STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University has been recognized for broadcast excellence by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a 2013 Emmy Award. GSU received the honor for Best Live Audio during the Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta on June 8.
The award-winning video streaming production of a performance by the Georgia Southern Symphony was a collaborative partnership between the Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS) and the Georgia Southern Music Department. Art Berger, Jeremiah Womble, maestro Adrian Gnam, pianist David Murray and student musicians were honored for their work.
“This is a great honor to be presented an Emmy Award in the live professional category,” said Art Berger, producer for CATS’ television and multimedia division. “It is a true representation of what collaboration can do when departments leverage their talents and resources toward a common good. It benefits everyone, especially our students. We are very proud of this accomplishment.”
The selection, “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54,” composed by Robert Schumann, was performed on Dec. 3 by Murray, an assistant professor of piano, and the Georgia Southern Symphony with Gnam as maestro.
“I am proud of the performance, proud of the collaboration between departments and proud of the finished product,” said Murray. “The fact that we were nominated for an Emmy is, in itself, an amazing honor. Winning the award speaks to the level of professionalism and excellence that are hallmarks of Georgia Southern.”
The award comes less than two years after Georgia Southern committed to make major technological improvements to events and performances across campus.
“We want to create an experience for our students, alumni and fans that illuminates the depth and richness of the university,” said Steven Burrell, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Georgia Southern. “We are now able to share the exciting abilities of our student-athletes, the inspiring performances and creative works of our faculty and student musicians, thespians and artists, and the discoveries of nationally-recognized research teams with a worldwide Eagle Nation.”
Berger and GSU’s sports program also received an Emmy nomination for Best Set Design for the basketball coach’s show. Last year, Georgia Southern received an Emmy for Best Student Production for “Inside Georgia Southern Football.”