Sonic Arts United is an educational organization designed to bring together the sonic arts community to address the issues of gender, and race inclusion by developing, and facilitating programs, workshops, trainings, conferences, and mentorship opportunities through the use of education, technology, and creating.
Storyteller, poet, author, and award winning advertising creative Cheeraz Gormon is from St. Louis, Missouri, and every bit a native daughter. As a poet, Cheeraz has opened up for scholar Cornell West, MacArthur Genius educator and curator Dr. Deborah Willis, and hip hop impresario Russell Simmons on stages nationally, and internationally. Cheeraz has been performed her poetry alongside musicians such as, David A.N. Jackson, Dwayne Bosman, Darrell Mixon, Syrhea Conaway a.k.a. SyanSoPro, Brothers Lazaroff, Elizabeth McQueen, Maurice “Mo” Egeston, Sunyatta McDermott, Mat Wilson, and Grover Stewart Jr., just to name a few.
In addition to her work with Sonic Arts United, Victoria Donaldson is engulfed in art and culture. Her work began after she returned from Howard University as a Biology major and decided to study photography. She expanded her creativity to music by deejaying and serving as co-host of RWTHNTC on 88.1 KDHX with Nappy DJ Needles. Victoria is a graduate of Alabama A&M University where she majored in Graphic Communications and Art History. She is also the organizer and founder of Black Cinema Club which is a quarterly film screening and discussion geared towards those with an interest in film and black culture.
Advocating for social justice in the U.S. & abroad, Loren D is an international performer & creator, winning awards from the NAACP & many other organizations. Loren D graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a B.S. in Music Recording Technology, & has excelled as a poet, mezzo soprano, composer, & sound engineer. Originally a Chicagoan, Loren D has since relocated to St. Louis, joining ranks with the FarFetched collective as a post-genre creator & performer. She also teaches music engineering classes at the Ex’treme Institute by Nelly, and controls the live sound for countless bands that perform in the Midwest.
Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. Writing, arranging, and performing music since age 10, Conaway has earned several medals in District, and State competitions as well as performing in Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Chorus at the age of 18. She has since performed for TEDx Gateway Arch, given musical speeches for the Arts and Education Council, and opened for many national artist such as, Asobi Seksu, Future Islands, and Paul Rucker (cellist/artist). Conaway has also collaborated with world renown ensemble Alarm Will Sound for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2015 as well as a plethora of local artists.
Honna Veerkamp is a community-oriented media artist and educator whose specialties include documentary radio production, oral history, sound design, audio engineering, experimental video, and multi-media installation. Honna is committed to social justice; her work celebrates creative resistance and helps tell stories that are not widely heard. She holds an MFA in Media Arts from Southern Illinois University and currently manages Creative Experience, a digital media lab at the St. Louis Public Library.
Loud and Clear STL, a Sonic Arts United initiative is a 10-week program designed to support girls, and young women who have an interest in the sonic arts, by providing them with a safe space, and the technology to learn, create and share ideas.
Starting off with the physics of sound and signals, our girls learn how to define and demonstrate all that goes into sound creation. We will explore electricity by using the printed circuit board (PCB) of the Werkstatt by Moog as our guide. In the following weeks, participants are introduced to subtracted synthesis, sound design, midi, how to work with analog and digital tools by pairing the Werkstatt with the Ableton Push, and Live 9 software, investigate sonic branding, and development of their very own podcast episode.
The desired outcomes are to raise the self-esteem of participants, create bonds that foster mutual respect, and provide the necessary tools, training, and mentorship that shows girls and young women a career in the sonic arts, is an achievable career path for them to follow.
Registration for Loud & Clear STL is now open!
Click here to register your student for the Fall 2017 session which runs September 9th-November 11th.
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