The purpose of the Advancement Board is to support UNT College of Music in achieving its mission to serve our diverse musical culture with excellence, integrity, and imagination. Members advance the mission by identifying enhancement opportunities and connecting UNT College of Music with resources that will ensure its future success.
The Board meets three times each year to partner with the COM Dean and Development team, working to accomplish strategic priorities: philanthropy, partnership, and advocacy. Members increase public and private financial support for the college by making annual contributions, and by taking leadership roles in the solicitation of major gifts. The Board leverages professional networks to establish new applied learning experiences for students, including internships, music industry projects, and corporate partnerships. Advancement Board members serve as ambassadors for the college within communities of influence, increasing UNT College of Music’s visibility as America’s largest public university music program and educator of internationally-celebrated musicians.
You can make a direct impact and join the Advancement Board’s philanthropic efforts to support College of Music programs, students, and faculty by making a donation online here, or by contacting Sr. Director of Development Cherese Bassett-Sowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie is an alumna of UNT College of Music, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Cello Performance with a focus in Musicology. Ms. Brooks is the founding director of DFW Musicians Services LLC, a full-service contracting company which has established a national reputation for excellence. For 20 years, Debbie has connected clients with first-rate musical talent for performances in numerous cities across Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma, as well as in Nashville, Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.
Debbie’s successful contracting enterprise has been significantly informed by her own career as a versatile performer. As a freelance cellist, she has performed across genres which have included classical, pops, and musical theater repertoire. For over 35 years, Debbie has performed with Casa Mañana Musicals and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where she served as Associate Principal Cellist for sixteen years. As a featured soloist for the FWSO, she has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Bernadette Peters, and Mark O’Connor—to name a few.
Her heart for the developing student has inspired her to maintain a private teaching studio for more than 45 years. Prior to joining the Advancement Board, Debbie taught as a UNT College of Music faculty member, offering instruction in Orchestral Cello Excerpt Performance and Music Career Development. She has offered professional consultation and guidance to UNT Music Entrepreneurship students as both a guest speaker and judge for the program’s annual competition. The quality she values most about UNT College of Music is its environment of preparation for professional success.
Debbie supports the college because she is passionate about helping students, and she welcomes opportunities to share with others about UNT College of Music’s premier programs and excellent faculty.
Bill is a UNT College of Music alumnus with a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Musicology; he completed his doctoral research in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar. Additionally, Dr. Smialek holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Rhode Island. Bill is a retired college professor and administrator whose 35 years in higher education have included executive positions in academic affairs, institutional advancement and development, and institutional effectiveness.
Bill currently works as a part-time consultant for non-profit and higher education institutions with a special interest in assisting HBCUs. Prior to joining the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, he assumed the role of Director of Development for the East Texas Youth Orchestra. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Bill employees his expertise in building relationships, data management, and grant writing to seek community support for the music education and performance experiences of young musicians in the East Texas region.
A dedicated music scholar, Bill has published books and papers on Polish and East European music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Inspired by his own research experiences in Europe, Bill established the History, Theory and Ethnomusicology Endowed Travel Fund to provide support for research-related travel expenses incurred by doctoral students at UNT. A resource of UNT that he greatly values is the music library, and he welcomes opportunities to share with others about the College of Music’s enriching learning environment.
Bill has proficiencies in 6 languages, including Czech, Polish, Russian, German, French, and English. He and wife of 42 years, Molly McCoy, met in an opera literature class at UNT College of Music. They have two accomplished children, one of whom is a graduate of the UNT Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.
Joe was born in New York City and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and his MBA in Finance and Multinational Enterprise from The Wharton School.
He is a proven leader with over 30 years of experience in Investment Banking and Finance. Williams is the former President & CEO of Hibernia Southcoast Capital, a New Orleans-based investment Bank. Following Southcoast’s acquisition by Capital One, Williams accepted a position as Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority at the request of the Mayor of New Orleans, thereby playing a major role in New Orleans recovery after Hurricane Katrina.
Joe has held numerous leadership positions on Not-for-Profit and Public Sector boards including The Greater New Orleans Foundation, The New Orleans City Planning Commission, The Louisiana Land Trust and the Finance Committee of Catholic Health Initiatives, Inc. In 2019, he was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the board of the Texas Public Finance Authority.
Joe has had an appreciation of music from a very young age. However, his interest in jazz was particularly piqued during a high school summer job working for the City of New York when one of his colleagues introduced him to the music of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. As a jazz enthusiast the qualities he appreciates most about UNT College of Music are the depth of its offerings and the unquestioned quality of its programs. Joe supports the college because he recognizes the important role that the Arts play in providing young people with a well-rounded education. Joe welcomes opportunities to share UNT College of Music’s story and to help further its goal to make a quality education in the arts financially accessible to high-caliber student musicians of all backgrounds.
Joe is a proud member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He and wife of 42 years, Gail, are the proud parents of daughter Danielle and grandparents of Briana, Ashlee and Evan.
Anthony is a UNT College of Music and UNT College of Business alumnus with a Bachelor of Music Performance in cello and a Master of Science in Accounting. As Audit Senior Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the efforts of multiple client engagements at Grant Thornton LLP. For over 11 years, Anthony has been a valuable thought leader in identifying new business opportunities, managing financial risk, and ensuring client satisfaction by providing personalized service.
Anthony received his early cello training at UNT, where where he served as principal cellist of the university orchestras, three times featured as concerto soloist. After doing graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Anthony held the positions of principal cellist with the Knoxville Symphony and assistant principal cellist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Anthony and six of his siblings performed chamber music together for a number of years as the Adkins String Ensemble; they all received musical training from UNT and have performed professionally with orchestras throughout the United States, several in positions of national prominence. Anthony’s mother, Dr. Alis Dickinson Adkins, taught music history and appreciation for many years at UNT; his father, Dr. Cecil Adkins, founded the university’s early music program.
Anthony and his wife Erica support the Texas Chamber Music Project, a Dallas-Fort Worth community-driven nonprofit, in its efforts to bring the experience of chamber music to broad and diverse audiences. Erica is the organization’s current president, and Anthony is the former principal cellist. As a member of the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Anthony has regularly contributed to the Adkins-Dickinson String Scholarship, which supports the UNT orchestras and the early music program founded by his father.
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Michael is a UNT College of Business alumnus with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing; additionally, Mr. Archer holds an MBA from Oklahoma City University. As Managing Partner of Manhattan Innovation Lab, Michael refines, reshapes, and reengineers his clients’ entrepreneurial ventures. He applies multi-national and cross industry experience to build successful, high potential early-stage companies and the business accelerators helping them to grow. His company pairs investment capital with best-in-class operating practices to turn bright ideas into successful businesses.
In addition to his membership on the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Resource Foundation. TRF, a New York City-based nonprofit organization cultivating relationships between sustainable development organizations in Latin America and donors worldwide. For more than 17 years Michael has utilized his professional expertise to help TRF grow their philanthropic activities and empower disadvantaged communities.
As a skilled and spirited drummer, Michael considered himself a “wannabe music major” during his studies at UNT and joined the rhythm section of the university’s Basketball Band. As a proud alumnus and jazz enthusiast, Michael has provided financial support for UNT’s Grammy-nominated premiere ensemble, the One O’Clock Lab Band. Additionally, he has offered professional consultation and guidance to UNT Music Entrepreneurship students as a guest judge for the program’s annual competition. Michael supports UNT College of Music because he sincerely values the power and impact music has on the listener, the educator, and the performer, and he welcomes opportunities to share with others about the college’s breadth and depth of world class musical talent.
Michael and wife of 20 years, Elizabeth Nieto, currently reside in Manhattan. Together, they appreciate the boundless culture and entertainment the City affords them and are particularly fond of the New York Jazz scene. In his leisure time, Michael is an avid skydiver, enjoys cycling, skiing, and every minute he gets to spend with his daughter and son.
Bob Brown is retired Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration of the University of North Texas where he led UNT’s budget, finance and administrative operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a UNT alumnus and has more than 35 years of experience as the chief business officer in various higher education institutions. He received the Nation’s Outstanding Chief Business Officer award from the Community College Business Officers organization in 1996; the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers in 2008; and was named an Innovator of the Year in 1990 and in 2003 by the League for Innovation in the Community College. He served as President for Business and Administration at Texas A&M-Commerce and served at Dallas County Community College District, North Harris Montgomery Community College District in Houston and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He holds the degrees MBA, and BBA from UNT and he completed the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas at Austin
Baron is a native of Dallas, TX with a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Mr. Cass holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout Baron’s 45-year-long career in finance, he has worked as a CPA, an investment banker for Goldman Sachs, and has successfully managed investment portfolios with emphases on auto dealership, real estate, and oil & gas. Today, Baron manages personal investment portfolios on behalf of private equity companies C3 Holdings and C3 Capital LLC.
During his formative years, Baron attended St. Mark’s, the Dallas all-boys school. As a teenager at St. Mark’s, he started a band called The Marksmen Combo along with classmates Boz Scaggs and Steve Miller (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). Baron’s years of music performance experiences sparked his strongly-held conviction that music and the performing arts are essential for building a well-rounded education.
For nearly 28 years, the Baron and Darlene Cass Family Foundation has offered philanthropic support to nonproft organizations sharing Mr. and Mrs. Cass’s core values. Their dedication to music in higher education has repeatedly inspired the Cass Family Foundation to invest in the programming, travel, and recording needs of UNT College of Music students. Additionally in 2013, Baron and Darlene created The A. Baron III and Darlene G. Cass Jazz Percussion Scholarship Fund to provide annual funding awards for full-time jazz percussion students at the University of North Texas.
Baron and wife of 42 years, Darlene, currently reside in Dallas. They enjoy golfing and visits with their three children and three grandchildren.
M. Jean Greenlaw is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas, where she taught for 27 years. Prior to that she taught at the University of Georgia. She received her undergraduate and masters degrees at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and her PhD at Michigan State University.
Jean writes a monthly column for the Denton Record-Chronicle, Book Talk. She is also the co-founder of Club Book Talk, a book club that meets on-line.
Dr. Greenlaw has been very active professionally, both as a writer and a speaker. Her numerous publications include the books Ranch Dressing: The Story of Western Wear and Welcome to the Stock Show. Involvement in professional organizations includes serving on the prestigious Newbery Committee, and receiving the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association, given to the most outstanding professor of children’s literature in the U.S.
She has won numerous awards for her teaching and service. When she retired in 2005, the University of North Texas created the Jean Greenlaw Literacy Award, as recognition of her lifetime’s work. The award will be given each year at the annual Texas Association of Improvement of Reading conference.
Dr. Greenlaw also participates in her community. She serves on the board of UNTRA, was active in The Arts Guild, on the Boards of the city Library Board, and Keep Denton Beautiful, was on the Citizen Bond Committee and is a Denton Ambassador. She was on the board of UNT’s Emeritus College, now known as OLLI at UNT. She has served on the board of the Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton County Historical Commission, and the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries. She has also been a docent at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. She served on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stetson University, the Editorial Board of The Denton Record-Chronicle and is currently serving on the College of Music Advancement Board.
Multi-Grammy and Emmy nominated musician, David B. Hooten is known as the “Musician’s Musician” and the “Maker of Memories.” Born in Frascati, Italy into an Air Force family, Hooten lived in various cities through the U.S. and Europe. Hooten received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from North Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. Hooten, and Pat Boone, were awarded UNT Presidential Medals of Honor in April 2022 in celebration of their musical talents and undeniable impact on the entertainment industry. The UNT Presidential Medal of Honor is the highest presidential honor given at UNT, awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to UNT and have elevated the university.
Hooten has released over 20 albums and has performed on and produced over 100 albums through his own label, D.B.H. Productions. In 2020, Hooten released the inspirational “Footprints of God,” a series of religious poems and readings set to music, read by singer-actor-author Pat Boone. In addition to recording, Hooten's busy schedule includes appearances worldwide as a guest trumpet soloist in recitals and with symphony orchestras. He has been soloist with The Kiev Symphony Orchestra, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Thailand National Symphony Orchestra, for Thailand's gala event of the year, and for the 60th Birthday of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Hooten has raised millions of dollars for charities over the years. Hooten established The Children's Music Education Foundation. With this foundation he has gifted 100's of musical instruments to aspiring artists. He and his wife established the David and Whitney Hooten Foundation through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 2001. The self-directed foundation helps provide music opportunities for children. Hooten was the title sponsor for the 2003 David B. Hooten Invitational Golf Tournament, a part of the Hooter’s Pro Tour and has chaired Red-Tie Night, Oklahoma’s single largest fundraising event which benefits the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund.
In Nov. 2016 Mr. Hooten won the election for Oklahoma County Clerk. Hooten unseated a 20-year incumbent and has saved taxpayers millions of dollars by modernizing the Oklahoma County Clerk's Office. David and his wife, Whitney, have three beautiful children, Henry David, Ava Elizabeth, and David Benjamin Hooten Jr. For additional information go to www.DavidHooten.Com.
For over 50 years, Stan has been a widely-recognized, Accredited Public Relations and Strategic Communications professional. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan and served in the United States Army for two years. While stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA, Stan pursued a master's degree in journalism and marketing communications, attending night classes at the American University in Washington D.C. Following his military service, Stan worked as a Dallas regional sales and promotion manager for DOT Records of Hollywood, California.
During the pinnacle of American soul-pop music production in the mid-60s, Stan represented and promoted Motown Records and marketed record albums for Pickwick International.
Prior to joining the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Stan dedicated several decades to community service, diversity, inclusion, cultural arts, and support for higher education and jazz music appreciation. As an enthusiast of modern jazz of the late 1940s and 1950s, Stan welcomes opportunities to share with others about how publicizing and promoting UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band over decades has enriched his professional life. The quality Stan values most about UNT College of Music is its commitment to provide inspiration and encouragement to its students, so that they may optimize their gifted talents and artistic desires.
Stan has served and volunteered with numerous non-profits and cause-related organizations: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Arts and Humanities Division at the University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, the Dallas Council on World Affairs, and the President's Advisory Council of the AT&T Center for the Performing Arts. Stan has been the recipient of many recognition awards, including the A. Maceo Smith Community Service Award for his advocacy and leadership in the African-American community and the Jazz Benefactor of the Year Award from the Sammons Center for the Arts.
Stan and his wife Barbara have been successful business partners and colleagues for nearly five decades. In 2011, they were inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame, one of their most valued achievements. Stan and Barbara take great pride in being blessed with two loving and successful daughters, a devoted son-in-law, a newly born great-grandson, and six “all-star” grandsons—three of whom are already college graduates.
Born and raised in Argentina, Elizabeth earned her master's degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. Ms. Nieto spent almost 20 years with Citigroup in global talent management, diversity & inclusion roles, and as an HR business partner. As VP of Equity and Impact at Spotify, she is responsible for Diversity & Belonging, Campus & Diversity Talent, Sustainability and Social Impact. Prior to joining Spotify, Elizabeth was the Head of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amazon.
In 2014, she was named one of the Top Champions of Diversity by Diversity Global and recognized as one of the 2014 Hispanic Business 50 Influentials by Hispanic Business. Elizabeth was honored in 2016 by El Museo del Barrio in New York City for Excellence in Philanthropy. Elizabeth served as a board member for Girls Learn International and is currently a board member at A Fair Shake for Youth, bringing hands-on therapy dog programs to underserved middle school students. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Opportunity Network and the All Stars Project, Inc., organizations which maximize education and career success for students of marginalized and low-income communities.
Elizabeth has an eclectic array of styles and genres she enjoys as a musical and cultural tourist. As an enthusiast of music spanning the globe, Elizabeth values the diversity of backgrounds, geographies, and experiences represented in the UNT College of Music. Elizabeth supports the College because she values the opportunities presented to the musicians and composers studying at UNT.
Elizabeth and husband, Michael Archer (UNT ’81), reside in Manhattan, NY. They stay connected to their love of Jazz and other music genres through performances taking place throughout the city.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from UNT College of Music, where he served as Drum Major for the Green Brigade. Dr. O’Donnell began graduate work at Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester before completing his Master of Music in Music Education and Conducting at the Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University, and earning his PhD from the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. Chris was a band director in Texas and Oklahoma for 20 years. Currently, Chris operates a private studio at The Brass Ring Center for the Performing Arts in his hometown of Ardmore, Oklahoma, where he teaches woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, bass, and music theory.
Prior to joining the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Chris served on the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Educational Foundation, Oklahoma School for the Deaf Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, the Ardmore Contemporary Dance Company, and the Southern Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council. He is currently serving as President of the Beverly Westheimer Wellnitz Foundation, President of Carousel Productions, Inc., and on the Oklahoma City University School of Music Advisory Board. For 13 years, Dr. O’Donnell has been a trustee of the Westheimer Family Foundation, which awarded the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band a generous grant in 2018 for the purchase of its new uniforms.
Chris is a dedicated music educator. In 2015, Chris created the Valerie Dean Westheimer Scholarship in Music and Graduate Fellowship in Music, named for his aunt (UNT ‘70.) As a University of North Texas alumnus, the quality he values most about the College of Music is its standard of excellence, as exemplified by the teachers, programs, and performance opportunities.
Chris and Vicki Gelona, fellow faculty member at The Brass Ring Center for the Performing Arts, currently live in Ardmore, OK, where they enjoy cooking, traveling, and their animals.
Amanda is a Southern Methodist University alumna with a BBA in Accounting. She began her career in finance in 1993 as a financial auditor with expertise in privately-held companies. In 1998, Amanda joined tax services and consulting firm Ryan LLC and rose in ranks from Controller to Chief Financial Officer. Today, Amanda is President & CEO of ONE Ryan Global LLC, which oversees diverse real estate and private equity investments.
Prior to joining the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Amanda’s relationship to the University of North Texas developed as the result of her husband, UNT College of Business alumnus (’88, ’88 M.S.) G. Brint Ryan. In 2018, Ryan LLC served as the presenting sponsor of the UNT College of Music fundraising gala: Metamorphosis. Together in 2019, Brint and Amanda gave the largest gift in UNT history, resulting in the naming of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the Universtiy of North Texas.
One of Mrs. Ryan’s most noticeable passions is her love of musical arts. A Suzuki-trained violinist from the age of six, Amanda shared her enthusiasm for musical expression and creativity with her five daughters. Though, to her dismay, she did not manage to produce a family string ensemble, she is the proud mother of four singers and a classical guitarist. As a member of the Advancement Board, Amanda is a dedicated amabassador of the UNT College of Music. She seeks to increase awareness of the depth and breadth of UNT student ensembles and to make valuable introductions to further the philanthropic efforts and mission of the college.
Mrs. Ryan is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and has a special talent for floral arranging which led to the recent establishment of her own floral design business. Amanda currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband G. Brint Ryan and their school-aged daughters.
John is a UNT College of Music alumnus with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. His wife, Lindy, is the daughter of Carroll (“Spec”) and Carolynn Jackson, founders of Spec’s Wines, Spirits, and Finer Foods. Today, John and Lindy, along with their daughter, Lisa, oversee the Houston-based superstore chain, which has locations scattered widely across the state of Texas.
John and Lindy were both music majors when they met at the University of North Texas; John was a saxophonist and conductor, and Lindy was a singer. Inspired by their shared passion for music, and as a tribute to the founders of Spec’s, the Rydmans created the Spec’s Charitable Foundation with the purpose of supporting educational programs. Through Spec’s Charitable Foundation, John and Lindy established an endowed fund at UNT for the One O'Clock Lab Band®, which has provided scholarship support and recording & travel opportunities for the Grammy-nominated ensemble. In 2019, a donation from Spec's Charitable Foundation funded the Spec’s Charitable Foundation Courtyard—an outdoor social & performance space, central to the entrance of UNT College of Music.
In addition to serving on the Advancement Board at UNT College of Music, John is Board Chair and President of the Houston Symphony Society. A conductor himself, one of John’s greatest honors was the opportunity to conduct the Houston Symphony for an Independence Day Patriotic Concert. He has received multiple awards for Outstanding Support of the Arts from the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestra, North Texas Business Council for the Arts, and the National Business Council for the Arts.
In his final year at UNT College of Music, John was inducted as a member of the honorary music society, Pi Kappa Lamda; additionally, he was a patron of Mu Phi Epsilon. November 7th, 2020 marks the 50-year anniversary of John and Lindy’s first date—a UNT Football game, where Phi Mu Alpha was selling copies of “Glory to the Green.” Today, John and Lindy reside in Houston, TX, enjoy extensive travel to exotic scuba-diving destinations, and orchestrate the success of their ever-growing business by using “the skills [they] learned at UNT.”
Richard is an alumnus of Princeton University with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering. Following his service as an officer in the US Navy Atlantic fleet, Mr. Schulze earned an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University. In 1974, Richard founded Trinity Consultants, Inc. which grew from a one-person operation to become the nation's leading air quality consulting and compliance firm. As Director of Athena Group, Inc., Richard manages a broad array of personal investments, as well as the assets of The Richard & Enika Schulze Foundation.
Richard’s passion for music performance was sparked by his own clarinet studies in high school and college, his singing participation in the chapel choir at Princeton, and by a brief experience with Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony Foundation, and on the Executive Advisory Board of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. Additionally through the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation, the Schulzes offer annual support to the Dallas-based Orchestra of New Spain and the LacMus Festival, an annual international summer music festival in Tremezzina, on Lake Como, Italy.
As a member of the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Richard has served as an energetic ambassador for the University of North Texas. By staging private salon concerts in their new home, Richard and Enika have hosted presentations by UNT musicians, vocal and instrumental, to Dallas audiences. The UNT Opera program has since been added to the couple’s list of must-see performance seasons.
Soundtracked by a string quartet from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” Richard married Enika in 1987. Ever since, Mr. and Mrs. Schulze have been season subscribers to the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony, and the Dallas Chamber Music Society. The couple still reside in Dallas, where Richard enjoys singing baritone in the 150 voice Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Choir.
Christopher P. Stanton is a native to North Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of North Texas in May 1990. He earned a MBA with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University in June 2002.
His career has ranged from aviation early in his career to senior management roles in a high net-worth family office in Dallas. Since 2014, he has served as Executive Director for The John and Bonnie Strauss Foundation in Plano, Texas.
Music runs deep in his family and he is very excited to serve on the College of Music board for his alma mater.
Judy is a UNT College of Business alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting; additionally, Ms. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Austin College. Professionally, she has been responsible for monitoring financial portfolios and accounting services within the private and nonprofit sectors. As a philanthropist, for over 20 years, Judy has reviewed hundreds of grant proposals on behalf of the Donachie Foundation and offered pro bono business consulting as a Partner with Dallas Social Venture Partners.
Judy has championed the performing arts in North Texas as a board member of both Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico and the Dallas Jazz Piano Society. As a member of Dallas Jazz Piano Society’s leadership team, Judy supported the development of Fredrick Sanders’s award-winning piano techniques and the establishment of a leadership program for underserved West Dallas students. In 2019, Ms. Watson was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Sammons Center of the Arts, where she humbly shared her enthusiasm for the arts with devoted friends.
Ms. Watson enjoys all cultures of imagination and appreciates their capacity for human connection. Whether jazz, dance, symphony, or opera, she needs music in her daily diet and regularly supports a rich array of creative organizations, as both audience member and patron. As a member of the College of Music Advancement Board, Judy is indebted to the University of North Texas for its world-class music education standards, exceptionally talented student musicians, and myriad of outstanding performances. Judy welcomes opportunities to network and advocate for the accomplished graduates of UNT College of Music.
Though Judy has primarily enjoyed Dallas, her life has been culturally enriched by extensive travel and former residence in South America with husband and, then school-aged, children. Judy’s ongoing passion for the creative arts is shared by her growing family, which now includes three treasured grand-children.
Malcolm Winspear received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and his MBA from Baylor University. Prior to his retirement in 2019, Malcolm was the CEO of Javelin Logistics, a Northern California based Third Party Logistics Service. Malcolm orchestrated the growth of the firm from a start-up located in Northern California, to a comprehensive logistics services firm employing 350 people at 15 locations in multiple states across the southern and western US.
In addition to serving on the UNT College of Music Advancement Board, Malcolm also serves on the Advisory Board for the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research and on UNT’s Employer Advisory Board, both within the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at UNT.
Malcolm has been an active an ardent supporter of the musical arts for many years, and while living in California, served on the Board of Directors for the California Symphony. The UNT College of Music has special meaning to Malcolm. His parents’ involvement and philanthropy sparked the initial curiosity, but he became an instant advocate for the College, the programs, the faculty, and especially the students, from his very first visit to campus. In addition to UNT, he is now very involved with The Dallas Opera as well, strong in his belief that continuing support for the education and for the performance of visual and musical arts are a critical component to a robust and healthy society.
Malcolm and his wife of 30 years Jill relocated back to Dallas from California in 2019. In addition to being an avid golfer, Malcolm is admittedly obsessed with boating; and with cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Benjamin Dobbs is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. (2015) in music theory, with a related field in music history, from the University of North Texas, where he served on faculty as Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory during the 2015-2016 year. Benjamin is an active scholar, pedagogue, and performer.
As a music theorist and music historian, Dr. Dobbs’s research interests center broadly on the development of musical style and musical thought during the Protestant Reformation in Middle and North Germany, and include analytical methods for sixteenth- and seventeenth-century repertoires, the emergence of harmonic theory and its integration with contrapuntal practice and composition pedagogy, and the impact of the Thirty Years’ War on European musical cultures. His research has been supported by grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek, and UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. He has presented at conferences throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, and Canada, and has published articles and reviews in Musiktheorie, Renaissance Quarterly, Theoria, Harmonia, and the Lexikon des Orchesters.
He also studies the relationships among students’ beliefs about learning, learning behaviors, and learning outcomes in music theory classes, for which he collaborates with Dr. Shana Southard-Dobbs, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lander University and UNT alumna (Ph.D. 2016, Experimental Psychology).
An avid performer, Dr. Dobbs sings baritone in the Greenville Chorale, the Herring Chamber Ensemble, and the choir at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (Greenwood, SC), where he occasionally serves as cantor, conductor, and substitute organist. Outside of music, he enjoys running, hiking, cooking, baking, and going on walks with his dog, Tannhäuser (the world’s smallest Wagnerian).
Jason Levi is a UNT College of Music alumnus with a BM (2004) and MM (2007) in Jazz Trumpet. He played in the One O'Clock lab band from 2004-2007 including many tours such as playing for the King of Thailand in 2004. While pursuing his Masters degree in music he also pursued an MBA in the College of Business. This led to him submitting the proposal and eventually teaching the first Music Industry Entrepreneurship class at UNT. He moved to Las Vegas in 2010 to perform in Cirque du Soleil and has enjoyed a busy freelancing career there playing for acts such as Lady Gaga, John Fogerty and Aerosmith among many others. Jason is President and CEO of Rise8 Studios LLC, which designs and manufactures musical themed gifts sold online and on Amazon around the globe.
The quality Jason admires most about the UNT College of Music is that it's "elite, not elitist" meaning that everyone is given the opportunity to work their way to the top. He's proud to support Entrepreneurship at the UNT College of Music by sponsoring the "Rise8 Studios Prize" which is given yearly to a COM student with entrepreneurial ambition.
Jason resides in Las Vegas with his wife (a violinist) and young daughter.
Music education and saxophone student designated as 2022 Presser Scholar.