Craig Sowby

PLEASANT GROVE — American Fork native Craig Sowby won first and second-place awards in two categories at the 123rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society in New York City.

The awards were for work he did as a student at Utah Valley State College.

Sowby submitted "Red-Handed" to the international competition. It took first place in pop/rock.

"The pop/rock category is extremely difficult to win because it has the most submissions," said Mike Wisland, professor of audio at UVSC. "There were students from 35-40 colleges who entered."

"Galaxy of Heartbreak," a song Sowby recorded in a rural ranch house in Grover, for Sagebrush Royale, placed second in world/folk category.

Sowby recorded and mixed the music for Freidman's CD in a "corner studio" at a Pleasant Grove home where he and his wife were living at the time. The songs are featured on Sowby's Web site:

Sowby has been a violinist since childhood and was a drummer in the American Fork High School marching band. In 2006, he took first place in the pop/rock category at AES's convention.

Digital media students Sean Wolsey from Springville and Jeremy Redd from Provo entered the hardware design competition and took third place in circuit design. Miles Fulwider from Pleasant Grove, Rob Merritt from Woodland Hills and Andy Porter from Provo also participated in the competition.