Ensembles

The UNT A Cappella Choir

The University of North Texas A Cappella Choir is led by Dr. Allen Hightower, director of choral studies. The choir, selected by competitive auditions from the more than 1,500 music majors within the College of Music, is the premier ensemble in the UNT choral program comprised of seven choirs and a Collegium Musicum. Founded in 1938 by Wilfred Bain, the choir has enjoyed a rich performance history including a three-month tour of Europe under the sponsorship of the US Department of State in 1966. The choir gave refereed performances for the national conferences of the ACDA in 2013 (Dallas), 2005 (Los Angeles), and 1999 (Chicago), and for the National Collegiate Choral Organization national convention in 2008 (Cincinnati). The A Cappella Choir was the only American choir to be featured on the programs of the 2nd Daejeon (South Korea) International Choral Festival in 2012 and the 9th Annual Taipei International Choral Festival in 2009. The choir has made numerous appearances for TMEA and the ACDA Southwestern Division.

The UNT A Cappella Can be found on YouTube in numerous performances over the past few years.

Director
Conducting Associate:
Course Number:
MULB 1801
Meets:

Mon.-Fri.: 12:00–12:50 PM

University Singers

Led by Dr. Kristina MacMullen, the University Singers will explore a wide variety of repertoire from a cappella to works with instrumental ensemble or orchestra. The University Singers also combine annually with the UNT Grand Chorus to present extended works with orchestra. Recent performances include Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, and the premiere of Jake Heggie's Ahab Symphony, which is avaiable on iTunesCDBaby, and Amazon.

Conducting Associate:
Course Number:
MULB 1816
Meets:

Mon.-Fri.: 12:00–12:50 PM Orchestra Room (MU 232)

Collegium Singers

Collegium Singers, conducted by Dr. Allen Hightower, is a chamber choir dedicated to period performance, usually in collaboration with UNT's Baroque Orchestra or other musicians from UNT's extensive early music program. The choir consists of members of the other student choirs, plus graduate students in voice or early music. In 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2019 the Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra, were invited to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival, the premiere early music festival in the world. In June 2012, fourteen members of the Collegium Singers were invited to perform the Victoria Requiem at the Berkeley Early Music Festival--that performance, recorded live, can be found here.

Their performance from December of 2011 of the Vivaldi Gloria on YouTube has had more than 2,400,000 hits.  

The choir also performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization convention in Portland, OR in November 2015.

Director
Conducting Associate:
Course Number:
MUEN 4530/5530.002
Meets:

Mon./Wed.: 2:00–2:50 PM Voertman & Fri.: 1:00–2:50 PM

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed choir open to students of all majors in the university. Auditions are held in August, the week before classes begin. Concert Choir collaborates frequently with area high schools, consistent with its mission to share our love of music with others and to uplift others through choral singing. The Concert Choir is committed to engaging meaningfully in service to the community. Concert Choir combines annually with the A cappella Choir and University Singers to form the UNT Grand Chorus, which performs extended works with orchestra. Recent performances include Verdi's Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Orff’s Carmina Burana

Director
Conducting Associate:
Course Number:
MULB 1802
Meets:

Mon.–Thurs.: 2:00–2:50 PM

Grand Chorus

The University of North Texas Grand Chorus is comprised of over 160 singers drawn from the A Cappella Choir, University Singers, Concert Choir, and other interested individuals. The Grand Chorus has a distinguished history of performing under the leadership of many of the world's most highly respected orchestral conductors. The late Georg Solti called the UNT Grand Chorus one of America's best choirs. The Grand Chorus sings annually with the UNT Symphony Orchestra, UNT Chamber Orchestra, UNT Wind Symphony and/or regional symphonies. Over the past few seasons the choir has given performances of Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C Major, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Requiem, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Britten's War Requiem, Howells' The Hymn of Jesus, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. In the spring of 2013, the Grand Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and tenor Richard Croft, gave the premier of Jake Heggie's Ahab Symphony. April 2003 saw the performance and commercial recording of Orff's Carmina Burana in a new complete edition for Wind Symphony, Choir and soloists. The compact disc is available from Klavier Records and the DVD is available from the UNT College of Music.

Director
Course Number:
MULB 5171-507
Meets:

Tues.: 6:00–8:00 PM

Men's Chorus

The University of North Texas Men's Chorus is open to tenors and basses interested in singing challenging music in a variety of styles. Men's Chorus personnel come from diverse backgrounds, including both music majors and non-music majors. An audition is not required for enrollment in Men's Chorus. Placement in appropriate sections will occur after individual voicing during the first week of classes.

Director
Course Number:
MULB 1815
Meets:

Mon.–Thurs.: 1:00–1:50 PM

Women's Chorus

The University of North Texas Women's Chorus consists of 80 voices and is open to sopranos and altos interested in singing challenging music in a variety of styles. Women's Chorus personnel come from diverse backgrounds, including both music majors and non-music majors. An audition is not required for enrollment in Women's Chorus. Placement in appropriate sections will occur after individual voicing during the first week of classes.

Director
Course Number:
MULB 1803
Meets:

Mon.–Thurs.: 1:00–1:50 PM Orchestra Room (MU232)

UpFront Choir

The UpFront Choir is comprised of all choral music education majors in the UNT program. It is a peer-led ensemble that offers junior and senior students the opportunity to conduct a collegiate choir and gain experience teaching choral music before their student teaching semester. This ensemble, unique to UNT, is student led, and supervised by Dr. Jessica Nápoles, Dr. Jamey Kelley, and Dr. Kristina MacMullen. UpFront regularly performs in service to the Denton community. Committed to service in the College of Music and the profession, members of UpFront engage in freshman mentoring initiatives, collaborations with local public schools offering voice lessons to students, professional development trips to TMEA, and tutoring sessions in music theory and aural skills to music majors.

Director
Meets:

Mon./Wed.: 3:00-3:50 PM

Conductors' Chorus

The Conductors' Chorus is an auditioned laboratory ensemble that provides guided conducting opportunities for graduate choral conductors at the University of North Texas. 

Meets:

Thurs.: 3:00-3:50 PM