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

  • Mar
    04
    COM Event
    • UNT Concert Orchestra performance, featuring a performance of Jon Christopher Nelson's Suspensions
    • Winspear Performance Hall
    • 8:00pm
  • Mar
    09
    Music Now
    • Colloquium — sponsored by Composers Forum
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Mar
    09
    Student Recital
    • Jen Hill Senior Composition Recital
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 8:00pm
  • Mar
    23
    Music Now
    • Andrew May — "ESCAPE: interactive computer music on boom-boxes"
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Mar
    23
    Spectrum
    • New works from North Texas composers — sponsored by Composers Forum
    • 8:00pm

Recent Division News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eleven UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2013 Conference at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, MN, 18-20 April 2013: faculty composers Panayiotis Kokoras and Jon Christopher Nelson; doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro; alumni composers Jon Anderson, Greg Dixon, Eli Fieldsteel, Dave Gedosh, Elainie Lillios, and L. Scott Price; and former faculty composer Butch Rovan. Also participating in the conference was faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt.

  • Recent composition graduate Joshua Harris (PhD 2013) has accepted a tenure-track position in music at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he will be teaching theory, composition, and electronic music, as well as directing the school's music theater productions. He will begin his appointment in the fall of 2014.

  • Every Tear from Their Eyes for choir and large ensemble by alumna composer Da Jeong Choi (PhD 2011) was broadcast on C Channel (TV) for the 100th day of remembrance of the South Korean Ferry Tragedy on 24 July 2014 and included in Kukmin ilbo (Korean newspaper) on 29 July 2014. This work will be performed by Banana Choir (from India) throughout South Korea in November-December 2014.

  • 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.

  • Alumnus Jon Anderson's electroacoustic work for fixed media, dash.em, was selected for performance at the regional Society of Composers Inc. Conference hosted by Clarke University. His work for fixed media and video luft am morgen, was selected for performance at the 2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Both works were also invited for performance at the 2013 Electronic Music Midwest Mini-Festival, part of the New Sounds Festival 2013 hosted by Western Michigan University.

  • 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.

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei was recently selected as a finalist in the 2014 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition for his piece Four Short Dreams for chamber ensemble and tape. His piece was selected from a pool of about 200 applicants and represented region 6 (Southern USA) in the final round of selection.