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Audio Engineering Grad Recognized For Work In Portland, OR Theatre


Jake Newcomb

2014 Live Sound Technology graduate Jake Newcomb was recently recognized for his work in the Portland, OR theatre community.

Jake Newcomb, a 2014 NESCom Audio Engineering graduate, was recently recognized for his work by his peers in the Portland, Oregon theatre community. Newcomb received the Crew Member Spotlight award at the 2015 “Drammys”, an annual celebration of dramatic performance and production. The awards were handed out at the on June 29th at the Newmark Theatre in Portland. The Spotlight awards of the event are presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance.

Since graduating from the New England School of Communications, Newcomb has worked for the Northwest Children’s Theatre located in Portland as a sound board operator and sound designer.

Associate Professor Walter Clissen Included In Article For Musicians Friend


Walter Clissen

Walter Clissen, Associate Professor in the Audio Engineering program at the New England School of Communications at Husson University has been included in a feature on the role of producers by Musicians Friend.

The article posted at includes a section with Clissen talking about the many roles in the studio.

Read the full article here:
What Producers Do and Why You May Need One – The Hub @

Marketing Communications Student Receives Scholarship from MPRC

Hunter Clark

Hunter Clark

The Maine Public Relations Council, the state’s professional association of public relations practitioners, announced the winner of its 2014 Scholarship.

Husson University sophomore and marketing communications major, Hunter Clark, was chosen for his academic record and accomplishments, recommendations and a personal essay. A native of Skowhegan, Hunter is enrolled in Husson’s New England School of Communication and serves a Resident Assistant.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a college freshman, sophomore or junior attending an accredited Maine college or university majoring in public relations, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, advertising or any a communications field.

In addition to completing the application, the submission requires two faculty references, two faculty letters of recommendations and an essay of no more than 500 words.

About the Maine Public Relations Council
Now in its 39th year, with over 250 members statewide Maine Public Relations Council is a professional association of Maine public relations practitioners. MPRC is dedicated to the professional development of its members and a greater awareness of the role of public relations in the world today. It is a member of the Universal Accreditation Board. More information is available at

Portland Press Herald Features NESCom

The Portland Press Herald has a great piece on the wonderful work of students of the New England School of Communications. Read the article HERE

Scott Loiselle To Host Free Electronic Music Clinic

 Audio Engineering Assistant Professor Scott Loiselle will host an Electronic Music Clinic for students on Wednesday, February 26th in the NESCom Audio Studio at 6PM. The clinic is free and open to all students.

Included in the clinic will be understanding and utilizing analog modular synthesis (which has had a substantial rise in popularity recently) including patching. Following the introduction using the NESCom modular synth cabinet found in the Electronic Music Production lab, Loiselle will the take the lessons further with an expanded collection of modular synth and MIDI gear.

For a sampling of the types of music creation that will be covered, watch Scott Loiselle and his synth rig.

President’s Blog – Spring Semester Begins

It was hard to believe that classes were going to begin tomorrow. For the last two weeks of the New Years break, NESCom was been humming with activity, faculty and students. Last Saturday we worked in the Gracie to present a TedTalks event with students from John Bapst Memorial High School.



This weekend, again on Saturday, it seemed like classes were in full gear. The recording studio was the site of laying down vocal tracks with Associate Professor Walter Clissen, student Elijah Gudroe, Grammy award winner Christopher Tin and the Anonymous 4.

The Live Truck and its blended crew of professional, faculty and students was broadcasting a Husson basketball doubleheader for Channel 7/Fox from Newman Gymnasium. This was our first use of the newly installed optical fiber backbone and “plug and play” system from the Gym back to NESCom. And, Husson women and men won both games, setting two records. One is the Kissy Walker coached her 400th win, and the men’s team has now extended its streak to 13 wins without a loss.

Anonymous 4 recording at NESCom

Anonymous 4 recording at NESCom

Finally, post-production of Three Brothers was in full swing. The video team has finished the rough edit in our edit suites of 5 scenes. These are ready for post-audio students to begin Foley studio work in the isolation booth and to bring in the actors frothier work on dialogue replacement. Take a look at or NESCom on YouTube for some recent news on our student project.

Husson Basketball Mobile Production Coverage

Husson Basketball Mobile Production Coverage

Other work included a site survey of the Cross Insurance Center for high school basketball tournament where NESCom and MPBN will broadcast championship games. Faculty member Steve Vachon was at Sunday River Ski Area as part of the video crew with Red Bull Frozen Rush Event. We have Audio Coordinator and Assistant Professor Eric Ferguson and eight Live Sound Technology students at sea on the Norwegian Pearl working audio for the Trace Adkins Country Cruise. Our thanks to NESCom alum Tim Cabral of Cruise Production for making this possible. I can’t wait to hear about their adventure and to look at the photos they’ll bring back.

It’s hard to believe all of this is going on and, and school hasn’t even begun!

Thom Johnston

NESCom Works With John Bapst Students On TEDxYouth@JBMHS


The New England School of Communications is proud to announce their involvement in the upcoming TEDxYouth@JBMHS event, taking place January 11th, 2014 at the Gracie Theatre. The event, organized by students of John Bapst Memorial High School will feature 13 presenters and a performance by the Maine Marimba Ensemble. Presenters include:

Alan Lishness, Chief Innovation Officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Judy Taylor, a Maine artist talking about Public Art in general, and the process behind the Maine Labor Mural

Abe Furth, the founder of Verve Burritos

Robert Shetterly, a Maine artist and illustrator of the portraits in the book “Americans Who Tell the Truth”

Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education in Surry

Ina and Esu, activists from Maine and co-Founders of The BARKA Foundation

Roger Doiron, the gardener/entrepreneur who started the organic garden at the White House. Founder of Kitchen Gardeners International

Serena Galleshaw, creating the “Graduate House,” a space filled with like-minded people of diverse skill sets, and a mission, that’s replicable for other students

Gabrielle Russell, an architect providing fresh thinking for a retired Lewiston mill

Dr. Habib Dagher

Graham Morehead, a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and IT professional, talking about his transition from being a student to finding a career in Maine

Dr. Rafael Grossmann, a surgeon who’ll be talking about Google Glass & technology/innovation in medicine

Jon Amory will be talking about the new Portland charter school, Baxter Academy

The event is limited to only 100 tickets and are available via


Bret Johnson (’06) nominated for Emmy

2006 Audio Engineering alum Bret Johnson has been nominated for an Emmy along with Tom Fleischman, Richard Davis, and Elliot Scheiner for their work on History Of The Eagles on Showtime. The nomination comes in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming. Johnson’s role in the production was as sound re-recordist.

Directed by Alison Ellwood, this intimate, meticulously crafted patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage and never-before-seen home movies explores the evolution and enduring popularity of The Eagles from their creation to break-up to reunion.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 22nd at 8pm ET on CBS

eagles poster

Entertainment Production students presents Terkel’s “Working” in the Gracie’s Black Box Theatre

NESCom’s ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION degree program proudly announces the launch of the new Gracie Black Box Theatre! This is a flexible workshop performance space that has been created in the Rehearsal Hall of the Gracie Theatre. This new facility will have its premiere with workshop performances of WORKING – THE MUSICAL on April 26 – 27.

The musical play is based upon Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, a 1974 nonfiction book by the noted oral historian and radio broadcaster Studs Terkel. It is an exploration of what makes work meaningful for people in all walks of life: from Mike Dillard, the iron worker to Dolores the waitress, from the business executive to the housewife to the hooker. The narratives move constantly between mundane details, emotional truths and existential questioning.

Adapted for the stage by Stephen Schwartz (who has written countless musical adaptations from Disney Films to Broadway’s WICKED) and Nina Faso in 1974, the show contains songs written by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Mikki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead and James Taylor. The musical takes the interviews collected by Terkel and sets them to music, interspersed with monologues which reveal what it is like to be a “working stiff” in America. The show celebrates the dedication and determination of the American worker. This may be summed up by lyrics in the finale: “Everyone should have something to point to… something to be proud of!”

This workshop production grew out of the curiculum of specific Entertainment Production and Live Sound classes. The Acting II class rehearsed the music, choreography and acting scenes once a week for 7 weeks. The Fundamentals of Lighting class created the lighting design and hung, focused and cued the show as a part of this past month’s classwork. The Live Sound Lab students were given the challeges of rigging and mixing a live theatrical performance in an “acoustically-challenged” space and learning the brand new skill sets demanded by live theatre. All of this is the classic definition of a “workshop”.

But one might ask… “Why not do this show in the Gracie on the big stage?” To paraphrase an observation from Thom Johnston, President of NESCom… “The Gracie is a cruise ship. Sometimes all you need is a rowboat.” Sometimes small is beautiful. A year ago, a Lighting Lab System was installed in this space to facilitate the Fundamentals of Lighting and Advanced Lighting classes. It made the instruction and demonstration of the lighting equipment more immediate and more accessible. The same benefit can apply to a performance. The Gracie Black Box Theatre is a place to experiment… a place to take chances… a place to grow. WORKING will be performed on Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27 at 7:30PM and on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00PM in the Gracie Black Box Theatre. The Black Box Theatre is located on the 2nd floor of the Gracie Theatre, and is easily accessed through the Atrium. General Admission tickets are available at the door, one half hour before each performance. Ticket prices are $5.00, Regular Admission and $3.00 for Students.

working poster

Marketing Communications Student Receives Scholarship And Paid Internship

Trisha Valliere, a NESCom student in the Marketing Communications department, will be awarded a 2013 Direct Marketing Scholarship from the New England Direct Marketing Association Foundation at its conference in Boston in May. The scholarship is valued at $6,000. It includes a $2,500 award, a paid summer internship, and attendance at the NEDMA Conference and the Direct Marketing Essentials daylong workshop in Boston. The scholarship required an essay and finalists traveled to Boston for interviews as part of the competitive selection process.

Details of the scholarship can be found at