Category Archives: Audio and Sound

Loar Honored as Live Sound Engineer of the Year

Josh Loar ClassroomMulti-talented Graduate of SAE Institute Wins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Live Sound
Josh Loar, a 2007 graduate of SAE Institute, was honored as the Live Sound Engineer of the Year at SAE’s 2013 alumni awards in New York City.

“It means a lot to me to be recognized for my work, particularly in a field like sound consulting and design, which isn’t typically the focus of many awards,” says Loar. “I always say that one of my goals in life is to make the world sound better, one room at a time, and I’m deeply appreciative of SAE’s recognition of my work towards that objective.”

“While I always found that I could make the projects or shows that I was working on sound great, I had no idea how I was doing it – I just operated on instinct, says Loar, who is currently a Professor of Practice in Sound Design, Visual and Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan

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New Faculty Member Josh Loar

Josh LoarJosh Loar, BA

Josh Loar joins the Department of Visual and Performing Arts as a professor of practice. Loar earned his BA in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also studied audio technology at the SAE Institute of Technology.

Loar has experience in sound design, acoustics and venue design, consultation, composition, arrangement/orchestration, projections design and engineering.

He has served as president, CEO, designer, composer and producer for Electric Lights Music. He was a lecturer and sound supervisor at the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater and an audio video engineer for Technical Multimedia Design, Inc. He is currently an audio systems design consultant for Walters-Storyk Design Group.

Read more at Tech Today.


VPA Students Showcase Their Talents at Safehouse

Sound and Lighting Services
Sound and Lighting Services

Safehouse

Haunted houses are intimidating enough, but throw one into a college dorm and there is a recipe for something straight out of your nightmares. That is exactly what the Inter-Residential Housing Council (IRHC) has been doing every year since 1988 in their annual Safehouse event.

Sound and Lighting Services will also be showing off some of their newest technology in the Douglass Houghton Hall ballroom during the event. This is a new feature that has been added for this year.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Evan Mayer.

Safehouse a success

Adding to the usual attractions at DHH was a special feature set up by the Sound and Lighting Services student group on campus, which used various effects to turn the ballroom into a creepy mine. Jon Faror, Programming Chair for IRHC, said, “Their goal was to make a professional-style haunted house that is very high-tech. Hopefully we’ll be able to turn this into a tradition that they do every year.”

This year’s winning scary hall was TreeHouse’s “haunted forest” theme. They outdid their competitors by only 2/3 of a point. Agency and Nightclub (of Visual and Performing Arts) took second but only by .2 points, with their “cult” theme.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Rand Silvers.

Tech set to host Safehouse

Halloween is on the horizon and Michigan Technological University students living in residence halls are preparing to host Safehouse, an annual tradition that invites kids from the local community into the halls to enjoy themed decorations and tons of candy.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.


Josh Loar Named 2013 Live Sound Engineer of the Year

Professor of Practice Josh Loar (VPA) has been named 2013 Live Sound Engineer of the Year by the SAE Institute New York. The award recognized his work in engineering and designing large-scale live entertainment systems.

The SAE Institute was established as The School of Audio Engineering (SAE). It offers specialist vocational and higher education courses in creative media technologies worldwide.

From Tech Today.



Rozsa Center 2013-14 Season

Rozsa CenterOver the years, the Rozsa Center has become known for the funny, dramatic or thoughtful performances, plays and musicals it puts on during its yearly season and the programming scheduled for its 2013-14 season will be no different.

“I’m always excited about all the seasons, but in particular I’m really excited about this coming season,” Rozsa Center Director Susanna Brent said. “We’re doing a lot of theater that’s close to my heart.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Scott Viau.


Christopher Trevino Receives Gilman Scholarship

Gilman ScholarshipFive Tech Students Win International Scholarships

Four Michigan Tech undergraduates applied for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships this year, and all four received the competitive awards.

Sound design major Christopher Trevino received a Gilman Scholarship for international study.

The Gilman Scholarship program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad by supporting undergraduates who otherwise might not participate in international study due to financial constraints. The grants to Michigan Tech students total $18,000.

Read more at Tech Today.