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June 19 , 2007
Amy Bentley-Smith

Communications & Public Affairs Assistant
(310) 243-2001

Alumnus Takes Home An Emmy

Carson, CA Dirk Sciarrotta (Class of ‘94, B.A., music) can now add Emmy Award-winning sound effects mixer to his resume. On June 14, he won the Outstanding Achievement in the Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing Award at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 34th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards Ceremony. His acceptance can be viewed at http://www.emmyonline.org/daytime/stream.html.

“It’s all about getting it right the first time with very little rehearsal,” says the Torrance native, who since 2004 has been nominated three times for his work on the Tournament of Roses Parade coverage on CBS and three times for “The Price is Right.” This is his first Emmy, which was for work he did on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

While a student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Sciarrotta aspired to becoming a recording engineer like his uncle, Don Sciarrotta.

“I never thought I would be doing television,” he says after nine years in the industry. “Before this, I worked for Disneyland for seven years. I started while I was still in school, doing live sound at the park for all their shows. After meeting some people in the television industry, an opportunity opened up, and I did well at it. So it snowballed from there.”

When asked what was next on the horizon, Sciarrotta quips, “More Emmys. I need bookends.”

As a freelance sound engineer, he does audio mixing for hundreds of television shows, concerts and events, including “The Price is Right,” the Soul Train Music Awards, Cirque du Soleil and U2’s Zoo TV tour. Taking his years of expertise, he, along with business partner Tom Evans, established Cuelogic Audio more than a year ago. (http://www.cuelogicaudio.com/index.html) The company that provides custom audio playback systems to the entertainment industry and its equipment and software has been used during broadcasts of the “Grammy Awards,” “The Apprentice” and “Family Feud.”

Sciarrotta says that his greatest influence as a student at Dominguez Hills was professor of music David Bradfield.

“He was real; he told you like it was,” says Sciarrotta. “He didn’t sugarcoat anything, which prepared us to leave school. You weren’t surprised when you got out there in the working world.”

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Located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, California State University, Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials. On the campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse and cycling.

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Last updated June 15, 2007, 3:56 p.m.
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