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Three students receive jazz composer awards

Three College of Music students have been named 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients for compositions they recorded last year.

Aaron Hedenstrom, a master’s student in jazz studies, and jazz studies senior Drew Zaremba and junior Addison Frei were among the 29 students from across the United States who were honored by the American Society for Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) award.

Established by the ASCAP Foundation in 2002 to encourage gifted jazz composers younger than age 30, the award is named after trumpeter Herb Alpert and carries a cash prize for each recipient.

Hedenstrom’s piece, “The Sparrow Was Gone In An Instant,” and Zaremba’s “Race to the Finish” were recorded for the UNT One O’clock Lab Band’s CD at Crystal Clear Recording studios in Dallas in May 2012.

Frei’s quartet piece, “The Grind,” was from a session recorded at the Panhandle House in Denton in November 2012.

The quartet included Frei on piano and fellow College of Music students Adam Hutcheson on alto saxophone, Perrin Grace on bass and Matt Young on drums.

This was the first time each of the students had submitted works to the ASCAP competition.

Although the prize monies vary and amounts have not yet been confirmed, all three plan to use the money wisely — paying off loans, saving it and using it for future work.

The winning compositions can be heard on the website of each student.

To hear “The Sparrow Was Gone In An Instant,” visit Hedenstrom’s website at

To hear “The Grind,” visit Frei’s website at

To hear “Race to the Finish,” visit Zaremba’s website at


UNT Libraries set to celebrate achievement

Those interested in Texas history can go online to read firsthand reports of the war against Mexico, thanks to 1 million pages of historical Texas newspapers, including The Telegraph, being available on the University of North Texas’ Portal to Texas History.

The UNT Libraries, which administers the portal, will celebrate this achievement at Million Page Milestone on Wednesday.

The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Forum on the first floor of UNT’s Willis Library, which is located at 1506 W. Highland St.

Several UNT administrators will speak, and tours will be offered for the Digital Projects Unit, which digitizes the original copies of the newspapers for the portal.

Beginning in 2007, the UNT Libraries received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize pages of Texas newspapers  for the National Digital Newspaper Program, “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.”

UNT was one of eight U.S. universities, and the only one from Texas, to receive the funding.

The National Digital Newspaper Program, or NDNP, is a long-term effort from NEH and the Library of Congress to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic papers.

During the next 15 years, NDNP will create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Since receiving the initial two-year, $397,552 grant, the UNT Libraries have received more than $2.4 million in funding for the newspapers and have digitized 118,783 Texas issues.

More than 960,000 newspaper pages have been digitized so far, and the UNT Libraries staff expects to reach one million pages by the end of February.

The oldest newspaper on the portal is a Sept. 25, 1829, issue of the Texas Gazette, which is the earliest Texas newspaper for which more than one issue exists.

Writings of Stephen F. Austin were published in the paper.

The newspapers provide eyewitness accounts from those who lived through major events in Texas history.

Those eyewitness accounts include the Texas fight for independence against Mexico and the forming of the Republic of Texas; the state’s involvement in the Civil War, World War I and World War II; and the hurricane that struck Galveston in 1900.