State-of-the-art equipment for the Sound Recording Technology Program at Fredonia State College was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
The new studios and equipment cost $612,000 and are housed in the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall, which opened in 2004.
College President Dennis Hefner said the equipment and construction were made possible through state funding secured by State Sen. Cathy Young and Assemblyman William Parment, who attended the ceremony.
Hefner said Fredonia State is the only public university in New York with a certified sound recording technology degree program, which is part of the School of Music. All students accepted into the program also must be musicians and follow the School of Music degree program.
"They are not only good musicians but must have a background in mathematics, physics and calculus," Hefner said.
Doors opened Friday on a new recording studio and control room and two rooms for live performances. An equipment room with supporting mechanical and electronic components also was added. Engineers will be able to work in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. Karl Boelter, director of the music school, said students will be using the new facilities starting Monday when the spring semester opens.
A degree in sound recording technology first appeared at Fredonia State in 1977. The new additions to the program will make it sought after for musicians in the field who want professional training with highly motivated faculty and students in the school of music, Boelter said.
Peter Murad represented Architectural Resources, contractors for the project. The project had been slated to open in 2004 with the new recital hall but was delayed due to construction and design issues.
The additions for the sound recording technology program are part of a five-year multifaceted capital campaign project at the college.