Michael Gause ('14) has wanted to play in a major symphony orchestra since grade school. Now the trumpet player has been named a Detroit Symphony Orchestra African American Orchestra Fellow for 2018-19.
During the fellowship, Gause will perform with the orchestra and participate in administrative elements, such as observing audition committees and being involved with the community outreach programs.
Gause, who is working on his doctorate at Michigan State University, has performed with the Youngstown Symphony in Ohio and was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition.
He says UNT's College of Music provided him with the foundation to experience the real world of music.
"This environment created the perfect opportunity for me to gauge how much my work ethic aligned with my thirst for success and if I wanted to continue down the path I had chosen," he says.