The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 90
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At left, Dr. Morey
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Thanks to a variety of grants, fundraisers and support of NT
donations, the symphony orchestra celebrated 50 years of
In 1938, a period of enormous growth for
NT, President McConnell enlarged and
created the music department with Dr.
Wilfred C. Bain as department head. Out
of this growth and change developed the 50-
piece symphony orchestra.
In 1938 the symphony orchestra had three
major performances, which set the trend for
later years. In October 1939, the North Texas
Teacher's College celebrated it's 50th anniver-
sary. The last of the festivities was a perfor-
mance by the symphony orchestra.
In 1990, the symphony orchestra had grown
to 90 members. In addition, it had several
guest performers. In order to help all the mu-
sicians, fund-raisers were begun in 1982 by
conductor Anshel Brusilow. Over 80 percent
of the group's members were on scholarship.
During the centennial year, the symphony
orchestra, conducted by Bill Holcomb, held a
POPS concert for a fund-raiser. The piece
which opened the concert was a classic by
George Gershwin which featured soloist Mary
Humm, who also performed at the 1982 fun-
draiser. Another of the features of the show
was a tribute to Glen Miller. This piece fea-
tured nine members from the 2 and 3 o'clock
lab bands. The lab band members were added
to recreate the sound of big bands of the
1940's. Other pieces were music from the
movies "Flashdance" and "Ghostbusters."
Adding some comic relief was a "Looney
Another notable performance in the cen-
tennial year was the orchestra's performance of
"Symphony No. 2 in D Major", which was
part of a Chamber Orchestra performance.
The symphony orchestra had celebrated 50
years of growth and development. Thanks to a
variety of grants, fundraisers and the support
of NT donations, NT would see more of the
symphony orchestra in the future.
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