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Recording Arts and Production

The BA in Recording Arts and Production is coordinated by two full-time faculty members.

David Sanders
Professor, School of Communication and Media
Morehead Hall, 129

David Sanders is currently a tenured Professor in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Before joining the MSU faculty, Dr. Sanders was Director of the Music, Business, & Technology Program at New York University and Dean of the Audio Arts Division at Center for the Media Arts in New York City. He has also served on the faculties of the City University of New York and The New School University.

Dr. Sanders brings great depth of audio experience to his teaching. A musician and composer, he has written electro-acoustic scores for film, television, commercials, modern dance, and multimedia. As an engineer/producer, he has worked on an eclectic mix of projects ranging from classical to R & B. As a product specialist/artist endorsee for Korg keyboards, he has been involved in research and development as well as marketing for the company?s line of synthesizers and MIDI products. In addition to his duties as producer of Inside MSU, a weekly campus television news program, audio supervisor for Carpe Diem, the MSU Broadcasting Department’s award winning weekly cable show, and faculty advisor to WMSC, the MSU campus radio station, Dr. Sanders currently teaches courses in television production, audio production, multi-track recording, sound design, computer music, MIDI, and music technology at Montclair State University, Mercy College, and New York University.

Dr. Sanders has been the Director of the National Music Council since 1994. The National Music Council was founded in 1940 to provide a forum for the discussion of the nation’s music affairs, to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members, and to work as a force to strengthen the importance of music in our lives, culture, and education systems. Operating under charter from Congress granted in 1956, the Council has a membership of some fifty national music organizations, encompassing every form of professional and commercial music activity.

Extremely active in the music and entertainment industries, David Sanders attends several national and international conferences each year, including Arts Advocacy Day, the Audio Engineering Society, and MIDEM. He produces the National Music Council’s annual Leadership in Music symposium and American Eagle Awards in New York City and Nashville, and is the United States representative to the International Music Council of UNESCO.

David Sanders teaches all of the audio related classes in the Department of Broadcasting. His area of expertise centers around music and audio for media. He is the audio supervisor for the Department’s award winning cable show Carpe Diem, and regularly teaches Audio Production and Sound Design courses. His work with the National Music Council focuses on intellectual property issues which have major impact on both the music and television/film industries.

Bryan Powell
Assistant Professor Music Technology/Education, Cali School of Music
Chapin Hall, 348

Prior to joining Montclair State University, Dr. Powell served as the Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock. A former NYC DOE music teacher, Dr. Powell is published in the International Journal of Music EducationJournal of MusicTechnology and EducationIASPM@JournalJournal of Music Teacher Education, and Action Critique and Theory in Music Education. Bryan is a co-author of The Music Learning Profiles Project: Let’s Take this Outside (Routledge), and a co-editor of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices (Bloomsbury). Bryan has chapters published in the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Philosophical and Qualitative Perspectives on Assessment in Music Education. Bryan is the founding co-editor of Journal of Popular Music Education, a peer-reviewed, academic journal, and he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education. Additionally, Dr. Powell currently serves as the Chair for NAFME Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) in Popular Music Education and is an International Affiliate for the organization Musical Futures.

Adjunct audio faculty in both the School of Communication and Media and the John. J. Cali School of Music also teach courses in this program. They are all working professionals with a vast amount of experience in their respective areas of audio and production. They provide invaluable connections to the industry, current and emerging professional practices, and technical resources for our students.

Phil Clifford
Production Manager, Cali School of Music
Chapin Hall, 120


Shane Furst
Shane Furst is currently a professor in the School of Communications Audio Department. He is an alumni of the School of Communications Television Digital Media and Sound Design program. His audio experience spans engineering, recording, mixing, mastering, and producing. Alongside this he works events and shows doing live sound. He began his audio career during his undergraduate years as an assistant to Eric Bennett at Lakehouse Studios. Since then he has worked at Electric Lady, The Den, and Smacktone Studios. Now, he owns his own commercial studio located in Woodland Park, New Jersey called Cloud Factory Recording. In his free time he is a touring and recording musician with several bands such as Royal Blush, Savnt, The Burning Young, and Nolan. He enjoys collaborating with others to help bring their ideas to life whether it is engineering or acting as a session musician.


Bill Lacey
Bill Lacey is an award-winning sound designer • re-recording mixer • mastering engineer and composer. He has extensive experience in post-production sound mixing, sound design, mastering, and restoration for the film, television, radio, advertising, and record industries. He is a Wwise Certified Instructor. Bill has written for the esteemed British publications “Resolution” and “Sound On Sound”. Recent award-winning work includes a Gold Telly Award for “The First Lady”, a ProMax Silver Award for “Halo – First Look Trailer” and a Clio Gold Award for “Good Lord Bird”. He has mastered over 300 CDs, including the Grammy Award-winning “Heifetz Collection”, the Grammy-nominated “The Song Is You” and the twice Grammy-nominated “Toscanini Collection”. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has an MFA in Video Game Music and Audio from Chichester University, UK. He is currently a Senior Sound Designer • Re-Recording Mixer at Showtime Networks/Paramount+.


Nina Ossoff
Nina Ossoff is a multi-genre, multiplatinum songwriter. USA releases include songs recorded by Daughtry (#1 selling Grammy-nominated multi-platinum record), “Halestorm” (single “I Get Off” went to #9 on the rock charts), Theory of a Deadman, the Temptations (50th single on their 50th record), Patti Austin, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Irma Thomas, the Cheetah Girls, Hillary Duff, Lizzie Carter, Shinedown, the Maine, Emphatic. International releases include Judy Cheeks (#1 dance single UK), Kumi Koda (#10 single, largest-selling artist in Japan), Jonathan Butler (single was South Africa soccer anthem), Louise, Erire, Sondra Polop (single/Spain’s Idol winner). And Love to Infinity, Nina (Philippine Idol), Christian Bautista. Movie and television credits include the theme from the Powerpuff Girls movie, the Barbie Diaries, the Bratz, Miss Congeniality, Center Stage, Barbershop, the Hot Chick, Cadet Kelley, the Young and the Restless, all my children, MTV’s American Mall, Soulfood, Lizzie McGuire, NFL football, Legos, Entertainment Tonight. Bring It On 1 & 2. Recent releases include Through Fire, Citizen Soldier, Analiese, Plush (single on debut CD), Erich Bergen, Anthony Nunziata, Carolyn Miller, Kathy Kosins (single).


Rod Shepard
Rod Shepard, is a guitarist, songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and arranger. A certified ProTools Operator with Expert-level training, as the 25+year owner/operator of a hybrid 24-track analog-digital commercial-project recording studio. His expertise is in recording and music production, with ProTools as the central hub of the studio. The studio features digital recording and production, as well as various analog tape formats hosting types of projects that range from midi production to recording and arranging for bands of various configurations.

Shepard’s technical performance work experience includes live sound, live recording, wiring and installations, as well as audio production for studios, radio and television (ESPN, TLC Channels). Work also includes band production and arranging for stage and studio, 25 years as Music & Audio Technology instructor at High Tech High School, Secaucus, New Jersey, director of the instrumental ensemble program, jazz band director, and the school’s award-winning Musical Theater program’s music director.


Paul Vitolins
Paul Vitolins graduated Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Film Scoring and Music Production/Engineering. Since then, he has worked in both Los Angeles and New York as a re-recording mixer, sound editor, and sound designer for TV, film, and podcasts. He has also recorded and mixed hundreds of artists through his work on Spotify Sessions. 

Teaching Audio Production, he brings his experience to the classroom, and provides perspective to students on what is expected as a modern audio professional.  www.Audiography.com or www.paulvitolins.com


Matthew Wilson
Matthew, who earned his MFA in Production Design and Technology from Ohio University in 2013, joined the Department of Broadcast and Media Operations in 2019 following 4 years as an Adjunct Instructor of Audio for Film and Television in the School of Communication and Media. Matthew specializes in Audio and Lighting for entertainment and architecture carrying nearly 20 years of experience in the field. Prior to teaching at Montclair State Matthew served as the Technical and Facilities Manager for the National Opera Center in NYC, Technical Director for The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in NYC, and was an Engineer at the Peterson Sound Studio in Athens Ohio.