Violin study at University of North Texas

November 3, 2005 at 01:54 AM · Has anyone attended University of North Texas School of Music? I am very interested in hearing about the program and the violin faculty, especially Igor Borodin and Julia Bushkova. If you know someone who has studied with either of these teachers, or you have had master classes, etc., your thoughts and comments would be much appreciated!

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November 3, 2005 at 05:27 AM · It is supposedly the best jazz school in the world.

UT at Austin has Brian Lewis, if you're into to going to school in Texas, and of course there is Rice.

November 3, 2005 at 07:23 PM · North Texas seems to have some excellent teachers. If you check their accomplishments (and, more importantly, their students' accomplishments) you may be impressed. It used to be known as a jazz school, but it is much more than that and has been for a long time. I knew a voice major at UNT who spent the rest of his life with the Met. The concertmaster of the student orchestra is asst. concertmaster of the National Symphony. The conductor, Anshel Brushilow, was concertmaster of the Philadelphia under Ormandy for seven years. And on and on...

I live in Austin and have heard great things about Brian Lewis. The problem with younger, upwardly mobile teachers is you never know how long they are going to stay in one place. I hope he's here for a long time.

November 3, 2005 at 08:45 PM · I'd recommend taking a look at the University of Oklahoma (only about 2 hours north of Denton). OU has a nicer campus and brand new practice facilities (if you're into that sort of thing). The teachers are amazing as well.

November 3, 2005 at 10:12 PM · I only got to use the old practice rooms. They were a little slow in keeping their promise to have Catlett completed. I liked the old smell in Holmberg Hall, though. If I could, I'd go back and take some more classes there. That theory professor, Dr. Stephenson, was great!

November 3, 2005 at 10:54 PM · this one?

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November 4, 2005 at 04:23 AM · Thank you all for the input. I am aware of the reputation re: Jazz at UNT. Just so interested in how the classical music department and specifically Bushkova & Borodin are as teachers. As far as Oklahoma - I have heard great things about a few of the teachers. However, a conservatory environment is my goal, and even at UNT, I have to apply to the University as well as the music school. I am from out-of-state and really need some financial aid, as well. So, if anyone has suggestions of schools that have fantastic violin teachers and also give generous financial aid, please advise. Thank you.

April 20, 2009 at 07:06 PM ·

Hi:  This is an old thread which came up in a google search.  FWIW, I got my undergrad in violin at Rice and the MM at UNT.  I was studying with Davidovici, who took a leave, and so I finished with Borodin.  He's Russian, with a huge family;  he characterized my recital as a "domestic" recital, which I thought was sexist.  He was alternatively nice and indifferent, and I did not get much from him, that last semester of my program.

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