Management and Leadership

2 Grammys. 30 Gold Records.
And He'll Teach You Everything He Knows.

Steve Smith has recorded with the very best—from Stevie Wonder to Garth Brooks. And now you can learn from the best. As the Creative Director of the Creatio program, Steve will teach you the ins and outs of the music business that can only come from a 43-year recording career. If you’re interested in audio engineering, you’ll learn in a state-of-the-art recording studio from a man who has earned a wall full of hardware. There’s no need to go to LA to start your music career. It can all begin for you right here in Kirkland, Washington.

Steve Smith

Creative Director of Creatio Recording Arts Technology Program and Chief Engineer of Creatio Studios

Having spent over 43 years in the heart of the music industry, Steve Smith has recorded and mixed numerous gold and platinum albums—including two Grammy award winners. He has worked with some of the best: Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Heart, DC Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Pearl Jam, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Gin Blossoms, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Puff Daddy, and Eddie Money.

Steve’s long list of credits includes achievements in recording engineering and producing, recording studio design and construction, motion picture and video game soundtrack recording, live sound installation and implementation, and audio production technology curriculum development.

Steve serves as a professor and is the Creative Director of Creatio. Steve was most recently nominated by the Grammy Foundation (National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences) as a candidate to receive the Grammy Music Educator Award in 2014 and 2015.

Andy Soemo

Andy received a Bachelor of Science in contemporary Christian music with a studio recording emphasis in 2004. Since then, Andy has worked with bands and churches such as Canvas, Crossing, The Adam Isaac Band, Faith Assembly in Pasco, Newlife in Silverdale, Lisa Peretti, MckinneyDawson, and many more. Andy currently serves as the Sound and Recording Associate Pastor at Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington.

Greg Hearns

Greg graduated from the The Art Institute of Seattle in 1997 with an associate of applied arts audio production degree. Greg has significant experience as a tech director, sound and design consultant, and touring technical manager. He has worked with bands on the road, in churches, and even at venues like Cheney Stadium. Some of the most notable artists that Greg has worked with include Chris Tomlin, Phil Keaggy, and Lincoln Brewster.

Derek Hoiem

Derek Hoiem’s career has spanned almost three decades in technology and music. Most notably, Derek established a record label and management company that discovered Allen Stone, while also doing A&R work for artists like Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers (the sound of Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic”), and producer Daramola (Social Club Misfits). Derek is also a contributor and artist relations representative for NewReleaseToday and Jam The Hype.

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