The College of Music at the University of North Texas
Recent CEFT-UNT Collaborative Activities
To date, UNT's partnership with CEFT has enabled the College of Music to sponsor state-wide tours of the Czech historical dance company Mimi fortunae, residencies of the Wallinger String Quartet and the Škampa String Quartet, Czech pianist Radoslav Kvapil, the Petr Mička Cimbalom Orchestra, the Czech children's artist Pavel Čech, and two Czech dechovka brass bands - Stříbrňanka and Moravská Jedenáctka.
In 2010 the College of Music produced Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride with performances both on campus as well as across the State of Texas; in 2013 the College hosted a two-continent music festival and academic conference devoted to Czech composer Leoš Janáček; in 2015 the College hosted its second, two-continent festival entitled Veselé Vánoce! A Czech Christmas at the University of North Texas - which concluded with a 9-city tour of Texas. The keynote work of the festival was the Česká mše vánoční (Christmas Mass) by Czech composer Jakub Jan Ryba.
This Fall, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, the College of Music will co-host - with the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno) and Palacký University (Olomouc) - the Third International Festival and Academic Conference on Czech music. The Festival will be November 28 through December 1, 2018 and will end with a performance of Janáček’s opera Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen). The Festival schedule and additional information can be found at the UNT Festival website.
Call for Papers and musicians (1st grade through college)
UNT will provide the opportunity for Texas students to read their papers at the academic conference on Saturday, 1 December; likewise, we will provide the opportunity for Texas students to perform a musical work written by a Czech composer. For more information click here, or go to the UNT Festival page.
Call for children to Perform in the opera
For UNT Opera’s upcoming production of The Cunning Little Vixen, in association with the Texas Czech Education Foundation, UNT Opera plans to collaborate with the Vaclav Havel Czech School of Dallas to find approximately 16 children, aged 7-10, to sing (in English and in Czech!) and act as 16 Foxcubs, including secondary roles as 2 Young Vixens (singing), 2 Young Frogs (singing) and 2 Hares (non-singing). All secondary roles also appear as Foxcubs. For details, click here or go to the UNT Festival page.
Further information on this festival will be forthcoming.
Dr. Thomas Sovík
Professor and Director of Central European Studies & Exchanges
College of Music, University of North Texas