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Jesse MoorefieldThis week we’re getting to know Jesse Moorefield, the production manager for the department! Jesse oversees the production of all the Department of Music performances.

Jesse’s office is a little hard to find but “if you follow the sound of clarinets you will find me in Hill Hall, room 102,” Jesse noted. His office is next to Professor Oehler’s clarinet studio. But, most of the time you will find him in Moeser Auditorium.

“During the day I’m coordinating logistics for upcoming performances or events in Person Recital Hall, Kenan Rehearsal Hall, and the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium,” Jesse said. “In the evening you can find me mixing live sound, running stage lights, and/or stage managing depending on the performance’s needs.”

Jesse and his staff's end of year Zoom meeting.
Jesse and his staff’s end of year Zoom meeting.

“I also manage a student production crew staff that assists me with the audio and video recordings of performances and the post-production that follows. Moeser Auditorium also hosts many events for the campus and community at large and I work with these groups to meet their event production needs,” he noted.

Jesse has been with UNC for over 10 years. He first started working at UNC for the Department of Communication’s Media Lab. He then moved to the music department in 2015 as the Media Technician, and this past fall (2019), Jesse started working as the department’s production manager.

“Working with musicians and the music they make is a passion of mine,” Jesse told us. “As a student in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, I fell in love with being part of a musical community on a college campus. Joining the UNC Department of Music has been a perfect fit and I have really enjoyed being part of UNC’s music community ever since.”

Jesse's main "desk" in Moeser Auditorium (the sound board).
Jesse’s main desk, in Moeser Auditorium.

Jesse first came to Chapel Hill for an internship with the Kitchen Mastering studio in Carrboro. “It’s an amazing audio mastering facility,” he said. “I completed this internship as part of my degree in Music Industry Production from Appalachian State University. I fell in love with Chapel Hill and Carrboro and decided to stay.”

Jesse and his wife Anne have three dogs, Pie, Elliott, and Pikachu. He enjoys cooking and hiking/camping, and playing and recording music with his friends! Jesse not only works behind the musical scenes, but also plays the clarinet, guitar, and drumset!

A fun fact you may not know about Jesse?
“I love the television show, Survivor, and hope to compete one day!”

Pie and Elliott
Pie and Elliott
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