Thursday, May 14, 2020

Students Present an Online Music Showcase

It was disappointing to learn that our fourth annual recording concert was canceled due to covid-19, but we still wanted to make the best of the situation. Therefore, with the help of the university marketing department, we created an online showcase of student work!

Each student submission includes a description of the song and the process that they went through to create it. It is our hope that the descriptions help listeners to better understand the effort and process that went into the creation of these songs. The music represents a wide variety of genres and really shows off the skills and hard work of these students. You can click on of the images, or here, to go to the showcase page and check it out!

As an example, here is a gorgeous song by student Tho Lee featuring Rachel Ryan, James Kies, and Evan Balistrieri. The students wrote, produced, and recorded every element of the song.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Group Recording Sessions class project video posted

We are in a challenging semester for the university due to the Coronavirus. The campus has been shut down for the latter half of the semester and all teaching is being done online. Although it is disappointing that we cannot access the recording studio and audio lab, many students have still been working on projects and staying as musically and creatively active as they can!

The video posted below is from a Group Recording Sessions class several years ago. In the class, student groups are tasked with doing all of the technical setup, making microphone and placement decisions, and ultimately producing the audio mix for the project. This is an excellent final result from the excellent band, "The Oxleys". They were so great to visit us and perform and I am very glad to share it with you below:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Students Take a Theater Tour for Shrek the Musical

As a part of our emerging Music Industry Club, students had a fantastic opportunity to visit Perry Hall, a theater at the Fox Cities Campus in Menasha, where they are producing Shrek the Musical. During the tour, student and theater sound engineer AJ Rahm walked us through the facility and the full tech setup ahead of the performance that evening.

Some of the range of topics covered included organizing the dozens of wireless microphones that were used for the show, as well as mic technique for stage actors and the pit orchestra. We also learned how all of these elements were mixed for the live production. It was great to show a larger scale setup so that students could see all of the work that goes into such a multi-faceted production.

It was interesting to learn the intricacies of wireless technology and the digital tools that are used to streamline the process. Even so, a great production still comes down to the skill and care of the individuals involved, and they all did a wonderful job of bringing Shrek the Musical to life!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Wrapping up the Fall 2019 Semester

Instructor Chris Kuborn does a recording demo with students in the Recording Studio Procedures class
The semester went lightning quick, and was fun and busy as usual. Some highlights included bringing instructor Chris Kuborn onboard to teach in the program, a lot of project work in our updated recording studio, successful studio improvements in our Care & Repair class, dozens of performances, the Battle of the Bands, and a guest visit from music organization director, Olivia Hill.

Alina and Tho work on some cables in our Care & Repair class
A goal of the program is to always keep a creative and positive environment, and students kept extremely busy both on the production and performance side of music. We also welcomed over 80 prospective students for our annual Music Preview Day, and so we are hopeful that many more will be joining us in the coming years. The overall atmosphere this semester was one of focus and determination, resulting in many student successes and positive improvements to our classroom and studio environment.

The tech crew at the mixer for the Battle of the Bands

In the spring, please keep an eye on our main website for the many performance dates, including our next upcoming recording concert scheduled for April, 2020. We at UWO wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.