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Call for Presenters: Members of Mu Phi Epsilon (collegiate and alumni) are encouraged to apply to present on a topic related to their area of expertise.  The presentation can be in a lecture, workshop, panel discussion, demonstration, or lecture/recital format.  

Original Composition: Members of Mu Phi Epsilon (collegiate and alumni) can submit for consideration an original composition (8 minutes maximum) to be performed at the Convention.

Performer/Music Delegate: Collegiate Music Delegates must be from chapters in the South Central and Central Provinces. An Alumni Music Delegate may be any currently affiliated alumni member. Performers for composer concert may be an alumni or collegiate from any chapter. Collegiate Music Delegates must attend all sessions, unless excused for rehearsals by the Music Adviser. Alumni Music Delegates are encouraged to attend sessions, and must be available for scheduled rehearsals. Music Delegates may not serve as Business Delegates.

 


Featured Speakers & Artists


Opening Night Special Guests


T he 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 a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Choral Conducting with a Cognate in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Texas, where he studies under Drs. Allen Hightower, Kristina MacMullen, Jessica Napoles, and Stephen F. Austin. He serves as the Director of the UNT Men’s Chorus, Associate Director for the Concert Choir, and teaches a Fundamentals in Conducting course. He also serves as the Director of Music at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, TX. Prior to these appointments, he served as the Director of Choirs at Centennial High School and Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale Chamber Chorus. 

Vu received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University under Drs. Lynne Gackle and Alan Raines, and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University under Drs. David Rayl, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow. 

In March 2020, Vu will complete in the Southwestern ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition in Little Rock, Arkansas. Two years prior, he was named “Runner Up” in the same competition in Oklahoma City. In 2019, he was named the Texas Choral Directors Association “Young Director of Distinction.” In 2017, he was awarded the Turtle Creek Chorale “Upcoming Director Award.”

Vu enjoys serving the choral community throughout Texas, most recently as the clinician for the University of Texas (UT) Tenor-Bass Choir (Austin, TX), the Region 20 HS Treble Honor Choir, the Region 25 MS Tenor-Bass Choir, and the UTA TMEA Area Workshop. His future engagements in 2020 include: Clinician for Hebron HS and Frisco HS Choirs, UIL Judge for Region 18, and Guest Conductor for the 2020 International Mu Phi Epsilon Convention Chorus. 

He serves as the UNT Grand Chorus Coordinator for the Spring of 2020, and has also helped as the Messiah Coordinator for the UNT A Cappella collaboration with the Fort Worth Symphony, and as the Region 24 Mixed Choir Organizer. He has presented sessions at Baylor University and teacher in-services in Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD. 

Vu’s professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, NAfME, and Mu Phi Epsilon. He lives in Carrollton, TX with his fiancé, Kyle, and their dog, Coco.



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