Victoria (Tori) Meyer | Webster University

Victoria (Tori) Meyer


 

head shot Tori MeyerPosition

Associate Professor; Audio Production

Department

Audio Aesthetics and Technology

 Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

AUDI 1000 Audio Production I for Non-Majors
AUDI 1200 Introduction to MIDI
AUDI 3100 Audio Field Production for Visual Media
AUDI 3150 Topics: Foley for Horror and Sci-Fi Films
AUDI 4500 Soundtracks for Visual Media
AUDI 4700 Professional Development in Audio Production
AUDI 4800 Audio Engineering
EPMD 2000 Introduction to Adobe Audition
NPRO 5200 Audio Storytelling

Education

MFA in Sound Design from California Institute of the Arts
MM from University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BA Music from Webster University
BA Media Communications from Webster University

About

To my mind, education is not about right or wrong; education is a process of data collection. Everything is an experiment if we are willing to try. Life, to me, is an exploration, and my academic life continues that philosophy with structure, passion, and creativity. In the classroom, one of my first tasks is to try to break down the taboo against making mistakes. Students entering college at this point are mostly terrified of mistakes, and they avoid them at all costs - often at the cost of not trying something new. James Joyce said, "Mistakes are the portals of discovery." I often tell my students that if they get to adulthood without having made some major mistakes, then they simply haven’t taken enough chances. In not taking chances they have robbed themselves of the opportunity to learn, to make use of, and to excel.

Even the worst of mistakes is an opportunity to collect data and add tools and skill sets. In the world of audio production, you are obviously judged by what you know and what you can do in a practical sense. In this way it is exactly like almost any field. Where it is different is that it is a field that completely overhauls itself every five years or so. People who want to excel in this world are people who simply have to be capable of changing their method and mentality very regularly, and that is impossible without trying new things and ultimately making those mistakes. Creating an environment where students can feel free to (to use an overused term) “think outside the box” is the first step in getting them to think critically in general and about their chosen profession specifically.

We succeed when our students can prove to us that they understand the minutiae of audio production and can perform well enough to satisfy the objectives that we lay out. But it is simply not enough to succeed, we must excel. And to excel our students must show that they can ask the right questions. They must be able to explain why a process works. They must be able to uncover the resources they need to undo any knots that they encounter. They need to be self-sufficient. And we owe it to them to provide an environment that not only encourages that, but also demands it.Tori Meyer with Microphone

Work

Her work may be seen ( or heard) in many television and stage productions including: 

Smile!
You're Under Arrest; MTV's Singled Out, Who Knows The Band, The Cut, & Video Music Awards; Oprah, Oprah After The Show, Girls Behaving Badly, Supermarket Sweep, MAD TV, Mind Of Mencia, The DL Hughley Show, various tag music on NBC, The Sharon Osborne Show, Family Feud, Extreme Gong, video games for Sony 989 Studios, Boston Public, The All New Press Your Luck, RFD-TV's Animal Makeover, Beauty & The Beast (International Tour), Our Town, Fairy Tale Reunion, Wheels Turning, and A Little Melodrama at South Coast Rep (Costa Mesa, CA); Natalie Gets Made, Cider House Rules, and Twilight: Los Angeles at The Mark Taper Forum (LA, CA); Unseen Energy Swallows Space by Travis Preston, See Me, and Hamlet at The Kitchen (NY, NY); and Street Scene for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 

Tori Meyer is the first woman to hold a terminal degree in sound design. She has served as department chair of Audio Aesthetics and Technology, and is proud to be a tenured professor at Webster University.

Nominations and Awards

Learning Happens Everywhere Award for exemplary collaboration with Student Affairs 2018

National Park Service Artist in Residence for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 2017

National Park Service Artist in Residence for Petrified Forest National Park, 2014

Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, nominee, 2012 and 2014

Kennedy Center
, Best Original Score, 2010, recipient of two awards
Holding Up The Sky, by Milbre Burch, world premiere directed by Clyde Ruffin

Kevin Kline Awards, Outstanding Sound Design, 2009
Winner: Tori Meyer; Grace and Glorie, Insight Theatre Company

Library of Congress, Featured Nature Photographer of 2008
in Photography Vibes, Best of Edition

Kevin Kline Awards, Outstanding Sound Design, 2007
Nominated: Tori Meyer;  Urinetown, the Musical, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Media

Current-Argus News
Artist in Residence at Guadalupe sound design

National Park Service
Victoria Meyer Artist in Residence 2014

How to Become - Practical Guide for Careers
How to Become an Audio Producer

Webster Today
Webster University Dance Ensemble Spring Concert features West African ballet, contemporary; Artist Concepts: "Undercurrent"
Around Webster: Meyer Named Nat'l Park Artist in Residence

Contact Information

Office phone 314-246-7637
E-mail or victoriameyer78@webster.edu