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

  • Apr
    02
    Student Evaluation
    • Comp Graduate Review (Part 2)
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 12:30pm
  • Apr
    02
    Nova Ensemble
    • Nova Ensemble performance at UNT on the Square: works by Schnittke and Crumb
    • 7:00pm
  • Apr
    06
    Music Now
    • Guest composer Chaya Czernowin
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am
  • Apr
    07
    Nova Ensemble
    • Contemporary Chamber Repertoire
    • 8:00pm
  • Apr
    13
    Music Now
    • Guest artist Nico Couck, guitar
    • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
    • 11:00am

Recent Division News

  • 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.

  • Mimesis, a work by doctoral composer Michael Smith, was premiered in Perth, Australia by the Quanta Quartet during their August 2014 Australian tour.​

  • Senior composition student Daniel Sabzghabaei received second prize in the 2014 Texas Young Composers Festival Composition Contest with his piece Hal: Chahargah for solo violin. It will be premiered by distinguished violinist Mary Reynolds with the acclaimed, Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change on Sunday 4 May 2014 at 5:00 pm in the SMU Owen Arts Center (Dallas, TX).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This year's International Computer Music Conference, which takes place in Perth, Australia on 11-17 August 2013, will include works by four UNT-affiliated composers: doctoral composer Mark Oliveiro (Sikinnis), alumni Yu-Chung Tseng (Fantasy) and Jing Wang (Brahmanda), and Bourges residency composer

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.