About the Program

The composition program at the University of North Texas is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation, with approximately 70 composition students and seven faculty members representing a variety of compositional aesthetics and approaches. Regular guest composer residencies, visiting new music specialists, and dozens of events each year provide students with a rich educational and artistic experience.

An interdisciplinary center within UNT’s Division of Composition Studies, the Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia (CEMI) provides a unique environment for the exploration of time-based arts and is internationally renowned for its long history of innovation, particularly in the realm of electroacoustic music. Students, faculty, 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.

Music Now is the weekly composition departmental meeting, an open forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the creation, performance, and understanding of recent music. These forums, which are typically scheduled Mondays at 11:00-11:50 am, feature presentations by UNT faculty and students as well as visiting composers, scholars, and interpreters of new music.

Nova is the new music ensemble of the University of North Texas. In keeping with its mission to present a diversity of musical, aesthetic, and cultural experiences, Nova’s repertoire ranges from 20th century classics to works that incorporate the latest musical innovations. Students in the ensemble have opportunities to work with faculty and guest composers and are occasionally joined by faculty and guest performers. Performances and workshops have included music by composition students as well.

The Spectrum concert series features new solo and chamber works for instruments and voices, often utilizing new technologies and intermedia. These programs are presented throughout the fall and spring semesters, and are listed in the calendar section of this website.

The Composers Forum is a student organization devoted to coordinating performances and bringing new works to public attention. The organization was formed to foster the spirit of collaboration between composers, performers, and artists of all kinds throughout the UNT community.

The Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) is an interdisciplinary research cluster represented by faculty from across a wide spectrum of the arts, engineering and sciences. iARTA activities include scholarship, creative research and technical development at the leading edges of emergent media practice; the resulting research areas are represented by diverse forms such as telematic performance, immersive installation, robotic sculpture, mobile networks, and art-science collaboration. The cluster also publishes the MOEBIUS Journal, which explores the intersection of theory and practice in electronic arts.

2013-14 Guest Artists

Upcoming Events

  • Apr
    21
    Music Now
    • Doctoral composer Brad Robin and percussionist Christopher Deane
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Apr
    21
    Reading Session
    • UNT Concert Orchestra
    • 12:15pm
  • Apr
    21
    Spectrum
    • New works from North Texas composers — sponsored by Composers Forum
    • 8:00pm
  • Apr
    23
    Reading Session
    • UNT Concert Orchestra
    • 12:15pm
  • Apr
    28
    Reading Session
    • Sophomore Readings
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 5:00pm

Recent Division News

  • Freshman composition student Brandon Maahs is one of ten selected composers whose works will be performed on the 3rd Annual Texas Young Composers Concert by the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (Austin, TX) on 3 April 2013.

  • Alumna composer Sarah Summar was profiled in the recent UNT INhouse web magazine (13 December 2012).

  • Joseph Klein's interstices, a work for flute, saxophone, and percussion commissioned by saxophonist Gregory Dewhirst and Tarrant County College, will be premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference at the University of Illinois in March 2014.

  • Nine UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2012 Conference at Lawrence University, 9-11 February 2012: student composers L. Scott Price and Greg Dixon; alumni composers Ethan Hayden, Chapman Welch, Mikel Kuehn, Daniel Zajicek, Eli Fieldsteel, and Elainie Lillios; and former faculty member Butch Rovan.

  • Cornered, a work for computer music and dance with motion tracking using the Xbox Kinect controller by doctoral composer Jason Fick, was recently accepted into the Houston Fringe Festival (14-15 September 2012) and Soundcrawl in Nashville, TN (7 October 2012). Additionally, a staff writer at Microsoft has written an article on the work for the 8 June 2012 edition of their internal company newsletter, Company View.

  • T-totum for snaredrum and tape, by faculty composer Panayiotis Kokoras has been awared third prize at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society 40th Annual Percussion Composition Contest, Category II: Concert-Style Snare Drum Solo with CD. Prize winning works in each category will be considered for performances at a future Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) or other PAS-sponsored event.

  • Err Prenne, a video work by alumnus composer Brian Hernandez (MA 2011) has been selected for inclusion at the 2012 International WOCMAT (International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology) conference, which takes place on 30 November and 1 December at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Republic of China. The conference includes guest speakers John Chowning, Simon Emmerson, Richard Dudas, among others, as well as sound installations and music and technology exhibitions.

  • Eleven UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2014 Conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, 27-29 March 2014: faculty composer Jon Nelson; student composers Stephen Lucas, Mark Oliveiro, Clay Allen, and Jen Hill; alumni composers Paul Thomas, Greg Dixon, Eli Fieldsteel, Chapman Welch, and Peter McCulloch; and former faculty composer Butch Rovan.

  • Alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (MM 2010) was awarded the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission at the 2012 SEAMUS Conference for his master's thesis composition, Fractus I for trumpet and electronics.

  • Baayami: from the sky, a new solo work for saxophone and foot-percussion by doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro, was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland in July 2012.