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THE INSTITUTE FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS HOSTS WSDG SITE VISIT

inst-mus-arts-group-_103.JPGNORTHAMPTON, MA: Rapidly approaching completion of their “dream studio complex,” founders of the Institute For Musical Arts (IMA) hosted Walters Storyk Design Group interior designer Beth Walters and architect/acoustician John Storyk at a recent site inspection.

In progress since 2004, IMA’s near million $ “Big Barn” conversion into a sophisticated teaching, performing and recording space represents the first world-class recording facility dedicated to training and supporting the work of female musicians and engineers. The 3000 + sq. ft. complex which includes a new 900 sq. ft. WSDG-designed control room/post-production suite (pictured) is on track to “go live” in October, 2009.

“We first met Beth and John in New York at an AES Convention,” June Millington recalls. When we described IMA’s mission they immediately wanted to get on board. The fact that we can provide our students and Rock ‘n Roll Camp for Girls attendees with a recording studio and post production suite created by WSDG is a source of great pride and accomplishment for us. We are delighted with the role they played in helping turn our dream into a reality.”

Pictured front row are: IMA advisor/faculty member/Skywalker Sound Director of Music and Recording/Mixer Leslie Ann Jones; IMA tech consultant/engineer Dan Tinen, Artistic Director June Millington and Board Member/faculty/independent producer/engineer Roma Baran. Back row: IMA Executive Director, Ann Hackler; faculty/independent producer/engineer Vivian Stoll and WSDG co-principals John Storyk and Beth Walters.

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The Walters-Storyk Design Group www.wsdg.com has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, Interlochen Public Radio, CBS and WNET, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include private studios for Goo Goo Dolls; Jay-Z; Timbaland’s Tim Mosley; Tracy Chapman; film composer Carter Burwell; Aerosmith; Green Day; Jay-Z; Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a six-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Mexico City and Switzerland.

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