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123rd AES Convention Press Release

Technical Paper & Design Awards Competitions + Real World Career Advice

NEW YORK: “123rd AES Convention Education Chair Jason Corey has developed one of our most comprehensive and ambitious Student Programs,” reports AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “In addition to long-established Career Workshop, Recording and Design Competitions, a 2nd annual Technical Paper Competition and an information-packed Education Fair, this year will mark the introduction of an All Star Education Forum Panel. Student attendees will have access to unprecedented career-building insights provided by some of the most astute, connected and accessible members of the professional audio community,” Furness adds.

Mark Parsons Scheduled for Sunday, October 7th, the All Star Education Forum Panel Chaired by Mark Parsons of Parsons Audio & Center for Audio Studies, will focus on how – and how well -- audio education is preparing prospective professionals for the marketplace. Members of this super-group include: Jim Anderson, Chairman of the NYU Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, AES 123 Convention Chair, and a recording engineer whose work has accrued multiple Grammy Awards; Alex Case, Convention Tutorials & Workshop Chair/U. of Mass. Professor; and Dave Moulton of of Sausalito Audio Works, a Grammy nominated engineer, producer and a committed educator.

Other All Star Panel participants will include: Eddy B. Brixen, a leading audio consultant with Denmark’s EEB; Digidesign’s Dave Lebolt and Zoe Thrall director of The Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, former GM of NY’s legendary Hit Factory and one of the most astute members of the Pro Audio Industry.

The issues to be addressed by this panel will include:

What does it take to be employable
What skills need more emphasis
Future-proofing: teaching skills
How to get the most for your education dollar
Mistakes students should avoid.

“Our traditional Student /Career events have always been extremely successful thanks to the real world mentoring advice available to attendees,” Jason Corey adds. “Accessibility to many of the industry’s most successful engineers and producers coupled with an opportunity to interact with manufacturers and get a hands-on opportunity to familiarize themselves with cutting-edge technology makes AES Conventions irresistible to students who are serious about careers in pro audio.”

Among the other events geared to assist students in their professional pursuits are:

INSIDE THE JOB INTERVIEW: What To Expect - a two hour panel Chaired by John Strawn, Principal of Larkspur, CA-based S Systems, and a respected technical consultant, researcher and recruiter.

WORKSHOPS ON INTERNSHIPS AND ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS Chaired by Gary Gottlieb Assistant Professor Webster University, independent recording engineer and producer.

CAREERS WORKSHOP Chaired by Keith Hatschek, Head of the Music Management Program At the University of The Pacific, author, and music industry consultant.

RECORDING COMPETITION – STEREO & SURROUND: A long-time Convention high point, provides students with a platform to showcase their creative recording and mixing abilities in stereo and surround classical, jazz, folk, world and pop/rock categories. A panel of distinguished industry professionals will review the finalists interactive presentations, and awards will be presented at the closing Student Delegate Assembly Meeting.

DESIGN COMPETITION: A showcase for student technical design skills. Multiple prizes will be awarded in areas of design concepts and prototypes.

2nd ANNUAL STUDENT PAPERS AWARDS COMPETITION: Papers Co-Chairs Agnieszka Roginska and Veronique Larcher will introduce the student paper selected (and presented) at the convention. The winning paper will also be published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society.

“Education has always been a primary concern at AES Conventions,” adds Committee Chair Jim Anderson. “It is more than a coincidence to note how many of our Committee members, myself included, maintain firm footing in both academia and as working pro audio professionals. We recognize the indisputable value of real-world experience and look forward to sharing our findings with the next generation. I also think we all agree that the time we spend with students is as beneficial to our own energy levels and creative thinking process as access to our knowledge may be to them.”

The 123rd AES Convention will be held in NY’s Javits Convention Center, Oct. 5-8 2007. For registration and housing information and for a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Mark Parsons will Chair the AES 123rd Convention All Star Education Panel


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123rd AES Convention – Javits Center, New York – October 5–8, 2007