Audio Arts and Acoustics Adjunct Instructor to Speak at International Conductors Guild Conference

Instructor Ryan Black, a technology and live event production expert who teaches AUD 121 and 122, will be giving a talk entitled "Tech Adaptations to Post-COVID Performing Spaces" as well as investigating the questions curators of musical traditions should be asking as the world moves forward in a technological and web connected space.

The International Conductors Guild is a 35-year-old membership and service nonprofit for symphony, band, wind ensemble, ballet, chorus, and opera conductors. The organization is dedicated to providing mentorship opportunities, training and consulting, and academic publications. This year's virtual conference will begin January 9th 2021 at 11am EST. This session, which Black will participate in, is titled "Emerging Practices for Technology in Performance." Registration, which does not require a membership with the ICG, can be found here. 

Aside from his work teaching in Audio Arts and Acoustics at Columbia College Chicago, Black has worked for many years as a recording engineer, composer, and musician. He has worked with Grant Park Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Arlen Music Productions, Dunes Theater, Gorilla Tango, REB Records, and artists including , Tarek Guerbatou, Theft to the Gallows, and Black’s Backbone.

Black has several decades of experience ranging from experimental ambient installation art to orchestral recording to corporate events. Currently, Black oversees AV for large-scale corporate events as the Project Manager at Morgan MFG Events Venue and has, during recent months, led and advised several organizations and speakers in navigating the transition to Post-COVID delivery and interaction with their clientele. In the past six months, his most notable projects include the musical theatrical live-stream series “Saturnae” and widely attended keynote educational presentations by motivational speaker Tim Clue. For these virtual presentations he coordinates the HD audio and video multicam live streaming, set design, live audio mixing, and lighting. His work has enriched the viewing experience for thousands of educators, administrators, corporate employees, and live music performance attendees.

Black holds his Master’s of Performing Arts Technology in Sound Engineering from University of Michigan where he also completed his Bachelor’s of Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation (Trumpet) and Bachelor’s in Performing Arts Technology.



Rhiannon Koehler
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