Issue 2 | October 26th, 2018
Sound Thinking NYC is a program of the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with NY is Music.
Reflections on the Audio Engineering Society's Convention and more!
(Photos: Ah-Keisha McCants, Paola Messina)
CUNY Service Corps Student Michelle Tibois joins our Sound Thinking NYC team!

Michelle is a senior at John Jay College. She loves singing, reading and wants to be a mental health counselor. She believes in the opportunities that Sound Thinking creates for young women to empower themselves and introduce them to diverse career-paths in the music industry. She'll share self-care and mindfulness strategies in future issues of the newsletter. E-mail Michelle a sound hello at
Michelle and Ah-Keisha spoke with Sharon Arcos (STNYC '18) 
about her visit to Hunter​ College. Read the interview here!
(Photo: Uma Rao-Labrecque)
Uma Rao-Labrecque (STNYC '18)
"It was inspiring and uplifting to see what it looks like firsthand to study and create music in higher education."

Uma recounts her experience at a campus tour and information session at Hunter College.
(Photo: Priscilla Flores)
Kailee-Jade Berrios (STNYC '18)
"It felt like having our own jam session."

Kailee-Jade reflects on the Blue Man Group's Put-in Performance, which Sound Thinkers attended in early October.
At the AES Mix with the Masters session, Simone Feliz (STNYC '18) asked multi-platinum mix engineer Marcella Araica (Timbaland, Gucci Mane, Pink, Snoop Dogg) about her experiences as a woman in the music industry.
(Photo: Paola Messina)
"If you come at me sideways, internally, you've become my competitor... I don't really allow people to stomp over me. Now, I'm not sitting here like super-woman. I've had moments where I've been pushed to the edge, but I still never let them see my weakness."

- Marcella Araica
Keith Johnston / CAP Program Director

In this reflection, Keith speaks to the influence of his music teacher, Mrs. Butcher, and the power of music education.
Paola C. Messina / Project Manager STNYC

Learn how to avoid feedback (that treacherous fiend!) when performing live and hear yourself loud and clear on stage.
(Photos: Album covers for "Waitress the Musical" / "Knowing What You Know Now" by Marmozets)
Clara O'Connell (STNYC '18) & Jasmin Bota (STNYC '18) continue their music review column with Marmozets' Knowing What You Know Now and Waitress the Musical , composed by Sara Bareilles!
Our Sound Thinking NYC '18 cohort members Jemia, Lucie, and Tamara were interviewed for CUNY Matters - chec k it out!
*Below are college and music scholarship opportunities for which you can apply!
Scholarship Central
The Dell Scholars Program offers personalized support to students that extends beyond a financial award of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits. Dell Scholars is a college completion program that provides students with key supports they need to obtain a college degree.

Applications are due by December 1, 2018

Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a NYC high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

Deadline for submission February 1, 2019


November 6th

*Sound Thinkers get in free with their membership cards to see Endea Owens, an up and coming bassist from Detroit!
The Public
(Photo: The Public Theater)

November 9th

*Sound Thinkers are invited to a special performance of Shakespeare's iconic play, produced by The Public.
(Photo: Justin Gold, BRIC)

November 17th

*In this cohort-only workshop at BRIC, Sound Thinkers will collaborate and create their own podcasts from scratch!

We're always hoping to expand our network. If you'd like to join us in our mission to promote gender equity in the music industry or would like to participate in our events and workshops, e-mail us.
To learn more about the program, visit
If you'd like to submit news or reflections for future newsletters, e-mail us.
Ah-Keisha McCants, Project Director | CUNY-CAT Sound Thinking NYC | 212.652.2832 | Email | Website

Photography, unless otherwised noted, by Krista Fogle and Gabriela I. Garcia of the Creative Arts Team