Voice actor legend Jeff Bergman-better known as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the original Gus the Ground Hog-will visit Duquesne University for a public performance and lecture. Bergman will share his experiences and humor on Friday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Mary Pappert School of Music's PNC Recital Hall.

The event is the first of many highlighting Duquesne's Mary Pappert School of Music's new IEMMA (Institute of Entertainment, Music and Media Arts) program, which will prepare students for the ever-evolving music and entertainment industries. The first phase of IEMMA is a public seminar/lecture series that will run throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.

"In my work with various artists over the last 30 years, I've heard a common lament-'If I had learned that in school, I would have been better-positioned to start my career,'" says IEMMA Director Thomas Kikta. "IEMMA provides those learning opportunities. Whether it's in seminar, lecture or real-world projects, our students will be in direct contact with today's most innovative minds in entertainment."

IEMMA (pronounced "I'm a") is a creative environment that provides students opportunities to experience real-world situations and work alongside entertainment industry leaders in areas like composing, recording, performance, engineering, production and more.

IEMMA also offers Sound Stage Sessions, a program through which music technology students can prepare, set up, run and strike recording sessions for the School of Music's performing ensembles. It simultaneously helps ensemble performers learn how to conduct themselves in a recording studio environment. Guided by Grammy Award-winning sound recording faculty and seasoned sound stage musicians, the students will perform, mix and master recordings to be broadcast, downloaded and streamed.

"This exciting new initiative positions the Mary Pappert School of Music as a national leader in preparing all of our students with an education infused with the most cutting-edge technology available," says School of Music Dean David Allen Wehr. "Our strong programs in education, therapy, performance, worship arts and contemporary media already make our graduates the most competitive in their fields. IEMMA will only enhance and hone their ability to thrive and adapt in a constantly changing musical environment."

Provost Dr. David Dausey emphasized IEMMA's groundbreaking potential. "IEMMA is poised to be a game-changer for our renowned Mary Pappert School of Music and the entertainment, music and media arts industries. For decades, the School of Music has trained students who've gone on to become world-premiere leaders in the entertainment industry as well as world class music performers. IEMMA provides the School of Music with the opportunity to capitalize on these relationships to create synergies that benefit the industry, our students and our University simultaneously."

Forthcoming lecture series events include Composing for Film with Hollywood composer Michael Andreas, a sound mixing seminar sponsored by Solid State Logic and Sweetwater Music, a gaming creation seminar and more.

For more information on IEMMA, visit www.duq.edu/IEMMA.


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September 12, 2019