The Recording Engineer is responsible for managing, planning, and implementing all recorded and electronic media activity for the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall and other performance venues, includes any concerts, rehearsals, television and recording projects for the Houston Symphony. This position will also work with live sound engineers and video producers, both internal and external, and marketing staff on providing sound for various artistic and media projects as required.
The Recording Engineer will:
• Oversee and manage all audio recordings ensuring consistency and the highest technical/aesthetic quality. Design, install, configure, and maintain high-resolution state of the art recording system including multiple custom computers for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering of high track count audio projects and live concerts.
• Record and engineer concerts and work in tandem with or assist any outside engineers, including engineers from recording companies/radio/television stations, to facilitate live broadcasts and recordings.
• Provide high quality audio feeds to members of the press present during Houston Symphony concerts or rehearsals.
• Manage and maintain the recording infrastructure, including all portable recording equipment and the recording studio. Plan and implement all future system upgrades to the highest resolution recording system practical. Make recommendations as to the purchase of equipment and software needs providing cost and benefit justifications.
• With the assistance of the marketing and technology teams, develop and manage online audio streaming site for the Houston Symphony.
• Engineer and provide field audio and post-production for the media department's video interviews available on the website. Engineer and record podcasts and other necessary voice over sessions.
• Design and implement the microphone layout; place and position microphones for optimal sound quality for live and recorded events.
• Work with operations and artistic personnel in the gathering of edits for concerts recorded for broadcast and other releases. Make necessary edits, record script, package program and mange submission to Houston Public Media, Performance Today, Symphony Cast or other public media outlets.
• Work with archives personnel to develop and implement best practices to ensure long term preservation of and access to Houston Symphony related audio and video material, including, but not limited to, the creation of metadata and documentation. Support the work of the archives by creating audio files in a variety of formats and CDs as needed.
• Assist and support live sound personnel and video production personnel, as needed.
• Work with Marketing/Communications to develop audio content for online promotion, education, and social media. Provide support in the selection of audio clips for various media needs.
•Maintain a friendly and positive environment throughout the creative process of developing and executing new and existing visual content.
• Understand and work with union media agreements.
• Assist with the creation of budgets for recording projects and other audio endeavors as needed.
• Be integral to the team tasked with developing audio recording solutions to design and build into a renovation of Jones Hall.
• Participate in production and other departmental meetings as needed.
• Perform additional duties as required by the Houston Symphony Society.
• Minimum 5 years related experience in recording preferably classical music.
• Bachelor’s Degree in audio recording/editing/mixing.
• Knowledge of orchestral recording techniques and digital recording software.
• Ability to effectively communicate with other Houston Symphony staff as part of a team atmosphere.
• Ability to confidently and diplomatically interact with guest recording engineers, video engineers, orchestra members, conductors, guest artists and their managers and music industry executives to maintain quality of production and represent the Houston Symphony and its projects in the best possible manner.
• Experience with television and radio production.
• Proven ability with project management and task prioritization and completion in a fast-paced environment handling multiple assignments simultaneously.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends, including some holidays.
•Ability to adhere to company dress code policy of business casual attire.
Mission of the Houston Symphony:
The mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities.
By 2025, the Houston Symphony will be America's most relevant and accessible top-ten orchestra.
Core Values of Community Engagement and Education:
Community Engagement: We foster meaningful, respectful and collaborative relationships with our patrons and community members from all walks of life in our large, diverse city.
Please submit resume and a cover letter that describes how your experience and career goals would align with this position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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