Supporting the Composition Program
As alumni of the North Texas Composition program, you can make a difference to a deserving student currently in the program by making a contribution to one of several endowed composition scholarships. What better way to honor a composition faculty member who made an impact on your life and career than by giving to one of the scholarship endowments established in memory of Merrill Ellis, Martin Mailman, and William Latham? Or perhaps join fellow alumni Paul Loomis and Richard Faulk by establishing your own named scholarship endowment. You may even consider sponsoring a concert series or guest composer residency, which may be established in your name or in the name of a loved one.
The following is a list of scholarship endowments that currently support students in the composition program:
- Merrill Ellis Memorial Composition Scholarship: named for composer Merrill Ellis (1916-1981) who served on the North Texas composition faculty from 1962 until his death in 1981, during which time he founded the Electronic Music Center (later the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) and was a pioneer in electronic music and intermedia.
- David M. Schimmel Memorial Composition Scholarship: named for composer/conductor David M. Schimmel (1948-1984), a doctoral composition student and teaching fellow at North Texas at the time of his death. In addition to serving on the faculty of Mountain View College, Mr. Schimmel also taught at Southern Methodist University and Florida State University.
- Martin Mailman Memorial Composition Scholarship: named for composer/conductor Martin Mailman (1932-2000), Regents Professor of composition at North Texas who served from 1966 until his death in 2000. Dr. Mailman was particularly distinguished as a composer of music for wind ensembles and dedicated much of his teaching to undergraduate students.
- Richard and Candace Faulk Composition Scholarship: donor Richard Faulk received a BM degree in composition from North Texas in 1974, and a JD in Law from Southern Methodist University 1977. He currently lives in Houston with his wife, Candace, and practices law as an environmental attorney for the firm of Gardere, Wynne, and Sewell, LLP.
- Richard Dufallo Memorial Composition Scholarship: named in honor of distinguished conductor and contemporary music advocate Richard Dufallo (1933-2000). In addition to his various conducting positions over the years with Juilliard, the Aspen Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic (as associate conductor under Lukas Foss), and the New York Philharmonic (as assistant conductor under Leonard Bernstein), Mr. Dufallo was the author of a collection of interviews with 20th-century composers titled Trackings.
- Paul Loomis Composition Scholarship: donor Paul Loomis received his BM degree in composition from North Texas in 1979 and is the President/CEO of The Loomis Corporation and Luminous Sound Studios, a Dallas-based music production company and post-production facility. Loomis is active as a composer, conductor, songwriter, music producer, arranger, orchestrator, and keyboard artist.
For more information on how you can contribute to the education of talented young composers in our program, contact the UNT College of Music Development Office. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!