Dean's Welcome Message

Thank you for your interest in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. We are America's largest public-university music program, and one of its most highly ranked. Our mission to "serve our diverse music culture with excellence, integrity, and imagination" translates into a curriculum that is broad, inclusive, and forward-looking. Yes, we have superb orchestras, choirs, bands, jazz bands, chamber music, composition, music education, and music scholarship, but we also have mariachi, steel drum bands, African drumming ensembles, rock bands, music technology, and so much more. This is a place of expansive musical ambition as exhilarating and complex as the diverse musical culture we seek to serve.

We have a full-time resident faculty of over one hundred outstanding and internationally recognized performers, composers, scholars, and researchers, who are dedicated to teaching the highly diverse student body that is assembled at UNT, whether that teaching occurs in private lessons, large or small ensemble settings, or in the classroom. The University community and College of Music students also have access to internationally recognized guest artists and scholars through master classes, lectures, and special performances.

Our College is proud to be a vital component of the North Texas arts community, which includes Dallas and Fort Worth—both of which are less than an hour from our Denton campus. With these cities maintaining exceptional symphonies, opera companies, art museums, and professional choruses, as well as popular music of every kind, there is no doubt that the North Texas region is one of the most stimulating centers for the arts in the country. Our students are greatly enriched by having many opportunities as both performers and as audience members.

Although we are the nation's largest public-university music program, it is characteristic of our College that we care deeply about the individual student. We value our students, faculty, and staff and endeavor to create an environment known for its attention to the preservation of their professional health.

I hope that you will invest the time to learn more about us as you explore this website, listen to our streamed and recorded concerts, and visit us on campus.


John W. Richmond, Ph.D.
Professor & Dean of the UNT College of Music