The New England School of Communications at Husson University will once again participate in the annual Maine Science Festival which runs March 16th through the 19th at the Cross Insurance Center. Faculty will present on the following topics.
The Entertainment Production students at Husson University take full advantage of the school’s Gracie Theatre. Each semester, they get multiple opportunities to sharpen their skills in a practical setting by actively “teching” over a dozen productions. As a presenting house, the Gracie is an excellent venue for our EP Students to apply the classroom to the workplace. Their training in Stage Lighting, Production Management, Technical Direction, CAD and Scenic Construction (to name just a few skills) is given a chance to grow and mature, working alongside industry professionals.
This Spring semester offers a challenging variety of productions. Each month, Entertainment Production, in partnership with NESCom’s Video Production and Live Sound programs produce four episodes of a Maine-based late night talk show. The Nite Show with Danny Cashman features a set constructed by the EP program specifically for the Gracie Theatre. EP students handle all of the theatrical demands of the show, from scenery to lighting to talent wrangling. It is a great opportunity to use the full range of EP training.
Early in the semester, on Feb. 10, the theatre hosted a traveling puppet show, Kaytek the Wizard, based on the book by Janusz Korczak and created by master Puppeteer, Brian Hull. The EP Crew assisted Mr. Hull with his performance which features specialized projections and lighting in addition to his internationally famous puppetry.
What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience
On March 31, the EP students will work a touring production of What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience. Their duties will include the lighting requirements as well as the stage set ups. In past years, students have worked similar tribute concerts such as The Michael Jackson Experience and Almost Elton John. The theatricality and exciting music make these productions rewarding experiences.
April is always the busiest month for the EP Student. Production follows production, non-stop. This Spring, the EP students will assist The Husson University Theatre, a student-run activities club, to produce John Cariani’s Almost Maine on April 7 – 9. EP provides and supervises all of the technical demands for this production. Later in the month, the EP Crews will load in and tech a touring musical, Disenchanted (an irreverent and not-for children take on Disney Princesses) on April 22.
A week later, they will mount a production of You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown, which is a product of the Musical Theatre Performance class and several independent student practicums. The EP students will have worked on this production all semester, designing and producing all of the technical elements, and presenting the final product in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (our experimental workshop facility) on April 28-30.
The school’s commitment to professionalism and industry driven training drives every aspect of it curriculum. These and other on-going productions help the Entertainment Production degree program fulfill their part of the NESCom motto: “Ready to Work. Day One!”.
NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano spent Sunday night attending the 59th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA. Visciano was included in the Adele’s nominations for Album and Record of the year, which won both categories.
During the acceptance speech for Album of the Year, you can spot Visciano on stage with engineers, mixers, and producers who had a hand in the album’s creation.
The Broadcast Education Association, a national organization that works to promote and educate student-operated media has announced their 2017 Festival of Media Arts winners. WHSN 89.3, the radio station here at Husson University has been selected as a winner of two awards in the Comedy/Drama and PSA/Promo categories.
Comedy or Drama Category 1st Place: Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, New England School of Communications at Husson University; Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2016
2nd Place: Cole DeWispelare, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ticking
3rd Place (tie): Marti Vaughan, University of Nebraska at Omaha; The Shining Aftermath
3rd Place (tie): Faiza Azam, Masood Malhi & Rafy ur Rahman, University of the Punjab, Pakistan; The Drying Village
PSA, Promo or Commercial Category
1st Place: JD Hershberger, Goshen College; Goshen Theater Promo Series
2nd Place: Owen Miller, New England School of Communications at Husson University; It Could Happen To You
3rd Place: Eugene Cephas, Jocelyn Bell & Benjamin Googman, Austin Peay State University; What’s That Gas?
Award of Excellence: Riley Irving & David Cohen, Ithaca College; City Rhythms Promo Award of Excellence: Nick Herrick, Adam Rogers & Kyra Biscarner, Marshall University; WMUL Car Bash Promo
Award of Excellence: Lyle Kwiatkowski, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bubbles the Unemployed Clown
Award of Excellence: Tyler Cooper, University of Southern Indiana; Halloween Giveaway
The awards will be given out during the 2017 BEA Festival of Media Arts April 22 – 24, 2017 at the Las Vegas Westgate Hotel & Casino. For more information on the BEA and the Festival of Media Arts, visit http://www.beafestival.org
The Video Production department at the New England School of Communications of Husson University will host a free filmmaking workshop with Travis Trudell on February 22nd, 7pm at the Gracie Theatre.
Trudell has worked in the camera and lighting department for many notable movies including The Social Network, Manchester by the Sea, The Town, Shutter Island and Ghostbusters.
The audience will be welcome to ask questions after a visual presentation about set etiquette, safety, and professional lighting techniques. Trudell is well known for his accessible teaching style and friendly sense of humor. Please join us for a fun and informative evening about making a living through the art and craft of filmmaking.
As the temperature drops this winter, 7 live sound technology students and Assistant Profession Eric Ferguson are already thinking about warmer weather. In what has become a NESCom experiential learning tradition, students will set sail with Cruise Production, a company out of Fort Lauderdale owned by 1990 alum Tim Cabral to work as stage crew on the Country Cruising excursion.
The 2017 edition of Country Cruising kicks off on January 14th and travels from Tampa to stops in Key West and Cozumel aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas. The cruise includes performances by 22 country music artists including:
Charles Esten, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
Clare Bowen, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
Keynote speaker, Susan Schmidt Horning (left) poses for a selfie with NESCom Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon (right). Horning is one of the leading scholars in American recording technology history and an associate professor of history at St. John’s College in New York.
New England School of Communications Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon recently returned to the United States after presenting a paper at the 11th Annual Art of Record Production Conference in Aalborg Denmark, at Aalborg University. His paper, “Finding Originality Through Reference Mixes,” was a study of recording practices that analyzed communication strategies between recording engineers and the artists. The analysis covered the process of creating the recorded music using both communication strategies and the use of reference material, perceptual learning and isomorphic mapping. This research topic was part of the conference’s focus on imagination and creativity.
The conference consisted of three days of presentations in research topics about the recording arts and industry. Contributors came from all over the world and included all fields of academic study including electrical and software engineering/development; history; music; musicology; psychology; communications and media.
Gordon also moderated a group of presentations during the last day of the conference
WHSN 89.3 FM, and the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Technology departments announce the seventh annual live radio broadcast of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination on Friday, October 28th at 7:30 from the stage of the Gracie Theatre.
The 2016 installment of the long-running “Poe show” will feature the Poe tale the Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar. This is the seventh 1940’s style live radio event produced for live broadcast on WHSN. It all started with a holiday production of A Christmas Carol, which was then followed by Halloween presentations of the Tell Tale Heart, the Cask of Amontialldo, the Fall of the House of Usher, the Masque of the Red Death, the Pit and the Pendulum, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and the Premature Burial.
Photo by Narda Albatrino
The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN 89.3. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). Last year’s production was again an award winner from the BEA, and was also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is one of Poe’s more unusual short stories.
Written in 1845, it makes use of practice of “mesmerism”, which was very much in vogue at the time. This early stage of contemporary hypnotism was both science and show business. Poe explores the darker side of this practice in one of his more chilling and gruesome tales. It is not for the faint of heart!
Both students and the general public are invited to attend the performance in the live audience for free on October 28th to help celebrate Halloween and enjoy the traditions of live radio.
“Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe” Festival Awards: “The Cask of Amontillado” 2011 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – Honorable Mention Student Audio Comedy or Drama category “The Fall of the House of Usher” 2012 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2013 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – Finalist – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program “The Masque of the Red Death & “The Pit and the Pendulum” 2013 – Maine Association of Broadcasters – Second Place Locally Produced Program category “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 2014 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – First Place – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
2014 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2014 – CBI National Student Production Awards – Finalist Best Special Broadcast
2014 – Maine Association of Broadcasters -Third Place Locally Produced Program category
Each fall students return to the classroom and share what they did over the summer. Faculty at the New England School of Communications also have summertime tales to tell and here we’ll highlight just a few of the interesting ways they spent their break.
Audio Engineering Associate Professor Walter Clissen stayed very busy working with world-renowned artist Jose Feliciano recording a new Django Reinhardt tribute album by Feliciano and Viennese guitarist Harri Stojka at LA-Clip Studios in Vienna Austria, rehearsing and recording Feliciano a the Academy of Contemporary Music/Metropolis Studios in London, and mixing Feliciano’s new album Latin Street 2015. In addition, Clissen continues to mix Front-of-House for Feliciano’s live shows including his performance at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts in London.
Entertainment Production Coordinator and Instructor Ken Stack spent part of his summer working as Scenic Designer for the upcoming October run of The Producers at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, ME. Plus he wrote the script for the next installment of WHSN’s award winning old-time radio drama Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination, slated for a live broadcast from the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28th.
Video Production Assistant Professor Todd Eastman traveled to Atlanta, GA to work as Director of Photography on concussion awareness videos produced for the Brain Trauma Association. The production was filmed on an Arri Alexa as A cam with a Sony FS7 Steadicam (just like the one we have here at NESCom) as B cam.
The National Association of Broadcasters have announced the finalists for the 2016 Marconi Radio Awards, recognizing stations and personalities for excellence in broadcasting. In the noncommercial station of the year category one of the finalists is WHSN 89.3FM, the student-run radio station at Husson University.
NONCOMMERCIAL STATION OF THE YEAR
KPCW-FM, Park City, UT
WHSN-FM, Bangor, ME
WRHU-FM, Long Island, NY
WSDP-FM, Canton, MI
WSOU-FM, South Orange, NJ
WHSN 89.3FM is operated by the Radio Broadcasting students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University. The winners of the Marconi awards will be announced on Thursday, September 22nd at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville, TN. View the full list of Marconi award finalists