555 Sherbrooke Street West
Faculty of Music offers training in musical performance, theory, history,
therapy and technologies. It also houses performance spaces, a recording
studio, and Pollack Hall. The Faculty of Arts also offers some Music
Media and Technology
Faculty of Music, McGill University
The M.Mus. program in Sound Recording provides "Tonmeister"
education at a graduate level. Established in 1979, this program is
designed for professional musicians who wish to develop the skills
required in the music recording and media industry. Graduates of this
unique and highly acclaimed program occupy important positions at
prestigious institutions worldwide and win creative as well as scientific
awards in international competitions.
candidate must complete a full year of preparatory undergraduate technical
courses prior to making application to this highly competitive program.
program has close ties with the recording industry which provides
internships, professional instructors and equipment assistance, and has
helped to establish the Faculty's many elaborate studios.
Audio Recording Studio
Studio is primarily used for research in ProTools post-production
for film and video, discrete multichannel surround and ultra high
fidelity recordings. It is also used for recording concerts and
occasional recording sessions in the 300-seat Redpath Concert Hall
situated above it.
of McGill Sound Recording's instructors were award
recipients at the 1998 Grammy Awards.
Professor George Massenburg was awarded a Grammy
for "Life Time Technical Achievement". The other
laureate this year was Sony and Philips for their
development of the Compact Disc.
Professor Steven Epstein won two Grammys this year
- the first as "Classical Producer of the Year"
for his work with Yo-Yo Ma, and the other for the
"Best Classical Album of the Year".
McGill Sound Recording graduate, Richard King
(currently an engineer with Sony Music) had also been
nominated for the "Best Orchestral Recording",
for his recordings of Herrmann's Film Scores with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor.
a slightly different note, Peter Cook, McGill Sound
Recording graduate and current instructor of the Advanced
Digital Editing and Post-Production course, won the 1998
Gemini Award in the category of "Best Sound in a
Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series"
for the film "A Tale of Tanglewood: Peter Grimes
film was directed by Barbara Willis-Sweete for Rhombus
Media with funding from NHK and Bravo! It's a beautiful
little film about Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa, and the staging
of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" on the
occassion of the 50th anniversary of its North American
premiere at Tanglewood.
Sound Recording Students Sweep 20th Annual DownBeat
Student Music Awards!
Sound Recording students captured 6 of the 7 total prizes
given out this year in the Down Beat magazine 20th annual
Student Music Awards.
Sound Recording alumni John Sorensen, continuing
his work at the Banff Centre for the Arts, was the sole
winner in the "Engineered Live Recording"
3 co-winners in the "Engineered Studio
Recording" category were John Sorensen along
with Class of '97 McGill Sound Recording students Kypros
Christodoulides and Jason Corey. Kypros and
Jason, coincidentally, were also two of the six recipients
worldwide of the 1996/97 AES Educational Grants.
of '98 McGill Sound Recording Students Gavin Whiteley
and Marc Stedman both received the
"Outstanding Performance" award in the
"Engineered Studio Recording" category.
results of the 20th Annual Student Music Awards were
published in the May 1997 issue of Down Beat.
concert hall used for many classical and jazz
Large concert stage with moveable acoustic panels
24 Microphone inputs along edges of stage
Wood floors and walls, with high ceiling and balcony
Authentic French Classical Organ
Often used for baroque, early music, brass, and solo voice recitals
16 microphone inputs to the Redpath Studio Control Room