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“Isabella,” a children’s book by Denton native Nette Schultz, is going into the collection of the Denton Public Library thanks to former resident Jeff Boyd.

Library receives Schultz book

A one-time Denton resident is making sure that a little-known book by a Denton author is in the collection of the Denton Public Library.

Jeff Boyd, a former resident, is giving the library a copy of Isabella, a children’s book written years ago by Denton native Nette Schultz, with illustrations by her sister, Bess Schultz McCracken. Isabella is based on a true story.

Boyd has other items associated with the book, and said the title will be added to the library’s history section.

Pender’s picks up two awards

A Denton retailer recently received two distinguished music education industry honors.

Pender’s Music Co., which sells band and choir music and supplies, was selected as the 2014 Music Industry honoree by the Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors. The board wanted to honor the company’s late founder, Harold Gore, for outstanding contributions to music education.

Gore’s son, Richard, is the current president of the company.

“Pender’s has long played an important role in the state of Texas for musical education, going all the way back to Harold’s time,” Mike Brashear, executive director of the TBA Board of Directors, said in a news release. “We recognize one business each year, and we felt that this year there was no question it should be Pender’s.”

Pender’s was also recently selected by the National Association of Music Merchants as one of its Top 100 Dealers for 2014. As a contender in that category, Pender’s is eligible to win the Dealer of the Year title, the association’s highest honor for retailers.

“There’s no greater honor than being recognized by both our peers in the music industry and our customers,” Richard Gore said. “We share their passion for creating more active music makers, and we’re beyond proud to receive these awards.”

Pender’s Music Co. has served the music industry for more than 45 years. Originally founded by the elder Gore, a Texas band director, Pender’s has grown from a small college bookstore and soda fountain to a national brand with three storefronts and a full-service e-commerce site,

Pender’s will be recognized at the bandmasters association’s 67th annual convention July 27 at the Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.


UNT music faculty to teach string workshop

Music faculty at the University of North Texas will join two principal musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at a workshop for string players.

UNT professors Julia Bushkova, Philip Lewis and Felix Olschoka, who play violin, violists Susan Dubois and Daphne Gerling and cellists Eugene Osadchy and Nikola Ruzevic will teach at the workshop with Elizabeth Morrow, a cellist on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dallas Symphony players, violinist and senior principal concertmaster Gary Levinson and principal violist and Hortense and Lawrence S. Pollock Chair Ellen Rose will join the educators for the workshop.

The Summer String Institute, set for June 20-28, will coach string players to advance their technical and artistic skill in private and group instruction. The workshop is for collegiate and pre-collegiate violinists, violists and cellists.

For more information and to register, visit


Book considers prettiness of prairie

Native North Texans — and those who moved here — know the Southwest can lack obvious topography. This land tends to be flat, dry and treed only in spots.

They also know that the landscape isn’t without an aesthetic — even if it’s a touch militant, what with its barbed flora and stinging fauna.

In Zen of the Plains: Experiencing Wild Western Places, author Tyra A. Olstad turns a keen eye on the Southwestern plains.

The University of North Texas Press published Olstad’s literary nonfiction work this month.

Olstad looks at the plains with a scholarly eye, considering the mineral and animal inhabitants of the region. She has the heart of a poet, though, too. She collects photographs, firsthand experiences with tourism and travel, wilderness narratives and hand-drawn maps.

Through Zen of the Plains, Olstad starts a new conversation about wide-open spaces and what emptiness means to us.

Zen of the Plains, a 288-page cloth-cover book with 40 black and white photos, is available for $24.95 at The title is also available as an e-book.

— Staff reports

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