Our educators represent the very best in their respective fields, and our roster is constantly growing.  This, more than any other thing, is the heart and soul of Wire SOMAT.

THE WIRE S.O.M.A.T. ADMIN TEAM

Chris Neville President Founder and originator of the Wire concept, Chris has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for over 30 years, and has worked with a huge number of artists, including Los Lobos, Jim Peterik, Rik Emmit, Robbie Fulks, .38 Special, Buddy Guy, Daryl Jones, and many others.  He is also a prolific producer, sound designer and composer, as well as music director for the band Tributosaurus.  His extensive background in music creation and music business gives him a unique perspective on what it takes to make things happen in today's environment.

Chris Neville
President

Founder and originator of the Wire concept, Chris has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for over 30 years, and has worked with a huge number of artists, including Los Lobos, Jim Peterik, Rik Emmit, Robbie Fulks, .38 Special, Buddy Guy, Daryl Jones, and many others.  He is also a prolific producer, sound designer and composer, as well as music director for the band Tributosaurus.  His extensive background in music creation and music business gives him a unique perspective on what it takes to make things happen in today's environment.

Jon Smith Chief Technologist As a music recording engineer and producer, Jon has recorded and mixed thousands of TV and radio commercials and hundreds of record albums. He has recorded with members of The Police, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Ministry, Slaughterhouse, Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, Chi-Lites, Kansas and many others. He is well versed in both the analog and digital recording worlds. Music creation is as much a passion now, as it was when Jon began as an assistant engineer at the legendary Universal Recording Studios.

Jon Smith
Chief Technologist

As a music recording engineer and producer, Jon has recorded and mixed thousands of TV and radio commercials and hundreds of record albums. He has recorded with members of The Police, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Ministry, Slaughterhouse, Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, Chi-Lites, Kansas and many others. He is well versed in both the analog and digital recording worlds. Music creation is as much a passion now, as it was when Jon began as an assistant engineer at the legendary Universal Recording Studios.

John Fournier Programming Director John is an active educator, composer, arranger and performer in the Chicago music and theater scenes.  He holds a Masters degree in composition and education from the University of Miami and is a Joseph Jefferson award winning composer/lyricist for his work in the theater.  John has extensive experience in schools, recording studios, theaters, nightclubs and concert halls and uses his knowledge from years of real world experience to help shape the curriculum and direction of WIRE School of Music.

John Fournier
Programming Director

John is an active educator, composer, arranger and performer in the Chicago music and theater scenes.  He holds a Masters degree in composition and education from the University of Miami and is a Joseph Jefferson award winning composer/lyricist for his work in the theater.  John has extensive experience in schools, recording studios, theaters, nightclubs and concert halls and uses his knowledge from years of real world experience to help shape the curriculum and direction of WIRE School of Music.

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