MSA Staff Directory

Your support network for media resources at the University of Michigan’s Duderstadt Center which include the Video Studio, Audio Studios, Multimedia Rooms, and Personal Studio.

Image of Robert Spalding Newcomb Associate Director, Media and Studio Arts

Robert Spalding Newcomb

Associate Director

Robert Spalding Newcomb has overall responsibility for the Media & Studio Arts team, including programming, staffing and facilities planning and operations. Robert has 40 years of professional experience in IT, Media Arts, Business and Finance and is also active as a composer and performer in the fields of computer music and structured improvisation using guitar, sitar, electronics and spoken word.  He performed as Sitar Soloist in the premiere of James Aikman’s oratorio Peacemakers, with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (2016).  The PBS documentary of the premiere was awarded an Emmy. He has toured India (2005) as a guest artist of the US Embassy. He has published his compositional theories and described his unique music software in the Cambridge University  Press (UK) journal, ‘Organised Sound’ (1998).  He has produced eleven self-published albums of original music (1986-2018), nine as solo artist.  His computer music has been featured in electronic music festivals and conferences worldwide (1993-1999).  He has been commissioned to compose music for dance, yoga and carillon. From 1992-1996 he created and managed the International Computer Music Association (ICMA) Computer Music Software Database and ICMA website. He has designed and implemented complex computer systems for the New York Stock Exchange, Chemical Bank, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust/Prodigy in New York City (1983-1989).

From 1998-2007, Newcomb held the position of Director of Information Technology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and then served as Program Manager for Business Information and Network Security. From 2008-2013, he worked with the U-M Information & Technology Services as a Senior Business Systems Analyst, and from 2013-2016, he served as Associate Director, Digital Media Commons in the U-M Library.  Since 2017, he has been the Associate Director of Media & Studio Arts at the U-M Duderstadt Center.

For more info on Robert please visit partialmusic.com

Steve Eberle

Technology Manager

As the Technology Manager for Media & Studio Arts, Steve Eberle supports all the media infrastructure, activities and users of the Duderstadt Centers’ media production and support spaces. With over twenty years of experience at the Duderstadt Center, Steve has been at the frontiers of media technologies, research, developing, consulting and deploying new tools for students, staff and faculty to help realize their goals, research and artistic vision. 

Steve Eberle is also the Duderstadt Center Diversity Equity & Inclusion Implementation Co-Lead.  Steve believes promoting the principles of DEI is the single greatest service the Duderstadt Center can provide to its community.  For more information about the Duderstadt Center DEI Committee and their efforts, www.dc.umich.edu/resources/DEI

Besides his professional roles at the University, Steve is proud to be a FIRST Robotics Coach for  the young engineers at the Chelsea Robotics Middle School teams (Crash, Gremlins and Glitch) and the High School team (Technical Difficulties 1502).  Eat, Sleep, Robots!

David Greenspan

Audio Studio Managing Producer

David (Dave) Greenspan is the managing producer for the audio studios in the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan where he is responsible for the design, maintenance and operation of the audio facilities. Prior to Dave’s appointment to U of M, he was the Technical Director (Presentations) and format Production Director (Recording) at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Dave received his BS (‘86) degree in Telecommunication and Film from Eastern Michigan University where he worked in the Communication and Theatre Arts department as a TA and WEMU as Recording Engineer and remote broadcast engineer. 

Dave’s work has been heard on ABC ‘Good Morning America’,  CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ and various PBS and NPR programs.

Kyle P. Snyder

Assistant Audio Studios Manager

Kyle P. Snyder is an engineer, educator, and consultant skilled in audio recording and mixing, facility design and integration, live event production, and sound design for film and video. Snyder is a widely-published author on the subject of audio pedagogy and is proud to serve as Governor of the Audio Engineering Society. 

Jacques Mersereau

Video Studio Producing Manager

Jacques Mersereau is the Producing Manager of the Duderstadt Center Video Studio, a multi-million dollar black-box sound-stage and experimental production theater. He has over thirty years of professional experience as video director, event producer, and award winning record producer. An Emmy winning cinematographer, Jacques takes pride in collaborating with a wide variety of diverse artists in realizing their concepts and helping them to advance their careers.

Patterson McKinney

Assistant Video Studio Manager

Patterson McKinney is the Assistant Manager of the Duderstadt Center Video Studio. Patterson holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan  School of Music, Theater and Dance, and has been an active member of the audio and video production community in Southeast Michigan since 2012. Patterson has produced countless videos for artists of diverse disciplines and has worked in various capacities such as recording engineer, mixing engineer, foley artist, re-recording mixer, director, camera operator, lighting designer, and video editor. In 2018, Patterson made his directing debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their webcast series, “Live From Orchestra Hall.” In addition to video and audio production, Patterson maintains an active career as a freelance performer and educator.

Catherine Miller

Media Consultant

Joining the MSA team in 2020, Catherine Miller came with an extensive background in the performing arts, bringing a wide variety of skills and contributions to support the operations. A professional harpist by trade, Miller has an extensive performance background, ranging from playing with professional orchestras, such as CityMusic Cleveland, to opening for Common during the 2015 SpringFest. Using her unique talents within the music field, Miller expanded her videography skills by working as a freelance editor, camera operator, photographer, score reader, audio assistant, and foley artist.

Prior to her appointment with the University of Michigan, Miller was part of the Artistic Operations team with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, working alongside world-renowned conductors and musicians. She was also involved in providing support for the DSO’s webcast series, “Live from Orchestra Hall.” 

Miller received her B.M. in Harp Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance under the tutelage of Joan Raeburn Holland. She had previously studied with Holland during her final years in high school while attending Interlochen Arts Academy.