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Established in 1938 and has played concerts regularly for over 70 years. During this time the orchestra has had only seven regular conductors. The 80-member ensemble is currently under the direction of Maestro David Itkin. Membership is drawn from the finest musicians attending the College of Music.
Director, Symphony Orchestra
Director of Orchestral Studies
Professor of Music
The 2017-2018 season marks Maestro David Itkin’s 10th year serving as Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music, his 13th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic, and his 4th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Summerfest in McCall, Idaho. Following a distinguished 17-year tenure, Maestro Itkin was named Conductor Laureate of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in July 2010. Previously he served as Music Director & Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Lake Forest Symphony (Chicago), Kingsport Symphony (TN), Birmingham Opera Theatre, and Lucius Woods Music Festival (WI).
The UNT Orchestral Studies program involves over 175 undergraduate and graduate students and offers performance opportunities for majors and non-majors. With approximately 80% of its members receiving a scholarship, the UNT Symphony Orchestra and UNT Concert Orchestra consist of students from 26 states and 18 countries. Ensemble placement is by audition only.Offical Website.
1025 seats. The expansive Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall has been recognized as one of the finest concert halls in the world. The hall’s acoustics, designed by the internationally renowned Christopher Jaffe of Jaffe Holden Scarbrough Acoustics, Inc., are varied with ten acoustical curtains and three vertically adjustable clouds.
The UNT College of Music began live streaming ensemble performances in 2009 for parents, potential students, and distant colleagues while showing the world-renowned music programs at UNT.
Recordings are available to UNT students and faculty for educational use only. Some concerts are available on youtube.
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The UNT College of Music is one of the world's largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. The college offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor's to doctoral levels and are home to the world's first jazz studies program.
Faculty includes internationally-acclaimed artists and scholars in performance, composition, conducting, music theory, music history, ethnomusicology and music education.
The College of Music is one of the nation’s largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. It offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor to doctoral levels and is home to the world’s first jazz studies degree program. Faculty include internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, music entrepreneurship, music history, music theory and performance. The college presents more than 1,100 concerts and recitals annually. UNT music alumni can be found around the globe in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions. music.unt.edu