Composition Faculty & Staff

Joseph Klein

Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of Composition Studies

Degrees from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (BA, 1984), University of California, San Diego (MA, 1986), and Indiana University (DMus, 1991). Composition studies with Roger Reynolds, Robert Erickson, Harvey Sollberger, and Claude Baker. Interests in intermedia composition, musical process, and fractal aesthetics. UNT appointment: 1992.

Courses taught: Beginning/Class Composition, The Music of Frank Zappa

Kirsten Broberg

Kirsten Broberg

Assistant Professor

Degrees from Concordia College, (BM, 2001), University of Minnesota (MA, 2003), and Northwestern University (DMus, 2009). Composition studies with Augusta Read Thomas, Jay Alan Yim, Jason Eckardt, and Judith Lang Zaimont. Interests in spectral music, orchestration, extended instrumental techniques, musical process, text setting and music for dance. UNT appointment: 2013.

Courses taught: Graduate Seminar, Sophomore Seminar, Orchestration, Contemporary Music.

Panayiotis Kokoras

Assistant Professor

Degrees from University of York (MA, 2000; PhD, 2004). Composition studies with Tony Myatt, Yiannis Ioannidis, and Anri Kergomard. Interests in sound-based composition (instrumental and electroacoustic), mixed music, transcontextuality, music information retrieval compositional strategies, and timbre studies. UNT appointment: 2012.

Courses taught: Graduate Composition Seminar, Topics in Electroacoustic Music ("Hiss, Reason and Resonance: Studies in Timbre"), Music for Videogames

Andrew May

Associate Professor and Director of CEMI

Degrees from Yale University (BA, 1990), California Institute of the Arts (MFA, 1994), and University of California, San Diego (PhD, 2000). Composition and computer music studies with Roger Reynolds, Miller Puckette, Mel Powell, and Jonathan Berger. Interests in chamber music with live interactive computer systems, statistical analysis of real-time music data, extended notations and improvisation; also an active violinist. UNT appointment: 2005.

Courses taught: History and Techniques of Electroacoustic Music, Topics in Electroacoustic Music ("Interactive Composition"), Topics in Contemporary Music ("Music of György Ligeti"), Graduate Composition Seminar.

Elizabeth McNutt

Principal Lecturer and Director of Nova Ensemble

Degrees from St. Louis Conservatory (BM, 1990) and University of California, San Diego (MA, 1994; DMA, 2000). Flute studies with Harvey Sollberger, John Fonville, and Jacob Berg; computer music studies with Miller Puckette. Specialization in performance of experimental and virtuosic new repertoire, including computer music; collaboration in development of new works. UNT appointment: 2005.

Courses taught: Nova Ensemble, Contemporary Music, Contemporary Performance Practices.

Jon Christopher Nelson

Professor and Associate Dean for Operations

Degrees from Bethel College (BA, 1982) and Brandeis University (MFA, 1988; PhD, 1991). Composition studies with Allen Anderson, Arthur Berger, Martin Boykan, and Charles Dodge. Extensive experience in electroacoustic and acoustic music with specializations in software synthesis, digital signal processing, and set-theoretical compositional strategies. UNT appointment: 1996.

Courses taught: Topics in Electroacoustic Music ("Composing for Loudspeakers"' "Physical Modeling"), Topics in Contemporary Music ("Structural Multiplicities"), Graduate Seminar.

David Stout

David Stout

Professor and Coordinator of iARTA

Degrees from the University of Oregon (BFA, 1980 — Visual Art & Design) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA, 1985 — Film/Video & Music). Intermedia, Cinema, Music and Performance studies with Ed Emshwiller, Jules Engel, Jim Pomeroy, Barry Schrader, Michael Scroggins, Gene Youngblood and Bill Viola. Interdisciplinary art and technology works include live cinema performance, generative systems, video-dance, animation, sound-art, and telematic video events that integrate multi-screen environments as an extension of performer, audience and architecture. UNT appointment: 2009.

Courses taught: Intermedia Performance Arts, Inter-Arts Seminar.

Supporting Staff


Graduate Assistants