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Mark Engebreston

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Engebretson (b. 1964) was born in California and raised in Alexandria, Minnesota. His family later moved to Maplewood, Minnesota. His father, a retired doctor, is also a saxophonist as well as a clarinetist. Engebretson attented St. Olaf College for a year before transferring to the University of Minnesota.[1] He studied at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux and Northwestern University and held positions at SUNY Fredonia, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Florida. He is a member of Red Clay Saxophone Quartet and was formerly a member of the Vienna Saxophone Quartet, both with his wife Susan Fancher who is herself a Selmer Artist and Lecturer at Duke University. Engebretson is currently Associate Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the recipient of the 2011 North Carolina Artist Fellowship in Composition, and has received major commissions from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation and the Thomas S. Kenan Center for the Arts. He is the founder of the UNCG New Music Festival, and has had performances at SEAMUS, ICMC, Wien Modern, Third Practice, Festival of New American Music, ISCM, BGSU Festival of New Music and Art, CBDNA, Carnegie Hall, Sala São Paulo, Argentina, Albania, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, China, across America, and throughout Europe. Recordings of his compositions are available on the Albany, Innova, Lotus, and Capstone labels. Dr. Engebretson taught composition at the University of Florida, music theory at the SUNY Fredonia and 20th-century music history at the Eastman School of Music. He studied at the University of Minnesota (graduating Summa cum Laude), the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (as a Fulbright Scholar), and Northwestern University, where he received the Doctor of Music degree. At Northwestern he studied composition with M. William Karlins, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Michael Pisaro, Stephen Syverud and Jay Alan Yim and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. His teachers in France were Michel Fuste-Lambezat and Jean-Marie Londeix.

 

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