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
    Reading Session
    • Sophomore Readings
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 5:00pm
  • May
    Student Evaluation
    • Composition Juries, etc.
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 12:30pm
  • May
    Reading Session
    • Beginning/Class Composition Readings
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 9:30am

Recent Division News

  • It is with sadness that we report the passing of Professor Phil Winsor on 23 January 2012. Prof. Winsor was a member of the UNT composition faculty from 1982 through 2010, during which time he served as co-founder and director of CEMI and as chair of the composition division (1996-97).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This year's International Computer Music Conference, which takes place in Perth, Australia on 11-17 August 2013, will include works by four UNT-affiliated composers: doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro (Sikinnis), alumni Yu-Chung Tseng (Fantasy) and Jing Wang (Brahmanda), and Bourges residency composer

  • Dream of a Thousand Keys, the dissertation composition by alumna Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011), was premiered on 8 March 2012 by the Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga as part of the International Women's Day celebration in Spain. The performance was featured on Canal Sur TV.

  • 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.

  • Faculty composer Jon Christopher Nelson was awarded the International Computer Music Association's 2012 America's Region Award at the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2012. This recognition is provided by an international jury that evaluates more than 500 conference composition submissions from around the world in a double-blind, two-tiered adjudication process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.