New Audio Minor to Have Sound Implications
SUNY Oswego’s new interdisciplinary minor in audio design and production
aims to meet student and industry demand while broadening opportunities for
The minor will create a production-centered learning environment to provide
hands-on experience that accompanies audio theory.
The program based in SUNY Oswego’s School
of Communication, Media and the Arts includes courses in broadcasting,
music and theatre in its core, plus a large sampling of electives—such as
multimedia courses through the art department.
“So much of electronic media depends on the successful mixing of music,
special effects and dialogue that I’ve always thought from a broadcasting
standpoint we should have more audio experience for our students,” said Fritz Messere ’71, M ’76, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.
The minor connects radio production courses, theatre sound classes and
recording courses in music.
“The minor provides students the flexibility to specialize in a number of
audio fields,” program coordinator Aaron Reece said. “If they want to use their
knowledge to help them write the great American symphony, they can do that. If
they want to learn how to produce an album, make multi-track recordings or
design sound for theatre, we can help put them on that path.”
Audio moving into digital and software-driven formats, with greater
dissemination via the web, has increased demand for graduates and even current
students with the requisite skills, noted Daniel Wood, a former professional
recording engineer who now teaches students the tricks of the trade in the
focus on production opportunities has appealed to students like music majors Ken Bardin ’10 and Brad Gorham ’11, who have found their passion in audio production.
“I enjoy being in this studio more than anything else,” said Gorham, a
former touring and recording musician who now sees his future in production.
“As a producer, you’re still being creative. You can influence others’ music. I
like how we use a collaborative approach.”
Also coming in as a musician, Bardin has turned to recording and producing
tracks for local performers and working live shows at Oswego — from Ke-Nekt and
Artswego concerts with international artists to student recitals.
“You get to work in a professional setting, even as a student,” he said.
“It’s great to have the minor because non-music majors can come in here and learn.”
The formation of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts last
year — bringing together art, communication studies, music and theatre — provided
the final impetus in creating the minor. “When we formed the new school, we really created avenues for people to
work with each other across disciplines,” Messere said. “The minor strengthens
all of the existing programs while creating new opportunities for our
— Tim Nekritz M '05
Music majors Ken Bardin ’10, left, and Brad
Gorham’11 work with a recording by a local performer in the Tyler Hall
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