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

interior of 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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At this time, recording in Clonick Hall is for SENIORS ONLY. Recording projects using the self-serve recording rack inside the studio may be scheduled through the Concert Production Office. Please visit their website for details on how to reserve the hall. 

Students must review online training materials prior to using the hall in order to familiarize themselves with the equipment. Training materials will be available shortly. 

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

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 email confirmation from Conservatory Audio Services once the deposit is received.

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.


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

To schedule an event, please contact the Concert Production Office

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.

General

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

Conservatory Faculty/Student

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

Conservatory Alumni

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

General

Hall rental $100/hour
Control room rental $75/hour
Assistant engineering fee (provided by audio staff) $60/hour
Piano preparation fee $200/day; includes tuning and one touch up
On-call piano tuning fee as determined by piano technician

Conservatory Faculty/Student

Hall rental $50/hour
Control room rental $75/hour
Assistant engineering fee (provided by audio staff) $60/hour
Piano preparation fee $150/day; includes tuning and one touch up
On-call piano tuning fee as determined by piano technician

Conservatory Alumni

Hall rental $75/hour
Control room rental $75/hour
Assistant engineering fee (provided by audio staff) $60/hour
Piano preparation fee $200/day; includes tuning and one touch up
On-call piano tuning fee as determined by technician