Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kids from the Boys & Girls Club Visit UWO


As a part of our connection to the community, Derrick Holt, the Director of Digital Audio Arts for the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, has paid us multiple visits with kids over the course of the past year. Each time, we have worked on a different project in the recording studio, which has included recording a radio commercial.


Some topics include learning how to perform in the studio, and what kinds of careers can be pursued in the current Music Industry. The kids learn that so much is possible if they devote the energy and passion to their pursuits.


On their most recent visit, the kids and students collaborated in class, and they decided to record a short song together. They performed "ABC" by Jackson 5, and featured the Boys & Girls Club kids providing vocals while the students played various live instruments.

The experience was a blast, and an excellent learning opportunity for not only the BGC kids, but for the students in order to learn collaboration and leadership. I look forward to keeping connected with the BGC and other important connections within our communities. Here is the final result!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Students Finish out the Fall Semester with Projects and Performances


The final weeks of the Fall semester are always jam-packed with final projects, concerts, and recitals. One example, shown above, was the final song of Music Industry student Brett Bosetski's recital. Students from the Music program joined Brett for a performance of "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. Recitals give students the opportunity to push the limits of their musical experience.


Student projects are also a major part of Music Industry classes as the end of the semester nears. In the photo above, we are doing a demonstration in our Audio for Video class on how to properly mic the talent on-screen for the best possible audio quality. The result of our demo can be seen here!


As another exciting way to end the semester, the Students for Music organization welcomed Tom Washatka Quorum to bring their engaging brand of jazz fusion. The event served as a perfect example of how UWO Music students not only experience great music, but also learn how to produce and record a professional live concert. This is only a small sample of all that we did to close out the semester. We made it to break, but rest assured, things will be kicking back into full gear when courses resume for the upcoming Spring semester.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Guests and Student Performers Enhance Learning this Fall Semester


The "Recording Studio Procedures" class is an integral part of the Music Industry program that focuses on techniques for recording a variety of instruments such as piano, drums, brass, winds, and vocals. As a part of the class, we welcomed special guest, Vic Lombardi, from the company, "Spoiled by Technology" to talk to us about Audix mics. The event was arranged by David Pietila at Pixel Pro Audio in Appleton, a recent graduate of the program.


As a part of the process, students willingly volunteer to bring in their instruments and play them for us while we test out various mic positions and techniques. It is often very surprising to learn how much the microphone choice and placement affects the tone of the recording. On the day that Vic visited, we learned the process of setting up and recording a drum kit.


We are looking forward to finishing out the semester by bringing together what we learned as we learn more advanced mixing and signal routing skills in the studio and prepare for all of the potential scenarios that will require professional-level processing and editing of audio.

It was a particularly "colorful" day working with Pro Tools in class.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Special Guest Alumni Share Their Experiences with Students


During homecoming week, students in the Music program had the pleasure of welcoming a visit from two distinguished alumni from the UW Oshkosh Music Industry program. Our guests, Tony Memmel and Sue Guenther, brought a wealth of experience to share from their diverse backgrounds.


Tony Memmel is a world-traveling singer-songwriter, composer, and clinician. He is an ambassador for the non-profit organization, The "Lucky Fin Project", which supports children with limb differences. He has also been commissioned to compose symphonic and choral works based on his music. During the discussion and presentation sessions, Tony talked about the excitement and challenges that are a part of being a professional musician, what led him to study music in college, and ultimately, why he decided to pursue a career in music.


Sue Guenther spent the last 18 years of her career in the Arts Management and Administration field. She currently works with the North Carolina Symphony, which has an extensive music education program. In addition to her business experience, she is an accomplished vocalist and active performer. Sue shared her insight on how to work with people in the music industry, including nationally recognized musicians, and what it takes to find long-term success.



Both Tony and Sue were so generous to offer their time and expertise. We are grateful for their insight and so proud to see the wonderful work that is being done by our grads. We have no doubt that they inspired and made a strong impression on students. It was a very memorable week! You can listen to Tony's latest album below: