The inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio will offer a unique education and training program from the Audio Engineering Society targeted at working professionals in the live sound, recording and performance-audio communities. The four-day international symposium, which will be held concurrently with the 2018 NAMM Show from Jan. 25-28 in Anaheim, CA, comprises a series of Training Academies and related sessions on line-array technologies, live-sound mixing consoles, wireless systems, and studio environments, in addition to tutorials on system measurement and optimization, plus a selection of technical papers in related fields. These classes will be held within the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM Education Campus, adjacent to a new pro-audio exhibit space.
TASCAM, a division of TEAC of America, has promoted former Director of Business Development Joe Stopka to Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In his new position, Stopka leads TASCAM’s sales, marketing, and product marketing teams for all of the Americas.
A long-time industry veteran, Stopka launched his career as a studio guitarist, composer, and producer. He then transitioned to sales and marketing, working with MI and pro audio technologies at a leading U.S. AV integration and pro audio rep firm and distributor before joining TASCAM in 2016. As VP of sales and business development, Stopka is charged with building a stronger position in the pro audio and AV integration markets and further strengthening the company’s brand recognition in the MI marketplace.
“When looking back on more than 20 years of experience in the DJ and pro-audio industry, I am proud that Reloop evolved into a leading brand for DJ gear and is established in more than 90 countries worldwide,” says Robert Lauterwein. “With this achievement in mind and an amazing product roadmap ahead, I feel that the time is great to hand over the reins to a new executive board to pursue the ongoing advancement and generate fresh momentum. That’s why I am happy that Gerald Barbyer and Thomas Heselhaus are enthusiastic to step up and have accepted their new roles as managing directors, with immediate effect.”
Walrus Audio, an electronics company based in Oklahoma City, announced that as of Sept. 1, 2017, Hal Leonard will distribute its line of guitar pedals and accessories to U.S. and Canadian music stores. The announcement came from Colt Westbrook, president of Walrus Audio, and Brad Smith, VP of MI products with Hal Leonard.
The board of directors of the Coalition for Music Education has appointed Angela Elster as Interim Executive Director effective immediately.
“We are delighted that Angela has agreed to temporarily relinquish her seat on the Board to take on this important role as the Coalition prepares for a new school year,” said Eric Favaro, chair of the board. “Ms. Elster brings to this position a wealth of experience in the field of music and arts education, leading innovative projects that have enabled children and youth to experience the power of the arts in schools and communities across Canada and around the world.” This interim appointment allows more time for the Executive and Board to establish a leadership model moving forward.
CBC Music in association with MusiCounts has announced the return of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, which encourages eligible music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs to submit a video performance of a Canadian song (full 2017 list below) for a chance to win one of six $5,000 classroom recording studios. This year’s competition launches on Sept. 1 and will close on Nov. 24, with winners to be announced on CBC Radio 2 Morning with Raina Douris on Dec. 15.