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NEW YORK: An enduring commitment to education has earned Audio Engineering Conventions a reputation for being not just student friendly, but student indispensable. Scheduled for Oct. 9-12 at NY’s Javits Center, the 127th AES Convention will offer another outstanding program of Student Events. Convention Chair Dr. Agnieszka Roginska reports that, “Education Committee Chair, Alex Case; SDA Chair, North & Latin America, Teri Grossheim and our other Education Committee members have pooled their extensive resources to develop one of the most comprehensive programs in AES history. We and the next generation of audio professionals are deeply indebted to them.”

AES Student Program Events Include:

Friday, October 9, 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Student Delegate Assembly-1 Panelists: Teri Grossheim, Chair and Meiling Loo, Vice-Chair will introduce new events and election proceedings, announce candidates for the coming year’s election for the North/Latin America

Regions and finalists in the recording competition categories.

Saturday, October 10, 11:00AM -1:00PM

Career/Job Fair: Students and professionals alike may visit with representatives from companies exhibiting at the show to learn about job and internship opportunities in the audio industry. Resumes requested!

1:00PM – 2:30PM

Studio Slave to Audio Professional, Internships and Jobs: Panelists
David Bowles, Swineshead Productions LLC; Gary Gottlieb, Webster University; and John Krivit, New England Institute of Art. This workshop will address the students deepest concern, securing their first professional position. Whether internship or entry level job, the leap from school to pro world can be daunting. A Q&A will follow

2:00PM – 4:00PM

Education Fair: Institutions offering studies in audio (from short courses to graduate degrees) will be represented in a “table top” session. Information on each school’s respective programs will be available via displays and academic guidance. Admission is free and open to all convention attendees.

4:00PM – 7:00PM

Stereo Recording Competition 1*: Perennial convention highlights, the Student Recording Competition features a distinguished panel of judges critiquing finalists of each category in an interactive presentation and discussion.
• Classical 4:00 to 5:00 – Judges: Martha DeFrancisco, Richard King, Leszek Wojcik
• Jazz/Blues 5:00 to 6:00 – Judges: Jim Anderson, Dave Hewitt
• Folk/World 6:00 to 7:00 – Judges: Darcy Proper, Mark Rubel

Sunday, October 11, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Surround Recording Competition*: A distinguished panel of judges will participate in critiquing finalists of each category following an interactive presentation and discussion.
• Classical 9:00 to 10:00 – Judges: Martha DeFrancisco and Richard King
• Non-Classical 10:00 to 11:00 – Judge: Ronald Prent
• Sound for Picture 11:00 to 12:00 – Judges: Michael Barry, Lawrence Manchester, Ira Newborn, Ron Sadoff and Tim Starnes
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Stereo Recording Competition-2*
• Pop/Rock – Judges: Susan Rogers, Mark Rubel

The top three finalists in each category present a short summary of their techniques and intentions, and play their project for all who attend. Meritorious awards will be presented later at the closing Student Delegate Assembly Meeting (SDA-2) on Monday Afternoon.

The top three finalists in each category present a short summary of their techniques and intentions, and play their project for all who attend. Meritorious awards will be presented later at the closing Student Delegate Assembly Meeting (SDA-2) on Monday Afternoon.

2:00PM – 4:00PM

Mentoring Session: Following the opening SDA meeting, students may sign-up for individual appointments with a distinguished audio industry mentor.

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Education Forum Panel: Co-moderators Alex Case, University of Massachusetts -Lowell and John Krivit, New England Institute of Art – Brookline, MA educators and students are invited to join an open discussion on how we teach students about sound quality and high production standards when many graduates will not have the chance to work with the finest equipment and rooms.

Monday, October 12, 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Continuing Education Options in Audio: Panelists: Alex Case, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Terron Darby, Pro Media Training ,NY; Elsa Lankford, Towson University – Baltimore; George Massenburg, Massenburg Design Works – Nashville; Konrad Strauss, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University: The last 10 years have witnessed an explosion of new technology and a myriad of opportunities for audio service providers. However, as audio, video, and web-oriented media converge, audio professionals must learn new skills. This workshop will explore options for remaining competitive in this changing environment.

*Recording Competitions Sponsors include: AEA, Genelec, JBL, Lavry Engineering, Schoeps, Shure, and Ron Streicher.

Photo: AES Education Committee Chair,Alex Case

For a comprehensive Calendar of Events, visit:
The 127th AES Convention will be held at NY’s Javits Convention Center Oct. 9 – 12, 2009.


The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit