Please join us in thanking Christopher Preissing for his leadership and involvement during his term as Co-chair of the MSAE. Over the years, Chris has contributed his time and effort to growing the listening community at large, and has made an enduring impact on MSAE. Chris will continue as a valued member of the MSAE as he directs NON:op Open Opera Works, an art non-profit in Chicago.
We are grateful for all of your work and look forward to following and supporting all of your future endeavors that we are confident will be nothing short of successes!
FAREWELL LETTER FROM CHRIS:
Dear listeners and MSAE members,
I am writing to inform you that I am stepping down at the end of this month as MSAE co-chair and would like to introduce Jonathan Eiseman as our chapter’s next co-chair. Although there have been a number of changes and challenges in my personal life, I will remain a member of the MSAE and a board member of the ASAE while continuing my practice and directing my own arts non-profit, NONop Open Opera Works. Jonathan is a musician and scientist, originally from the Bay Area, completing his Masters at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Jonathan and Eric Leonardson will lead the MSAE from Chicago and Kalamazoo along with Veronica Jachowski, MSAE Director of Programming and Communications.
During the last several years I am proud to have served as MSAE co-chair producing the following activities:
- Coordinated the Chicago Sound Bank and selected awards with Eric Leonardson for the 6th Annual Mixage Fou (Crazy Mix) Sound Bank and the 6th annual Mixage Fou International 80-Second Sound Competition in 2014.
- Coordinated and performed in Water Music on the Beach on September 7, 2014.
- Participated in BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2015 Conference On Electronic Art & Climate. Promoted, participated in, and reported on World Listening Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Promoted Adopt-a-Beach™ Outdoor Family Event & Launch of “Go Outside, Evanston!” on September 20, 2014.
- In 2013, awarded a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for residency at Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and his third artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Arts.
- Complied and mastered The Empty Space, a joint release by the World Listening Project and The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology on the Wandering Ear net.label in 2012
- Helped coordinate soundwalks at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with National Park Service.
- Participated in Listening for the Future the American Society for Acoustic Ecology’s first-ever national symposium and retreat, in July 2010.
Thank you to everyone for your support during this transition, and please extend a hearty welcome to Jonathan.