AES Member Profile

Mark Drews

Mark Drews

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Archiving/Restoration
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound

Job Duties:

  • Educator
  • Musician/Talent
  • Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Other: Director of Music Production and Recording Studies


;ark Drews is director of music production and recording studies at the University of Stavanger in Norway. He served on the AES Board of Governors from 2014 to 2016. As member of the AES Education committee, he has been involved with AES education and student activities for years. In 2010, he helped reactivate the Norwegian section of the AES where he is a board member and section treasurer. In 1998, he helped launch and judge the first student recording awards at the Amsterdam AES convention and have judged several more since. As a student, he helped lay the foundation for the University of Miami's student section in 1981.

His professional recording career began in 1983 recording music for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK) in Bergen. From 1984 thru 1995, he was senior audio engineer/lecturer at the Syracuse University School of Music and an active independent recording engineer and musician in Central New York. He also authored and published two editions of New Ears: The Audio Career & Education Handbook.

Mark Drews has recorded thousands of concerts and other music performances in the United States and Norway for broadcast and commercial distribution. He also has designed and installed a variety of audio facilities.

In 1993-94 he was a senior Fulbright research fellow to Norway. In 2006-2007, he was an audio researcher at the Banff Centre's music and sound department and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan's School of Music.

In addition to the AES, he is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, and a board member for the Norwegian Institute
for Recorded Sound.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar/Lecturer, Stavanger University College, Department of Music & Dance and Department of Media Engineering, Stavanger, Norway, August 1993-June 1994

Education Background

Master of Fine Arts in Art Media Studies Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, New York, 1996

Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering, minor in Electrical Engineering
University of Miami, School of Music, Miami, Florida, 1983

Electrical Engineering and Music Studies, Michigan State University, School of Engineering and School of Music, East Lansing, Michigan, 1979-1980

Norwegian Language and History, International Summer School, University of Oslo, Norway, 1993

Employment History

Director of Music Production and Recording Studies University of Stavanger, Dept of Music & Dance, Stavanger, Norway, January 1996-present

Senior Audio Engineer/Lecturer, Syracuse University, School of Music, Syracuse, New York, USA, January 1984-December 1995

Music Recording Engineer/Producer, Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), Bergen, Norway, February-June 1983

Live Sound/Lighting Engineer, Dooley's, East Lansing, Michigan, 1979-1980

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Why Am I An AES Member?

Mark Drews has been an AES member since 1981 because the AES is the voice of the professional international audio community.

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