Gilbert, Ariz., Jan. 22, 2020 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), a leading institution for audio engineering education, will be opening the doors to its Gilbert, Ariz. campus (1205 N. Fiesta Blvd.) to prospective students, parents, and the media on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10am – 4pm. Three CRAS graduates will be on hand for the Open House, and will also be part of an Open Panel Forum held for current CRAS students the evening of Jan. 31.
“There are a host of opportunities for our students once they graduate, and we want to give them an idea of what’s out there first hand for them once they enter the open market,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “Besides our mandatory internship program, getting our students in touch with our graduates who either are working for others, or who have made the leap into self employment, is huge. That’s what this grad panel is about in our upcoming Open House. Continued education, networking, and learning what it takes for going out on one’s own by those who have done it already is of enormous value for any student.”
Hamm added that CRAS also wants prospective students and their parents to discover everything there is to know about a CRAS education, and with hard work and dedication just how successful they can be.
Members of the February Open House Grad Panel include:
· Skyla Rose Wuebber; 2014 CRAS graduate; currently works as a full-time Audio Engineer at AV Concepts (AVC) in Tempe, Ariz. As an audio engineer at AVC, she travels the world helping design cutting-edge technology and audio solutions to support corporate events for companies such as Google, Oracle, and VidCon. Wuebber has designed and mixed many large-scale PA systems for arena-sized audiences. She has worked with many renowned artists, such as Fall Out Boy, Charlie XCX, Alice Cooper, Rebelution, Iration, and Snoop Dog, as well as corporate leaders such as Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Al Gore, and many more.
· Nicholai Crees; 2018 CRAS graduate; currently working as a Design Engineer in the Media and Entertainment department for Diversified. Crees works on designing and maintaining broadcast systems for a wide array of clients. Prior to this, he was a Maintenance and Studio Support Engineer with ABC Disney. He has worked with companies such as Prinerica, the VA, Gulfstream, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Auburn University. He has also worked on the shows Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Around the Horn.
· Bryan Hosack; 2015 CRAS graduate; currently an Audio Fleet Supervisor for Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL). He started his job with CCL in 2016 as an A1 Audio Technician in charge of mixing up to 12 IEM mixes as well as FOH for main lounge production shows. He was also in charge of mixing a variety of music acts as well as maintenance of all audio systems on board. His current position as supervisor is traveling the fleet of 26 vessels to ensure company standards are being met for the audio department, which entails conducting trainings and coaching audio technicians on board, advanced trouble shooting of equipment issues, and follow up visits for dry dock and contracted audio work.
At the February Open House, guests will be able to interact with CRAS faculty and get a taste of the curriculum and the state-or-the-art audio gear spread throughout its numerous classrooms as well as its 42-foot Mobile Broadcast Unit. They will also be able to participate in live demonstrations in many of these real world audio recording studios, live sound venue, and labs.
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes Broadcast Audio, Live Sound, Audio Post for Film and TV, Music Production, Commercial Production and Video Game Audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have excelled in their individual fields. CRAS’ structured programs, and highly qualified teaching staff, provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by its small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in Audio Recording for more than three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the Audio Recording industries.
The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, SSL G+ and AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment.
“We want everyone to see, hear, and feel how our 11-month program focuses exclusively on what a student needs to know to begin living their passion in any one of the many facets of the Recording Arts,” Hamm concluded.
About The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s premier institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.