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Posted: June 6, 2019

Collaboration offers digital sound program

An incredible audio technician training opportunity has emerged through a partnership between the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society (FPPAS), the Key City Theatre (KCT) and BC Hydro.

The summer program will include a comprehensive workshop that will familiarize participants with the digital engineering of sound with live performers followed by an eight-hour practicum during the summer. This introductory course will immerse students into the world of audio technician to inspire formal training and careers.

“There are many amazing things about this mentorship program, the best of which is free tuition for students thanks to BC Hydro funding of one thousand dollars,” stated James Neve, FPPAS President.

BC Hydro announced a community grant for the program in May. The community grant focus area supports organizations and programs that centre on youth programming in the areas of trades, science, technology, engineering and math to help foster a more highly qualified workforce for British Columbia’s future.

Ray Gareau, a well-known local and loved musician, entrepreneur and sound engineer, will be conducting the daytime workshop at the Key City Theatre’s gallery space on Saturday, June 22. The program format is hands on, in a mock performance/concert setting and covers:

  • System set up and hardwire;
  • Remote tablet control over Mains, Aux Monitors, Effects
  • Acoustic amplification with DI boxes and Condenser Microphones
  • Microphones on Drums.

Local artists will participate as the performers needed for the workshop. FPPAS will provide a light lunch in addition to facilitation of the practicum for trainees during the Summer Sounds/Dancing in the Park concert series at Rotary Park.

Each student will commit to two Saturdays applying their skills at the Rotary Park stage following the workshop to complete the program and receive their certificate.

Space is limited – a maximum of six participants, between 18 and 30 years of age, will be accepted to the program. Students must have their own iPad or tablet to enroll.

Sign up begins immediately until June 21, by contacting FPPAS by email [email protected] or by calling Maureen Frank, FPPAS Director, at 250-919-7324.

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