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Clissen, Walter, MFA

Clissen, Walter, MFA

Clissen, Walter, MFA

Associate Professor, Audio Engineering New England School of Communications

Contact Information:

Husson University
Wildey Communications Center
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 805.714.7209 Phone: Fax: Email: Department Email:


Walter has 25+ years of experience in all aspects of the audio world. Born in Belgium and working in venues and studios all over Europe, he moved to Los Angeles, CA where he established a very successful professional career as engineer and producer. Walter's international professional endeavors as Producer, Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Sound Designer and in Audio Post Production includes recent work with international star Jose Feliciano as FOH Mixer/Technical Director, stereo and 5.1 audio mix on the Blu-ray release ‘Live in Tel Aviv, Israel; mixing surround releases Jose Feliciano Classical Mozart castrati arias and recording and mix album Les Paul Trio w/ Jose Feliciano - The Iridium Jazz Club- NYC as well as a new release by Sounds of the Supremes and select other FOH mixing at various festivals in Europe. His sound designs have been heard internationally in Theatre and Opera houses (e.g. L.A.’s Center for Bilingual Arts, La Mama ETC NYC, PCPA Theaterfest CA, Romanian National Theatre,
Cluj, Romania and  The Flanders Opera Belgium,  including Stephen Schwartz’s new musical “My Fairy Tale”). Post production work includes ADR Recording – Graceland and sound design/post production short movie ‘Dreadful Sorry’.

He received his MFA from the Higher Institute of Theatre and Culture Spreading in Brussels, Europe. He taught several audio courses, workshops and lectures in Europe (e.g. School of the Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands), at UCLA, CSU Fresno, Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, asst. professor positions at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and at the University of South Carolina, SC. He is currently associate professor audio engineering, live sound technology and audio post production at NESCom, Husson University, ME.

Professional Statement

The basis of my teaching philosophy is in the establishment of a strong relationship between the student and teacher. My definition of teacher is one who is an advanced and perpetual student with highly developing knowledge, skills and methods. In the field of audio engineering, one must remain a student to keep pace with the technology and the changing content and styles of sound and music, and the ways in which they are joined in recorded and live performance. Therefore, I approach the student as an individual who has the same potential as the teacher. When treated as colleagues, students can achieve amazing results. Each student brings a unique perspective, vocabulary, and method for learning. As a teacher, I must discover each of these qualities for each student, and present information within this context. In turn, my students are my teachers as they connect me with the evolution of beliefs, culture, and use of technology. In order to remain accessible and pertinent, my teaching style must also continue to evolve. It is my goal to remain energetic and excited about the subject and relay this enthusiasm to my students. If it is to excite and incite them into action, it must first be compelling for me to explore. This is why I continue to study new developments in audio, music, and related technologies. I seek to explore connections between these advances and the interests of the student. It is necessary to make learning challenging, enjoyable, valuable, and accessible to the student.