Recording Studio is Music to Students’ Ears
A renovation of the first-floor recording studio and music lab in Westmont’s Music Building will provide state-of-the-art equipment for students thanks to a generous gift from longtime Santa Barbara resident and alumnus Rolland Jacks '55.
“I look forward to seeing the excitement on our students’ faces as they work on various recording projects,” says Siegwart “Zig” Reichwald, Adams professor of music and worship. “The new recording studio will help Westmont further develop artists and foster creativity.”
This spring, the college has offered a sound recording and production class, taught by Adam Camardella of Santa Barbara Sound Design, as the new studio gets upgraded. The renovation has added several new dimensions to the music department’s classes as well as attracted students from across campus.
“Students will have access to equipment and software that meets the industry standard, training them to feel comfortable at most any studio across the country,” Reichwald says. “They’ll also be able to produce recordings for their professional portfolios. I can also see collaborative projects with faculty and students recording new compositions and standard repertoire.”
Westmont’s worship teams will regularly rehearse in the studio and produce their own recordings, allowing them to deepen their identity as artists and worship leaders.