Studio 312 (120 seats) is presently the Conservatory's principal performance venue. The majority of student and faculty concerts take place here, totaling over 150 concerts per year. Studio 312 has a new lighting system, video projection capabilities, and an 8.2 sound diffusion system. The hall is equipped with hard disk recording and a nine-foot Steinway concert grand along with a nine-foot Yamaha Artist Series concert grand piano.
Studio 312 also serves as a recording facility. It is hard-wired for live recording with a full 24-track hard disk recording system. The studio provides an excellent acoustic environment for recording voice, chamber, and jazz ensembles. The control room features a Soundcraft 24-channel Ghost mixer, a Tascam hard disc digital recorder, HHB and Panasonic CD and DAT recorders, and Mackie HR 824 monitors.
Performing Arts Center
Designed by the New York office of Pfeiffer Partners Architects, the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts will significantly enhance the performance, instructional, and rehearsal opportunities for students and faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and the college's Department of Theater. It is anticipated that the facility will be fully-equipped with new Steinway pianos. The PAC will also be the college's first "green building" targeted for LEED Silver Certification.
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Whitman Theatre is a 2,400-seat auditorium and is one of the premiere concert venues in the New York City area. The Conservatory's large ensemble concerts and fully-staged Opera Theatre productions take place in Whitman Theatre. This is also the main hall for the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, which produces outstanding concerts throughout the year featuring world-class performers in a variety of genres, including classical, pop, ethnic, and children's productions. Not long ago, Whitman Theatre underwent a $5 million renovation and it is slated for more improvements over the coming years.
Each classroom is equipped with a well-maintained piano and state-of-the-art sound system. There are several dedicated teaching studios, including two piano studios; both contain two seven-foot grand pianos, a Steinway and Yamaha in each. The percussion studio contains marimba, xylophone, drumset, and four timpani. There is also a dedicated voice studio.
The Conservatory has 18 dedicated practice rooms, each containing an upright or small grand piano. There are numerous student lockers available in the practice room area, including ones for larger instruments such as cello, bass, and guitar.
There are also three dedicated practice rooms for percussionists, equipped with a full set of timpani, drumset, and mallet instruments.
In addition to the dedicated practice rooms, all classrooms are available for practice and rehearsal. Each classroom has an upright or grand piano.
Whitman Hall houses three Steinway grand pianos. Studio 312 has one new Yamaha and a Steinway grand. The conservatory owns two celestes, two harpsichords, and woodwind, brass, and string instruments used primarily for music education classes. The percussion instrument collection is one of the best in the New York area.
Conservatory Concert Office
The Conservatory Concert Office produces more than 150 concerts per year, including all student recitals, faculty recitals, ensemble concerts, and guest artist presentations. The office is responsible for all aspects of concert production, including the booking of halls, arranging of recordings, and coordinating guest artists. In addition, the Concert Office oversees many of the Conservatory's other functions as well including rehearsal space, instrument rentals, equipment requests, student locker assignments, and many other administrative duties pertinent to the Conservatory.
The Conservatory's recording studio is a state-of-the-art facility, recently updated and renovated to include a ProTools HD system for recording, editing and pre-mastering. Other recent additions include a Soundcraft 32-channel Ghost mixer and Mackie HR 824 monitors with subwoofer. The studio houses both Baldwin and Steinway pianos. The studio is used for student theater productions, recitals, and professional engagements. More than 100 professional CDs have been produced utilizing Conservatory recording facilities.
Studio 312 serves as both a performance venue and a recording facility for vocal, chamber, and jazz ensembles as well as student degree recitals. The hall is equipped with state-of-the-art recording equipment and professional-quality audio and video recordings are routinely made there.