For two decades, Tulsa’s nonprofit bART Music Center has provided music education to the community through a wide range of programs, including early childhood group lessons, private lessons, music theory and training for those who aspire to a professional career in classical music.
The school at 610 S. Main St., Suite 300, spans 8,000 square feet, with music studios, classrooms, and performance spaces. This spring, bART is expanding to include a new orchestral recording studio and recording arts program.
The 650 square foot studio is acoustically designed specifically for orchestral instruments and voice. Scott Bella sound engineer and musician from Tulsa, helped design the studio, and Kendal Osborne, assisted by the acoustic design. Bell is passionate about the project and excited about its potential use by bART students and faculty, as well as the wider music community.
“We are building a space that is a classic teaching space and a public recording studio. It fills a niche,” he says.
According to the executive director of bART Allison taylorthe studio and related program will help students gain the skills needed to work in the 21st century music industry, and provide local artists and arts organizations with the tools they need to publish and sell their work globally. international in a high quality format.
Bell says the studio is a resource for music students to record professional-quality material for college and professional applications. For students, recording and listening to their own performances is also a learning opportunity.
“There’s the theory of your writing or your performance, and then there’s what you actually do,” he explains. “I think it really improves their technique. It’s a way to make them better music students.
Bell envisions a recording space where guest musicians can teach and lead workshops, and local classical musicians can pursue various musical projects. Although the room is suited to the needs of acoustic instrumentation, Bell anticipates other uses as well.
“I love classical music, but I’m more of a pop music producer and often work with songwriters,” he says. “I now have a place where I can take our sessions and record all the horns and strings for these records in a more ideal space.”
The studio is set up for live streaming, which Taylor says will allow Tulsa-based artists and arts organizations to connect with audiences around the world. Plans are also in the works for a podcast highlighting local and regional professional musicians. For more information on bART, visit thebart.org.