Offers students one of the rare opportunities in North America to study and perform at a high level on period instruments. Generally the orchestra includes10 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos and violone as well as a complete assemblage of wind instruments, including baroque oboes, bassoons, flutes, trumpets, horns, recorders, and a full set of continuo instruments such as harpsichord, organ, theorbos, guitars and lutes. The Orchestra has performed several places in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as well as twice at the Boston Early Music Festival. Students who are admitted into the orchestra are frequently given scholarships for study on period instruments.
Director, Baroque Orchestra
Director of Early Music
Paul Leenhouts, recorder, director of early music studies and the Baroque Orchestra, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was on the faculty as professor of recorder and historical development since 1993. He is a founding member of the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet since 1978.
18-24 singers who specialize in the performance of music from the 16th through the 18th centuries and which usually performs with the UNT Baroque Orchestra. They have given North American premieres of several large compositions, such as Telemann’s Der Tod Jesu. They have also been the core choir in the performance of Handel’s oratorios Jephtha, Sampson, and Saul under Maestro Graeme Jenkins, music director of the Dallas Opera.
Director, Collegium Singers
Chair of Conducting and Ensembles
Professor of Conducting
Richard Sparks, Chair of Conducting & Ensembles, joined the faculty at UNT in 2009 with both a distinguished academic and professional career. He was a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and Pacific Lutheran University, where he was Director of Choral Activities from 1983-2001. At PLU he led the Choir of the West, one of the top undergraduate choirs in the country, on regular tours and also made eight recordings with that ensemble. Sparks’ D.M.A. is from the University of Cincinnati and his dissertation (Swedish A Cappella Music Since 1945) won the ACDA’s Julius Herford Award in 1997 and later published as The Swedish Choral Miracle.
The Early Music Studies program is a large and significant program at North Texas. Performance ensembles come under the collective name, Collegium Musicum, which includes the UNT Baroque Orchestra, the Collegium Singers and many chamber ensembles such as viol consort, recorder consort, cornett and sackbut ensemble, ?Morley Consort,? mixed chamber ensembles of instruments, as well as instruments and voices.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.
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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