Nova is the new music ensemble of the University of North Texas, directed by Dr. Elizabeth McNutt. Repertoire includes classics of the modern era alongside music by younger and less familiar composers, giving students the opportunity to perform fresh and exciting contemporary works.
Nova’s mission is to provide students and audiences with an engaging diversity of musical, aesthetic, and cultural experiences. Encounters with faculty and guest composers give students insight into the process of creating new music.
Recent performances have included music of Elliott Carter, David Lang, Frederic Rzewski, Steven Stucky, Giacinto Scelsi, Nick Didkovsky, Libby Larsen, Judith Shatin, James Tenney, Isang Yun, Christian Wolff, John Cage, Stefan Wolpe, and Charles Ives, as well as UNT faculty and student composers. Nova has recently collaborated with guest composers Augusta Read Thomas and Mario Davidovsky.
The ensemble’s instrumentation varies each semester. Projects each term include both large ensemble and chamber works. Faculty and guest performers occasionally join the ensembles, enhancing students’ understanding of contemporary performance issues.
Enrollment in Nova is by audition with the ensemble director. Contact Dr. Elizabeth McNutt to schedule an audition.