Job: Head Media Engineer

Title Head Media Engineer
Salary $875/Wk + Stipend + Housing
Start Date 2016-06-13
End Date 2016-08-23
Location Aspen, CO
Job Information

Aspen Music Festival & School – Head Media Engineer

The Head Media Engineer is a member of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Center (ESARC) staff which also includes a Director of Audio Production, Chief Audio Engineer, Senior Engineers, Engineers, Assistant Engineers, and a Dub Room/Archive Manager. This team records most of the performances for the eight-week summer season as well as provides sound reinforcement for many Aspen Music Festival and School events. The ESARC Head Media Engineer records, produces, and manages a wide variety of performing ensembles encompassing symphonic orchestras, recitals, chamber ensembles, operas and choral groups, and new music ensembles, in a variety of venues including the Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, Wheeler Opera House, Paepcke Auditorium. Services extend to occasional live radio broadcasts as well as audio and video internet webcasts.  The Head Media Engineer works with the AMFS Broadcast Committee and our broadcast partners to manage approvals of concerts and the dissemination of approved performance material to the broadcast partners including Aspen Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, American Public Media and other National radio broadcast stations.

Qualifications: The Head Media Engineer should have significant prior training and experience in recording classical music and/or providing sound reinforcement for a variety of music genres and/or editing and mastering classical music. Applicants should have a positive attitude, great attention to detail, strong organizational and communication skills, and be committed to a team effort throughout the course of the summer program.

The Head Media Engineers should have a degree in Audio Engineering plus 5 years of professional experience.  In lieu of a degree, 8 years of professional experience will be considered acceptable. He/she must have a positive attitude, great attention to detail, and strong organization and communication skills. Commitment to a team effort throughout the course of the summer program is essential.

Head Media Engineers should be prepared to follow prescribed guidelines for recording and sound reinforcement set-ups and to provide additional leadership to assist in mentoring Senior Engineers, Engineers and Assistant Engineers.  While many of the concerts will be recorded by the Head Media Engineer in the lead engineer position for an event, the Head Media Engineer will also be managing broadcast and non-broadcast recordings which are being recorded by Senior Engineers and Engineers and should be comfortable in management roles.  While a background in broadcast work is advisable, a working knowledge of integration of hardware codecs, interfacing with video teams and traditional formats of File Transfer Protocols (Hightail, FTP servers, Google Drive, One Drive, etc…) are necessary.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States,* have the ability to lift boxes up to 50 lbs. and have a valid driver’s license.

Application Procedure: Along with completing the online application and uploading PDFs of your resume, references, and cover letter, applicants are to submit  a stereo recording of representative classical music, no longer than 20 minutes in length, and an accompanying recording report detailing the process.  (We prefer a variety of shorter excerpts of various ensembles.)  Send your audio examples via or any other file sharing utility to

Duration: approx. June 13-August 23, 2016

Compensation: $875/week stipend, plus housing.

Application Deadline: will remain open until filled

*The AMFS cannot sponsor Visa applications


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