Moogfest is making news in North Carolina – it’s a celebration of Moog analog synthesizers and electronic music. UNCG actually has the oldest electronic music studio in the state. When UNCG ordered its first Moog synthesizer, it invited Bob Moog to campus to lecture. Dr. Mark Engebretson is now director of the A.V. Williams Electronic Music Studio at UNCG. Last year we spoke with him and with an undergraduate, Holt Music Scholarship recipient Kaitlyn Wagner (in visual), who loves UNCG’s classic Moog synthesizer. It’s been a big part of her music program here – she composed a song using it in tribute to Philip Glass, and spent time with Glass when he came to campus last year.
Wagner, who graduated this month, will pursue acoustical studies at the Peabody Conservatory in August. “Kate is among a large number of Composition students who have been admitted to strong programs this year,” says Engebretson. Another recent graduate was awarded a fellowship to Princeton University. Curtis Institute, Florida State, University of North Texas and Ohio State University are among the destinations of his students. One 2013 graduate recently received his MM in Composition from Juilliard.
But back to Kaitlyn: “I am going to Peabody for my MA in Acoustics, funded by a graduate assistantship in computer music,” she tells CW. And she has a great summer internship. “ I’m working as an intern at Polk Audio this summer doing acoustical tests and measurements. My long term goal is to work in product development designing and building audio equipment such as speakers, microphones and synthesizers.”