Oberlin Conservatory’s Bertram and Judith Kohl Building houses Clonick Hall.

recording studio
Clonick Hall is an acoustically excellent recording studio that is in the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building. Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin Conservatory

The studio and performance venue, made possible by a generous gift from Joseph R. Clonick ’57, is available for student use by reservation. Faculty and alumni can also reserve the facility for a range of projects.

With excellent acoustics, the studio also features high definition cameras and high-resolution audio recording systems. Along with conservatory faculty and alumni, professional musicians including cellist Zuill Bailey, pianist Awadagin Pratt, the Punch Brothers, and the Arianna String Quartet have recorded in the studio.

Food and drink are not permitted in the studio.

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Self-Serve Recording Projects: Conservatory Students

Recording projects using the self-serve recording rack inside the studio may be scheduled starting Friday for the following week (hall must be booked at least 24 hours in advance). A maximum of one hour per day may be scheduled through the Conservatory Audio Services office in Central 33. Additional time may be requested on consecutive days.

Conservatory students will be required to submit a Clonick Self-Serve Recording Request form to Conservatory Audio Services (Con Audio). Faculty may reserve the studio by submitting an e-mail request to Conservatory Audio or by walk-in request to Central 33. You can browse for Clonick Hall time using Virtual EMS . New to Virtual EMS? Follow these instructions, although booking must be done through Con Audio.

There is no fee for self-serve recording projects. However, we require studio users to receive training on the self-serve recording equipment by a conservatory audio staff member for a fee of $20 before booking the hall. Schedule a training session at the audio office, which lasts 15-30 minutes. Audio Services offers free training sessions at the start of fall and spring terms.

Please Note: Food and drink are not permitted in the recording studio.

 

Recordings Requiring Audio Staff

Audio recordings that require staff assistance may be scheduled up to one year in advance and a minimum of four weeks before the recording date. Inquiries to reserve the studio may be made by contacting Conservatory Audio Services or 440-775-8272.

Recordings sponsored by the conservatory will be limited to approximately six projects per year (per approval by the conservatory dean and the director of Conservatory Audio Services). Project proposals must be submitted to be considered for completion in the following academic year.

A deposit of 20 percent of the hall rental rate is required to confirm a reservation. The deposit may be submitted or mailed to:

Conservatory Audio Services
77 W. College St., Central 33
Oberlin, OH 44074

The deposit is non-refundable except in the event of a cancellation initiated by the conservatory. You’ll receive an e-mail confirmation from Conservatory Audio Services once the deposit is received.

Rates and Fees

Recording Rates Using Conservatory Audio Services Staff
 

General Recording Rates

Conservatory Faculty/Student Recording Rates

Conservatory Alumni Recording Rates

Hall rental* $75/hour $25/hour $50/hour
Engineering fee (negotiable per project) $80-$150/hour $75/hour $80-$150/hour
Postproduction editing/mixing fee** as determined per project engineer as determined per project engineer as determined per project engineer
Piano preparation fee $200/day; includes tuning and one touch-up $150/day; includes tuning and one touch-up $200/day; includes tuning and one touch-up
On-call piano tuning as determined by piano technician as determined by piano technician as determined by technician

*Hall rental fee may be waived for projects approved by the conservatory dean involving conservatory faculty only.
**Postproduction services are provided by our engineers on a freelance basis. Rates are negotiable directly with the engineer.


Rates and Fees: Guest Engineers and Producers

Recording Rates Using Guest Engineers and Producers
 

 General Recording Rates

Conservatory Faculty/Student Recording Rates Conservatory Alumni Recording Rates
Hall rental $100/hour $50/hour $75/hour
Control room rental $75/hour $75/hour $$75/hour
Assistant engineering fee (service provided by conservatory audio staff) $60/hour $60/hour $60/hour
Piano preparation fee $200/day; includes tuning and one touch-up $150/day; includes tuning and one touch-up $200/day; includes tuning and one touch-up
On-call piano tuning fee as determined by piano technician as determined by piano technician as determined by piano technician

 

Authorized Non-Recording Events

Student Degree Recitals

A Clonick Hall degree recital lottery will take place at the beginning of the spring semester to randomly select and schedule a maximum of five degree recitals for the semester. Eligible students will be contacted by Concert Production at the beginning of the semester announcing the lottery and given instructions on how to enter. The Clonick Hall lottery will be for students performing their final degree recital at the conservatory.

Eligible students who previously confirmed a recital date in another venue may also enter the lottery. If selected, their recital will be rescheduled in Clonick Hall. Concert Production will notify students selected through the lottery to confirm the recital date by appointment and must have the written approval of the studio teacher at the time of confirmation.

Degree recitals will be scheduled on designated available dates throughout the academic year. Each recital will be allotted 90 minutes for the performance (with an additional 30 minutes for setup) and up to two hours for a dress rehearsal. If a recital is cancelled, the student will forfeit their use of Clonick Hall and will be required to reschedule the degree recital in another conservatory venue.


Faculty/Guest Recitals

A maximum of five faculty and or guest recitals per semester will be scheduled by lottery through Concert Production. To apply for the lottery, faculty members may submit an Application for Conservatory Event form  or send an e-mail request for a two-week period beginning the first day of fall semester.

At the end of the two-week period, applications will be selected randomly and then scheduled with Concert Production by appointment. Faculty members who previously scheduled a faculty and or guest recital prior to the start of fall semester may also apply for the lottery. If selected, the recital will be rescheduled in Clonick Hall.

Recitals will be allotted two hours for the performance (with an additional 30 minutes for setup) and up to two hours for a dress rehearsal. Faculty members expecting an audience larger than 90 are not advised to apply for the Clonick Hall recital lottery.


Guest Master Classes

Faculty members may request a date in Clonick Hall for a guest master class by submitting an Application for Conservatory Event form  to Concert Production or by sending an e-mail request.

Applications and e-mail requests will be accepted beginning May 1 for the following academic year. Guest master classes will be scheduled in Clonick Hall based on availability throughout the academic year and are required to have an audience size between 30 and 90 people.


Lectures

Guest lectures will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the conservatory administration and Audio Services. Make a request by submitting an Application for Conservatory Event form to Concert Production or by sending an e-mail request.

Non-Conservatory Events

We will schedule non-conservatory events including concerts, meetings, lectures, etc., on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the conservatory administration and Audio Services. Make requests by e-mail , or by taking a studio reservation form to Concert Production in Bibbins 125.

Piano Availability

The Steinway B will be available to all students and faculty for self-serve recording projects. Under no circumstances shall the Steinway D be available for student use.

For use of a Steinway D by a faculty member, or for inquires regarding the use of a prepared piano, please call the director of Keyboard Technology at 440-775-8275.