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Children’s choir founder to accept arts award

The Greater Denton Arts Council will present the Community Arts Recognition Award to Ann Smith, a former Denton High School choir director and the founder and current director of the North Texas Metroplex Children’s Choirs, on Friday night at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. For reservations, time and ticket prices, call 940-382-2787.

Smith taught in private and public schools for nearly 20 years before devoting her musical expertise to the North Texas choirs, a group of nonprofit choirs for children in elementary schools across the region.

The two choirs are the 18-year-old North Texas Children’s Choir and the Texas Youth Chorale, formed in 2013. The nonprofit plans to launch the Texas International Choral Festival in 2016.

Smith spent three years attending Kansas State University on a bassoon scholarship and singing in the university’s Concert Choir, studying choral music with Rod Walker, and then received a degree from Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University. She also attended the University of North Texas to study oboe and Texas Woman’s University to study voice.


New award created, named for late UNT piano professor

A new community engagement award at the University of North Texas will honor an alumnus and longtime College of Music professor who built a long legacy of selfless civic and university service.

The Bob Rogers Service and Community Engagement Award will recognize faculty or staff members whose service helps bring out the best of both the UNT and Denton communities. The award is part of an initiative to increase and recognize community engagement among students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Bob Rogers, a professor emeritus of music, died May 14 at age 91. He studied music at UNT beginning in 1939. He joined the College of Music faculty in 1948 and served until 1984. He served as an assistant dean in the college from 1969 to 1975.

“To have an award named after him would have pleased him,” said his wife, Daisy Rogers. “He would have said, ‘Oh, don’t do that for me,’ but it would have pleased him.”

Even after retiring from UNT, Bob and Daisy Rogers remained devoted to UNT and the College of Music. Rogers was affectionately known on campus and in the Denton community as the “Piano Man,” playing at fundraisers and events held by UNT. The couple spent many hours volunteering at the UNT Music Library, and Daisy Rogers continues this service. They have supported UNT through numerous scholarships, including a national service award for Phi Mu Alpha members that carries Bob Rogers’ name.

The Bob Rogers Service and Community Engagement Award will be given at the annual Honors Day event and will include a $1,000 gift for a faculty or staff member who brings together the best of the UNT and Denton communities through volunteerism.


UNT student selected for elite violin competition

Hao Miao, a University of North Texas College of Music student, is the only violinist in Texas selected to compete this year in the senior division of the elite Menuhin Competition.

The Menuhin is the world’s leading contest for violinists under the age of 22. It will be taking place in the U.S. for the first time this year. Miao was one of only 22 violinists selected to take part in the senior division of the competition from among 168 applicants in the division.

He studies with UNT professor Julia Bushkova, who described Miao as an exceptionally devoted student.

“He follows instructions diligently and with great attention,” Bushkova said. “Hao gave at least 12 public performances in the departmental recitals during the first semester alone — something no music student has previously done.”

Miao previously applied for this competition, but this is the first year he was chosen to compete.

“Hao practices at least six hours every day, in addition to several weekly violin lessons and other classes he takes,” Bushkova said. “The string department is proud to have this very talented and extremely hardworking student who is also modest and exceptionally nice.”

The 2014 competition drew a record number of 275 entries overall, and 42 violinists from 27 countries were chosen to compete from last Friday through March 2 in Austin at the University of Texas.

Originally from Inner Mongolia, Miao studied violin at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at Kharkov National University of Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine.


Local artist has solo show at Black Box

Denton artist Ingrid Scobie, a member of the Visual Arts Society of Texas, has an exhibition of her fiber work at the PointBank Black Box Theatre through April 11.

Ingrid W. Scobie began her art training in the mid-1990s with Denton artist Jo Williams while she was still an American history professor at Texas Woman’s University.

“I found the combination of intellectual and visually creative imagination plus technical skill very exciting,” Scobie said.

In 2000, Scobie retired from TWU to continue art studies at the University of North Texas. In 2005, she received a bachelor’s degree in art specializing in watercolor. She went on to spend two years earning a master’s degree, focusing on watercolor and fiber.

Scobie served as executive director for the Denton-based arts society from 2003 to 2007. Her work has been exhibited in several invitational solo shows, and she has won various awards in juried exhibitions.

Most of the work on display at the Black Box has never been exhibited before. It includes one of her earliest fiber pieces at UNT, Inspired Pattern; the first of her new bark cloth pieces, Movement; and the first of another new direction in three-dimensional fiber, Dances. Examples of her screen prints are also on exhibit.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Denton Community Theatre and the arts society. Black Box hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the Black Box.


Jesus Moroles opens show in Dallas gallery

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery usually devotes its gallery spaces to photographs. But the Dallas gallery, owned and operated by Denton residents Burt and Missy Finger, opened its second exhibit of Jesus Moroles’ sculpture on Saturday.

Moroles, a University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design graduate, has built an international career through his eloquent rendering of massive granite forms.

This exhibit will show Moroles’ newer work — including spirals and a turning bench carved out of granite.

The exhibit will run through May 10. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is in the Dallas Design District, at 1202 Dragon St.

For more information, visit


Webcomic artist to speak at conference

Nova Scotia artist Kate Leth, the woman behind the webcomic Kate or Die!, will give the keynote speech during the 2014 Comics Studies Conference on Saturday at the University of North Texas.

Leth uses clever, big-eyed characters to examine superheroes, sexuality, cats and comics fandom. Leth’s talk, “The Geek Grrrl’s Guide to Making Your Own Webcomics,” is sure to touch on her own journey through self-publishing — which also led to admirable spots in popular comics.

Leth uses her webcomic to poke fun at popular culture and to depict herself and her life, warts and all. Leth is the author of Adventure Time: Seeing Red, an upcoming graphic novel from Kaboom! Studios. When she isn’t drawing and writing, Leth works for a comic shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

She will speak at 4 p.m. Saturday in the UNT Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St.

Following Leth’s address, the documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines will be shown at 5 p.m. in the Forum on the first floor of UNT’s Willis Library, 1506 W. Highland St.

The conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

— Staff reports

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