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SPARS Announces New President, Drew Waters

The Board of Directors of the SPARS Foundation recently elected  Drew Waters (pictured) as its new president, succeeding Kirk Imamura, president of Avatar Studios in New York City. SPARS, the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, is the 36-year-old non-profit association representing professionals in the recording industry.

Waters currently serves as the Director of Education at Ex’pression College in Emeryville, Calif. He holds a dual Ph.D. in Music Performance and Composition from New York University, a Master’s of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wilfred Laurier University in Canada.

“Drew’s diverse background in the academic arena, coupled with his industry management experience, make him a perfect fit for the SPARS mission of mentoring,” says Kirk Imamura, SPARS’ previous president. “He has a heart for students and recording professionals and the challenges they face in a changing industry.”

At California State University, Monterey Bay, Waters was an assistant professor and Recording Technology Department Head and co-chair. He was also an assistant professor at State University of New York (SUNY) in Plattsburgh. He has lectured and presented at institutions including Berklee on the Road (Los Angeles) and Full Sail University. He is the author of many conference presentations addressing current trends in academia and digital learning.

Waters has held management positions in the recording industry including Vice President of Archives for Universal Music Group, Vice President of Capitol Studio Operations, Archives and Strategy for Capitol Records/EMI, and as a partner in MediaStor Audits. He has been a consultant for Slate Digital and continues with his own artistic endeavors through his company, Frameworks Music, by composing, arranging, performing, recording and producing original content for sync and licensing through Warner/Chappell Publishing.

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