Sound Design

The Sound Design program works to develop and exercise the artistic, compositional, technical, and communications skills of sound designers, composers, and engineers through substantial academic offerings and a rigorous set of practical design opportunities that together provide a comprehensive professional training experience. Sound design applicants should be innately musical, even if they do not play a musical instrument, have a natural sensitivity to the subtlety of our aural world, be familiarized with contemporary design tools and technology. They should have a love of the spoken word, an appreciation of all music and sound, and be on their way to developing advanced critical listening skills. This is a collaborative program that builds strong bonds among all the artists in the School and a lasting network of diverse, creative professionals.

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2019-20.

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Production Opportunities

Students apply theory to professional practice in production work at the School, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret.

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Affinity Groups

Coalition-building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.

SOUND DESIGN A Megumi Katayama (’19), Michael Costagliola (’18), and Frederick Kennedy (’18) Part 1 “It’s a very safe environment in which to learn to be a better collaborator.”

Student Perspectives

“It’s a very safe environment in which to learn to be a better collaborator.”

SOUND DESIGN B Megumi Katayama (’19), Michael Costagliola (’18), and Frederick Kennedy (’18) Part 2 “There’s an amazing way in our program of mentoring each other.”

Student Perspectives

“There’s an amazing way in our program of mentoring each other.”

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Department News

Read to Me
Oct 18, 2019

‘Read to Me’ by Brendan Pelsue (’16) premieres at Portland Stage Company

The play will be directed by Rory Pelsue (’18) and features costume design by Cole McCarty (’18) and sound by Kathy Ruvuna (’19).

Fitz Patton
Jun 09, 2019

Fitz Patton (’01) Wins Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play

Patton, with his extensive list of Broadway credits, scores a 2019 Tony Award for his work on Tarell McCraney’s Choir Boy.