SCC names new DJ-Electronic Music Program Director

Elaine Walker (submitted photo)

Elaine Walker (submitted photo)

The DJ and Electronic Music Program at Scottsdale Community College has a new director.

Elaine Walker will now lead the program, replacing longtime director Rob Wegner, who stepped down.

Ms. Walker has been serving as an adjunct faculty member in the program since 2007, according to a press release. She brings a rich background in electronic music to the position.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and has a master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University. She spent time as a freelance audio editor in Boston and New York before coming to Arizona and teaching. She has written many songs in the electronic music genre and specializes in mixing microtonal scales.

“I’m honored and excited to be working in this program and I look forward to working with the DJ faculty,” she stated in the release. “Rob really built this program into something special and it will be exciting to continue bringing some of his ideas to fruition.”

Under Wegner, the DJ program grew from a single non-credited course more than 10 years ago to the first DJ program in the nation to offer an accredited two-year degree. In 2014, the program received accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education.

“Rob put so much of himself into this program,” stated Dr. Christina Novak, chair of the SCC Music Department. “We wouldn’t have this program without him.”

She added Ms. Walker’s background in electronic music and her accomplishments and experiences will be an asset for all DJ and electronic music students.

Ms. Walker grew up playing classical piano before switching to a synthesizer in the eighth grade, the release stated. As a working musician, she has written and arranged many compositions and even built some of the musical instruments used by former bandmates.

“In the field of electronic music, she is one of the country’s best,” stated Dr. Novak in the release. “We’ve also been impressed with her ability to work with students and motivate them.”

Ms. Walker also has written a book that will soon be available. It is a philosophy book titled “Matter Over Mind.”

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