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

  • Panayiotis Kokoras has been commissioned by Festival Mixtur to compose a piece for clarinet, piano, violin and cello. Ensemble Taller Sonoro will perform the piece on 25 April 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Panayiotis will also coach a student’s composition workshop and give a short presentation on his piece.

  • 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.

  • Panayiotis Kokoras, Assistant Professor of Composition Studies, has been awarded second prize (first prize not awarded) at the prestigious Kazimierz Serocki 13th International Composers’ Competition 2013 for his composition Susurrus for piano, violin and cello. The prize consists of $2500 US and a concert of the winners, co-organized with the Polish Radio Channel 2, will take place on the 28 November 2013 in Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Hall in Warsaw.

  • Oregon State Parks selected Alumna composer Christina Rusnak (MA 2010) to compose a work for the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Canyon Voices explores the natural and cultural heritage of the John Day River basin. In August 2014, The Life of Ashes, exploring Mt. Adams through the lens of wildfire, was premiered in Hood River Oregon commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Doctoral Student Mark Oliveiro has been awarded the 2013 International Computer Music Association's Prize in the Student category, for his composition Sikinnis, for soprano saxophone and live electronics.