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UNT doctoral student wins Bass Fellowship

Marta Frey-Clark, a University of North Texas doctoral student and teaching fellow in music education, has won the 2017-18 Perry R. Bass Fellowship

Marta Frey-Clark, winner of the 2017-18 Perry R. Bass Fellowship.UNT
Marta Frey-Clark, winner of the 2017-18 Perry R. Bass Fellowship.

To apply for the award, Frey-Clark had to submit a curriculum vitae, a recording of a performance by one of her choirs, a scholarly article that was published and a video of her teaching. 

The fellowship includes a $5,000 scholarship which Frey-Clark will use to advance her study in music education.  The fellowship honors Bass, a successful leader and businessman from Fort Worth, whose family continues his legacy and dedication to the arts. Music students from UNT and other Fort Worth area universities pursuing master's or doctoral degrees are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Frey-Clark has taught in public schools.

Doctoral student wins Presser Award

Jonathan Thompson, winner of the 2017-18 Presser Graduate Music Award.UNT
Jonathan Thompson, winner of the 2017-18 Presser Graduate Music Award.

The University of North Texas College of Music has named Jonathan Thompson the 2017-2018 Presser Graduate Music Award winner. As a part of the award, Thompson received the $10,000 Presser scholarship.

Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in oboe performance and a master of music degree in oboe performance and literature at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is pursuing a doctoral of musical arts in performance at UNT.

Thompson, a Mexican-American musician, plans to use the scholarship to fund a project to study oboe music and performance in Mexico. 

The award is a program designed to support exemplary graduate music students in pursuing their advanced degree and career. UNT College of Music faculty members nominate and select the winner. The Presser Foundation awards annual scholarships, grants and funds for the furthering of music education in America. Theodore Presser, who was a music publisher and philanthropist, established the foundation in 1916.

Presbyterian church to present concert of spirituals

Trinity Presbyterian Church will present "Follow the Drinking Gourd: Songs of a Captive People" at 4 p.m. on April 30 at the church, 2200 N. Bell Ave. 

The church's choirs will perform the music. 

The program will feature American spirituals that predate the Emancipation Proclamation, the law that freed slaves. Trinity Presbyterian Church routinely presents free Sunday afternoon concerts. For more information, call 940-382-8815. 

Chamber music center to present concert

The University of North Texas Center for Chamber Music Studies will present a concert of student musicians at 8 p.m. Monday, April 17  in Voertman Hall at the Music Building, 415 Ave. C.

Two string groups will perform chamber compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich. A brass quintet will perform a turn of the 20th Century piece by Jan Koetsier. A wind quintet will perform a composition by Henri Tomasi, and a work by Luciano Berio. 

The Bancroft Quartet will by joined pianist, Arsentiy Khartitonov, a UNT graduate student and recording artist. The program is dedicated to the memory of friend, colleague and former center member Ruben Allred. Admission is free. 

UNT police captain pens book about legal hangings in Texas

Death on the Gallows: The Encyclopedia of Legal Hangings in Texas (Wild Horse Media Group, 416 pages, $30.77).Wild Horse Media Group
Death on the Gallows: The Encyclopedia of Legal Hangings in Texas (Wild Horse Media Group, 416 pages, $30.77).
Wild Horse Media Group

A University of North Texas Police captain has written a book detailing historical, legal hanging in Texas. 

West Gilbreath started researching the Lone Star State's history of legal hangings while serving the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico. His research, which covered more than 440 legal hangings, led him to write Death on the Gallows: The Encyclopedia of Legal Hangings in Texas (Wild Horse Media Group, 416 pages, $30.77).

Gilbreath's book includes examples of 19th Century Texas sheriffs and deputies protecting the condemned from lynch mobs intent on vigilante justice when the public grew impatient with the justice system.  Counties carried out executions in 1800s Texas rather than the state, and crowds as large as 10,000 would gather to witness legal hangings. 

The book is out now. 

West Gilbreath, UNT Police Captain of InvestigationUNT
West Gilbreath, UNT Police Captain of Investigation