August 2012 he is Assistant Professor of Music at Auburn University, where he teachers applied voice, diction, and opera workshop.

Matthew is primarily known to the national vocal pedagogy community through his scholarship, authorship of several books, and service to several high-profile professional organizations, most notably the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA). Currently Vice President of NYSTA, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of VOICEPrints: The Official Journal of NYSTA since 2008. For NATS, he has served two terms as chair of the Professional Development Committee, hosted the 2009 NATS Intern Program at Shorter University, and from 2006–2011 was the host of NATS CHATS, a monthly online resource utilized by voice professionals throughout the world. He is an alumnus of the 2006 NATS Intern Program, and received the 2007 NATS Vocal Pedagogy Award. His book, A Dictionary for the Modern Singer, will be published by Scarecrow Press in 2014.

As a professional baritone, he has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. As a regular participant in the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, he has performed under the batons of Peter Schreier, Charles Dutoit, and Helmuth Rilling. He has also performed with Ash Lawn Opera, the Hartford Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod. He has studied with Meredith Monk through the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, with Alice Parker on a Melodious Accord Fellowship, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.

Matthew also maintains a secondary career as an Episcopal choirmaster. He served as Choirmaster and Director of Music at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia (August 2010-July 2012). Since August 2012 he serves as Choirmaster and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama. He has published articles in the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians. 

 

Matthew will present a Master Class and presentation at the 2020 convention.  

 

Convention Chorus Guest Conductor

                      

Francis Vu is the Director of Choirs at Centennial High School, where he directs the A Cappella Women, Titan Men, Bella Voce, and Lyric choirs, along with Vibe, the premier vocal jazz ensemble. Previously, Francis taught at McKinney HS in McKinney, TX, and Rouse HS in Austin, TX. His choirs have received consistent Superior ratings in concert and sight reading at UIL Contest, and his students have enjoyed the experience of singing in the All-Region and All-State choirs.

Francis serves as the Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale Chamber Chorus. Auditioned from the main chorus, this 30-voice men’s chorus performs two concert series a year – one in the Fall semester, and another in the Spring semester.

In the summer of 2017, Francis was awarded the TCDA Graduate Student Scholarship to begin his master’s studies at Michigan State University. He is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, studying under Drs. David Rayl, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow. In March 2018, Francis competed in the Southwestern ACDA Graduate Conducting Semifinals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was selected as the Runner Up. His undergraduate degree, a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education with a Voice concentration, is from Baylor University, where he sang under the directions of Drs. Lynne Gackle and Alan Raines.

In July of 2018, Francis was nominated and selected as the Texas Choral Directors Association Young Director of Distinction. A year prior, Francis was awarded the Turtle Creek Chorale Upcoming Director Award. In addition, Francis’s professional services include serving as a clinician for choirs such as the Region 25 MS Tenor-Bass Choir and the Rice MS TMEA Tenor-Bass Choir. He also served as the Region 24 Mixed Choir Organizer. Francis has presented at teacher in-services in Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD, and has served as adjudicator for various districts in the area, most recently as a UIL judge for Region 20’s UIL Concert/Sight Reading Contest as well as the annual Gunter HS Small-School Area Clinic. Francis sings in choirs in the Dallas area such as the Turtle Creek Chorale and St. Mark’s Schola. His most recent collaboration was with the Turtle Creek Chorale at the Southwest ACDA performance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

A proud member of TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, NAfME, and Mu Phi Epsilon (Phi Tau, 2019), Francis’s passion for teaching choral music stems from the belief that “music truly can change lives.” He loves his job, and he loves spending time with his wonderful partner, Kyle, his family, and his friends.



Workshop Presenters


TBD

 

 

TBD

 

  TBD

  

  TBD

  

                 TBD

 

   

 

Music Delegates

 

 

TBD

 

 

TBD

 

 

TBD

 

 

TBD

 

 

TBD
              

 

TBD

 

 

TBD

 

 

                

TBD

 

 

TBD

Coeducational professional fraternity for the advancement of music in the community, nation, and world | Contact us

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal