LiveSET (Sound Engineering for Teens)

The LiveSET program includes Live Sound Engineering for Teens and Studio Sound Engineering for Teens.

These are exciting programs for youth 14 to 18 years of age to get real-world training in the art and science of sound engineering taught by top professionals in the field.

Students attend a series of workshops on acoustics, gain, signal flow, setting up a PA system, and more — all with hands-on work with sound equipment. The series will culminate in a sound showcase where students run the sound for a performance or lead a recording session, depending on the program.

This is a one-of-a-kind chance for young musicians, music fans, engineers, technical artists and creative types of all kinds to learn a valuable, interesting and employable skill: how to make live music and amplified audio sound its best in performance settings.

Currently Available Courses

LiveSET 2023

Join the LiveSET cohort and learn the basics of sound engineering in a venue with professionals in the field. The program is a commitment of 6 workshop sessions for a cohort of ~10 students.

After a series of informational and hands-on practice, the students take part in a sound check day with live musicians, and fully engineer a free all-ages concert that is open to the public. The concert day is an exciting day featuring musicians in collaboration with partner organization Friends of Noise. Following the concert day, students will have the chance to connect as part of Friends of Noise' team of sound professionals for continued job experience.

Winter 2023 - Session Dates (application is currently closed)

Workshops at Alberta Abbey
February 11 (10:30am-3:30pm)
February 12, 18, 19 (10am-3pm)

Sound check day at Alberta Abbey
February 25 (a time slot sometime between 10am and 4pm)

Show day at Alberta Abbey in collaboration with Friends of Noise*
February 26 (onsite from 10am to 6pm)


Spring 2023 - Session Dates (application coming in February)

Workshops at Multnomah Art Center

April 15, 16, 22, 23 (10 am-3 pm)

Sound check day at Multnomah Art Center
April 29 (a time slot sometime between 10am and 4pm)

Show day at Multnomah Art Center in collaboration with Friends of Noise*
April 30 (onsite from 10am to 6pm)


COVID Safety: Workshops will take place indoors, and we expect all participants to remain masked. Students and instructors are required to provide proof of complete vaccination in order to join the program.

*Friends of Noise Partnership: As part of this course, Young Audiences will be working with Friends of Noise to offer a free, all-ages show that will be engineered by the class participants. Alumni of the course are also invited to join the Friend's of Noise Sound Squad which connects them directly with paid sound opportunities through the city.

Application Process

The application process is closed for this round of Live SET. If you are not on our mailing list for applications and would like to be, please email [email protected]

More Information

If you would like more information about LiveSET or to be added to our email list, please let us know at [email protected].


Thank You Sponsors!

Young Audiences is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of LiveSET:

Biamp - Platinum
Work for Art

Mentor Graphics Foundation

Herbert A Templeton Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Les Paul Foundation

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