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.

2015-16 Guest Artists

Upcoming Events

  • Aug
    31
    Music Now
    • Guest composer and UNT alumnus Yu-Chung Tseng
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Sep
    01
    Student Evaluation
    • Senior Recital Hearings, etc.
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 12:30pm
  • Sep
    14
    Music Now
    • Faculty percussionist/composer Christopher Deane
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Sep
    21
    Music Now
    • ICMC Preview
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Oct
    05
    Music Now
    • UNT faculty theorist David Bard-Schwarz: "Music and Affect in the 21st Century"
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am

Recent Division News

  • 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.

  • In March 2014, graduate composer Jim Doyle received second place in Chorus Austin's inaugural Young Composers Competition for his mixed choir piece Self Pity. The competition attracted nearly forty applicants from across the United States, Canada, and Germany.

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei has been selected as a winner in the inaugural International Composition Competition as part of the 10th Annual Busan Choral Festival and Competition, South Korea's premier choral festival. His piece Two Scenes from Shakespeare for SATB a cappella choir was selected out of a pool of 70 applicants from 20 different countries, and will be performed by one of the festival choirs as part of the Busan Choral Festival. The concert will also be broadcast live on South Korean television and radio.

  • 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.

  • UNT alumnus Eli Fieldsteel (MM 2010) has accepted a one-year position as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), where he will be teaching composition and music technology during the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei was one of six winners in the 2014 Cambiata Composition Initiative. His piece Mosjdeh Beh Bolbol Dehid, for two-part boys choir, solo violin, and piano, will be premiered at the 2014 MS/JH National Convention for Choral Music by the award-winning Lake Jackson Intermediate School Manchoir, conducted by David Hill, and violinist Caleb Mallett on Saturday 3 May 2014 at UNT.

  • Doctoral composition candidate Dan Tramte was recently appointed to a teaching assistant position in the Music Department at Harvard University (spring 2014). He teaches two sections of Music 2: Foundations of Tonal Music, a theory course designed for non-music majors.

  • Improbable Encounters, a collection of works by faculty composer Joseph Klein, will be released on the innova label on 28 January 2014. The 2-disc album (CD and DVD) includes solo, chamber, and intermedia works composed over the past 30 years, and features performances by UNT faculty members Elizabeth McNutt, Eric Nestler, Christopher Deane, and Felix Olschofka.

  • 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.