Posts with the tag: benjamin t. rome school of music

The Archivist’s Nook: Provoking the Canon – Moog, Meyers, and Experimental Music

Emerson Meyers
Emerson Meyers

In honor of Moogfest, next week’s fantastic electronic music/art festival in North Carolina (that I wish I was going to), this month I wanted to highlight some CUA connections to not only early electronic music, but also to Bob Moog himself, the inventor of the legendary synthesizer, and the person after whom Moogfest is named.

Would you believe that CUA was once a pioneering institution for experimental music? Founded in 1961 by Professor Emerson Meyers, the university’s Electronic Music Laboratory housed the most state-of-the-art recording equipment of the time, including one Moog synthesizer. This particular unit was one of the first manufactured; indeed, the School of Music was so eager to procure one that official manuals were not available at the time of purchase. How, then, did they figure out how to operate what was then a completely new kind of instrument? They wrote directly to Moog, who replied with pages and pages of technical instructions and hand-drawn diagrams that we still have here at the Archives. Faculty then used these documents to create in-house manuals for the equipment in the studio. Continue reading “The Archivist’s Nook: Provoking the Canon – Moog, Meyers, and Experimental Music”

“Sights & Sounds: The 50th Anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music” – May Gallery, March 22 – May 18

1967 Ward Hall Dedication with Justine Ward
Justine Ward with His Eminence Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle and Vice Rector Monsignor James A. Magner at the dedication ceremony of Ward Hall, October 4, 1967. Courtesy of University Archives, University Libraries.

The exhibit “Sights & Sounds: The 50th Anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music” will be on display in the May Gallery from March 22 through May 18.

Maintaining a tradition of excellence from the studio to the Broadway stage, from singing at the Met to teaching piano in Afghanistan, faculty and students of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music have served as ambassadors for The Catholic University of America. This exhibit highlights some achievements and the people behind those efforts.