The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 54
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jazz groups, chamber groups and others.
During the Centennial year, the col-
lege was divided into eight official divi-
sions, each with its own chair, and each
responsible for its own curriculum. The
divisions were: Vocal, Keyboard, Instru-
mental, Ensembles, Jazz Studies, Music
Education, Composition and Academic,
which included Theory and Musicology.
The college planned to begin con-
struction of a new Symphony/Opera
hall, which would seat 1200-1400 and be
a welcome addition to NT's campus. It ) '
would house complete theatrical facili-
ties, and be large enough to accommo-
date a full-sized symphony orchestra.
The college planned to extend its inter- F
national programs and its connections
with overseas musicians, and hoped to
expand its use of new musical technol-
ogies, including MIDI (Musical Instru- 15_
ment Digital Interface) and other ad-
vances. Also, a more ambitious schedule
of touring abroad was expected to begin
in the near future.
As far as the Centennial celebration
was concerned, the College of Music
was taking an active role. A number of
faculty members had been commis-
sioned to write pieces celebrating 100
years of NT, and an exciting project
known as "100 Nights of Music," in
which 100 major concerts would be pre-
sented during the course of the year, was
What can the long standing success
of NT's music program be attributed to?
Blocker credits the college's focus on
the students with its high degree of
achievement. "The students are the most
important thing," he said. "If you under-
stand that, it becomes clear what your
mission is and why you have excitement
about the task." He added that music,
like any of the arts, presented a strange
goal. "Artists work forever to attain a
high degree of skill, and then they spend
the rest of their lives trying to teach
someone to do it better than they
I would like to thank Associate Dean Dale Peters The NT Concert Band waits to perform during With Neil Slater directing, saxophone soloist
for his extensive assistance in researching the his- the Centennial Flag Raising Ceremony. Also in Chris McGuire wows the crowd at the RBL,
tory of music at NT -Steve Anisman celebration of the Centennial, this float was part along with the One O'Clock Lab Band. Photo by
of the 1990 Cotton Bowl Parade. Photo by Daniel Kathryn Lynass
College Of Music
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