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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
May 2, 2005

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Is the First Conservatory To Begin Webcasting Live Recitals and Concerts

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music will begin to webcast live student, faculty recitals and ensembles performed in Kresge Recital Hall in the College of Fine Arts building on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

The only conservatory in the country to provide such a service, the school offers the webcast tool to expand its audience and to provide a mechanism for students and faculty to review each concert for critique. Most other conservatories can stream sample music of past concerts or see an old video of the students performing.

The webcasts are available on the Web site http://destination.cfa.cmu.edu/web-media. Visitors can find the programs and schedules of future performances or they can also view old recitals and concerts.

"Carnegie Mellon was founded to be a world leader in technology and the arts and has been in the vanguard of thinking about the Internet since its earliest days. It's appropriate, and nonetheless exciting, that Carnegie Mellon's School of Music would be in the forefront of using webcasting to bring our performances to the world," said Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music. "The opportunities for our students, who come from all 50 states and 45 countries, to make a musical connection with family and friends, the chance for prospective students anywhere and everywhere to get to know our program and the potential to bring our work wherever people care about exciting performance is an unparalleled combination."

Riccardo Schulz, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Music, and Alex Geis (A2004), owner of 21 Productions.com, started test-webcasting the recitals and the ensembles in December 2004 as a way for parents of students to view their student's recitals.

Geis, owner of the film and media company 21 Productions and a former student in Schulz's recording class, designed the Web site and donated the server to the School of Music. Geis and Schulz, along with the music engineers running the webcasts, troubleshoot during the programs to ensure that the cameras and audio quality are up to par. Schulz also recently trained the musical engineers to use the program terminal and to run the broadcasts.

Schulz said, "By providing access to previous recitals and protecting them with a password, we are empowering the students and leaving the details of showing their work to them. These webcasts will enhance our position as a music conservatory on a university campus that has one of the best technologies in the world."

The School of Music has taken several steps to protect the creative material for copyright and privacy reasons. The performance content belongs to the Carnegie Mellon School of Music and the students or faculty are required to give their permission for each, individual webcast. The performers control access to the password-protected files and therefore, have some control over the distribution of the performance to others.

For music students with families from all over the world, the webcasts allow their families, friends and other students to watch their performances live and to download them for future showings. The School of Music performs more than 100 recitals each year. Schulz says that the music students benefit from this technology because it documents their recitals, which are the high point of their academic experience, ensures their privacy with the password and prevents copyright issues.

For more information about the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts and School of Music, visit www.cmu.edu/cfa or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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