Opportunities in Music

As one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive music schools, the University of North Texas' College of Music provides many opportunities for you to enjoy our musical heritage. These avenues include:

  • Attending recitals and concerts
  • Performing in vocal or instrumental ensembles
  • Enrolling in music courses
  • Taking private lessons

We invite you to explore all the College of Music has to offer.

Concerts and recitals

Our musical performances range from concerts by student groups to those featuring internationally known artists. The college presents more than 1,000 programs each year. Many of the events are held in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the 1,000-seat Winspear Performance Hall and the 400- seat Lyric Theatre. Other concert venues are:

  • Stan Kenton Hall
  • Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
  • Recital Hall
  • Voertman Hall
  • Main Auditorium

Event listings are available on our website.

Performance opportunities

If you performed in a high school ensemble, you may want to audition for one of our vocal or instrumental ensembles. Being a music major is not required for performing in our ensembles.

Auditions are held the week before classes begin each fall and spring semester. You can earn 1 elective credit hour toward your bachelor's degree while in an ensemble, which rehearses from four to six hours each week.

Several ensembles perform on national and international tours and release recordings.

Choral Ensembles

  • A Cappella Choir
  • Men's Chorus
  • Concert Choir
  • University Singers
  • Grand Chorus
  • Women's Chorus

Early Music Ensembles

  • Baroque Orchestra
  • Collegium Singers

Jazz Ensembles

  • Jazz Guitar Ensembles
  • Latin Jazz Lab
  • Jazz Repertory Ensemble
  • U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble
  • Jazz Singers
  • Jazz Small Groups
  • Zebras Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Lab Bands


  • Concert Orchestra
  • Symphony Orchestra

Percussion Ensembles

  • African Ensemble
  • Afro-Cuban Ensemble
  • Guatemalan Marimba Ensemble
  • Brazilian Ensemble
  • Indoor Drumline
  • Classical Percussion Ensembles
  • South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble
  • Gamelan
  • Steel Bands

Wind Ensembles

  • Basketball Pep Band
  • Brass Band
  • Green Brigade Marching Band
  • Chamber Winds
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Bands
  • Wind Symphony

Other Ensembles

  • Mariachi Aguilas
  • Opera Theatre
  • Nova — New Music Ensemble

Available course work

Courses focusing on music appreciation, music theory, 19th- and 20th-century music, and world music cultures are available to all students. These courses fulfill the visual and performing arts, humanities or discovery requirements of the university's core curriculum. For detailed information about the courses, access the UNT Undergraduate Catalog.

Based on availability and with permission from the college, you can also enroll in applied lessons for 1 credit hour. More information about enrolling in a music course or taking applied lessons is available by contacting the College of Music's Undergraduate Advising Office at 940-565-3860.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.