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Dr. Mark Engebretson Premieres Original Composition in Brazil

By Dr. Mark Engebretson, Associate Professor of Composition and Electronic Music, School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Last academic year (2011-2012), I received a Kohler grant to travel to Brazil for the premiere of my original composition, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra.  The performance was given by the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, under the direction of Ligia Amadio, with the solo part performed by saxophonist Susan Fancher.  Although the orchestra is attached to the university, it is made up of professional musicians who are hired to present first-rate concerts on behalf of the university community.  The performance was given in Sala São Paulo, a beautiful, modern hall in a converted train station terminal.  The room holds 1500 people and was filled near to capacity.

I was very impressed by the quality of the orchestra and their dedication to rehearsals.  I attended five rehearsals, whereas in the US most professional orchestras will do only two rehearsals before playing a concert.  I was very happy with the communication I had with the conductor and the musicians.  Many musicians went out of their way to thank me for the piece, and I hope to have made some good contacts for future projects.  In particular, Maestrina Amadio introduced me to a Brazilian agent who hopes to develop more performances with me.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience, potentially of a “career-changing” nature for me, and I am very grateful for the International Travel Fund’s (ITF) generous support.

If you’d like to watch the dress rehearsal for the concert, please visit the following links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7cn6Z7b1aQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_nSYDvVsnE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE37gobBJZE

Mark Engebretson

Dr. Mark Engebretson (left) with saxophonist Susan Fancher

Faculty funding for international activities

A portion of the Kohler Fund, established in 1991 with a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Penn Kohler, class of 1930, is dedicated to supporting faculty internationalization efforts in six areas (research, teaching, internationalizing the curriculum, student programs, special projects and institutional linkages).  Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals by the deadline that falls approximately six weeks before the proposed event or travel. To facilitate faculty submissions the Committee now has four deadlines per year for all six areas. The final deadline for this semester is March 22. Details about the procedure for applying and the forms needed can be found the IPC website at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/fundingopportunities.html. To see others who received a Kohler in the 2012-13 fiscal year, click here. We look forward to receiving and reviewing this year’s proposals.

The International Travel Fund (ITF), created by the Provost’s Office, supports approximately 50 UNCG faculty members per year to present their work at international conferences outside North America.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and processed typically within two weeks of receipt.  Owing to the popularity of this fund, faculty are highly encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notification that their presentations have been accepted. Faculty may apply once per year every two out of three years.  To see who received funding for international conferences for the 2011-12 fiscal year, click here and for those who have been awarded this year to date, here. Details about applying can be found at the following website: http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/travelfunds.html.

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