Announcing the official launch of the CHS STAR Lab/Interact Club Sound Studio
Mission Statement (Student Crafted):
Short Term: To create a Sound Studio to record/mix vocals and mix tracks outside of school hours.
Long Term: To further develop into an instructional environment to teach music production.
In August 2015, a group of STAR Lab students decided to try to build a Sound Studio on the CHS campus. Across five class periods, students collaborated to plan and design what the studio would be. During the rest of the 2015-16 school year, the following students participated in 45-minute weekly meetings to brainstorm, organize, prioritize, and consolidate the five individual plans into one proposal that they presented to Administration for approval to use space adjacent to the STAR Lab classroom. A grant from Westerra Credit Union provided seed money. Students identified the needed equipment. Using his experience working in professional recording studios, Josh Faulkner transformed the students’ list into an equipment order. Josh spent time after school to identify which specific brand and type of equipment would best match items on the wish list to suit the stated mission of the Sound Studio. The needed equipment was then purchased or donated.
Contributing students: Jay Boshell, Joey Davis, Kristen Myers, Ki Jana Phillips, Dante Trujillo, Ezekiel Castillo, Peter Foster, James Pettry, Hayley Richardson, Chase Zielinski, Kevin Clark, Jimmy Perez, Brandon Snoke, Taylor Zoglmann, Michael Crum, and others.
Beginning in August 2016, students worked to transform the two designated rooms into an isolation booth (where the artist performs) and a control/tracking room (where the audio is recorded and produced). Students chose Chaparral school colors as a color scheme, designed a paint pattern, painted the rooms, hung acoustic panels, and set up the equipment. These students spent time after school, on weekends, during Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks to create a working sound studio: Chloe Baker, Michaiah Campbell, Noah Johnson, Zach Myers, Ed Hayner, Kevin Riley, Brandon Snoke, Nathan Gee, Trace Gares, Logan Hunt, Taylor Zoglmann, Josh Faulkner, Alex West, Mason Brown, Storm McMillen, Kyle Potts, Chase Witherell, and others.
Custodian Paul Woehrner painted the Wolverine Logo and assisted with the Acoustic Panels.
The studio is now functional and available to anyone in the Chaparral community for recording audio tracks.
The following students have lent their talents for trial recording sessions to test the equipment, to establish procedures for how it is to be used, and to create initial recorded musical and vocal tracks:
Michaiah Campbell, Josh Faulkner, Tezyanna Jennings, Olivia Markowitz, Kyle Potts
Thanks to Chuck Haarhuis (Music Production Professor at ACC) and Jimmy Perez (Music Production student at ACC) for their assistance.
Funding and Donations:
CHS Staff Support:
Ken Claiborne: MacBook Pro
Jim McClurg, Rock Canyon High School: Acoustic Panels
Josh Faulkner: Logic Pro X and Acoustic Panels
Joy Lutheran Church: Soundcraft Spirit 8 Mixer
Westerra Credit Union: $700 grant
Greg Gotchey: project approval
Rob Johnson: Facility approval
Tracie Stevens: Staff support
Jose Suarez & David Seal: Custodial, facility support
Shel Stanfill & James Mayo: faculty advisors
Please join us to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of so many who have helped make the idea of creating a Sound Studio on the Chaparral campus a reality.