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Electronic Music and Technology Faculty

*John Link, Area Coordinator
John Link has composed for diverse media including orchestra, chamber and jazz ensembles, rock bands, and electroacoustic instruments. He has received commissions from guitarist Daniel Lippel, cellist Caroline Stinson, the Athabasca String Trio, the New Jersey Arts Collective (the 2006 Ionisation Commission for pianist Anthony de Mare), Flexible Music, clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music (for the Ames Piano Quartet), The High Mountain Symphony, and the Composers Guild of New Jersey. He was an invited guest composer at the 29th Annual New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University in 2008, and has received awards from the Centre Acanthes, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. Dr. Link was a founding member of the composers group Friends & Enemies of New Music. His music is recorded on the New Focus Recordings, Bridge Records, and 60x60 labels. Link is also the author of Elliott Carter: A Guide to Research (Garland, 2000), co-editor with Nicholas Hopkins of Elliott Carter's Harmony Book (Carl Fischer, 2002), co-editor with Marguerite Boland of Elliott Carter Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and is currently working on a book about Carter’s late music.

Frank D. Fagnano
Frank D. Fagnano has been a freelance recording engineer and producer in the New York metropolitan area since 1983, was Chief Engineer at Marion Recording from 1985 until 2002. He has worked in world class recording studios and large performance venues across the US for several well known Platinum and Grammy winning artists, including Tony Bennett, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hall & Oates, and more. 

In 1989, Frank established a company which specialized in mobile direct-to-disk digital audio recording/editing long before it became the industry standard. He has designed several recording studios, including the mobile John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Kathie Lee Gifford's private studio. 

Frank has been an Adjunct Professor at WPU since May 1987, having taught Electronic Music until May 1998. During that time he designed two incarnations of Electronic Music Labs, and was a consultant to the university's Center for Electro-Acoustic Music (CEM). He returned to WPU in 2004 to teach in the Sound Engineering Arts degree program, the Audio Camp for high school students in WPU's Summer Youth Program, and in 2016 he began teaching classes on advanced music synthesis in WPU's CEM once again. 

Additionally, Frank is a musician and composer, having performed in several musical genera, and has composed music for documentaries and commercials. 

Over the years, he has taught private students and master classes, and has been a guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of topics related to the music industry, performance, music theory, and technology. 

Frank holds degrees in both Music Management and Philosophy from William Paterson University. 

Edmund Fay
Edmund Fay’s service as a member of William Paterson University’s adjunct music faculty spans several decades during which he has taught Music Technology, Electronic Music 1, Electronic Music 2, Ear Training, Classical Percussion, Orchestral Timpani, as well as conducting and coaching various contemporary chamber music ensembles and percussion ensembles.  He has also taught at the State University of New York (Purchase, NY) and the Zukofsky Orchestral Seminar (Reykavik, Iceland).  In addition to his teaching career, Mr. Fay has lead a distinguished performance career both nationally and internationally.  He has performed in numerous NY Broadway performances, as well as with an extensive list of orchestral, opera and ballet organizations including: San Francisco Symphony New Music Series, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Vermont Chamber Orchestra, NJ State Opera Orchestra, Opera Classics, New Jersey Philharmonic, Atlantic Sinfonia, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Company, Princeton Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and the NJ Percussion Ensemble.  He has been heard in live broadcasts on WQXR, WNYC, WNET, and has recorded on New World Records and on a Grammy Nominated recording on the Warner Music Group’s Nonesuch label.  Additionally, Mr. Fay is a writer and composer who also leads an active career in cutting-edge technology fields including technical architecture, software engineering and research in psychoacoustics.

*David Weisberg
David Weisberg is an Associate Professor of Music at William Paterson University. His primary areas of interest include self-similarity in music, the treatment of form and compositional techniques involved in the works of modernist composers, and voice-leading in jazz. He completed his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in 2001, where he studied composition with Charles Wuorinen, and jazz piano with Kenny Barron. He also performs as a freelance pianist in the New York-Metropolitan Area with groups such as the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and the New Jersey Pops. He has presented papers and has had his compositions performed both in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves on the executive board of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic.

* full-time faculty