Pat McNeil

Pat McNeil has been teaching in Vanier College’s Audio Recording program for the past 8 years. He holds an Honours degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Western Ontario. A master synthesist and an accomplished composer of electronic music, his work has been played as far afield as Spain, Switzerland and Japan.

He brings over 20 years of experience as an audio professional ranging from the cultural to the corporate. Pat has worked for such clients as Toyota, the Canadian Football League, Tim Horton’s and numerous others. He has consulted extensively in the audio field; from recording studio design to equipment manufacture.

Pat brings a true passion to the audio field and has trained and inspired dozens of graduates who now work in the audio field in Canada, North America and throughout the world.

Location: E115
Tel. 514-744-7500 local 8325

Nick Ditomaso

Nick Di Tomaso has been teaching in our program since its inception in 1999. He began his guitar studies at the age of 10 at the McGill Conservatory of Music and graduated from McGill, with high distinction, with a degree in Jazz Performance in 1984.

In the mid 1980’s Nick began his teaching career, first at the McGill Conservatory and later joined Vanier’s Music Department in the early 1990’s. He is also on staff at the Université de Montréal. His teaching repertoire consists of MIDI sequencing, jazz and classical guitar, jazz and pop ensembles, and jazz literature.

Nick has performed and recorded professionally for the past 30 years on television and radio, Broadway shows, clubs and hotels, and jazz festivals with such performers as Tony Romandini, Oliver Jones, Paquito D’Rivera and Randy Becker. Nick is currently recording a CD with singer Tamara Vickerd which is being engineered and produced by Pat McNeil.

Location: A218
Tel. 514-744-7500 local 7752

Peter Durand

Peter started learning guitar at the age of 18 and pursued a career in music for 15 years. He composed and arranged original material, wrote sound tracks for CBC commercials, and worked as a session musician highlighted by his opening act for the Edgar Winter/Rick Derringer and Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at the Montreal Forum in 1977.

During the 1980’s Peter discovered a passion for computers and has been involved in the computer technology industry ever since. He obtained a degree in Electronics and worked as an Audio Consultant and for a number of years before starting his own computer consulting company doing troubleshooting, assembling and programming computers for a number of clients including many in the music industry (Aquarius, DKD, Gamma Records).
Peter now spends most of his professional time teaching, as he has been doing in our program for the past 3 years.

Location: H316
Tel. 514-744-7500 local 7066

Val D’Amico

Val enjoyed a very successful career in the Canadian music industry. During Val’s 32 years in the business he worked in a number of roles including Promotion Rep, Sales Rep, and Marketing Manager until his promotion to Eastern Regional Director at EMI Music.

His expertise is in designing and implementing creative promotional campaigns and detailed marketing plans helping to launch new artists as well as increasing the exposure of established stars. In his various roles, Val has worked with such renowned artists as the Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Coldplay, Norah Jones and many others.

Val joined our Audio Recording teaching team 2 years ago educating our students about this very intriguing and constantly changing field.

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