Bob Rogers, who died May 14 at the age of 91, was a Professor Emeritus of Music and an alumnus. He started at UNT in 1939 when it was North Texas State Teachers College. Known in the Denton community as the “Piano Man,” Rogers taught piano pedagogy and applied piano from 1948 to 1984 and served as assistant dean in the College of Music from 1969 to 1975.
Harold Heiberg, who died June 17 at the age of 91, was also a Professor Emeritus of Music. He worked as a professor of voice and accompanying in the College of Music from 1971 to 2004. A piano recitalist, orchestra soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, Heiberg received the UNT Citation for Distinguished Service in 1989 and the UNT J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.
“These two friends and colleagues contributed significantly to the character of the UNT College of Music and of the Denton community over the years,” said College of Music Dean James Scott. “Their artistry and generosity of spirit have provided a model for generations of faculty and students. This dedication is only a small suggestion of the depth at which we honor their memory.”
Collectively, Rogers and Heiberg served the College of Music for 69 years. The two will be remembered during the following concerts:
- Aug. 28 and 30 – Gustavo Romero plays the complete solo piano works of Ravel in two concerts, 8 p.m. both nights in Voertman Hall in the Music Building, free
- Sept. 3 – The Dan Haerle Quartet: Dan Haerle, piano; Brad Leali, alto saxophone; James Driscoll, bass; Ed Soph, drumset, 8 p.m. in Kenton Hall in the Music Building, free
- Sept. 18 – The Beckman True Piano Duo: Brad Beckman and Carolyn True, piano, 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the Music Building, free
- Sept. 19 – Guest Artist Recital: David Korevaar, piano, 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the Music Building, free
- Oct. 2 – Concert Orchestra with Gustavo Romero: Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54; Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger: Satie – Gymnopédies; Enesco – Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, Op. 11, 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, $10/$8
- Oct. 17 – Sean Chen, Van Cliburn Crystal Award Winner, 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, $10/$5
- Nov. 5 – Guest Artist Recital: Jinson Kim, 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the Music Building, free
- Nov. 8 – Faculty and Guest Artist Recital: Jinson Kim and Gustavo Romero, piano, 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the Music Building, free
- Nov. 9 – Keyboard Alumni Series: Michael Schneider, piano, 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the Music Building, free
- Nov. 22 – Petra Somlai, fortepiano, debut performance with Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major KV 467, 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, $10/$8
The Music Building is located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The Murchison Performing Arts Center is located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard. For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at www.theMPAC.com/tickets.
About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is one of the largest and most respected comprehensive music schools in the country. About 1,500 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 50 widely varied ensembles and pursuing specialized studies in performance, composition, music education or music scholarship. UNT faculty members and students have made appearances on the world’s finest stages and have produced numerous recordings, many receiving Grammy awards and nominations. Distinguished UNT alumni can be found around the globe, in top music ensembles, opera companies, universities and schools.