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Record label chooses Rosch for recording session
Monday, December 01, 2008

FREDONIA, N.Y. — November 26, 2008 — Telarc International, a prominent record label in classical music, has picked the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall at SUNY Fredonia to record the debut album of 16-year-old violinist Caroline Goulding, a rising talent who has already performed with major orchestras in Cleveland and Detroit and won several young-artist honors.

SUNY Fredonia has quickly proven to be a top-quality recording location for Telarc that is close to Cleveland, the home base of both the label as well as Ms. Goulding, said

Caroline Goulding

Above, Caroline Goulding. Below, Rosch Recital Hall stage.

Rosch Recital Hall

Thomas Moore, recording engineer for the three-day session that began last Sunday.

“I like it because we only record when school is not in session,” Moore added. “It’s a quiet hall and provides us with what we need to make a great recording.”

Goulding, who is presently enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artist program, was accompanied by pianist and fellow Northeastern Ohio resident Christopher O’Riley, who has appeared with major orchestras throughout the world. He and Goulding met on O’Riley’s “From the Top,” a talent show featuring young classical musicians that he hosts for PBS.

“The high compliment is to Rosch Recital Hall,” said Dr. Karl Boelter, director of the School of Music, about the Telarc session. “It is truly an exquisite facility and is serving as a model for other schools about the ideal size and acoustics for professional musical activities at a college campus.”

Rosch and the adjacent second-floor control room in Mason Hall are rented by Telarc for the sessions. Only minor acoustical modifications, such as placing sheets of plywood on the hall’s first 10 rows and utilizing an overhead shell from another School of Music facility, are enlisted to achieve the particular sound reverberation qualities sought by Telarc.

But it’s that type of accommodation that has brought Telarc back to SUNY Fredonia for its second recording session in two years. Marc Levy, facility manager at Rosch, handled those needs for Telarc’s first recording session in 2007, much to Moore’s delight.

“Everything was put out in perfect order, everything was done,” Moore said. “It was a really top-notch job. That was one of the big reasons why I had no problem coming back to Fredonia.”

The Ying Quartet recorded “Dim Sum,” a CD featuring music by living Chinese-American composers, at Rosch for Telarc in May 2007. The liner notes listed Rosch and included special thanks to SUNY Fredonia and Levy, among others. Moore was also the recording producer for that CD.

The selections recorded in this semester’s the Rosch sessions include “Four Souvenirs for Violin,” by Paul Schoenfeld; a set of pieces by Fritz Kreisler; “Red Violin for Caprices,” by John Corigliano; “Suite from Porgy & Bess” and Cape Breton Island fiddle music.

“To be in the hall is inspiring, and we are very lucky to be able to offer such an experience to our students,” Boelter added. “Not only do they get to hear great music there, but they get to perform there themselves.”

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Photo cutline: a balcony view of the stunning Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus.

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