History

The Composers Forum (CF) was founded in 1995 by graduate composers Edilberto Cuellar, Arnold Friedman, and Joe Spaniola, and undergraduate composers Philip Ducote, Kevin Salfen, and Eliot Schechter. Over the years, Composers Forum members have been actively involved in the promotion of new music and performance art works by organizing events both on and off the UNT campus; assisting in collaborations between composers, performers, artists, film makers, poets, and dancers; and sponsoring competitions for composition students.

Mission

The Composers Forum (CF) strives to represent its membership faithfully and in their best interests. The organization will focus on increasing the visibility of new student works within UNT and extending to regional/state colleges/universities and facilitating professional development opportunities for its members.

The organization coordinates performances of new works by UNT student composers and supports a culture of shared learning. CF celebrates compositional diversity including, but not limited to, instrumental music, electro-acoustic music, film, and intermedia.

Vision

The Composers Forum at the University of North Texas is a student organization devoted to:

  1. Representing the Composer student body on-and-off campus
  2. Bringing new student works to the public’s attention
  3. The early professional development of its Composer members

Composers Forum will be a diverse organization and will foster the spirit of creative innovation/collaboration between composers, performers, and artists of various disciplines throughout and beyond the UNT community.

• Join Composers Forum on Facebook.
• Download the Composers Forum Constitution.
• Download the Composers Forum Stage Crew Handbook.
• Download the CF Newsletter (August 2011).
 

2017-18 CF Officers

Louise Fristensky

President
LouiseFristensky [at] my.unt.edu

Jacob Thiede

Vice President (Graduate)
jacobthiede [at] my.unt.edu

Evan Adams

Vice President (Undergraduate)
Evanadams [at] my.unt.edu

2017-18 CF Board

Grant Carrington

Board Member
grantcarrington [at] my.unt.edu

Geritt Davenport

Board Member
GerittDavenport [at] my.unt.edu

Sam Miyashita

Board Member
SamuelMiyashita [at] my.unt.edu

Austin Poorbaugh

Board Member
apoorbaugh [at] gmail.com

Kevin Rosacia

Board Member
kevinrosacia [at] my.unt.edu

Kyle Snow

Board Member
snow.kyle.g [at] gmail.com

Alejandro Sosa Carrillo

Board Member
AlejandroSosaCarrillo [at] my.unt.edu

Tyler Waters

Board Member
tyler.waters5295 [at] gmail.com

Gallery

Past Composers Forum Officers

Past CF Officers

Past CF Officers:

1995-96:
• Edilberto Cuellar, chair
• Eliot Schechter, co-chair
• Man-Mei Wu, secretary (fall)
• Rachel Steckler, secretary (spring)
• Arnold Friedman, treasurer

1996-97:
• Joseph Spaniola, chair
• Cliff Jones, co-chair
• Rachel Steckler. secretary
• Arnold Friedman, treasurer

1997-98:
• Joseph Spaniola, chair
• Kevin Salfen, secretary
• Arnold Friedman, treasurer

1998-99:
• Kevin Salfen, chair
• Christopher Tucker, co-chair
• J.T. Rinker, secretary
• Arnold Friedman, treasurer

1999-2000:
• Kevin Salfen, chair

2000-01:
• Edward Munguia, chair
• Nikki D'Agostino, secretary

2001-02:
• Nikki D'Agostino, chair

2002-03:
• Nikki D'Agostino, chair
• Jon Collins, co-chair

2003-04:
• Dan Zajicek, president
• Jessica Leza
• Brent Scheihagen

2004-05:
• Ronnie Garza, president

2005-06:
• Edward Henderson, president
• Gary Knudson, graduate vice president
• Laura Marrero, undergraduate vice president

2006-07:
• Gary Knudson, president
• Jay Walls, graduate vice president
• Chris Polcyn, undergraduate vice president
• Jing Wang

2007-08:
• Gary Knudson, president
• Jay Walls, graduate vice president
• Ethan Hayden, undergraduate vice president
• Ilya Rostovtsev
• Christina Rusnak
• Greg Dixon

2008-09:
• Christina Rusnak, president
• Sarah Summar, graduate vice president
• Nick Kanozik, undergraduate vice president
• Ilya Rostovtsev
• Andrew Miller
• Cody Forrest
• Michael Garman

2009-10:
• Da Jeong Choi, president
• Sarah Summar, graduate vice president
• Nick Kanozik, undergraduate vice president (fall)
• Cody Forrest, undergraduate vice president (spring)

2010-11:
• Joshua Harris, president
• Daniel Bernardo, graduate vice president
• Ryan Pivovar, undergraduate vice president
• Elise Wattman, records officer
• Paul Thomas, treasurer

2011-12:
• Mark Oliveiro, president
• Lisa Bost-Sandberg, graduate vice president
• Amy Golden, undergraduate vice president
• Anna Norris, records officer (fall)
• Ryan Fellhauer, records officer (spring)
• S. Andrew Lloyd, treasurer

2012-13:
• Christopher Walker, president
• Elyse Kahler, graduate vice president
• Ryan Fellhauer, undergraduate vice president
• Daniel Routh, records officer
• Jennifer Hill, treasurer

 

2013-14:
• Ryan Fellhauer, president
• Brad Robin, graduate vice president
• Jen Hill, undergraduate vice president
• Jacob Denny, records officer
• Jordan Kusel, treasurer

2014-15:
• Jen Hill, president
• Seth Shafer, graduate vice president
• Jordan Kusel, undergrad vice president (fall)
• Michelle Brite, undergrad vice president (spring)
• Joseph Lyszczarz, records officer
• Richard Carrasco, treasurer

2015-16:
• Michelle Brite, president
• Michael Smith, graduate vice president
• Michele Newman, undergrad vice president
• Ryan Ayres, records officer
• Richard Carrasco, treasurer

2016-17:
• Ermir Bejo, president
• Mark Vaughn, graduate vice president
• Michele Newman, undergrad vice president
• Evan Adams, records officer
• Richard Carrasco, treasurer

Past CF Board Members

Past CF Board Members:

• Evan Adams
• Michelle Alonso
• Ryan Ayres
• Ermir Bejo†
• Josh Berthume
• Jordan Bortner
• Lisa Bost-Sandberg
• Joshua Bradford
• Michelle Brite†
• Steven Bryant
• Richard Carrasco
• Grant Carrington
• Da Jeong (Juliana) Choi†
• Austin Clay
• Jon Collins
• Jeffrey Cook
• Erin Costelo
• Lucio Edilberto Cuellar*†
• Nikki D'Agostino†
• Jacob Denny
• Greg Dixon
• Philip Ducote*
• Miguel Espinel
• Eric Faires
• Ryan Fellhauer†
• Cody Forrest
• Arnold Friedman*
• Michael Garman
• Ronnie Garza†
• Amy Golden
• Christopher Grow
• Jason Guitierrez
• Joshua Harris†
• Ethan Hayden
• Edward Henderson†
• Jen Hill†
• Elyse Kahler
• Nicholas Kanozik
• Will King
• Gary Knudson†
• Chris Lamb
• Jessica Leza
• S. Andrew Lloyd
• Joseph Lyszczarz
• Brandon Maahs
• Todd Markey
• Laura Marrero
• Samuel Melnick
• Andrew Miller
• Mary Mixter
• Edward Paul Munguia†
• Michele Newman
• Anna Norris
• Ryan Pivovar
• Chris Polcyn
• Lizzy Presland
• J.T. Rinker
• Ilya Rostovtsev
• Daniel Routh
• Christina Rusnak†
• Daniel Sabzghabaei
• Kevin Salfen*†
• Eliot Theodore Schechter*
• Brent Scheihagen
• Benjamin Shirey
• Austin Simonds
• Kyle Snow
• John Snyder
• Alejandro Sosa Carrillo
• Joseph Spaniola*†
• Rachel Steckler
• Betsy Stelzer
• Sarah Page Summar
• Paul Thomas
• Nicolas Useche-Gonzalez
• Mark Vaughn
• Christopher Walker†
• Jay Alan Walls
• Hsiao-Lan Wang
• Jing Wang
• Elise Wattman
• Hua Xin
• Daniel Zajicek†

       * founding member
       † past president (chair)