The Sound of Strength: the fourth annual Leading Women in Audio conference set to return in February
The conference seeks to promote the work of women, to combat identity-based exploitation and marginalization and to educate and empower future audio professionals to create an environment of inclusion and diversity.
College and high school students will once again gather at Elon University to learn about the audio industry from women with active and successful careers.
The 2022 Leading Women in Audio Conference returns on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, with both in-person and online sessions.
“Last year’s conference had 180 registered attendees,” said Fred Johnson, lecturer in music. “They represented 14 universities and six high schools, from several states and four different countries. The Student Steering Committee is working hard to provide this year’s event in a hybrid context.”
Workshops will cover topics such as live sound, audio post-production for television, microphone technique, music licensing, concert production, mixing vocals and a DJ session. Panels will discuss Entering the Professional World, Building Community on Campuses and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Returning presenters include:
Leslie Mona-Mathus, ABC News Marketing and Creative
Marcella Araica, Dream Asylum Studio
Tess Mangum, Sonic Pie Productions
Liz May, SoundLizzard
Aurelia Belfield, Trailblazer Studios
They will be joined by new presenters Jasmine Battle of CPE Music Group, Christa Giammattei of CGS and Samantha Potter of Allen & Heath and ProSound Web.
“An important event like this requires a lot of partners,” Johnson said. “We are excited to have received a Community Partnership Initiative grant from the Kernodle Center, which allows us to work with students in the Alamance-Burlington and Guilford County schools. We also have corporate sponsors, such as Audio & Light in Greensboro and Sennheiser, who help provide resources for our presenters.”
Registration for the conference is now open at www.elon.edu/lwia. Links are also provided for all social media contacts. If you have questions, feel free to email LWIA@elon.edu.
Leading Women in Audio Conference focuses on ‘growth through adversity’
The annual conference hosted by Elon was held virtually on February 26 and 27.
“To be in the audio industry, you must prepare for a lifetime of growth,” said Agnieszka Roginska, vice chair of the Music Department at New York University, and the 2021 Leading Women in Audio Conference’s keynote speaker.
This sentiment was reflected throughout the entirety of the conference that was held Feb. 26-27. The annual conference centers around a new theme each year, and in response to a year of hardship, especially in the entertainment industry, the concept of resilience and growth through adversity was highlighted in each of the conference’s sessions.
The Leading Women in Audio Conference aims to address the underrepresentation of women in the audio industry. It has been a struggle for women to break into this field, and now, the organizers and presenters want to educate its participants about the visibility, accomplishments, and impact of the successful women in the industry.
“We are so proud of the wide range of support that we have had for this conference,” said Professor of Music Fred Johnson. Johnson, along with the student steering committee, had been planning the event since August. In his opening remarks, Johnson expressed awe and admiration for the committee, along with the record number of attendees that registered for the third annual conference.
Agnieszka Roginska, vice chair of the Music Department at New York University, delivered the conference keynote.
With the transition to a virtual format this year, more than 170 people attended the two-day conference, a large increase from last year’s 107 attendees. Sixteen universities were represented, and more than 50 high school students registered to participate.
“As technology has played an even more important role during the age of COVID, I have developed an even greater respect for those behind the control boards,” said Elon Music Department Chair Hallie Hogan. “More than ever, this conference brings joy and hope to those in this community, particularly in a time when hope is in great demand.”
The conference offered presentations and workshops such as “Covid Career Causality,” hosted by Michel Holbrook, a freelance sound designer. The session offered advice and pointed out mistakes to avoid for students and recent graduates entering the job market.
Even through a virtual format, each session offered the opportunity for growth and discussion on a variety of important subjects. Participants were given tools and resources to navigate the growing audio industry.
This year’s theme was highlighted throughout the planning process as well. Steering Committee Co-Chairs Ana Segal ‘21 and Conor Flood ‘21 had dedicated hours of their time to redesign the conference and adapt to the pandemic.
“We wanted to quit, and when it was clear this event would take on a new format, it was hard to swallow,” said Segal in her opening remarks. “But we had a choice, give up something that really mattered to us, or stay in the challenge and put in the work.”
“We grew through the adversity because we knew the end result would be worth it,” said Flood.
By Katelyn Litvan ’24, student
Leading Women In Audio Conference announces keynote speaker
Researcher in Immersive Audio Technology will present at conference opening ceremony
The Leading Women In Audio Conference is excited to announce that Agnieszka Roginska will be the keynote speaker this year. Roginska is a professor of music technology and the vice chair of the Music and Performing Arts Professions Department at New York University. She conducts research in the simulation and applications of immersive and 3D audio including the capture, analysis and synthesis of auditory environments, auditory displays and applications in augmented acoustic sensing.
She is the author of numerous publications about the acoustics and psychoacoustics of immersive audio and auditory displays, and is the co-editor of the book titled “Immersive Sound: The Art and Science of Binaural and Multi-Channel Audio”. Agnieszka is the Past-President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), an AES Fellow, and is the faculty sponsor of the Society for Women in TeCHnology (SWiTCH) at NYU.
Roginska will speak at the Opening Ceremony of the conference on Friday, Feb. 26. For more information about the conference and to register, go to www.elon.edu/lwia.
Leading Women in Audio conference to return in February with theme of ‘Growth Through Adversity’
The conference will be held virtually on Feb. 26 and 27.
The Leading Women In Audio Conference is returning to Elon’s campus on Feb. 26-27, 2021, in a virtual format. After seeing amazing growth in the first two years of the conference, the Student Steering Committee is excited to be able to reach even more people through this new platform. Participants don’t need to travel, look for a hotel or figure out where to eat — the conference is coming to them.
“We hope that by being virtual, we can allow many more people to attend” says Fred Johnson, faculty sponsor of the conference. “Our presenters are all industry professionals who look forward to connecting with students.”
Once again, sessions will be offered in the areas of Live Sound, Mastering, Music Business and Recording, but there will also be topics that confront the reality of the pandemic and its effect on the music industry. With the theme of “Growth Through Adversity,” discussions of job loss, job searching and new strategies for concert production will take place. The final panel discussion, which has always focused on discrimination and allyship, will be centered around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion this year.
The conference is also pleased to welcome two new presenters:
Judy Stakee, based in Los Angeles, has over 30 years of experience as a music industry executive. She is responsible for developing and signing many of today’s most acclaimed artists, including Grammy-award winner Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw and Joy Williams. She will give a session on being your best as a songwriter and will do some song critiques.
Leslie Gaston-Bird works as a freelance re-recording mixer and sound editor in the UK. She is also the author of the book, “Women In Audio,” a voting member of the Recording Academy and a past governor of the Audio Engineering Society. She will be presenting from her research in Immersive Audio.
Registration is now open on the conference website, http://www.elon.edu/lwia. Join us in this annual celebration of the achievements by music industry leaders, who just happen to be women!