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​Steve Quick

Steve Quick is a recording engineer and producer with more than 25 years of studio recording, audio for film, and location recording experience behind him. He attended the Recording Institute of Detroit, where he was trained by former Motown personnel. He became an instructor there, while working as an independent engineer and producer. His film and video credits include working on industrial videos, feature films, and documentaries. He’s a BMI songwriter and member of The Fried Chicken Brothers, a music and humor group in the tradition of "Weird Al" Yankovic, the Committee, & Firesign Theater. He has worked with artists as varied as Jerry Hager, Jack Ingram, Frank Allison and the Odd Sox, Miriam Pico, Bebe & Cece Winans, Anita Baker, George Winston, The Alloy Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Granfalloon, Huntress, Penny Mari, the poets of Stone Circle, Elvis Hitler, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Teddy Harris & the New Breed Bebop Society, and members of Rare Earth, the Stooges, the Silver Bullet Band, the Amboy Dukes, Grand Funk, etc. He trained with legendary mastering engineer and inventor Billy Stull in the operation of the Legendary Audio Masterpiece II mastering system.

As a saxophonist and vocalist, Steve has performed and recorded with a wide range of classical, jazz, and pop artists. He brings a unique musical perspective to his recording projects. He’s especially adept at working with vocalists, having been a vocal coach for a number of top singers in the Detroit area.

Since relocating to Traverse City, Steve has helped develop the Audio Technology program at Northwestern Michigan College and now serves as Audio Technology Coordinator. The dynamic music scene and burgeoning film community in TC are an engineer/producer’s dream come true. Steve produced music for the score of Michael Moore’s award winning Capitalism: A Love Story.

Caroline Schaefer-Hills

Caroline has been the Visual Communications Program Coordinator since 2005 and is the current Art Department Chair (since 2011). Her background is in Graphic Design and Art Direction, with a BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit and an MA in Graphic Design from the Savanna College of Art and Design graduate program. She was accepted into the MFA program at Royal College of Art in London for Graphic Design and Film, and also explored film and new media with graduate work at the Maine International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, ME where she was initially Apple Final Cut Pro Certified.

Caroline has worked as Art Director for Ross Roy Communications, Ogilvy and Mather, and Hallmark Cards, as well as locally for McConnell & Associates. She currently runs her own design studio, SchäferHaus that focuses on Design for Social Awareness and keeps her current in the field. 

Caroline teaches the second year Visual Communications classes at NMC as well as 2-D Design and Film/Time Based Media. She is an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro X and an Apple Certified Trainer, and works for the Traverse City Film Fest on the Videography Team. 

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