Thrilled to once again be working alongside fellow educators mentoring students of the ArtsEngine Hammond Organ Project. The video above arrived unexpectedly in our email last week which really helped put a lot over the last 12 months into context.
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Natural Beauty was one of the first events I had an opportunity to work at UM. Such an amazing performance!
A climate change inspired program depicting the human story through spoken word, video, and live percussion music.DAMET Percussion
I’m incredibly proud to announce that I’ll be joining the University of Michigan in January 2019 as Assistant Manager of the Duderstadt Center Audio Studios. It has been a true pleasure to see and help usher in so much change over the past ~7 years in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication as part of the School of Media Arts & Studies.
That said, I’m so very excited to be teaming up with David Greenspan and his equally awesome colleagues at “The Dude” to keep up their truly amazing mission which is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. These are just a few pictures of my favorite memories through the present, with one of the UofM studios as the featured image.
I will always have wonderfully-fond memories of Athens, OH especially the great OU students, new facilities we commissioned, and some really amazing projects I’ve had a privilege to work on. Here’s to the next chapter!
At the 2018 AES High School Audio Educators Conference hosted in Boston, Massachusetts from September 15 – 16, Ohio University Lecturer & AES Governor Kyle P. Snyder was pleased to serve on the conference committee as well as moderate and present on a particularly unique panel.
Certification, Articulation Agreements / Other Options, & Public / Private Partnerships
- Panelists: Kyle P. Snyder, Owen Curtin, & David Sykut
- In this panel, experts discussed several pertinent topics including:
- Ways high school educators may wish to consider certification programs as complimentary to their instruction.
- How to work with institutions of higher learning to ensure students receive the biggest “bang” for their buck via articulation and other agreements.
- Unique ways of funding local programs through public / private partnership, college tax credits, and external grants and how these programs can be complimentary to both high school education and eventual matriculation.
- Download the Conference Booklet (pdf)
- View the Conference Website
- View / download slides & resources from the presentation
The 2018 AES High School Audio Educators Conference presented a remarkable opportunity to connect with audio professionals and educators – building skills around pedagogy, envisioning next level facilities, and creating transformative opportunities for young people in audio.
Kyle P. Snyder, Lecturer in the School of Media Arts & Studies, recently served as Audio Post Production Coordinator & Engineer for “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask” and Audio Post Production Coordinator & Engineer for “The Veterans’ Project”. Both have been selected for screening at various film festivals across the country and “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask” has been widely broadcast on PBS and was a 2018 EMMY® winner for Historical Documentary.
The Veteran’s Project
- Angeles Documentary Festival: Best Long-form Documentary
- BEA Festival of Media Arts
- Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
- Film Festival of Columbus
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask
Ohio University’s most anticipated annual high school workshop took place, July 11-14, on the Athens Campus. The School of Media Arts & Studies’ fifth annual High School Media Workshop introduced high school students to the media industry and allowed them to explore topics such as audio, music, video, animation and social media.
Anthony DiRienzo, a student leader who attended the first MDIA High School Media Workshop while he was in high school, talked about the impact it had on him.
“When I first did this workshop, I knew I was going to Ohio University, but I was still unsure about what I should major in,” DiRienzo said. “After the program was over, not only was I sold on the University, but I knew I belonged in the School of Media Arts & Studies. And now, years later, I am leading students who are in the exact same position that I was.”
During the workshop, students were divided into four groups that rotated through five different core sessions which provided a sampling of the MDIA curriculum. Throughout the week, students attended sessions on music production, video production, film sound, animation and games, and social media. Students were able to write and produce their own songs, learn basic animation, create sound for a movie, and produce a short video.
“An incredible aspect of the High School Media Workshop is that students attend not only to experience what the School of Media Arts & Studies has to offer within its curriculum but also for that first college experience, including one-on-one mentoring to help focus their passion and future career goals,” said workshop Associate Director Kyle P. Snyder. “It’s truly gratifying seeing students interacting with one another and engaging in the creative process; their imagination and unique and creative spirit helped facilitate a powerful educational experience.”
“I think this year’s workshop was our best yet,” Dr. Riggs said. “The student leaders raised us to a new level and were a tremendous influence to the participants. We’ve gotten numerous emails from attendee’s parents who were so impressed and expressed their relief of not having to continue to look at other colleges.”
Story by Kelly Barrett; Photos provided by the School of Media Arts & Studies
At the 144th Audio Engineering Society Convention hosted in Milan, Italy from May 23 – 26, Ohio University Lecturer & Director of Outreach Kyle P. Snyder presented on several topics.
- Supporting the Story with Sound—Audio for Film and Animation
- Storytelling is a primary goal of film and there’s no better way to ruin the story than with bad sound. This session will focus on current workflows, best practices, and techniques for film and animation by breaking down recent projects from the panelists.
- Styling Your Live and Recorded Classical, Jazz, and Acoustic Ensemble Sound
- Venue, ensemble and performers, musical material, engineer’s/producer’s vision, equipment available, purpose, and logistics. All of these things influence the choices a live recording or live sound engineer makes when planning and recording or reinforcing a live concert or event. Join our panel of live event recording and sound engineers as they discuss how and why they chose the techniques they used for varied classical, jazz, and other acoustic music situations and play some of the results for you. Material and situations presented will range from entry level non-professional ensemble events to professional productions.
The 144th AES Convention brought together the world’s largest gathering of audio professionals, offering attendees opportunities to hear from top audio industry figures while also sharing the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events.
The AES Milan Convention, taking place 23–26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre in Milan, Italy, offered more ways to listen, learn and connect than ever before with its schedule of Student and Career development events. With significant savings on student All Access registration, attendees could affordably enjoy four full days of educational and career advancement events, a technical program featuring a host of presentations on a variety of audio engineering disciplines, special events such as the opening ceremonies and keynote speaker, and exhibition floor showcases and events from leading audio companies from around the world. Additional student activities include recording critiques, an Education and Career Fair, and newly expanded student design and recording competitions.
“AES Milan was a big convention for the Student Delegate Assembly (SDA) and for student involvement,” states Kyle P. Snyder, AES Governor and Education Committee Chair. “With exciting announcements in our expanded student recording competition which now includes a remix category, the Saul Walker AES Student Design Competition, our education and career fair, and more, students are given the opportunity to network not only with their peers from around the world, but also with the industry as a whole. The exchange of ideas and connections made at these conventions are crucial in our mission of education and promotion of the art and science of audio engineering, and, combined with outstanding industry support again this year, the AES Milan Convention will be a destination and experience exemplifying our theme, ‘The Power of Sound.’”
The official opening of the Convention’s student program, and a great opportunity to meet with fellow students from all corners of the world, is the opening SDA meeting. This event will introduce new events and election proceedings, announce candidates for the coming year’s election for the Europe and International Regions Vice Chair, announce the finalists in the Student Recording Competition categories and the Student Design Competition, and review the schedule of all student- and education-related events taking place at the convention. A closing SDA meeting will be held on the final day of the show, where the SDA will elect a new vice chair, and where competition comments and awards will be presented.
Student Recording Competition
The Student Recording Competition is a highlight at each AES convention, hosting a distinguished panel of judges to participate in critiquing finalists of each recording category in an interactive presentation and discussion. The top three finalists in each category present a short summary of their production intentions and the key recording and mix techniques used to realize their goals before playing their projects for attendees. This year, a new Remix category has been added, allowing competitors ample space and freedom to create what they feel best expresses, or enhances, the music from a provided track. The competition is a great chance for students to hear the work of their peers at other educational institutions and to network with other students and faculty.
Student Design Competition
The Saul Walker AES Student Design Competition is an opportunity for aspiring hardware and software engineers to participate in a worldwide contest during AES Conventions and gain recognition for their hard work, technical creativity, and ingenuity, as well as advice and mentorship from the competition judges. The competition is named in recognition of Mr. Walker’s tremendous impact on the audio industry as an inventor and as an educator. Awards will be presented for product designs including loudspeakers, DSP plug-ins, analog hardware, signal analysis tools, mobile applications, sound synthesis devices, and more.
AES MATLAB Plugin Student Competition and Showcase
Additionally, the AES will be announcing further details of a newly established AES MATLAB Plugin Student Competition and Showcase, in which students will design and present a new audio production VST plugin using MATLAB software. A special tutorial will be held at AES Milan, and later to be released as video, on the topic of MATLAB and outlining the competition’s rules and inaugural awards, to be given at the 145th AES International Convention in New York City in October 2018.
Education and Career Fair
The combined AES 144th Education and Career Fair will match job seekers with companies and prospective students with schools. Academic Institutions offering studies in audio (from short courses to graduate degrees) will be represented in a “table-top” session. Information on each school’s respective programs will be made available through displays and academic guidance. For those already searching for their entry or next path into audio engineering, AES Milan will host top companies looking for the best and brightest minds in the audio world. All attendees of the convention, students and professionals alike, are welcome to come visit with representatives from participating companies to find out more about job and internship opportunities in the audio industry.
As part of the ever-expanding program of Student & Career Development events at the convention, presentations providing insight from leading names in the industry also help give direction to those beginning or advancing their career in audio engineering. The open-format panel “Careers in the Professional Audio Industry – First Steps,” will be hosted by Richard Weir and cover marketing an individual to potential employers, how to format a CV/cover letter, and how to break into this exciting industry for those just starting out in your career.
The AES Milan Student Delegate Assembly will also host the presentation “Classical Music Recording Education Panel Discussion: Contemporary Production Practices and Training Engineers for Today and the Future,” with panelists from the UK, Canada, USA, and France. The panel will discuss ways in which orchestras and opera houses around the world are engaging audiences by experimenting with new and often simultaneous modes of distribution, emerging formats, and new technologies – for example, VR, 3D audio, and “live from…” simulcasts – as well as future obstacles and opportunities to optimize such recordings for maximum impact and preservation in the future.
Click here for the latest announcements on Student and Career Development events during the AES Milan Convention.
Themed “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking. Register now at for AES Milan at aeseurope.com for Advance Registration rates through 1 May, including additional discount pricing for AES Member and students. Complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are also available by using code AES144NOW at checkout.