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Meet Charlie, our newest staff member.

By Clay Hankins

As The Audio Guy continues to grow, we are adding staff members to our team. I introduced you to Jeff, our lead tech, at the beginning of the year and now I'd like you to meet Charlie! Charlie's responsibilities will include outside sales development, acoustical calibration and consulting, installation, and some guest blogging. Below is Charlie's introduction. Welcome aboard Charlie!

Hi, I’m Charlie Workinger, the newest member of the Audio Guy team. Some of you may have met me as I trained with Jeff on many job sites. Now, in addition to working “in the field”, I’ll be assuming some duties relating our web communications and social networking.

Originally from central Wisconsin, I came to Texas to pursue a master’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas. I completed that degree in May 2012. Prior
to my time in Texas, I studied both trumpet performance and business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But enough about my education - the important thing is the music!

Over the years, my musical studies have taken me to some of the finest concert venues in the world in order to both perform and experience great music. While a student at UW-Madison, I performed several times in the trumpet section of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, resident orchestra of the stunning, multi-million dollar Overture Center for the Arts. Additionally, while
a student at UNT, I participated in several recording sessions of the internationally recognized North Texas Wind Symphony, both as a performer and production observer. In my travels, I have had the opportunity to hear the London Symphony Orchestra perform on the Barbican stage, solo recitals at Saint Martin in the Fields, the New York Philharmonic performing in Avery Fisher Hall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing in Orchestra Hall, and the brass sections of the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras performing in the magnificent Stanford Memorial Church. My hope is that the aggregate of those experiences provides me with an excellent reference point from which I can evaluate and adjust your multimedia system.

I attribute my interest in sound reproduction and multimedia to an excellent (if not a bit eccentric) high school physics teacher. During his particularly enthusiastic unit on acoustics,
I inquired how I might get started building some speakers like the ones he had installed in his classroom (Scientific
American Frontiers never sounded so good!). He directed me to the wonderful engineers and consultants at Madisound Speaker Components, Inc., a DIY company located in Middleton, WI. My own speaker building adventures began with the subwoofer that still thunders beneath my primary multimedia system. Since then, I have built many diverse pairs of speakers ranging from small monitors to large MTM designs. Over the years, my hobby has expanded into professional interests in room acoustics and sound recording. So, when I discovered Clay and The Audio Guy, it seemed to be a pretty perfect fit.

In addition to working at The Audio Guy, I am also an active performer and music teacher in the DFW area. My primary interests include music of the Baroque (A.D. 1600-1750) and modern brass chamber music. You can hear me performing in the Denton Bach Society’s December 9 performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, or with my brass quintet, the Bell Tower Brass.

I hope that my with my background and experience, my contributions to this blog will add to the informative forum that addresses issues involving home theaters, equipment, acoustics, video, and music. Feel free to contact us about any of your A/V questions or needs. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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