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.

2014-15 Guest Artists

Upcoming Events

  • Aug
    25
    Music Now
    • TBA
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Sep
    04
    Student Evaluation
    • Senior Recital Hearings, etc.
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 12:30pm
  • Sep
    08
    Music Now
    • TBA
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Sep
    15
    Music Now
    • TBA
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Sep
    22
    Music Now
    • TBA
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am

Recent Division News

  • Sound-Grains X Stop-Motion, an intermedia project by doctoral composer Dan Tramte, has been selected for the "Composition Beyond Music" workshop with Peter Ablinger. Tramte will realize the work at the International Music Institute Darmstadt during the summer course for new music in August 2014. Tramte's work e u t h a n a s i a was selected for performance at the National Student Electronic Music Event (N_SEME) at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA) in February 2014.

  • Alumna composer Hsiao-Lan Wang (DMA 2010) has recently received three commissions for new works: Adoration for piano four-hands will be premiered in Houston on 17 November 2012; Before Sunrise for vibraphone and marimba, and will be premiered on 4 December 2012 at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, performed by percussionists Ling Sun and Kunihiko Komori; and Currents of Inevitable Convergence for chamber orchestra and computer music will be premiered in 2013 by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

  • Doctoral composer Dan Tramte has had electroacoustic works selected for presentation at two international conferences in August of 2013: Nomos Delta will be presented at Festival Futura (Crest, France), and e u t h a n a s i a will be presented at ISSTC 2013 (Dublin, Ireland). Dan will be traveling to Europe to present his works at these festivals.

  • Fsculty composer Joelle Wallach has had recent performances of her works in Fairbanks, Alaska (The Fairbanks Choral Society & the Fairbanks Parks and Recreation Department) in Martch 2012 and in Washington, DC (Biennial Convention of the National League of American Pen Women) in April 2012. She has also given pre-concert lectures for the New York Philharmonic (15-20 March 2012) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (12-15 April 2012).

  • 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.

  • Faculty composer Panayiotis Kokoras won the 15th International Composition Competition Franco Evangelisti 2012 (Rome) for his work Shatter Cone for amplified violin and electronics. The composition has been selected for the final round and will be performed by violinist Giuseppe Crosta; the prize includes publication of the score by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, a cash prize, and broadcast by Rai Radio3.

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

  • Composition alumnus Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Low Brass & Instrumental Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University, beginning in the fall 2012.

  • Alumnus Kevin Walczyk (MM 1991; DMA 1994) has been named the recipient of the ninth Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. The competition, organized by the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts, supports and promotes composers and the performance of their new musical works.

  • 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.