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Live SET (Sound Engineering for Teens)

Live SET is an exciting program for high school aged students to get real-world training in the art and science of live sound engineering taught by top professionals in the field.

Students attend a series of workshops on acoustics, gain, signal flow, setting up a PA system, all with hands on work with sound equipment. The series will culminate in a sound showcase where they are running the sound for a performance.

This is a one-of-a-kind chance for young musicians, music fans, engineers, technical artists and creative types of all kinds to learn a valuable, interesting and employable skill – how to make live music and amplified audio sound its best in performance settings.

Live SET @ Youth Music Project:

Young Audiences is excited to partner with Youth Music Project and offer a sound engineering track for their winter class sessions, Live SET (sound engineering for teens). Students will learn from working professionals in the field of live sound engineering and will finish the class knowing how to run a venue.

Registration is now open. Join us!

Dates and Times: (Wednesday Jan 10-March 7 from 3:45-6:15 pm plus sound showcase on March 16)

  • 01.10.17 
  • 01.17.17 
  • 01.24.17 
  • 01.31.17 
  • 02.07.17 
  • 02.10.17 
  • 01.14.17 
  • 02.21.17 
  • 02.28.17
  • 03.07.17 
  • Sound Showcase 03.16.17 from 6-9:30 pm*

*students will run the sound for the Teen Open Mic Night at Youth Music Project

Registration for this program can be found here 

Live SET @ Mississippi Studios

Sessions will take place over the course of three weekends October 28, 29, November 4, 5, 18, 19) at the locally renowned music venue Mississippi Studios. Top tier professional sound engineers Nalin Silva, Si Abraams and Molly Petit will serve as instructors. Each weekend students will take part in hands-on, in depth sessions to learn different parts of audio engineering. The program will culminate in a final, public concert fully engineered by the students.

Thanks to the generous support of funders, the Live SET tuition is fully scholarshipped, making it free to these students. This also makes the program competitive and not all applications will be invited to join.

What We Need:

We will have 10 spaces available this Fall. We are looking for  students for whom Live SET could be a deeply exciting and empowering learning opportunity. This could be young musicians, those interested in music and the arts but not performing personally, aspiring engineers or any number of others. We are also looking for students who can attend all six sessions without conflict.

Dates to know:

10/09/17 applications due

10/13/17 Fall Cohort annouced

10/28/17 (Saturday): Hands on workshop
10/29/17 (Sunday): Hands on workshop
11/04/17 (Saturday): Hands on workshop
11/05/17 (Sunday): Hands on workshop
11/18/17 (Saturday): Sound check with bands
11/19/17 ((Sunday)): Sound showcase/concert (hrs approximately 10am-5pm)

Young Audiences is committed to serving students identified as undeserved by the state of Oregon, including those attending Title I schools or from traditionally undeserved minority populations and communities of color. Additionally, statistics show that the sound engineering trades in the US are over 90% male, so we are very interested in having a gender-diverse student cohort. We will prioritize seniors and juniors, and will also prioritize students who have applied before but not been accepted (making it worthwhile to apply even if you are in a younger grade).

If you would like more information about this opportunity or to be added to our email list, please let us know at


Young Audiences is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of Live SET:

Biamp Systems

Mentor Graphics Foundation

Herbert A Templeton Foundation