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. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in 2018, the College of Music hosted - with the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno) and Palacký University (Olomouc) - the Third International Festival and Academic Conference on Czech music which featured the performance of Janáček’s opera Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen).
Dr. Thomas Sovík
Professor and Director of Central European Studies & Exchanges
College of Music, University of North Texas