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Platinum Award-Winning Engineer Tom Garneau Joins McNally Smith Faculty

McNally Smith College of Music is excited to announce the addition of accomplished and prolific recording engineer Tom Garneau to its Music Production faculty. A Twin Cities native, Garneau brings over 35 years of industry experience to the classroom, including 7 years as a staff engineer at Prince’s Paisley Park studios from 1988–1996.

Garneau owns numerous Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Certified Gold and Platinum Awards for his work with Prince, as well as The Time, Moody Blues, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Tevin Campbell and Hammer. Additionally, Garneau has recorded and/or mixed albums by a diverse range of celebrated artists, including Mavis Staples, George Clinton, R.E.M., Chicago, Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing), Mason Jennings, The Breeders, Donny Osmond, Bodeans, Trip Shakespeare, Tina and the B-Sides and Geoff Keezer.

Starting summer 2017, Garneau will teach Mix Lab III, one of the core classes in the Music Production and Audio Engineering degree programs. In this class, students learn advanced mixing techniques using state-of-the-art analog and digital equipment — including extensive use of the large-format Solid State Logic (SSL) Duality mixing console. The course culminates with a final project requiring students to deliver a mix that demonstrates a high degree of aesthetics, artistry and technical expertise.

“Tom Garneau has achieved some of the greatest accolades in our industry several times over,” says Christopher Blood, Head of the Music Production Department at McNally Smith. “He’s also a passionate educator, making him an ideal teacher and mentor to the aspiring audio professionals who are honing their craft in our studios every day. Our students will benefit greatly by getting real-world, hands-on experience while studying with such a true master of mixing and recording.”

Additional Awards: Garneau has also won a Minnesota Music Award for “Engineer/Producer of the Year” in 2000. He also won 3M Visionary Awards for his work on Prince & the New Power Generation’s “Diamonds and Pearls” (mixed) and Hammer’s “Too Legit To Quit” (recorded and mixed), as well as an Ampex Golden Reel Award for Prince’s “The Gold Experience” (recorded and mixed).