Montoursville graduate wins NYC Audio Engineering Award

Taylor Roig, a 2007 graduate of Montoursville Area High School, won the Outstanding Achievement in Live Sound Award at the third annual SAE Institute New York Alumni Awards, which were held at The Cutting Room in Manhattan in early July.

“Our Alumni Awards celebrated the noteworthy contributions that SAE alumni have made in the entertainment and audio industries over the past year,” said Michael Morrell, SAE New York campus director. “Taylor’s win and impressive career are testaments to the outstanding quality of SAE’s curriculum and training, as well as his own hard work, dedication to excellence, and immense talent.”

Roig is a 2008 graduate of the Audio Technology Program of SAE Institute, a creative media arts college in New York City. His career path has included jobs at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, and Vacation Island Studios, Brooklyn, New York. He is currently the live sound engineer for Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, which is part of Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

“SAE prepared me well for my job and a career in audio engineering,” Roig said. “The instructors also educated me in things that weren’t in the text books – like band member dynamics, having pride in your work, and sharing esoteric knowledge about gear, equipment, and technology that you can only learn from the working engineers who make up the school’s faculty.”

As far as advice is concerned to those who’d like to pursue a career in audio engineering and production at SAE, Roig recommends that students be easy to work with and open to opportunities.

“Aspiring audio pros should get ready to hustle if they really want to make it,” Roig said. “Whether it’s an $800 gig or an $80 gig, take it and make contacts, because they’ll all eventually be valuable. And most importantly, never burn bridges.”