UNT Celebrates Distinguished Professorship Award

On 1  February, the University of North Texas College of Music published news that David Childs, Professor of Euphonium and Co-Director of the UNT Brass Band, had been honored by the University of North Texas with Distinguished Research Professor designation. The University Distinguished Research Professorship award recognizes tenured faculty at the rank of professor who have achieved an exceptionally outstanding record of creative activities or research productivity and who demonstrate a record of continued extraordinary productivity. David Childs, now in his sixth year at the University of North Texas, met the criteria to merit this honorable distinction.

Commenting on the award David said, “I’m delighted to receive this award and am grateful to my wonderful colleagues for their continued support. Working with my students and being part of UNT’s esteemed music faculty remains a great privilege.” As for productivity, David certainly continues to be one of the euphonium world’s most active soloists. Towards the end of last semester he enjoyed a mini-residency at the University of Georgia, where he gave a masterclass, recital and performed in concert with the UGA brass band under the baton of former New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpeter, Philip Smith. During the winter break he made his debut at Chicago’s Midwest Clinic, performing the wind orchestra premiere of Peter Graham’s euphonium concerto, Force of Nature, and last month he gave a series of concerts in South Korea with cornet and trumpet star, Philip Cobb.

Having just completed two successful weekends of auditions at UNT, he’ll visit Philadelphia this weekend to be part of the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival at Rowan University, where he’s looking forward to working alongside his father, Robert. David explained, “I’ve had a great time at the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival previously, but I’m especially looking forward to this one, not only working with some fine bands, but spending some time with my dad.”

Participants at this year’s MABBF include: Atlantic, Chesapeake, Imperial, New England, Penn View, Princeton, Rockville, Rowan Atlantic Youth, Rowan University and Rutgers University brass bands. During the gala concert David will perform as soloist with Atlantic Brass Band under the baton of Robert Childs.


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