Thursday, October 9, 2014 Reach Out and Connect with…Fellow sound-video and Praise team members, choir directors, music ministers and more. Share your concerns and knowledge with others who serve as you do in other churches in your area.

Come together while learning more about technology for worship from experienced professionals in the field of sound, video and digital technology. This Church-Connect program is for you and your AV and Praise Teams.
On Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Gainesville UMC, Gainesville, VA the nationally-recognized HOW-TO Workshops gather professional audio experts together to help you connect and share fellowship while learning about the latest technology.

Doors open at 5:30 PM with three (3) technology sessions beginning at 6:30 PM, plus a final Q&A panel discussion.
Featuring these professional AV technology instructors

Mike Sokol has been a live and recording sound engineer for over 40 years and published thousands of technical articles for pro-audio magazines such as EQ, Mix, Electronic Musician and dozens more. He’s also an adjunct professor at Shenandoah Conservatory where he teaches live music production and technology. Mr. Sokol is currently the lead instructor for the HOW-To Church Sound Workshops and has presented technology seminars to thousands of churches across the county.
Charles Cassell has been working with Audio Associates in Columbia, MD as an independent manufacturer’s representative since 2006. He is responsible for educating and training customers, consultants and contractors on new products and technologies. Audio Associates represents over twenty-four professional audio, video and stage lighting manufactures. Charles’ geographical area of responsibility includes Maryland, DC & Virginia.

Prior to his current position Charles worked in various roles as a system integrator with Signal Perfection Limited, Audio-Video Group and Baltimore Stage Lighting. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatrical Design and Production from Towson University.
Seth Teates,  has designed countless church and worship video presentation systems. He currently is the Mid-Atlantic Sales Manager for Analog Way, the industry’s leading manufacturer of premium presentation processors. With an emphasis on user friendliness and image quality, the systems he’s helped design are in successful churches nationwide. He currently holds a CTS-D (Certified Technology Specialist in Design) and is a certified instructor for all Analog Way products.
Jeff Peters is the IT and AV Director for Gainesville United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Virginia. He is an inveterate tinkerer who is generally quite capable of letting all the magic smoke out of anything with an IC chip in it. (And we all know that electronics are powered by magic smoke–if you let it out, see what happens…) Jeff is also an audio recording and presentation guy, having done his first commercial voice-over in 1982, and spent much of his IT career on the lecture circuit for web developers. His company, Proton Arts, specializes in teaching computer-related topics to individuals and corporate customers.
Doors open at 5:30 PM with three (3) technology sessions beginning at 6:30 PM, plus a final Q&A panel discussion. Refreshments will be served.

• Microphone & Equalization Techniques – 45 minutes by Mike Sokol, HOW-TO Workshops

• Digital Consoles Explained – 45 minutes by Charles Cassell, Audio Associates

• 30 minute break

• Digital Video Projection and Media Shout – 45 minutes by Seth Teates, Analog Way & Jeff Peters, Gainesville UMC

• Panel discussion and extended Q&A Session – 30 minutes

Pricing is only $25 per person for 7-day early registration; $30 at the door. Snacks and beverages provided.

Gainesville UMC, 13710 Milestone Court, Gainesville, VA 20155

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