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Video Students & Faculty Work With NAC On You Can Play Video

The North Atlantic Conference, the Division III Intercollegiate Athletics conference that includes Husson University, recently worked with NESCom to create a video for their involvement in the You Can Play movement. The video was created by students Heather Andrews, Ryan Carignan, Ellis Ducharme, Justin Foster, Dave Roberts, and Nick Young with help from Fran Bouchard, Rodney Verrill, and Frank Welch.

The You Can Play project was designed with the mission of “ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation”. The first video released for the project, which started production in Spring of 2014, includes stories and thoughts on equality direct from athletes within the conference.

For more information on the You Can Play initiative and the North Atlantic Conference, visit

Entertainment Production Students Announce Spring Musical

The Entertainment Production department has announced that their spring 2015 musical will be a production of the musical Once On This Island, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  The production will be in the Black Box Theatre at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University’s Bangor campus April 17th, 18th and 19th, 2015.

Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, Once On This Island is a Caribbean tale of a Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of her island and the love that builds between them. This story of love and status garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.

The NESCom production of Once On This Island will be a project of students in the Entertainment Production degree program and will include the work of students in EP 235 Musical Theatre Performance, EP 340 Design and Technical Practicum and EP Theatre Management Practicum. This will be the third musical production for the Gracie’s Black Box Theatre with the most recent being the successful run of the 25th Annual Putnam County Regional Spelling Bee that took place in May, 2014.

Auditions for WHSN’s annual Edgar Allan Poe radio drama set for September 23rd.

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama - Photo by Narda Albatrino

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama – Photo by Narda Albatrino

Students and staff at Husson University are welcome and encouraged to audition for the sixth radio drama produced by WHSN-FM in conjunction with NESCom’s Entertainment Production and the Live Sound Audio Program at NESCom.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2014
“The Murders In The Rue Morgue”
Presented by WHSN-FM, NESCom & Husson University

Auditions will be Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (upstairs at the Gracie Theatre) on the Husson University campus.

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 AMONTILLADO, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM. This year we will present our first 60 MINUTE Poe Show… one of the first detective stories ever written…. THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE!

The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Thursday, October 30 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN-FM. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association. Last year’s production is up for an award again from the BEA, and is also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.

The Audition procedure will be pretty simple and fun. Auditioners will be asked to read from script selections. So, be ready to use your most effective 1940’s radio voices.
This year’s production is looking for the following voices:
Announcer (1940’s Radio Voice)
Narrator (Dr. Watson-type)
Auguste Dupin (Amateur detective)
Officer Muset (Paris Gendarme)
Sailor (Seaman with a Soul)
Multiple Female Cameo Roles (Need to be able to SCREAM!)
Multiple Male Roles (Character Voices)
Additionally, the show requires live Sound Effects artists, who will create all of the sounds for the show live, during the performance
Please join us on September 23rd to help celebrate Halloween by auditioning for our Sixth broadcast of TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BY EDGAR ALLAN POE!

NESCom To Present Performance Lecture With D.V.S.

DVS photo

D.V.S. photo by Phil Clarkin Photography

On Thursday, September 18th, Husson University’s New England School of Communications will present a performance lecture with Audio Engineer, Producer, DJ and Guitarist D.V.S. “The Modern Producer/DJ; a look at live performance, composition techniques and integration of hardware and software” will examine the role of Producers/DJs as both music composers and performers.

D.V.S. is Derek VanScoten, an accomplished composer, performer and licensed Ableton clinician based out Austin, TX. VanScoten has been releasing solo material since 2009 and has released music under Pretty Lights Music, Electronic Music Magazine, Soulection and more. In addition to studio work, his talents have taken him to numerous festivals as a performer including the Gathering of the Vibes, SXSW, Sonic Bloom and following his appearance at Husson University, will be performing at Tantrum in Bangor,  and Great North fest in Norridgewock, ME. The performance lecture will take place in Kominsky Auditorium on the Husson University Campus starting at 7pm. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

For more information on D.V.S.

Early Summer 2014 Updates from NESCom

Inquiring minds need to know – What’s going on at NESCom? As usual, there is a lot of activity because summer is our time to plan, build, and repair. We can unveil a few at this point, and we’ll report on more as the summer progresses.

• One of our labs (room 219) will become the new location for our IT staff, and that lab will be designed, expanded from 13 to 18 stations and moved into 306 with new 2.9 GHz iMacs
• Two other labs (rooms 105 and 109) will be re-equipped with new Apple Mac Pro’s with 27” Thunderbolt displays and dual graphics cards to HD editing and 3D rendering capacity. Apple has packaged this beast in a neat new case. Take a look at
• We will deploy Apple’s latest operating system (we thought it would be OS X Mavericks, but with the announcement at the Apple Developer’s Conference a few days ago, it could be Yosemite) on all of our computers.
• Our Analog AV switcher will be replaced with new AirPlay technology to increase speed of HD file transfer.
• In the Gracie, the Yamaha PM5D audio console is being replaced with Yamaha’s updated console, the CL3 and associate outboard gear.

Yamaha CL3

Yamaha CL3

• The laptops for our Apple Cart will be replaced with Apple MacBook Airs.
• Brave Williams and a crew of Entertainment Production students have designed and are now building the set for the Nite Show with Danny Cashman, from which we’ll broadcast this fall, in our own Gracie Theatre.
• “The Tale of Three Brothers” is being entered in film festivals around the country. We’re looking at several possibilities for our next major film project.

NESCom faculty, as usual, are busy this summer. Walter Clissen is in Europe (primarily the Netherlands and Serbia) working with Dragana and Jose Feliciano on an album project, and working on audio post for a film to be released in Europe. Here is Walter at the Studio Barba in Belgrade. For those audio geeks, that’s an AMEK 9098i (originally designed by Rupert Neve).

Walter Clissen

Walter Clissen

Wells Gordon is busy recording, both as an engineer and as a musician. Here’s a shot of Wells multi-tasking at our API 1608 while laying down the bass track for some nice Blues.

Wells Gordon in Studio B

Wells Gordon in Studio B

Ken Stack has a gig at The Grand in Ellsworth, entertaining the “summer folk” as the artistic director for a new production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”.


Larry Ayotte is finishing his project on Reflections – the use of reflective surfaces in photography. If you haven’t seen one of these, check this out:

Reflections photography by Larry Ayotte

Reflections photography by Larry Ayotte

With the recent focus on train safety, Frank Welch is working on an industry video project about the extraction of personnel from train engines that have been in an accident. Here is a photo from the set in Chicago:


Looking forward to the next installment on the blog, I think I’ll write about our fiber optic cable installation project around campus. Stay tuned for this layman’s discussion of a technical area.

As always, if you have any questions, please send an email or call.

Thom Johnston
Dean, New England School of Communications at Husson University or

A busy week finds rehearsals, presentations, workshops and upgrades at NESCom

Over the past week NESCom played host to everything from equipment upgrades to a world-renowned audio engineer to award-winning writers and directors. Here is a brief sampling of what a busy week at NESCom looks like.
We welcomed Hitachi technicians into our video production studio.  Emilio Aleman and Chee Liew were here to update our fleet of mobile unit and studio video cams with new components, enhancements and software. This is part of the great service that our partners like Hitachi, provide to us. By staying ahead of the curve, our students gain access to the latest Hitachi ideas and are better prepared for their careers. IMG_2646_sm IMG_2648_sm On another stop, a roving photographer caught the practice of two Husson teams on a great sunny day.  Below you’ll see some of the Eagles preparing for their next competitions. lacrosse1_sm lacrosse2_sm In the category of “you-never- know-what-to-expect-at-NESCom”, we received a call from the producers asking us to do a quick ADR session with one of the actors of USA Network’s Graceland. It so happens that Brendan Powers, who plays the role of Agennt Cranston on Graceland, was in Bangor performing in Penobscot Theater’s production of “Our Town” running from April 24 through May 11. IMG_2657_sm The cast for “Putnam County Spelling Bee” (May 2,3 &4) was in rehearsal in the Gracie’s Black Box Theater, which resulted in a few pics. IMG_2727_sm IMG_2685_sm A late night stop by the Gracie itself found the semi-finals of “Husson’s Got Talent” in full swing.  The new woofers from Meyer Sound really pump up the low end! Husson’s Got Talent is an annual campus competition that has grown to be quite a big event. IMG_2687_sm IMG_2692_smThursday night in the Gracie Theater, the NESCom chapter of the Audio Engineering Society welcomed world-class mastering engineer Bob Ludwig for a presentation. Ludwig owns Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and has mastered countless classic albums and modern hits like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. BobLudwig Finally, on Friday, NESCom partnered with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film Association to host a filmmaking workshop with the award winning writing/directing team of alumnus Aron Gaudet (’96) and Gita Pullapilly. Their latest film, Beneath The Harvest Sky, was filmed in Maine and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. aron_sm

Entertainment Production to produce The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee

This May, The New England School of Communications at Husson University will present the award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee in the Gracie Black Box Theatre. This is the second musical that has been presented in the school’s experimental theatre. Last year, Studs Terkel’s Working – The Musical launched the space as an intimate alternative performance facility on the Husson campus.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country. The story focuses on an eclectic group of six high school students who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, they spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words, hoping to never hear the soul crushing, pout inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box! The show is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation. With upbeat, clever music and lyrics by William Finn, and satirical book by Rachel Sheinkin, Spelling Bee gives us a comic and insightful look into youthful aspirations, the overwhelming joy of victory and the bitter-sweet tang of defeat. The musical pulls no punches, and is recommended for mature audiences only.

The NESCom production is staged by Christie Robinson, who is well-known to the Bangor Theatre community, assisted by another local favorite, John Haskell, the music director of countless area musicals and revues. The cast of Spelling Bee misfits will be performed by NESCom’s Musical Theatre Performance class.

Robinson sums up the essence of the play in her director’s notes: “We all have our quirks that make us unique and different. We’ve been teased, had times of being cool or uncool, struggled to be seen for who we truly are (not who others want us to be), had embarrassing acne and let our freak flags fly. You don’t need to look very hard to recognize a little bit of each of us in the characters of ‘the Bee’. Whether this brings back feelings of the good, the bad and the ugly of adolescence, I hope it brings back a feeling of nostalgia. That no matter how high your freak flag flies, you mattered and made a positive difference in someone’s life – win or lose.”

The performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 2 – 3 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, May 4th at 2:00 PM. The Gracie Black Box Theatre is located on the second floor of the Gracie Theatre on the campus of Husson University. General Admission tickets are available at the door before each performance. Ticket prices are $5.00 Regular Admission and $3.00 Student admission. Seating is limited to 50 seats for each performance, so get there early, and be prepared to laugh… and maybe to spell!

NESCom Teams With Apple On Cool 2 Career Event


On May 2, 2014 NESCom and Apple will partner up for the inaugural Cool 2 Career event taking place in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Open to students from 7th grade to senior year of high school, the event will be a powerful day for students to learn about how their passion for technology and connectivity can translate into a career.With breakout sessions in game design, iOS app development, graphic design, social media, audio engineering and a host of other area, both attending students and their instructors are sure to leave empowered and excited for the future.

Students from the following schools have already signed up to attend:
Belfast Area High School
Boothbay Elementary School
Bruce Whittier Middle School
Caravel Middle School
Caribou High School
Durham Community School
Foxcroft Academy
Freeport Middle School
Greely High School
Hancock County Technical Center
Maine Dept. of Education
Massabesic High School
Massabesic Middle School
Messalonskee High School
Milbridge Elementary School
Mount View Middle School
Narraguagus High School
Orono High School
Penquis Valley High School
Rangeley Lakes Regional School
Richmond Schools
Searsport District Middle/High School
Troy Howard Middle School

Registration fee is $15 per student or adult participant. Capacity for this initial Cool2Career will be a total of 480, and registration will close when that number is reached.

For a full schedule of breakout sessions and registration information, visit

Workshop with “Beneath The Harvest Sky” Filmmakers Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly

Gita Pullapilly & Aron Gaudet

Gita Pullapilly & Aron Gaudet
Photo By: Shane Leonard

On Friday, April 25th in Kominsky Hall at Husson University, NESCom presents in partnership with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film AssociationAward-winning filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. From 3 to 5pm they will share their experiences as Maine-based artists and their innovative process of successfully making documentary and narrative films in the state of Maine. Their new feature film, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere will be at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was acquired for release by Tribeca Films. Gaudet and Pullapilly were also chosen for Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” list and signed by the talent agency, UTA.

Gaudet and Pullapilly also made the Emmy-nominated documentary feature, THE WAY WE GET BY, on the Maine Troop Greeters of Bangor, Maine. The film won 18 festival awards, played in over 60 theaters across the country, and aired on the critically acclaimed PBS program POV in 2009 and 2010.

Gaudet and Pullapilly will share their experiences in the research and writing, pre-production, production, and post-production process as well as their strategies for marketing and releasing BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY nationwide. In the past, they have spoken on panels for Film Independent in Los Angeles, IFP in New York City, Silverdocs in Washington D.C., the Toronto International Film Festival, and traveled to Australia to be film mentors for the HIVE LABS.

Following the event, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY will screen at the Bangor Mall Cinemas, for the Maine premiere, where there will be a live performance from film composer/musician Dustin Hamman and the filmmakers will take part in a Q&A following each of the evening screenings.

For a complimentary ticket to the Maine premiere in Bangor on April 25, please RSVP:

The workshop in Kominsky Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Kominsky Auditorium at Husson University

Kominsky Auditorium at Husson University

Husson University and NESCom Combine to Create Multi-Media and Communications Powerhouse

Husson University and the New England School of Communications (NESCom) have announced that they will come together as a single educational institution after receiving approval from their accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), to combine forces. NESCom students entering and returning in the fall of 2014 will now be Husson University students.

In making this announcement, Dr. Robert A. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Husson University said, “Husson is excited about adding the full power of NESCom technology and programs to our portfolio of schools and colleges. They are one of the nation’s leading educators in multi-media and communications. The synergy between our two organizations will enhance both institutions’ program offerings and create a multi-media and communications powerhouse.”

The New England School of Communications offers four-year degrees with concentrations in variety of programs including video production, audio engineering, live sound technology, journalism, sports journalism, radio broadcasting, marketing communications, web media, and entertainment production.

NESCom will retain its name as it becomes a school within Husson University. Combining NESCom and Husson University is the next logical step in an institutional relationship that has been growing closer over the past 20 years. Both organizations focus on career education and hands-on learning as part of a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff.

In the same action by NEASC that expressed confidence in Husson, the University received a full 10-year re-accreditation. The addition of NESCom to Husson will strengthen and expand a variety of the university’s educational programs including marketing, sports management, hospitality and tourism, and criminal justice.

Husson and NESCom have been working together for the past two years to bring about this shared vision. Thomas C. Johnston, President of NESCom observed, “Husson and NESCom have been on the same campus since the 1980s. Our students have lived in the same residence halls, enjoyed meals in the same dining center, recently began playing on the same athletic teams, and often attend the same classes. From a student’s perspective, we have worked hard to make this process almost seamless.”

Johnston continued: “Joining with Husson will allow us to push further into video and audio post-production as well as digital filmmaking. We’ll also be able to develop graduate degree programs and begin offering evening and online courses.”