SAE Institute Nashville Students Win 2019 AES Nashville Spring Mixer Competition

Saturday March 13, 2019, SAE Institute Nashville students won first place in the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Spring Mixer Competition for a second year in a row.

Nashville, TN, April 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SAE Institute, a global leader in creative media education, would like to congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s AES Spring Mixer Competition. SAE Institute Nashville students won first place. This will mark the second year in a row SAE Institute brought home the trophy! The SAE Institute team included Sim Lestere, Andy Wildrick and Jonathan Fiorante.

The AES Nashville Spring Mixer is a competition hosted by AES Nashville to benefit the schools teaching audio engineering in and around Middle Tennessee. Each school selects a team of 2-3 students who are given the opportunity to mix 1 song in 8 hours at one of the 8 identical mixing rooms at MTV/CMT studios in downtown Nashville. The resulting mix is judged by a panel of industry professionals – mixing engineers, mastering engineers, and producers. The results of that judging are revealed along with anonymous comments on the students’ work.

Representing SAE Institute, Lester, Wildrick and Florante, competed against teams of students from other schools including Belmont University, Lipscomb University, Art Institute of Tennessee, The Blackbird Academy, and Middle Tennessee State University. 

“I could not be happier with SAE Institute’s results at this year’s 2019 AES Spring Mixer,” says Lynn Dorton, SAE Institute Nashville Campus Director. “We have competed in this event for many years, and this is the second time we’ve earned the very top spot. Our whole campus community is in celebration mode! 

In addition to earning the trophy, the SAE Institute team members earned prizes for themselves as well as new microphones and other gear for the SAE Institute Nashville campus.  Applications are currently being accepted for both programs in Audio and Entertainment Business. Classes start on May 13.

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L to R - Sims Lester-Audio AAS Student, Andy Wildrick-SAE Institute Nashville Program Chair of Audio, Jonathan Fiorante-Audio BAS Student.

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