2018-2019 Guest Artists

Oct 15 , 2018
Nov 05 - Nov 16, 2018
Feb 18 - Feb 20, 2019
Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019
Apr 15 - Apr 16, 2019

Recent Division News

Alumnus composer Daniel Sabzghabaei (BM 2014) recently received a commission from the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) for a new work for soprano, baritone, and piano to be performed on their Next concert series. The performance will be on 11 December 2017 in NYC at the CUNY Graduate Center inside the Elebash Recital Hall as part of the Bernstein Marathon, celebrating his 100th anniversary.

Alumnus composer Daniel Sabzghabaei's (BM 2014) recent New York Festival of Song commission, At The Door, will receive a reprise in the Spring of 2019, on a program entitled Hyphenated Americans, as part of the NYFOS main-stage season, Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the Kaufman Music Center, inside Merkin Hall.

Doctoral composer Michael Smith presented his research on using Virtual Reality for 3D spatialization at the Sounds in Space conference at the University of Derby (England) in June 2018. Michael discussed his software VRSoundMapper and its various options for positioning sounds in a 3D sound field. 

Two alumni composers, Joshua Harris (PhD 2013) and Mark Oliveiro (PhD 2016), were selected to participate in the ICMC 2018 Conference in Daegu, South Korea, 5-10 August 2018.

Nine UNT-affiliated composers were selected to participate in the SEAMUS 2018 Conference at the University in St. Cloud of Oregon, 29-31 March 2018: faculty members Panayiotis Kokoras and Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, students Miguel Espinel, Christopher Poovey, and Mark Vaughn, and alumni Paul Thomas, David Gedosh, Eli Fieldsteel, and Mikel Kuehn.  

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede’s work And everything in-between will be performed at the 2018 National Flute Assocation's Annual Convention in August 2018 by flutist Krisztina Dér

Faculty composer Joseph Klein will be the featured speaker at two concerts by Orchestra 2001 in April 2018, including the Philadelphia premiere of Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark at The Fillmore Philly in April 2018.  This residency was supported by a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and will also include a program of works by Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, and Pierre Boulez.

Alumnus composer Daniel Sabzghabaei's (BM 2014) solo violin work, Hāl - Chahārgāh, was performed by acclaimed violinist Ayano Ninomiya at the Moab Music Festival's opening night concert on 31 August 2018 at historic Star Hall in Moab, Utah.

Graduate composer Bihe Wen’s work In Limbo for soprano recorder, male voice and fixed media won first prize in the mixed media category of the 2017 Musicacoustica-Beijing Competition. 

On 11-12 December 2017, Nothing in the Nothingness, an opera by alumnus composer Daniel Zajicek (MM 2006) and John Grimmet was performed by the Nautilus Music-Theater in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. This one-act operatic monologue chronicles the thought process of a young man trapped in a coma, and explores what it means to be alive and functioning in a vegetative state when consciousness is not possible. It featured Nautilus performers Eric Morris and Cathleen Fuller, with music director Mind Eschendor.

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede presented his paper titled The Broken Saxophone: Exploring problems and solutions to contemporary saxophone techniques through Alex Mincek's "Ali" at the 2018 Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance Conference held at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music in March 2018. 

Works by two UNT composers have been selected for performance on the 2018 SCI Student National Conference at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (September 2018): doctoral composer Jacob Thiede's work And everything in-between for flute and computer music, and alumnus composer Daniel Sabzghabaei's (BM 2014) wind ensemble work, ThruDimension, the latter of which will be performed by the IU Symphonic Band, conducted by Prof. Eric M. Smedley.

Graduate composer Bihe Wen’s composition Regression for fixed media was selected from among more than 450 submissions for performance at the ISCM World New Music Days held at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, 19-26 May 2018.  It was also selected for performance in Semaine internationale de la musique électroacoustique SIME 2018, 18-24 April 2018, at the Université Lille in Lille, France.

Faculty composer Joseph Klein will be one of two featured composers (along with Libby Larsen) at the 38th Annual Contemporary Music Festival at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), 22-24 October 2018.  

Alumnus composer Daniel Sabzghabaei (BM 2014) was recently selected for Beth Morrison Projects' new BMP: Next Generation program. Through this initiative, Daniel will be working with distinguished NYC-based chamber ensemble Contemporaneous and conductor David Bloom in a series of workshops in NYC, culminating in a performance of his work Two Reflections on The Belovèd at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on 17 March 2018.

Works by three UNT doctoral composers were presented at the 2018 New York City Electronic Music Festival in July 2018: Mark Vaughn's The Curved Line in the Garden for fixed media, Jacob Thiede’s And everything in-between for flute and computer (performed by flutist Linda Wetherill), and Christopher Poovey's only through fractures may light shine for double bass and live electronics (performed by Jack McGuire). 

Doctoral composer Christopher Poovey's 2 Strands will be performed at the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival held 27-30 September 2018. 

Doctoral composer Jacob Thiede’s work While it was raining in the woods was featured on the 2018 SCI National Conference in March 2018 at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA).

Upcoming Events

Nov
18
Student Recital

24x24 program — sponsored by Composers Forum

Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
5:00pm
Nov
27
Spectrum

sponsored by Composers Forum

Recital Hall
8:00pm
Nov
30
Music Now

Performance of Tastes by Ivo Medek and Vit Zouhar—part of UNT's Czech Music Festival

Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
11:00am