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Mike Flynn, AS 1996

Mike FlynnMike Flynn is a Grammy nominated producer/songwriter and the current Head of A&R at Epic Records. He has worked with many successful artists such as The Fray, Sara Bareilles, Howie Day, Shakira, Incubus, Sean Kingston, The Script and more. He produced both of The Frays albums selling over 4 million records and 15 million singles. Mike has been working with Sony Music for 6 years and is now at an executive level where he is finding, developing and producing new talent. “At IU, I was able to acquire a hands on foundation and understanding of music production”. Mike accredits a large part of his success from the valuable knowledge and practice he obtained while studying in the Recording Arts Department.

Jesse McQuarters, BSOF 2003

Jesse McQuarters"Being in the midst of an internationally renowned music school provided an incomparable education that was a rock-solid foundation for my career as a producer and audio engineer for WFMT (Chicago) and internationally syndicated programming broadcast by the WFMT Radio Network. Between the hands-on experience working in the studios, knowledgable instruction from the exceptional faculty, and extensive opportunities to work outside the classroom, I have always felt well-prepared for even the most challenging work environment, and continue to use the skills I learned at IU every single day." Read Jesse's blog at Chicago Classical Music.org

Katia Lewin, BSOF 2004

Katia LewinKatia Lewin is an independent music editor for film based in Los Angeles. She has worked on films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn parts 1 & 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Sherlock Holmes; television shows such as The Pacific; and video games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. From 2008 to 2010 Katia worked as engineer for Hans Zimmer at his studio, Remote Control productions. Katia writes: “Having double majored in music performance and recording arts, I found myself well positioned to build a career in the film industry. IU’s rigorous curriculum of audio fundamentals and electronics, combined with the daily hands-on production work I did in audio crew put me a step ahead of my peers as I was trying to break into the industry. Additionally, the world-class music education I received as a guitar performance major has given me life-long skills that have been invaluable in my career. Take a look at Katia’s filmography

Tony Elfers, BS 2006

Tony ElfersUpon completion of his degree Tony moved to Chicago to pursue a career in commercial music production.  Now a staff composer at Sonixphere, he has composed music for many national television commercials and a variety of television shows.  His credits include original music for Marathon,McDonalds, Boeing, Bob Evans, and many others; as well as numerous reality television shows. He is also a two-time BMI award winner for the Discovery Channel series Flying Wild Alaska. Tony says "My education at IU  played a critical role in getting me where I am today. At IU I benefited not just from the strong foundation in recording and mixing that all students of the Recording Arts program enjoy, I was also able to  study music theory, composition, and orchestration with world class faculty. This was invaluable for my development as a composer. In addition, as part of the audio production crew I learned how to work well with others and the value of taking on and completing difficult tasks; these were life lessons that I put to use almost daily."

Andrew Hey, BS 2006

Andrew HeyAndrew is head engineer and music producer  for Harvey Mason Media.  He has engineered and produced songs for artists such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Chris Brown, and Britney Spears. "At IU, I learned the fundamentals of audio engineering, skills that I use every day in my career.  But I didn't just learn this in the classroom, every day I had the opportunity to practice and refine my engineering skills on real recording projects. It makes a big difference. As I think back to my time at Indiana I am struck by the diversity of material I got to to record; everything from symphony orchestras, to big band jazz, to garage rock bands. Because of this I feel prepared for anything that gets thrown my way." Check out Andrew's discography.

Jeff Steeg, BS 2007

Jeff Steeg

Jeff Steeg is the lead audio engineer at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel Indiana. Equipped with world-class facilities, the Center regularly hosts some of the most gifted performers in the world. Prior to joinin the staff of the Center, Jeff was the lead studio engineer at Sweetwater Studios.

"The Recording Arts program not only gave me a strong foundation in audio engineering, but also instilled the confidence I needed to have a successful career. The hands-on experience taught me the importance of more than just the gear, I learned how an engineer must interact with the artist to get their best performance. Being able to work quickly and efficiently, and the ability to adapt to any situation are crucial skills in my daily work at the Center for the Performing Arts; the roots of my success come from my time at Indiana."

Stephen Schappler, BS 2007

Stephen Schappler

Stephen is a staff engineer at Dubway Studios in New York City. He records dialogue for two Nick Jr. shows, the The Backyardigans and  Bubble Guppies, has engineered sessions for motion pictures and original Broadway cast recordings, and worked with a wide range of music from popular artists Bjork and Cobra Starship to musicians John Davis and Dave Eggar. Stephen also engineers and manages a smaller facility, Thump Studios, located in Brooklyn, NY. Clients include HBO, Bravo TV, and countless Brooklyn bands. In addition to music production, Stephen has a passion for storytelling and spoken word. He has edited audio books by Maya Angelou, President Jimmy Carter, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, Sue Grafton, Dan Brown, and many more.

“IU  gave me the foundation and knowledge to succeed as a recording engineer, my engineering and production style is heavily anchored by a deep understanding of music, sound, and electronics. In addition to the classroom knowledge and instruction, IU provided unparalleled access to world class musicians, audio facilities, and hands on recording experiences that were crucial to my development as a musician and audio engineer. Without these things I wouldn't be able to handle the wide range of projects I am challenged with every day as a working audio engineer in NYC.” Check out Stephen's web page.

Drew Vandenberg, BS 2008

Drew VandenbergDrew is a staff engineer and the studio manager at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. Drew has worked  on records for the Drive-By Truckers, Deerhunter, Cracker, and the Grammy Award winning 'Potato Hole' by Stax legend Booker T Jones. He has mixed a Grammy Award nominated record for comedian Patton Oswalt as well as releases by comedian Brian Posehn, Widespread Panic, and The Modern Skirts. His diverse production/engineering work in the Athens music scene also includes Futurebirds, The Whigs, Kuroma, Thayer Sarrano, Tendaberry, Hope For Agoldensummer, The Interns, and many others.

"The Recording Arts Program helped me develop a diverse skill set that allows me to keep up with my fast-paced job. The ability to troubleshoot and repair technical problems as well as my comfort recording in a wide variety of environments and situations are invaluable skills that I learned at IU. The 'structured freedom' of the curriculum is what helped me the most. They teach you the fundamentals and then say: 'Here's an eighty piece orchestra, how do you want to mic it?' Or 'there's the mic locker, find a band and figure out how to make it sound good'. The hands-on experience and the opportunity to record such a wide variety of music is priceless."