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New Music Workstations Provide State-of-the-Art Technology for St. Margaret’s Students

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By Gene Wie, Orchestra Director and AP Computer Science Teacher

Thanks to the PTF’s generous grant, the new music technology workstations for the music department are coming into place. Three cutting-edge iMac computers with a range of digital audio software give students tools for practicing their ensemble parts, composition and training in music theory.

Each workstation includes monitor speakers that provide high-quality audio reproduction for editing recorded sound, and a feature-laden keyboard controller provides control over effects too numerous to list. Special workstation desks with rack-mount ready rails offer room for future expansion for professional-level studio recording applications.

Over the past few days in the orchestra classroom, the workstation has already been used by the Upper School Symphony to work on the score for the upcoming musical theatre production of Jane Eyre, and by the Lower School Orchestras to provide tempo control from their class songbook backing tracks.

These workstations are being installed in the individual band, choir and orchestra classrooms until the completion of the new Performing Arts Center, at which time they will be housed in one of the many sound-isolated practice rooms.

Meet Mr. Wie

Mr. Gene Wie is Orchestra Director for grades 4 through 12 at St. Margaret’s where he also teaches Advanced Placement computer science. Mr. Wie appears internationally as a conductor, chamber musician and teacher, dividing his time equally between the classroom and concert stage. His performances on violin, viola, clarinet and saxophone have taken him across the United States, Canada, Europe and the South Pacific. Concertizing for five years as first violinist of the Elegie Quartet, he has also performed as principal clarinet of the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra and Blackbird Music Project, and as a viola substitute with the Pacific Symphony. He is music director of the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, and leads an innovative course in music technology at the Orange County High School of the Arts where he previously taught the Senior Conservatory Concert Orchestra, Junior Conservatory String Orchestra, Chamber Music, String Masterclass, Music Appreciation and guest conducted the Wind Ensemble. He has coached string and wind sections for numerous orchestra, wind ensemble and marching band programs including the UCI Symphony, Chapman University Symphony, Orange County Youth Symphony, University High School, Corona del Mar High School, Santa Margarita Catholic High School and Rancho Buena Vista High School. He is on the artist faculty of ChamberArtsFest (USA/France) where he has coached, studied and performed major works in the chamber music repertoire with the guidance of William Fitzpatrick, Peter Marsh, Yoko Matsuda, Robert Becker and Margaret Parkins. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Music from the University of California, Irvine. His personal website can be found at http://www.genewie.com.

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