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

  • May
    04
    Music Now
    • Graduate presentations: Composer Brad Robin and violist Ryan Hardcastle
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • May
    05
    Reading Session
    • Sophomore readings
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 5:00pm
  • May
    07
    Student Evaluation
    • Composition Juries, etc.
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 12:30pm
  • May
    11
    Reading Session
    • Beginning/Class Composition Readings
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 9:30am
  • Oct
    19
    Music Now
    • Guest composer Balázs Horváth [tentative]
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am

Recent Division News

  • Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) has bestowed upon UNT alumnus composer Fouad Fakhouri (DMA 2006) the honorary title of Doctor of Humane Letters during their commencement ceremony in December 2014. Dr. Fakhouri presented the commencement address at that event.

  • 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.

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors' Association (ACCBDA) has named UNT alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (MM 2010) as the sole recipient of the 2014 James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Composers. The twelve schools that comprise the ACCBDA will hold exclusive performance rights through 2015.

  • Who Am I, a musical by alumna composer Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011) will be premiered by Southwestern Chamber Choral at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX on 20 November 2014.

  • Sophomore composition student Brandon Maahs is one of eight composers selected in the 2013 Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition. His work, Invictus: Fanfare for Uncommon Heroes, will be performed prior to the DWS program on 4 March 2014 in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

  • 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 received the first prize award in the 7th Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2014 in Argentina, for his work Jet for soprano recorder and electronics. Alumna Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000) received second prize in the same competition for her work The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind for percussion and electronics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Doctoral composer Chaz Underriner has won 2nd prize in the 2013 Frank Robert Abell Young Composer Competition for New Chamber Music from the University of Louisville for the piece nocturne series: 5 for string quartet and field recording. The work will be performed by University of Louisville faculty on 15 November 2013, as a part of the annual New Music Festival at the University of Louisville.