Musician ~ Theorist ~ Composer ~ Performer ~ Professor ~ Writer ~ Director ~ Arranger ~ Recording Artist
Dr. Eggert’s work is informed by an unusual combination of mathematical geometry, tonal theory, and training in Native American and West African music. His most recent work focuses on the Just Intonation systems of American composer Harry Partch and the Pythagorean Lambdoma Harmonic Keyboard invented by Barbara Hero. He excels in both traditional and innovative composition. His full range of styles includes classical, pop, rock, jazz, folk, country, gospel, music theatre, experimental electronic, New Age, avant garde, world music, and microtonal. He has composed for film, theatre, chamber ensemble, and chorus; he has recorded two CDs of original world music, and has founded both a theatre company and a “green” charter school.
Dr. Eggert began his performing career as early as age 9, with acting and singing in community theatre productions, and formed his first rock band at age 12. After high school he went on to study composition at Carnegie-Mellon University, and later film scoring at Berklee College of Music. He left school to pursue a career in performance, and toured nationally and internationally with various ensembles over the years before resuming his academic pursuits. He received his BA in Music through Thomas Edison State University, and went on to get his MA in Music Theory/Composition at Montclair State University. In 2017 he earned his DMA at the University of Georgia in Composition and Theory. His scholarship on Just Intonation and the Pythagorean Table earned him First Prize at the 4’33” Scholarship Competition and the award for Best Art Dialogue at the Interdisciplinary Research Conference at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Eggert’s dissertation presents a cycle of ten chamber pieces, composed in a system of symmetrical modes that Eggert himself developed over the past ten years. His accompanying scholarship situates experimental harmonic theory apparent in these pieces and in his other works, such as Ondine’s Flute. His teaching spans technical, cultural, and philosophical elements of music, as well as passionate commitment to civic engagement, community outreach, and multicultural appreciation.
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