Upcoming Workshops: Spring 2017

Workshops Spring 2017

Upcoming Workshops: Spring 2017

The Oral History Centre has three workshops scheduled for spring, 2017—including a special weekend session of the Introduction to Oral History workshop series! 

Register for any of the upcoming session via the OHC Online Store or by contacting us


 Field Recording

Saturday March 25th: 1:00 p.m.–4:00p.m.


This workshop is for adventurers who want to record interviews outside of the controlled studio environment. It provides an overview of field recording concepts, equipment and techniques. You will learn how to listen to outdoor soundscapes before you record and tips for coping with adverse conditions. After this workshop you will know how to go about recording sounds and voices outdoors that will be high quality, and usable in your audio/video storytelling projects.  


This workshop is ideal for those who have attended the Digital Audio Recording session of the Introduction to Oral History workshop series or have equivalent experience. Participants should know how to use a digital audio recorder, and how to read levels. This workshop includes an outdoor component and is subject to postponement if there is rain/snow.


This workshop is limited to six participants. 


Workshop Fee: $60.00 + GST (less 20% for current OHC Members)



 Audio Editing with Audacity

Thursday April 27th: 6:00p.m.–9:00p.m.


If you would like to edit audio but don’t know where to begin this workshop is for you! Useful for anyone who has creative audio ambitions and limited skills, this workshop covers the very basics. With step-by-step instruction, we will work through the steps of importing files, reducing noise, and arranging vocal and musical elements. By the end of the class you will have created a short audio composition.


Participants who prefer to bring their own computers should download the free, open-source audio editing software Audacity® before the workshop (via: http://www.audacityteam.org/ ).


A limited number of OHC Windows laptops will be available for use during this workshop. Please contact us if you would like us to reserve one for you.


Workshop Fee: $60.00 + GST (less 20% for current OHC Members)





Introduction to Oral History

Sat/Sun May 13th–14th: 9:30a.m.–3:00p.m.


This series provides an overview of the underlying principles of oral history and the practical aspects of undertaking an oral history project. In these workshops you can learn how to: design an oral history project, budget enough time for your project, methods of interviewing, technical skills needed to make quality audio recordings, and how to create complementary text documents that will ensure your project is organized, archivable, and useful to future researchers.


**The Introduction to Oral History weekend session will be offered if there is sufficient interest. If you would like to attend, please register at least one week prior to the workshop date.

Update: (April 24 2017): There is sufficient interest in the workshop and it is confirmed for May 13th/14th.


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