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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 @ Mississippi Studios

Sessions will take place over the course five days at the locally renowned music venue Mississippi Studios. Top tier professional sound engineers Ethan Pierce 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, this series of 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 Summer. 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:
Application Due: Friday May 31st by 5 pm

Program Dates:

Tues June 18th – Class 10-3
Weds June 19th – Class 10-3
Thur June 20th –  Class 10-3
Fri June 21st – Class 10-3
Sat June 22nd – 9-4 – Sound check day. 
Sun June 23rd – 9-5 – Show day. 

at Mississippi Studios (Applicants must be able to attend all sessions.)

Young Audiences is committed to serving students identified as undeserved by the state of Oregon, including those who qualify for Free or Reduced lunch through the school system, those 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 these under represented groups, and will also prioritize students who have applied before but not been accepted.

Summer 2019 Application Period Open

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

Biamp Systems

Mentor Graphics Foundation

Herbert A Templeton Foundation

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