On February 5th, 2020, middle school musicians from our Boston Public School site at the Josiah Quincy Upper School spent a day at Sonos Boston headquarters in Downtown Crossing. While music performance is central to our work at JQOP, this was a great opportunity to highlight another career pathway in the music industry.
During their afternoon at Sonos, our musicians toured the facilities with Michael Agerbak, Distinguished Software Engineer and Barry Kosherick, Acoustic Lab Technician. After learning about the process by which Sonos designs, fabricates, and tests their smart speakers, JQOP musicians spent time in one of two anechoic chambers.
While in the chamber, JQOP Teaching Artist, Angela Ryck, demonstrated how the room completely absorbs any reflections of sound with a short performance on her violin.
After the tour, our musicians worked with Sonos staff, Tony Ferraro, to build individual speakers made from cardboard, paper, and real Sonos hardware—they enjoyed a little game of foosball in the community room too.
Sonos is consumer electronics company based in Santa Barbara, California that is widely known for their line of smart speakers.