New City Music Advisory Board Members, December 2015

As the semester comes to a close, we’re excited to welcome two new members to the City Music Advisory Board:

Louis Hernandez, Jr. Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Avid
Henry Panion III, PhD Grammy-Award winning composer, arranger, producer, and educator

LHernandezJrLouis Hernandez, Jr., is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid, the leading provider of audio and video technology used to help creative and media professionals make, distribute and monetize the most listened to, most watched and most loved digital media in the world. Mr. Hernandez is a proven growth-oriented technology executive with expertise in operational execution and results-driven performance in a variety of complex technical fields. His focus and passion is to advance technology initiatives that specifically enable the active collaboration and connection between individuals, teams, and businesses. He explains his decision to join the board, “Berklee College plays a critical role in the industry by developing the music professionals of tomorrow, which is why I’m honored to be a part of Berklee City Music program’s advisory board.” He continues, “City Music is a phenomenal program that not only helps our youth develop musically and academically, but also helps them pursue their dreams in music. I’m looking forward to working with all of the board members to help further this important program.”

HPanionDr. Henry Panion III is a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the president and founder of BCMN site Audiostate 55. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Dr. Panion is a distinguished composer and producer who has conducted and arranged for Stevie Wonder, among many other notable artists. In addition to lending his expertise to the City Music Advisory Board, he was also recently appointed to the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Dr. Panion explains, “I am honored to have been asked to join the Advisory Board of the Berklee City Music Network. I have long felt that music is not merely a luxury but an essential part of life. BCMN provides the most unique opportunity for young people to be exposed to contemporary popular music in a manner that not only nurtures but prepares them for the future and a lifetime of making music.”

The City Music Advisory Board is is made up of a dynamic group of professionals who lend their experience and expertise to further city music’s mission. Board members are currently involved in developing new partnerships for PULSE, and a subcommittee is guiding the development of a City Music Vision Statement. This active group represents many facets of the music industry and education sector, and their strategic thinking and guidance is invaluable to the program.

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BCMN On the Road: Woodlawn

This is post #3 in the guest series by BCMN Registrar Andrew Sammut after his visit to 4 BCMN sites this spring.

Woodlawn + Audiostate 55

Arin and Andrew’s third stop on their southeastern trip took them to Woodlawn Musical Arts, Entertainment and Industry Program of Birmingham, AL. Conducted by state-of-the-art local recording studio Audiostate 55, Woodlawn provides a music technology course to students from local schools, a summer music camp that serves over two hundred students and opportunities to perform at local community events.

Audiostate 55
Audiostate 55

When we arrived, Dr. Henry Panion, President at Audiostate 55, explained some of the projects he is working on with students at the local public schools including music videos to celebrate several local and national events. We then had an opportunity to observe one of the music technology courses that Woodlawn provides as an elective for students at a nearby high school. These students use PULSE in conjunction with other software to learn the basics of sound production and recording technology. We also got to meet members of the school faculty as well as the recording and business staff at Audiostate 55.

Audiostate 55
Audiostate 55 Music Technology

Dr. Panion then gave us a tour of the Birmingham community, including the impressive musical facilities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where Dr. Panion teaches as both University Professor of Music and Co-Director of Music Technology. We also visited the Woodlawn Foundation offices, which engages and enriches the Birmingham community through the Woodlawn music program as well partnerships providing academic tutoring, mixed income housing, locally sourced produce and other efforts at “holistic neighborhood revitalization.”

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The support of these teachers, philanthropic partners, engineers and administrators allows Woodlawn Musical Arts, Entertainment and Industry Program to provide greater opportunities, musically as well as academically, to students in the Birmingham community. With its deep roots in the community and roads to Berklee College and beyond, City Music is proud to partner with this grassroots, globally minded organization.