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A recording studio said to rival those found in New York City and Toronto is among the highlights of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School's Center for Media & the Arts, unveiled Thursday to invited guests.

The $320,000 facility, financed by the school's $1.6 million capital campaign, covers 6,000 square feet on the third floor, where the priests who taught there once lived.

The six-room professional recording studio is equipped with both analog and digital equipment.

The center also contains an art studio with spray booth, ceramics room with kiln, music studio and library, video production facilities, graphic design and photography space.

Courses will be offered in those subjects as well as theater design and production, stained glass and drama.

The center also will enable the school to expand its role as a community resource, according to Jeanine Purcell-Welborn, director of development.

After-school classes will be offered in graphic design, photography, painting and drawing and music.

A partnership with the Community Music School of Buffalo will bring in instructors to teach voice, piano, keyboard and woodwind after school for community members. The recording studio also will be available to area musicians.

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