The ensemble program at UNT features more than fifty ensembles, large and small, in which students may participate. While many represent traditional areas including orchestra, band, choir, opera and jazz, we are also proud of the large number of specialized ensembles not often supportable in smaller programs, including early music (vocal and instrumental), new music in both acoustic and electronic media, and such ethnic ensembles as mariachi, Balinese gamelan, African drumming and dancing, and other world music percussion groups.

Among the national and international appearances by University of North Texas ensembles are performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Morton H. Meyerson Center in Dallas, along with tours of Japan, Scandinavia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Thailand. UNT ensembles have produced numerous recordings, several of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Choral Ensembles

The premier ensemble of the UNT choral program, the 52-voice A Cappella Choir, led by Dr. Jerry McCoy, director of choral studies, is selected by competitive audition from among the more than 1,500 music majors within the College of Music.

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Wind Ensembles

The Brass Band provides students with the unique opportunity to perform in one of the most widely known wind mediums throughout the world. Similar to the British style Brass Band, the American style Brass Band provides its members the opportunity to develop the highest standards of technical and musical playing. Emphasis is given to the development of tone quality, intonation, rhythm, and virtuosic technique through performance of a wide variety of literature, including masterwork transcriptions, traditional marches and original works.

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Composition Studies Ensembles

Nova is the new music ensemble of the University of North Texas. Nova’s mission is to provide students and audiences with an engaging diversity of musical, aesthetic, and cultural experiences.

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Early Music Ensembles

The UNT Baroque Orchestra offers students one of the rare opportunities in North America to study and perform at a high level on period instruments. Generally the orchestra includes10 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos and violone as well as a complete assemblage of wind instruments, including baroque oboes, bassoons, flutes, trumpets, horns, recorders, and a full set of continuo instruments such as harpsichord, organ, theorbos, guitars and lutes. The Orchestra has performed several places in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as well as twice at the Boston Early Music Festival. Students who are admitted into the orchestra are frequently given scholarships for study on period instruments.

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Jazz Ensembles

Dan Haerle formed The Zebras in 1980 and directed it until Spring 2002 to give keyboard players a special opportunity to work with electronic instruments. The group has toured extensively, including a performance at the 2002 IAJE convention in Long Beach, CA.

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Orchestral Ensembles

The UNT Concert Orchestra is comprised of approximately 75 musicians drawn from highly selected students attending the College of Music. Under the direction of Dr. Clay Couturiaux, the orchestra offers its members the opportunity to develop and expand the highest standards of technical and musical playing.

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