SAE Atlanta Audio Technology Students Help “Music in the Park” Event to Overcome Technical Challenges

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Four students from the Audio Technology Program at SAE’s Atlanta campus provided live engineering and production services for the fifth annual Music in the Park event, which was held in Atlanta’s Howell Park on Sunday, April 19. Because of a heavy rainstorm, a number of last minute venue and technical changes needed to be made, but the students were able to help the festival be successful despite the challenges.

Four students from the Audio Technology Program at SAE’s Atlanta campus provided live engineering and production services for the fifth annual Music in the Park event.

While Music in the Park’s unexpected technical difficulties were stressful, they allowed our students and grads to prove their value as problem solvers and professionals with remarkable abilities to improvise and find the right answers.

Four students from the Audio Technology Program at SAE’s Atlanta campus provided live engineering and production services for the fifth annual Music in the Park event, which was held in Atlanta’s Howell Park on Sunday, April 19. Because of a heavy rainstorm, a number of last minute venue and technical changes needed to be made, but the students were able to help the festival be successful despite the challenges.

“The Office of Cultural Affairs, the Music in the Park producers, and I were amazed and extremely grateful with how the SAE team smoothly stepped in and saved the day,” says Omar Nelson, Coordinator of Music In the Park for the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. “Without them, there would have been far fewer stages available for the artists’ performances.”

Music in the Park (MITP) was created by Atlanta saxophonist Kebbi Williams to “enlighten young performers and inspire vibrancy in communities through music and performing arts.” The annual event gives student musicians from the Atlanta area a chance to perform side-by-side with professionals from across the country. This year’s event featured 50 acts, including singer Julie Dexter, trumpeter Russell Gunn, hip-hop/rock/soul group ROYAL, and vocalist Rahbi. The event’s climax took place on the main stage when pros, students, and teachers joined with the MITP Orchestra, which was conducted by acclaimed guest maestro Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

“Originally, we had 10 stages to work with, but because of the weather and power outages in the park, we ended up with only four,” says Nelson. “The prospect of managing 50 bands on four small stages would have been daunting to the most seasoned audio professionals, but SAE students Tyler Bithell, Ricky Miller, Xavier Hairston, and Emmanuel McLin stepped up, hung in, and managed the process until the last band performed.”

According to SAE Atlanta Campus Director Jerry Myers, having the opportunity to participate in events such as Music in the Park gives SAE students valuable real world experience.

“Our number one priority at SAE Atlanta is ensuring that all of our graduates are career-ready and have the exact skills that employers are looking for the minute they enter the job market,” says Myers. “While Music in the Park’s unexpected technical difficulties were stressful, they allowed our students and grads to prove their value as problem solvers and professionals with remarkable abilities to improvise and find the right answers.”

About SAE
SAE Institute provides aspiring creative media professionals with a foundation of practical theory and valuable hands-on training in their chosen areas of concentration. Under the guidance of our faculty, which is comprised of working industry professionals, students gain the essential experience they need for entry-level jobs in the entertainment business. Our students are supported in their job searches by SAE’s international network of alumni, many of whom are leaders in the music, film, game arts, and live performance arenas. We offer programs in audio technology across our seven US campuses, along with a music business program at select locations, all fully accredited and focused on preparing students for employment when they graduate. Bachelor’s Degree programs in Animation, Audio, Film, Game Art & Graphic Design are available at the two locations of Ex’pression College, which is owned and operated by SAE Institute Group, Inc. SAE Institute Group, Inc. is a part of Navitas LTD. Learn more at USA.sae.edu.

About Navitas
Navitas is an Australian global education leader, providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development, and corporate training services to more than 80,000 students across a network of over 100 colleges and campuses in 27 countries. Learn more at Navitas.com.

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