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Dottie Kreps


Hit-Maker Mentors Include Emily Lazar Kevin Killen and Tom Holman

NEW YORK: The 119th AES Convention Student Program is geared to provide fledgling audio pros with solid opportunities to jump-start their careers. Education Committee Events Co-Chairs Dottie Kreps and Felice Santos-Martin have coordinated a series of panels, one-on-one mentoring sessions and creative recording competitions designed to test student mettle and get their creative juices flowing. Set for Oct. 7-10 in NY’s Jacob Javits Center, the Convention will host 400+ exhibitors and anticipates 20,000 attendees.

Participating mentors/competition judges and panelists include: Mastering engineer Emily Lazar (David Bowie, Third Eye Blind, Natalie Merchant), Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Jewel), and 5.1 Surround sound/THX pioneer Tom Holman. Scheduled events include:


2:00pm – 3:30: Career Fair - A first for the AES, this event will provide opportunities for students to meet with representatives from all segments of the industry. They will develop valuable initial contacts and learn more about jobs and internships. Bring your resume!

1:30 – 3:00 PM Friday AND Saturday: Mentoring Sessions - One-on-one meetings with chart-topping industry pros will provide inspiration, guidance and real-world reality checks for determined hopefuls. Participants include judges from Recording and Design competitions as well as notable engineers, producers and technology designers.


9:00AM – 12:30PM: Student Recording Competition:
Participants will present original recordings and discuss their creative objectives and techniques. Categories include: Classical Stereo and Classical Surround; Non- Classical Surround; Jazz/Folk; Pop/Rock; and Post Surround. Winners will receive prizes donated by Sony Pictures Sound Effects, Neumann, Lavry Engineering and other sponsors.* Entry deadline: Sept. 7, 2005

1:30 – 3:00PM AND 2:00 – 5:00PM Sunday: Design Competition - Students are invited to showcase their technical skills by presenting their designs of audio hardware or software for critique by leading pro audio equipment designers/judges including George Massenburg, David Josephson and John LaGrou. Prizes will be awarded ** Entry deadline: Sept. 12, 2005.

9:00AM – 12:30PM: Education Forum - A panel discussion with leading industry pros including Grammy-winning engineers Ed Cherney (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan Clapton, Roy Orbison), and Elliot Scheiner (Beck, Steely Dan, Sting, The Eagles, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith) will explore Recording Arts Curriculum and the Quality of Audio.


11:30AM – 1:00PM: Education Fair - Institutions offering studies in audio - from short courses to graduate degrees - will be represented in a “tabletop session.” Information on the respective programs will be displayed. Students will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from these programs. There is no charge to participate.

Student Delegate Assembly Meetings - A forum for students to discuss concerns and submit ideas they would like to see implemented by the AES. Chaired by Felice Santos-Martin and Vice Chair Daniel Orejuela. Friday, Oct. 8 10:00 – 11:00AM AND Sunday 9:30 – 11:00AM

“Dottie Kreps’ background as a successful engineer/educator and producer/director at PBS station WIPB-TV, aided her in developing a challenging program to help student attendees get a real bearing on this complex industry,” says AES Convention Chair, Jim Anderson. “Her collaboration with Co-Chair Felice Santos-Martin and Education Committee Chair Jason Corey, has produced an absolutely top flight program. The connections these students make and the insights they acquire here will provide them with some high-energy food for thought.”

*Prizes include: Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series, a comprehensive collection from the archives of one of the world’s major movie studios; Neumann’s TLM 103 Anniversary Edition Professional Microphone with accessories; Rane Corporation and Serato’s new Serato Rane Series Pro Tools Plug-ins with graphic, parametric and dynamics modules; and Lavry Engineering’s LavryBlue unit (a two channel A/D D/A conversion system.)

**Prizes will be awarded by sponsor Universal Audio.

Update: The full student events listing has now been released.


Formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers, the Audio Engineering Society counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The AES serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information on the AES 119th Convention please visit

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119th AES Convention – Where Audio Comes Alive
Jacob Javits Center, NYC – October 7 – 10, 2005

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