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Sound Engineering Arts Faculty

*David Kerzner, Area Coordinator
David Kerzner has been involved in professional audio, audio education and administration for over twenty years. He designed and implemented the Sound Engineering Arts Program in 2004 after resurrecting and directing the prestigious Sound Recording Technology program at Fredonia State University of New York. 

His students include Grammy Award nominees and winners as well as audio professionals employed in every facet of the professional audio industry. David's own career has included a wide range of engineering and composition experiences including film scoring, jingle creation, and recording a very wide range of musical genre - rock, jazz, classical, and world music. David holds degrees in music, math/physics and a Masters in Computer Aided Composition.  He has taught in both music and physics departments.

Gregg Bendian
Gregg is a three-time ASCAP Composer Award winner who has written extensively for chamber, jazz, rock groups, and television/film soundtracks. Gregg speaks in great detail about his approach to composition, as well as the extensive self-produced discography of his own music and his production and consultation work for SONY/Legacy. Gregg has been a clinician for DW/Paiste/Musser/LP for over 15 years and is featured in the book, "Percussion Profiles: Interviews, Articles & Discographies of 25 of the World's Most Creative Percussionists" (Soundworld Publishers/FMR Records).

Frank D. Fagnano
Frank D. Fagnano has been a freelance recording engineer and producer in the New York metropolitan area since 1983, was Chief Engineer at Marion Recording from 1985 until 2002. He has worked in world class recording studios and large performance venues across the US for several well known Platinum and Grammy winning artists, including Tony Bennett, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hall & Oates, and more. 

In 1989, Frank established a company which specialized in mobile direct-to-disk digital audio recording/editing long before it became the industry standard. He has designed several recording studios, including the mobile John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and Kathie Lee Gifford's private studio. 

Frank has been an Adjunct Professor at WPU since May 1987, having taught Electronic Music until May 1998. During that time he designed two incarnations of Electronic Music Labs, and was a consultant to the university's Center for Electro-Acoustic Music (CEM). He returned to WPU in 2004 to teach in the Sound Engineering Arts degree program, the Audio Camp for high school students in WPU's Summer Youth Program, and in 2016 he began teaching classes on advanced music synthesis in WPU's CEM once again. 

Additionally, Frank is a musician and composer, having performed in several musical genera, and has composed music for documentaries and commercials. 

Over the years, he has taught private students and master classes, and has been a guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of topics related to the music industry, performance, music theory, and technology. 

Frank holds degrees in both Music Management and Philosophy from William Paterson University. 

Gary Fink
Gary Fink has been actively involved in recording since 1975 when he started working in the Eastman School of Music recording department. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He has worked as an audio engineer for numerous recording studios and radio stations, as well as for National Public Radio and Radio City Music Hall. He has worked on hundreds of audiobooks including editing, sound design and post production on over 50 Star Trek titles. 

Mr. Fink runs his own audio business, recording concerts and demos, as well as doing theater sound and audiobook production for Mr. Fink is also active as a percussionist, conductor and music teacher in Ridgewood and Jersey City, NJ. He studied percussion with Gordon Stout, Dave Mancini, and Ray Des Roches. Mr. Fink is an alumnus of the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, which he has both recorded for CD and appears as a performer on.

Greg Rippin
Greg is an audio engineer at CBS Network Television and is has extensive experience in a wide range of audio and audio post engineering including: 5.1 mixing for feature and short films, radio and television spots, television shows, industrials, and DVD bonus content. He is a voiceover recordist, ADR recordist,and dialog editor for feature and short films, television shows, advertising and promotional spots. Greg works as a sound effects editor for feature and short films, in-game and in-show graphic elements, and for sports and news promotional spots. He also has experience as a music consultant and music composition for feature and short films.

Randy Taber
Randy has worked extensively as head sound engineer at some of New York’s finest concert venues including The Blue Note, The Chautauqua Institute, Wetlands, BB King’s and most recently the Hammerstein Ballroom working with artists from a wide variety of genres, including Aretha Franklin, BB King, Dickey Betts, Dianne Shuur, Gregg Allman, Ice T, James Brown, The Neville Brothers, Sam Moore, Soulfly, The Spin Doctors, Hootie & the Blowfish, Blues Traveler, Elvin Jones, and Ron Carter.

Randy currently works as a freelance sound engineer and live sound consultant and owns and operates his own live sound company, RMT Audio and is the tour manager and Live Sound engineer for the “The Machine”. He is also working with Aura Sonic Remote Recording on numerous live recordings featuring such artists as Korn as well as Bruce Hornsby’s jazz trio with Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette

Randy holds Bachelors of Music degrees in both classical guitar and composition from SUNY- Fredonia, where he received The Charles D. Arnold Scholarship, The Victoria Bohlen Memorial Composition Award and graduated with honors.

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