Audio Engineering & Production | Faculty | Kelowna

CHRIS HOLMES | department head

Chris Holmes started his career working alongside The Matrix, a production and song writing team based in Los Angeles. Over the course of 4+ years, he sharpened his engineering and production skills while working on numerous A-List artists, including Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Korn, Vanessa Carlton, Mandy Moore, Ashley Tisdale and many more. After relocating to Vancouver, Chris took over the position of Chief Engineer at Greenhouse Studios, where he worked with dozens of independent and major label artists. With over 15+ years’ experience, Chris is now an independent engineer and producer, dividing his time between Vancouver and Kelowna.  Chris is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the audio students at the Centre for Arts and Technology. 

Caleb Hyde | Instructor 

Caleb has been recording indie/major label bands for over 10 years. He has built a versatile skill set while creating productions within control rooms from Montreal to Vancouver. His wide range of recording locations has earned him experience with outboard gear from many different eras, as well as marrying digital/analog productions into an amalgamated signal flow.

To learn more about the Audio Engineering Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Caleb on our Soundcloud Stream. 

Tony Gort | Instructor 

Tony started his career in audio post production in Vancouver, where he continues to work as an award winning senior sound supervisor, sound designer and re-recording mixer.  Tony's award-winning feature credits include: Nightwatching, a British-Dutch-Canada co-production for renowned filmmaker, Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; The Pillow Book); Its All Gone Pete Tong, a British-Canada co-production for Canadian director, Michael Dowse (FUBAR); and Partition, an India-Canada co-production for Canadian director, Vic Sarin (Love On The Side, A Shine of Rainbows). Among his home entertainment and television credits are sequels 3, 4 and 5 in the Dr. Dolittle series for Fox Home Entertainment and the first two seasons of The L Word for Showtime Television.  He is currently finishing the TV movie adaptations of Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. 

Lora wentworth | instructor

A classically trained performer, Lora is embedded in the local music scene.  Lora started her formal education with a diploma in Music Performance and another in Music Composition from Selkirk College.  Her additional accreditation includes being a licensed Kindermusik instructor, a certificate in Advanced Theory RCM, and a Licentiate in Music Education .LRSL from Rockschool.  In addition to being a freelance pianist and solo performing artist, Lora has been a private music instructor at the Wentworth Music Education Center for the last nineteen years.  Lora brings a wealth of knowledge to the Centre and a passion for music to match.

mike baxter | instructor

As a graduate of the Centre in Audio Engineering and Production, Mike brings five years’ experience in a variety of audio industry jobs.  Upon graduation, Mike went to work with Idevcore Media Inc., creating sound effects and composing scores for video games.  He also spent time tracking, editing and mixing for Media Button.  Beyond those roles, Mike’s true passion has been in live sound, as he worked as the Live Sound Engineer for Wentworth Music, engineering for musicians such as Biff Naked, Aaron Pritchett, April Wine and Big Sugar.  Mike also spent seven years as the Head Sound Engineer for the Sky High Blues Festival, and has produced and engineered albums for numerous artists.  

Mark Smith | instructor

Mark Smith’s passion for music has taken him in the direction of the technical aspects of Performing, Creating and Producing Computer Music.  As a Classically Trained Musician, he went from Instructing to opening his own Music Retail Store, Recording and Teaching Studio. He then joined forces with Canada’s largest Independent Music Store and further expanded his knowledge of the Music Business. Mark soon after became a Certified A/E Fender Technician.  Mark’s interest in the Music Industry evolved taking him to one of the premier Electronic Music Production and DJ Institute.  Mark completed his EMP Masters Certification, an Electronic Music Production Certificate including Ableton Live, a Mixing and Mastering Program, Sound Design and Theory Certificates. He has also gone on to complete his DJ Trakor Pro 2 Certificate. Mark believes in Continued Education, and is a Certified Music Technology Junkie for life...Mark’s passion for Computer Music is now rivaled by his passion for delivering the highest quality education to his students at the Centre for Arts and Technology.​

CLAY BROWN | INSTRUCTOR

Clay Brown has been a musician, singer/songwriter and music educator in the Okanagan since 2002. He attended OUC/UBC in arts and sciences and also holds a diploma of professional music and technology from Selkirk College. Clay has been playing and performing music since he was 12 years old, and has written and recorded two full length albums. He continues to collaborate with local artists on projects and also records and publishes his own works.