Centers & Institutes
The UNT College of Music supports several centers for research and performance.
Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music
The University of North Texas Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music is dedicated to the promulgation of the Cambiata Concept, a comprehensive philosophy and methodology for teaching vocal music to early-adolescents, with special emphasis placed on the unique qualities of the male changing voice and on the development of music literacy skills. Research and materials that promote reliable pedagogical practice in the middle-level choral music classroom are encouraged and valued highly.
Center for Chamber Music Studies
The Center for Chamber Music Studies was established in the fall of 2002 as an outgrowth of the existing College of Music chamber music program. Its primary goal is to identify the best students in the chamber music program and offer these very talented young artists intensive coaching and special performance possibilities. The individual groups are chosen and coached by faculty from the piano, string, wind and brass departments, and are featured in two concerts per year, one in the fall term and the other during spring term. The mission of the center is to offer our students the chance to study both the repertoire and the performance techniques that are necessary to compete in the chamber music genre. The public is always warmly invited to join us at one of our bi-annual concerts. Weekly departmental concerts are also held on Wednesdays at 4:30 in the College of Music Recital Hall, and are open to the public. The Bancroft String Quartet is the College of Music’s premier group of graduate string players, named for Sue and Christopher Bancroft in appreciation for their philanthropy.
Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI)
The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) provides a unique environment for exploration of the time-based arts. An interdisciplinary center within UNT’s Division of Composition Studies, CEMI is internationally renowned for its long history of innovation, particularly in the realm of electroacoustic music. Students, guests, and collaborators from a variety of disciplines engage in research, creation, and performance in CEMI’s six production studios and the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.
CEMI fosters cutting-edge music and intermedia projects. Computer music from CEMI is at the forefront of synthesis and signal processing, multi-channel audio diffusion and spatialization, and live interactive performance. Intermedia works from CEMI integrate music with video/film, dance, plastic arts, theater, lighting, and robotics. CEMI composers have been recognized through major international awards, conferences, festivals, and grants. CEMI hosts residencies and guest presentations by emerging artists as well as major national and international figures.
CEMI is an important interdisciplinary link between UNT musicians and their counterparts in other arts and sciences across the UNT campus. CEMI actively promotes research in new technology; recent directions have included sound synthesis and processing, audio diffusion and spatialization, human-computer interaction, interface design, and robotic instruments.
CEMI hosts a variety of concerts of new and experimental music. The “CEMI presents” series includes guest performers and composers, faculty projects, and themed concerts. The “Centerpieces” series focuses on new electroacoustic music from North Texas musicians, including interactive and intermedia works. CEMI’s annual Intermedia Concerts feature music in combination with video and film, dance, visual and plastic arts, theater, and performance art.
Center for Schenkerian Studies
The Center supports the publication of the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, the typesetting of Schenkerian graphs for publication and dissemination, the preservation and archiving of documents contained in the Reinhard Oppel Memorial Collection housed at UNT's Willis Library, and the Lost Composers and Theorists project. The Lost Composers and Theorists Project is dedicated to recovering the music of composers whose works were obscured as a result of the cultural policies of the Nazis and the Holocaust. The Project identifies suitable composers, conducts research, publishes articles and monographs, prepares scores for publication by music publishers, and produces and/or fosters performances and recordings of recovered works.
Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA)
The Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) is where faculty across the arts, engineering and sciences explore new media applications based on shared expertise and evolving technologies. Concepts from diverse disciplines partner to create compelling expressions: dancers wired with sensors perform an interactive concert; media artists incorporate robotics and surveillance hardware in a social context; musicians compose complex scores based on math equations; computer-artists animate visual models from biological data.
Texas Center for Music and Medicine
The Texas Center for Music and Medicine includes an interdisciplinary team of musicians, music educators, clinicians, and research scientists. The Center represents educational, medical and musical resources, brought together to study, treat, and prevent various medical problems associated with learning and performing music. Through these committed collaborations, graduate students can now enroll in music medicine classes, select an optional related field of study in music medicine, participate in ongoing research and outreach initiatives, and pursue their own research projects. Clinical resources are available for both students and non-students. Clinical care is provided through the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the UNT Counseling and Testing Center, and the UNT Speech and Hearing Center.