I started out as a nursing major at another college. I ended up dropping out, and I didn’t know what to do. So I went back to my high school and I talked to my band director because we’re close and she said I should do music! I was scared to do it, so I transferred out to a different SUNY school and did liberal arts for a couple years. But I started looking for programs and found Oneonta because it was one of the few schools with an audio arts production minor. I applied and I got in! It was a long process, but it was totally worth it.
Drumline, Music Industry Club, Percussion Ensemble, Orientation Leader
Some of my best experiences have been with the Music Industry Club. We set up shows on campus and bring in outside touring acts, and I’m the audio technician so I run all the sound for the shows we put on. I’m also an intern at The Black Oak downtown, and I do live sound for shows there, which is a lot of fun.
But another amazing experience was being an Orientation Leader over the summer. I decided on a whim last semester to do it because it was going to be my last semester, and I wanted to do as much as possible. It was wild knowing I would be the first person new students met! I met a lot of great people through New Student Services.
And then also doing the “Friends” video for graduation with the Office of Communication and Marketing last year, I did all the audio for that. Just being in the studio and working with everybody for something that was so exciting, it put a lot of pressure on me because I wanted to make it as perfect as it could be. And then to be at graduation and watch my friends graduate and see that on the screen, it was really rewarding.
About My Major
I’ve worked closely with Professor Nancy Tarr trying to find internships and she was just so supportive of me. I was looking mainly for sound engineering internships, and it’s hard to find them period, and then being a woman it’s even harder. She really encouraged me and pushed me to keep looking. Because I was at a point where I was going to give up because I wasn’t getting one. But she was like, “Nope, you’re not giving up, you’re going to keep looking.” And she was sending emails, she was calling people … So she really pushed me to find something, and I did, and I’m really grateful for it because if I didn’t I would not be graduating, and a lot of that is thanks to her. She’s really knowledgeable about everything she does so working with her, just talking with her, you just know so much afterwards.
Dr. Julie Licata is also great. I love her. I do Percussion Ensemble with her. I’m not a percussionist really, it’s more of a hobby. But I wanted to do drums in college so I did drum set lessons with her for a semester and then joined Percussion Ensemble. It’s great because everybody’s so friendly and she’s a cool, understanding person who I can go to after class about anything, and she will help me. It’s cool to be able to have that relationship with a professor.
Audio Production 4 because it’s more advanced and you get to do more advanced stuff like learning about 5.1 surround sound and how to mix with that, different microphone techniques, just stuff that’s more advanced, and it’s good to know about. It’s fun working in the studio and actually knowing what you’re doing because in Audio 3 you’re new and it’s intimidating but in Audio 4, you’re like, "Oh, I know how this works. I got this."
Plans, Goals, Dreams
Be an executive for a music label or own my own studio that’s unique. I worked at one in an old church, Dreamland Recording Studios in Woodstock, NY. It was really cool. So to have something like that where it’s super unique and not like every other studio, something that people are willing to travel for, that’s what I’d want to do.