Faculty and Staff

Justin Colletti

Justin comes to SAE from CUNY and Jersey City University, where he served as an adjunct Instructor in Audio Technology. In addition to his teaching experience, his audio career has included work at Joe Lambert Mastering, Freelance Record Engineering thoroughout New York City, and Live Sound Engineering at The Kitchen and The Cutting Room.  Justin is also known for his frequent and substantial contributions to SonicScoop, the online audio news journal for New York City. Justin is the Audio Technolgy Program Chair.

Tim Crossley

Tim Crossley entered the world of audio with a strong background in design and a diploma in engineering from SAE Institute. A lifelong builder and tinkerer, he chose a career as an acoustic carpenter with Simonis-Burke Inc., a construction firm that specializes in the building of recording studios, while also working as a freelance audio engineer in the film, television and music industries. In 2011 he started his own company, Crossley Acoustics LLC, which was formed to provide acoustic design based solutions for businesses both in and out of the music industry. Under Tim's guidance, Crossley Acoustics has since provided services to multiple commercial and private recording studios in the greater NYC area; as well as to other unique clients, including world-renowned chef, Marcus Samuelsson, and the prestigious stringed instrument auction house, Tarisio.

Crossley Acoustics' services also include A/V system design/implementation, as well as a thriving web-based retail operation. Tim teaches the Acoustics class at SAE NY.

Stephen Harwood Jr.

Composer and sound designer Stephen Harwood Jr is best known for his critically acclaimed orchestral score for Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30 (Gearbox/Ubisoft, 2005). Specializing in the modern orchestral-synth hybrid scores for video games, his work can be heard on every major gaming platform from the iPhone to the PlayStation 3. With a Masters of Music degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami (Florida), Stephen's formal training comprises both the Western Classical and Jazz traditions. Building upon this foundation, his compositions reflect a heterogeneous palette including contributions from many places and times, as well as the influence of his experience as an accomplished sound designer, recording engineer, and saxophonist. Beyond his creative pursuits, Stephen is strongly committed to supporting the development of aspiring game audio professionals. He has written several post‑secondary courses on the design and production of sound design and music for games, and works regularly as an adjunct professor and lecturer. Outside of the studio and the classroom, Stephen serves on the steering committee of the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group, and as Chair of the IASIG Game Audio Education Working Group. Stephen teaches the Game Audio course at SAE NY.

James Cruz

James Cruz is a professional mastering engineer with 20 years of experience and owner of Zeitgeist Sound Studios in Long Island City. He has won two Latin Grammys for his work with Puerto Rican superstars Calle 13, as well worked on numerous other Grammy Award winning projects, including gospel legends Mary Mary. He is proud to have a client base around the world, including Eurovison winners, ARIA winners, and multiple gold and platinum albums. He got his start at The Hit Factory Mastering in New York before becoming a senior engineer for Sony Music Studios. It was after Sony that James opened Zeitgeist Sound Studios, a world class mastering facility in the Heart of Long Island City. James teaches the Mastering course at SAE NY.

Charles Noel

NYC-based producer Archetype (aka Charles Noel) is no stranger to the international electronic music scene, known for his genre straddling productions and DJ sets. He's performed live at the Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona, Spain and toured internationally several times, playing in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium as well as many dates all over North America. He also founded 2122 Corporation, releasing multiple singles and EPs featuring artists such as Dan Curtin, Nu Era(4 Hero), Morgan Geist(MetroArea), Titonton, Todd Sines and FBK. His current work presents a unique blend of Classic Funk sensibilities with the spirit of Detroit Techno and West London Broken Beat fused with Deep House melodies. Considered by his peers as one of the leading future music producers in NYC, Archetype's music is being charted world-wide and can be heard from influential labels such as Theory, Black Nation, Soleil Records, Raw Fusion, Ongaku, Sonid Mind, Public Transit Records, Cookin, Bagpack and more. Mr. Noel earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Multimedia Arts from Ohio State University. He teaches Multimedia and Electronic Music Production courses at SAE NY

John Siket



In 1986 John landed an internship at the then white-hot Bearsville Studios in near Woodstock, New York. At the time, they had one of two SSL’s in all of New York, but he was relegated to making midi cables and getting Chinese food for the Pretenders—and loved it. 

In 1988, he got an entry-level position at Water Music Recorders in Hoboken, NJ. (Yes, there is such a place…) There he worked with Chris Stamey, Freedy Johnston, Yo La Tengo, Peter Holsapple, Rob Grenoble, Sweet Lizard Illtet, Alex Chilton, Andrew Loog-Oldham and many other great musical personalities. After a few years, he was fortunate to get an assistant’s job at Sound On Sound on West 45th Street where he got to work on many jingles, tons of jazz sessions (live to two-track!) and various other types of music (Fela Kuti!). 

One day, Butch Vig (hot off of “Nevermind” and “Siamese Dream”) came to see the studio and John single-handedly convinced him that he had to mix his project (Sonic Youth) at our studio. This turned into a working relationship (Freedy Johnston, Soul Asylum, Helmet, Sonic Youth) and a friendship that’s lasted ever since. John was ultimately asked by Steve Lillywhite to engineer Dave Matthew’s “Crash” album. This led to several other great albums by Ours, Guster, Phish, Travis, etc. 

 Most recently he has engineered Peter Murphy’s latest and produced for Matisyahu. John teaches the Mixing class at SAE New York.

A.J. Tissan

In 1993 A.J. moved from his home town of Philadelphia to NYC and between 1994 and 1996 built a recording studio on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, originally intended for personal use but in 1998 he opened it for commercial business and launched his own sound production company, Sound Mind Recording Inc.

In 2000 A.J. was hired by Atlantic Records as a freelance engineer to operate their New Media studio. There he runs sessions for Atlantic’s a-list artists, engineering live performances and interviews for radio, television and internet broadcasts. That same year he moved the studio to Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Grand Street Studio). In 2002 he became an instructor at SAE Institute. Over the years his role has expanded greatly and he currently teaches a handful of classes, including Loudspeakers, Live Sound, Advanced Signal Flow, Yamaha 02R, and Intro to Audio.

In 2006 A.J. co-produced a remix project with Grammy award winning producer Mick Gochanour of the Rolling Stones', “I’m Free”. In 2007 A.J. met Vis Helland (Warrior Soul, The Outpatients) and after a long musical hiatus for both of them, they began to work on new material. Together, they formed Darkcoil and are currently in the studio cranking out the tracks.

AJ’s latest studio is The Wavelab Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He continues to operate his studio and teach at SAE. He keeps busy doing production work, recording, mixing and mastering for many different companies and bands.

James Frazee

After attending SAE New York in 2005 James began his career in audio at Water Music studios in Hoboken, NJ. He remained at Water Music as their chief engineer until 2010 when he left to pursue a freelance career producing and recording music. He has worked for such artists as Bettye Lavette, Patti Smith, The Bacon Brothers, A-ha, and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. James was an engineer on Esperanza Spalding's 2012 Grammy award winning "Radio Music Society". Presently James continues to freelance as well as teach the Neve Console and Basic Signal Flow for SAE NY.

Rich Crescenti

Rich Crescenti has been playing music since he was 9 years old and making recordings since age 17. After many years on the local Phoenix music scene, he decided to make the move to engineering and production. After graduating top of the class at The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, Rich made the move to NYC.

Cutting his teeth at Soundtrack NYC gave Rich the opportunity to work with many world class engineers and top-tier talent. While there, he worked on Martin Scorsese's " Shine A Light", Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna", and the Sex and The City Movie as well as many New York Staple shows such as The Law & Order Series, Fringe, Gossip Girl and Ugly Betty. Rich is an active freelance engineer, producing and drumming out of The Wavelab in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is helping New York’s best rock bands make unique recordings.

Rich is also the drummer for the popular Brooklyn Art-Punk outfit "Bugs in the Dark". Rich teaches the SSL console, Protools, Surround Sound, Session Procedures and the Avid Icon console for SAE NY.

Eric Castillo

While still in high school, Eric began an internship at an independent recording studio called “Nacirema Productions” in Washingtonville, NY. The internship allowed him to discover new equipment and styles of production in a studio setting. After high school, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Music Synthesis. During his time at Berklee, Eric refined his proficiency in music theory, studio engineering and many other aspects of music.

After graduating Berklee, Eric began working at Nada Recording Studio, a recording studio in New Windsor, NY, focusing on rock, pop and hip-hop genres, and catering recording services to independent local artists. As an engineer at Nada he had the opportunity to work with many bands from all over the world. He also gained experience in studio management and maintenance, booking, session procedures, and of course engineering and producing. He continues to work in Nada Recording Studios in addition to providing freelance recording services. Eric teaches Electronic Music Production courses and a handful of workshops at SAE NY.

Derek Bronston

Derek Bronston has over 14 years experience in web and software development, acting as lead developer and technical project manager for a vast array of clients. After leaving his positionin 2002 as Technical Project Manager for O Interactive, whose clients included Pfizer and NFO Worldwide, he went on to develop the now successful internet language company Yabla INC from inception to market. From there he started his own development firm Cadoa Arts & Science which focused largely on web and social media applications and during this time he was a part of the original Linked In dev team. In 2007 Cadoa merged efforts with the Design firm Echo Design Lab to form theConspiracy, LLC whose primary focus has been on mobile and social media design and development with clients including: Warner Music, EMI, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Universal Music and Remy Martin. Derek is proficient in many technologies including: iOS, Objective -C, Flash, PHP, Ajax, jQuery, javascript, Unix/Linux etc.

Derek is the instructor for SAE NY’s iPhone App Development course.

Chloe Raines

Chloe grew up in Boston where she started playing guitar at age 10. She went on to play in bands through high school and college. Chloe earned her Bachelors in Music Composition from Bates College before attending SAE Institute's ATP program. After SAE, she went on to pursue an M.A. in Music Business from NYU, where she interned at RCA and MTV. She now works as a Music Supervisor, runs the website BuzzChips.com, and is the A&R Director for NYC's New Music Seminar. Some of her music supervision work has included Buick's "One For the Road" web ad campaign (winner of an OMMA Award), independent films such as "Saeng-il" (Gen Art Film Festival Audience Award Winner), and "Bastards of Young" produced by Academy Award-Winner Ryan Silbert. Chloe teaches Music Business at SAE NY.

Tony Grund

Tony's background tells a story of pure music. Born to a pianist mother, he began playing when he was six. He studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Afterwards, he produced for Giza records, a major pop music label in Japan for five years, overseeing several hit records. In 2004 Tony relocated to New York, where he continues to produce music.

Tony's most recent productions have been with the electronic/world music duo, Bombay Dub Orchestra. After meeting in the studio in Kingston, Jamaica, BDO asked Tony to produce a remix album of songs from their first two records. The album “Bombay Dub Orchestra: New York Remixes” was released in 2012 on Six Degrees Records. Tony also produced, arranged, and even played french horn on several tracks on BDO's upcoming album (2013, title TBA, Publisher: The Royalty Network).

Other music projects are currently in the works as well, as Tony stays busy remixing and producing music for TV and indie films. He works closely with artists from the UK and far reaching places such as India, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Tony is currently a resident DJ at New York's famous Pianos night club, where he spins most Saturdays . He contributes exclusive mixes to DJZ.com, and for two years produced weekly mixes for Nervous Records, one of the original house music labels of NYC. Tony began DJing in Japan, where he played at the top clubs in Osaka, and has continued performing around the world, from London, England to Madrid, Spain, from New York, USA to Osaka, Japan, to audiences of thousands.

As well as producing and DJing, Tony conducts clinics and workshops around NYC, and teaches Music Theory, Midi and Logic at SAE NY.