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There are three classical percussion ensembles at UNT. Two are comprised of undergraduate students and the third consists of graduate students with some upper-classmen. These ensembles perform regularly and are devoted to contemporary and classical percussion ensemble literature. The graduate ensemble has premiered new works and recently performed at PASIC 2000 in Dallas, Texas. This ensemble has future collaborations with the distinguished Van Cliburn Foundation as well as a recording project.
Director, Percussion Ensemble
Coordinator of Percussion
Professor of Percussion
Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and a Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba specialist and the coordinator of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT. Ford is an active performer on the marimba and he has been featured throughout the United States at universities and music conferences. Mark is also the Artistic Director for the annual Drum Fest Marimba/Vibraphone Competition in Opole, Poland. He regularly performs at International Music Festivals throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
Includes traditional percussion, African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, drumlines, Contemporary, Gamelan, South Indian, and Steel Bands. The University of North Texas Percussion area is a diverse and innovative program that has set high standards in percussion education and performance for decades. In addition to outstanding classical percussion offerings, the program boasts one of the finest jazz drum set programs in the country.Offical Website.
Renovated in 2010, Voertman Hall seats 380. Formerly known as the Concert Hall, the new performance space includes an upgraded mechanical system to reduce noise, multi-layered walls for sound isolation, a control booth, a ticket booth, a Green Room and updated lighting and audio systems.
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