Welcome to the website of Joseph Klein — Composer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Chair of the Division of Composition Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music.

Contact Information:

College of Music
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311367
Denton, TX 76203-5017

office: MU 2005
phone: (940)565-4926
fax: (940)565-2002
e-mail: joseph.klein@unt.edu

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Score Follower Videos:

Die Schadhafte (2015) — character study after Elias Canetti, featuring cellist Madeleine Shapiro.

Occam's Razor (1994-99) — seven studies for ten instruments, featuring the North Texas Chamber Players.

Six modules from An Unaware Cosmos (2012-18), featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Der Ohrenzeuge (2001) — character study after Elias Canetti, featuring bass flutist Helen Bledsoe.

Zwei parabeln nach Franz Kafka (2006), for narrator, SATB choir, and computer music, featuring Jeffrey Snider (narrator), and Henry Gibbons (conductor).

Featured Performances/Recordings:

Chain of Circumstances — video realization featuring Richard Shuster (piano) and Jordan Fuchs (dancer/choreographer); October 2020.

Der Saus und Braus — featuring pianist Redi Llupa, University of North Texas, March 2019.

An Unaware Cosmos — premiere performance of complete cycle, featuring members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, University of North Texas, October 2018.

Der Gottprotz — premiere performance by organist S. Andrew Lloyd, University of North Texas, October 2018.

Character Studies after Elias Canetti — James Madison University Contemporary Music Festival, October 2018.


Interview with conductor Jayce Ogren on Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark with Orchestra 2001, April 2018.

Interview with Elizabeth McNutt on her blog site New Music Pioneer, September 2016.

Interview with David MacDonald, Nate Bliton, and Patrick Gullo on SoundNotion TV, March 2014.

Interview with Philip Blackburn for innova Recordings' "Alive and Composing" series, October 2013.

Upcoming Performances:

  • Saturday, 24 August 2024, 7:30 pm CDT: performance of Recombinant at the Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX).  
  • Friday, 11 April 2025, 7:30 pm EDT: premiere performance of Pathways IV for solo piano and chamber ensemble, featuring pianist Redi Llupa and Ensemble Ibis, conducted by Shawn Crouch; University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL).

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