Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business has hired five new faculty members: Kristél Kemmerer, Mike Poston, David Schreiber, Brad Ward and Lucas Boto.
Kristél Kemmerer joins as Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Entertainment & Music Business. She holds an Ed.D. from Lehigh University, M.M. and B.M degrees from Ithaca College, and brings over 25 years experience in education. She has extensive expertise in program development, implementation, and assessment of learning outcomes, student development, success, and retention.
Mike Poston brings almost 40 years of experience to the faculty as full time Instructor of Audio Engineering Technology. After working as a maintenance and installation technician, and studio chief engineer, he transitioned to recording engineer in 1978 and recorded over 70 albums, including many with legendary guitarist Chet Atkins. He also has experience in studio design, and has mastered 300 albums.
David Schreiber, who previously taught Music Business at Greenville College, Minnesota State University, and Albright College where he served as head of the music industry program, will be joining Belmont’s music business faculty full time this fall. He has presented his research internationally, participated on numerous music industry panels and worked on projects featuring Johnny Lang, Eric Benet, and India Arie.
Brad Ward, Assistant Professor of Audio Engineering, is excited to return to Nashville from London where he worked as Sound Project Manager for Blitz Communications and a freelance Sound Designer. He will fill a gap in the AET program in the area of live sound, event production, industrial audio, and tour support. He holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Yale University, School of Drama, and brings 20 years experience in Audio Engineering plus 10+ years experience in higher education. He was the lead audio engineer for the Cirque du Soleil The Beatles – LOVE show (Las Vegas, NV) and the Artist-in-Residence and a graduate program teacher at the UNLV.
Belmont alum Lucas Boto returned to Belmont at the end of 2011 to work on staff as the Coordinator of Sound Reinforcement & Live Events in the Curb College. Starting his career in artist management, Lucas spearheaded the opening of an L.A. office for a Nashville firm. After working in artist management, Boto ventured into the world of live entertainment tour managing events across the globe. While on the road, he also served as production manager, front of house engineer, monitor engineer, and merchandise manager. He has worked with artists Dave Barnes and Jars of Clay.