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AA&A Students and Alumni continue to impact our community
We proudly follow the artistic and professional contributions of our students and alumni to Audio Arts & Acoustics fields and to the larger community and share here with you some representative examples, including a feature on AA&A senior Frank Waln.

AA&A’s Howard Sandroff presents “The Obsessive Image”, Thursday, May 8th, 7:00 PM, Evanston Art Center
AA&A’s Howard Sandroff presents “The Obsessive Image” – a presentation and reflection on the relationship between his sculptures and musical compositions - his obsession to freeze the time and motion of music into static spatial constructions, which are now his welded steel sculptures. Date: Thursday, May 8; Time: 7:00 P.M.; Place: Evanston Art Center.

AA&A Alumnus, Karson Glass, chooses coveted seat in Rush University's Audiology doctoral program
Recent Audio Design and Production graduate, Karson Glass (AA&A BA, Dec 2013), was offered sports at the two largest Audiology graduate programs in the Midwest: Northwestern and Rush Universities. He chose Rush University’s Doctor of Audiology program for its focus on clinical research and application.

AA&A students and alumni in the news
Dave Collis (B.A. Dec. 2013) founding member and lead singer of Chicago-based noise rock band My Dad, celebrates the new 7” record release, Mouth Bleeder. Sean Samet (B.A. 2003) is now managing a major North American trade association. Matt DeWine (B.A. 2004) is keeping Pieholden Suite Sound recording studio alive and well in its Ukranian Village neighborhood. Sophomore Adam Kowalczyk is bringing to life a new "idea lab," 32 forty, in Bridgeport.

Audio Arts & Acoustics' Benj Kanters makes waves in Hearing Awareness & Conservation worldwide!

AA&A associate professor and associate chair, Benj Kanters, has been teaching, researching, publishing, and offering educational and professional workshops on the topic of hearing awareness and conservation for over 10 years. This is now officially his time, with

  • two National Hearing Conservation awards recognizing his development of the AA&A course Studies in Hearing, the founding of HearTomorrow.org, and the touring seminar “The Hearing Conservation Workshop,”
  • a cover article for the Nov-Dec/2013 issue of Audiology Today, a journal of the American Academy of Audiology,
  • the chapter on “Hearing Conservation” for the upcoming 5th edition of the Handbook for Sound Engineers,
  • a “rock-star” schedule of invited seminars and workshops in some of the most reputable educational, professional, medical, and research organizations in the country and beyond,
  • a recent AA&A graduate and advisee, Karson Glass (B.A. Dec. 2013) joining the list of past AA&A graduates accepted to prestigious Audiology doctorate programs, and
  • numerous past students and advisees making the news and impacting our community

Acoustics senior, Chris Nottoli (BS in Acoustics, 2014) gets hired by Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories
Chris Nottoli, senior student at the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department, is celebrating his upcoming graduation from the BS in Acoustics program three months early! A few short weeks ago he was hired as an Acoustician by Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories, a division of Alion Science and Technology Corp. and a worldwide recognized source of valid acoustical data in numerous commercial, civilian and military specifications.

AA&A adjunct faculty Curt Marolt has been busy!
When adjunct faculty member, Curtis Marolt, is not teaching Audio Production III to advanced AA&A students, he keeps busy making career strides in our industries.

AA&A Student JJ McNeal featured in the Chronicle
This week’s Chronicle (11/18/2013 issue) features composer JJ McNeal who currently pursues an interdisciplinary degree at Columbia College Chicago with coursework in the Audio Arts & Acoustics, Music, and Cinema Art + Science Departments.

AA&A Prof. Howard Sandroff’s work performed at Clark University (video)
During AA&A Prof. Howard Sandroff’s invited residency at Clark University, Worcester, MA. (10/29-30/2013), flutist Emi Fergusen gave a spectacular performance of Sandroff’s composition “Chant des Femmes.”

AA&A Professor Sandroff Recognized for Artistry, Innovation and Inspiration
In a recent Columbia College Chicago faculty profile , Professor Howard Sandroff, Audio Arts & Acoustics, discusses his career as an artist, performer and composer.

AA+A co-sponsors "Next Gen Audio" presentation by Joe Zhen
Noted Scholar Joe Zhen will be on campus with a new presentation on NEXT GENERATION AUDIO in collaboration with the Audio Arts + Acoustics Dept. and the Film & Video Dept. in Room 504, 1104 S. Wabash Street at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

AA+A Live Sound Alumni Receive National Recognition
AA+A Live Sound Alumni, Kevin Glendinning (2000) and Vic Wagner (2007) receive National recognition at the 12th Annual Parnelli Awards gala held Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Las Vegas, the premier awards show for the Live Event Industry.

AA+A and Brian McCarty present "Sound4Vision: Current trends in Audio for Visual Media"

Monday, November 12, 2012, 4:30-6:00pm
600 S. Michigan Ave., Room 921

Sandroff, Sutherland and Steel - FREE Performance, 10/22
AA+A faculty, Howard Sandroff and Ben Sutherland, will perform in a FREE concert co-sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Friends of the Library, the College Archives and the Audio Arts + Acoustics Department at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2012 in the College Library, 624 S Michigan Ave, 3rd Floor East.

AA&A Hosts Successful 47th Audio Engineering Society Conference
On June 20 – 22, 2012, Columbia College Chicago's  Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics hosted the 47th International Conference of the Audio Engineering Society, Music Induced Hearing Disorders – New Technologies for Measurement and Prevention.

AA+A Hosts Another Successful Highway Traffic Noise Course
For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Audio Arts + Acoustics host the National Highway Institute's Highway Traffic Noise course from August 21 through 23, 2012.  Thirty people attended, representing thirteen states and the District of Columbia and included four AA+A alumni and five current students.

Two AA+A Acoustics Students Win Prestigious Newman Medal
Congratulations to Ryan Cranfill and Kevin Quinn for winning a prestigious 2012 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics!

AA+A Faculty Member, Ron Gresham, Wants His Students to "Get Good"!
AA+A faculty member, Ron Gresham, fell in love with audio at the age of 12, took it on the road with the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls, and then settled down - sort of - to have a "a one on one, face to face, person to person relationship with his students."

AA+A Celebrates: Graduating/Award-Winning Students & Acoustics B.S. Major

This year’s Manifest Reception for the AA+A Department will be dedicated to our students, recognizing our graduating seniors and their families and honoring our 2011-2012 Scholarship winners. It will also celebrate our new degree major, B.S. in Acoustics, reflecting on its past, present, and future, recognizing the Department’s founding Chair and Acoustics scholar, Doug Jones, and thanking all those who contributed to the success of this initiative.

Phil Ramone at AA+A – Get Inspired!
Multi-Grammy winning producer/engineer, audio technology innovator, and music business legend, Phil Ramone, will be joining us May 2-5/2012 for several events, including a presentation scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, on his contributions to the music industry (see below for details)!

AA+A Alumnus Glennon Francis Curran returns as a teacher and researcher
Glennon Francis Curran graduated from the Audio Arts + Acoustics Department in 2008, with a concentration in Sound Contracting (currently Live & Installed Sound).  He is a member of the Columbia L.A.S. Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture, and spoke at the group’s recent forum.

Residence Hall Tutoring: the Innovative Idea of an AA+A Student
AA+A Senior, Thomans Noble, proposed and then fulfilled a bold idea to offer Math and Science tutoring in residence halls outside of normal Learning Studio locations and business hours.  His innovative approach has increased utilization of Math and Science Learning Studio services and led it's Director, Karen Royster-James, to say, "Thomas is going to do some great things."

AA+A’s Acoustics program lands prestigous NCAC Student Travel Award
The AA+A acoustics program is one of five University programs nationwide to receive the 2012 National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC) Student Travel Award. NCAC is an nationally recognized organization with a strong focus on acoustics education and standards.

AA+A's Sandroff and Sutherland perform at the University of Chicago
AA+A faculty, Prof. Howard Sandroff and Assoc. Prof. Ben Sutherland, Ph.D. will hold their World Premiere of “Interactive Improvisation for Computer and Sound Sculpture” on Tuesday 2/21, 12:15 – 1:15pm, at the University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th Street.

AA+A Alumnus Chris Hermer is wasting no time!
Audio Design and Production major, Chris Hermer, graduated with our BA degree in Audio Arts + Acoustics in December 2011 and he has already secured a coveted paid internship at Optimus, one of Chicago’s most reputable post-production audio facilities. No surprise, given his professional path while still a student.

AA+A's Nick Eipers listed in Downbeat's "Best of 2011"
Nick Eipers, AA+A part-time faculty and president of Chicago Sessions Ltd. had his production of - Matt Nelson Trio's "Nostalgiamaniac" named one of Downbeat Magazine's "Best CDs of 2011."

AA+A Students share Emmy credit for “Freq Out”
Students in the Spring 2011 “College Studio Operations” course, run by AA+A Lecturer, Ron Gresham, were among two student groups and several alumni winning a “Student Production” award at the Chicago/Midwest Emmys in November.

Two 2011 Grammy nominations for AA+A faculty Michel Slaboch!
Hot on the heels of his 2010 Grammy nomination, Michael Slaboch, Numero Group Producer/Engineer and AA+A Part-Time Faculty member, and the entire Numero Group team just received two 2011 Grammy nominations!

AA+A Faculty in the News
AA+A alumnus and adjunct faculty-member, Nick Eipers, and his record label, Chicago Sessions, featured in the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, November 29, 2011.

Tenure-Track Faculty Search: “Audio for Visual Media”
The Department of Audio Arts + Acoustics, Columbia College Chicago, is accepting applications for a Tenured or Tenure-Track faculty position in Audio for Visual Media (Position #: 100246), beginning autumn, 2012.

AA+A Hosts NHI Highway Traffic Noise Course for 3rd Year
In August 2011, the AA+A Department hosted the National Highway Institute's (NHI) Highway Traffic Noise course, a research meeting/workshop administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), US Department of Transportation (DOT).

AA+A Acoustics program featured in WGN Channel 9 News
WGN Channel 9 featured the AA+A Acoustics program on their Thursday 5/12 and Friday 5/13 news broadcasts as part of a transportation noise measurement and mitigation story.

AA+A faculty member, Benj Kanters, receives Learning Studio Award
Benj Kanters, associate professor in the Audio Arts + Acoustics Department, was recognized on May 6th for his long standing involvement with the College’s Supplemental Instruction Program (SI).  Mr. Kanters has been an active collaborator of the Learning Studio in the development, sustainability, and, most importantly, evaluation efforts for the SI program.

One-night-only: Man, Woman, and the Beast Within!
Columbia College Chicago and Fulcrum Point New Music Project in association with FUJITSU TEN present ECLIPSE MASTER CLASS Man, Woman & The Beast Within - one night only - Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. - RSVP required.

AA+A Celebrates its Graduating Seniors and Student Award Winners
This year’s Manifest Reception for the AA+A Department will be dedicated to our students, recognizing our graduating seniors and their families and honoring the 2010-2011 student Scholarship and Grammy award winners. The reception will be held on Friday, 5/13, 5:30-6:30pm, 624 S. Michigan Ave. College Library, 3rd Floor Gallery. Come celebrate with us!

College launches first B.S. Degree in Acoustics of its kind in the U.S.

Following a year of research and administrative reviews, President Carter approved on Wednesday, 3/9/2011, the Audio Arts + Acoustics proposal for a new Degree Major: Bachelor of Science in Acoustics.

This is an exciting development that responds to the needs of the acoustics industry and graduate education. It places our College at the cutting edge and provides students with the first undergraduate degree in acoustics and perception of its kind in the country.

AA+A Faculty and Students Garner Grammy Nominations and Win
Two AA+A Part-time faculty, Michael Freeman and Michael Slaboch, received 2010 Grammy nominations.  Michael Freeman, along with three AA+A students who assisted with recording sessions at Joy Ride Studios, went on to receive a Grammy award for producing "Joined at the Hip" in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.

2010 - good year for AA+A adjunct Nick Eipers and Chicago Sessions
Nick Eipers, AA+A adjunct faculty member and Chicago Sessions LTD president, received numerous accolades in 2010 for albums released by his record label, including recordings by Howard Levy , Paul Wertico's Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance , and the Matt Nelson Trio.

AA+A Faculty/Students at 2nd Pan American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics
Audio Arts + Acoustics made its presence felt at the 2nd Pan American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics in Cancun, Mexico. Two research presentations brought together AA+A faculty, students, and alumni at a prestigious international event that very few undergraduate students ever attend, let alone present.

Another AA+A Faculty (and students!) receives a 2010 Grammy Nomination
This has to be Michael Freeman’s year! Following impressive nods from both the “Blues Blast” and “Keeping the Blues Alive”Music Awards, the Grammy Nominated producer and AA+A Part-Time Faculty just received another Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2010!

AA+A Faculty receives a 2010 Grammy Nomination
Michael Slaboch, Numero Group  Producer/Engineer and AA+A Part-Time Faculty member, and the entire Numero Group team have been honored with a 2010 Grammy nomination

Joe Grimm Performance in Collaboration with LAMPO
Friday, November 19th at 8pm| 916 S Wabash, Rm 214
The Audio Arts & Acoustics department, in partnership with LAMPO will present a performance of an epic new solo work from Joe Grimm, whose work features circuit-bent 16mm projectors and screen-mounted light-sensitive audio electronics. Joe's stuff is not to be missed. It's raw, it's stroboscopic, it's the week before Thanksgiving...

Another Award for AA+A Faculty and Music Producer Michael Freeman!
Following his recent “Best Traditional Blues Recording” at the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards” Michael Freeman, Grammy Nominated producer and AA+A Part-Time Faculty member does it again, this time with the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping The Blues Alive” Award in the Producer category.

AA+A Faculty wins a 2010 Blues Blast Music Award
Michael Freeman, Grammy Nominated producer and AA+A Part-Time Faculty member wins a “Best Traditional Blues Recording” 2010 Blues Blast Music Award for “Mississippi Heat: Let's Live It Up.”

AA&A Hosts the U.S. DOT’s NHI Research Workshop - Again!
In August 2010, the AA&A Department hosted the National Highway Institute (NHI), a research meeting/workshop administered by the Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation. This is the second year that we've hosted NHI and we're proud of our continuing collaboration...

AA+A student and alum work with the latest in digital sound
Audio Arts & Acoustics student, Aaron Patkin (BA 2011) and alum, Adam Rosenthal (BA 2005) are featured in a prominent industry article discussing implementation of the latest technology in Digital Audio Consoles and Systems Design.

2010 ASAE National Symposium and Retreat
Friday, July 9th | 33 E. Congress Parkway, basement lobby and room # LL11
Opening Reception 5-7pm | Concert 8:30-10:30pm
The American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE) is pleased to announce: 2010 ASAE National Symposium and Retreat: “Listening for the Future”
This is the first-ever national gathering of the ASAE membership and the general public. Hosted by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Listening Project, Listening for the Future will take place from July 9-11, 2010. We hope you will join us at this landmark event.

Eddie Kramer’s Eclipse Master Class
Thursday, April 29th at 5pm | Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 South State St., Lower Level. Event is open to the public, RSVP Required - Follow the link for more information

Three Days with Eddie Kramer
Thursday, April 29 - Saturday, May 1st
Eddie Kramer, legendary music engineer and producer (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Stones, etc.), will be at Columbia College for 3 days of events. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience this influential music figure at work with Columbia College Chicago students.
RSVP is required for the public lecture on 4/29.

Performance: Japanese Sound Artist Tomomi Adachi
Friday, April 16 at 8pm | 916 S Wabash, rm 214
The Columbia College Audio Arts and Acoustics Department in cooperation with Lampo and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Sound welcomes Tomomi Adachi, performer, composer, sound poet and video artist living in Tokyo. He plays improvised music with voice, computer and self-made instruments and composes works for his own group "Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus," a punk-style choir of non-professionals...

Audio Arts & Acoustics Students Featured on Vocalo 89.5FM
AA&A Audio for Visual Media students debut on FM 89.5...

AA&A Faculty Profile: Jesse Seay
Columbia assistant professor and sound artist Jesse Seay may stand out in the male-dominated field of audio arts and acoustics, but it's her exploration of everyday sounds that really sets her apart...

Audio Arts & Acoustics launches its new DiGiCo SD8 digital desk
Audio Arts & Acoustics students, alumni, faculty, and industry colleagues enjoyed two engaging demonstrations of the department’s new DiGiCo SD8 mixing console and its state-of-the art audio technology.  The demo was provided by Matt Larson, Group One, Ltd’s National Sales Manager...

Audio science and practice experts “meet” at Audio Arts & Acoustics
Two back-to-back presentations in September by music engineer and producer, Eddie Kramer, and audio scientist and researcher, Bill Hartmann, highlighted what the Audio Arts and Acoustics Department is all about: the intellectual intersection of audio as art, science, and practice.

Alumni Run Smash Hit
Two Audio Arts & Acoustics alumni, Aaron Patkin and Joe Perona currently working with Gand Concert Sound, ran front-of-house and monitor mixes for a recent Smash Mouth concert at the Barrington (Illinois) High School football field.

Audio Arts & Acoustics Student Plays White House Halloween Event
Audio Arts & Acoustics student Ehsan Ghoreishi and Columbia alum Doug Abram (BA '98) are members of the Black Bear Combo. The group performed with Redmoon Theatre at the 2009 White House Halloween Party & Trick o' Treat in Washington, D.C...

Audio Arts & Acoustics Students Win Seven 2009 NSCA Scholarships
Audio Arts & Acoustics students won seven of twelve scholarships granted in 2009 by the National Systems Contractors Association's (NSCA) Education Foundation and Bosch Scholarship Fund. And the winners are...

AA&A Dept Tenure-Track Position Opens
A new tenure-track position for Live Sound Reinforcement has been posted and is officially open for submissions...

William Hartmann Lecture
William M. Hartmann, PhD, to speak Friday, September 25th
Noted physicist, psychoacoustician and author to address students on sound localization and pitch perception.  Sponsored by Columbia ASA Student Chapter.

They might be giants ... but they need our help
The band They Might Be Giants built their live sessions for their upcoming US tour using our Department's brand new DiGiCo SD-8 digital desk...

2009 NHI Course a Resounding Success
The three-day National Highway Institute’s (NHI) Highway Traffic Noise seminar hosted by the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department was quite a success...

Alum Recognized in Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine
Andrew Gorton, a 2000 alum of the Acoustics Program at the Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics was named in the “40 under 40” list of outstanding professionals...

New Equipment for the Live Sound Reinforcement Program
We have new gear...

Audio Arts & Acoustics Hosts NHI Highway Traffic Noise Seminar
The Audio Arts & Acoustics Department will be hosting the Highway Traffic Noise seminar (FHWA-NHI-142051)  August 18 - 20, 2009

Student Profile : Nelson Robinson, Grammy Winner
Now, fresh from Columbia’s Audio department, comes a student who fully demonstrates Columbia’s objective. Nelson Robinson, a 2008 Audio Arts & Acoustics graduate, just won a highly coveted Grammy award for his work and participation on the recording of The Clark Sisters album, “Live—One Last Time.”