Treasurer, Interim Media Coordinator
Andrew Arbetter served as UHC’s Acting Treasurer in 2009, and was promoted to Treasurer of the Board of Directors due to his active involvement in the management of the bank account and financial transactions for UHC for several years.
With an extensive background in multimedia, audio recording, and mixing, Andrew brings a crucial skillset to UHC, making our educational outreach programs available to the public through his ongoing recording, editing and production of podcasts of UHC lectures and events in his capacity as Interim Media Coordinator.
Andrew considers himself first and foremost a musician. He has been a guitar player for more than twenty-five years, which led him to a career as an audio engineer. Andrew first entered the studio environment as half of the ambient musical duo Witchcraft. He and his bandmate collaborated for several years producing two albums, which they recorded, edited, and mixed themselves.
He has been with Studiomedia Recording since 1991, and has been Chief Audio Engineer since 2005. His aptitude for the sciences and math, and a strong interest in how things work in general, has tailored his career to the perfection of musicianship, audio recording and mixing, and the finer points of microphone technique and manipulating acoustic environments. As both a seasoned musician and audio engineer, he understands the roles played on both sides of the recording table, and is recognized by his clients for his keen hearing, attention to detail, patience and ability to create a comfortable environment to perform in.
Andrew taught in the Audio Department of Columbia College for seven years, earning this opportunity based on his experiential education in the studio. Seeking greater challenges as a teacher, he requested a move from the first and second year courses of Production I and Production II to the fourth year course Audio for Visual Media.
Andrew’s interests extend from the realm of audio to the urban environment in which he was raised. As a Chicago native, Andrew grew up in the rich diversity of East Rogers Park, known both for its creative community and proximity to Chicago’s unique natural beauty, the lakefront. Growing up just steps from the lake had a significant influence on his understanding of the world around him on both cultural and natural levels. After developing a strong interest in straw bale and rammed earth construction while visiting family in Colorado and Oregon, Andrew began his own research into alternative building materials, methods, and practices. He has had an opportunity to develop these interests and develop his skills in material salvage and reuse in his carpentry designs, which include raised planting beds and cold frames for UHC’s 2613 Garden and the “Six Cut Coffee Table”.
He also been active in nearly every project undertaken by UHC since 2006.