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DU Dedicates Studio in Memory of Musician, Recording Engineer

Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music recently dedicated its recording studio control room in memory of William M. Schrecengost, who died in December 2006 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. The owner and founder of Galaxy Recording Studios in the Butler area, Schrecengost had studied sound recording and jazz and classic guitar performance at Duquesne under Ken Karsh and Thomas Kikta.

After Schrecengost’s death, his family donated his recording equipment to Duquesne. Kikta and faculty members Bill Purse and Francisco Rodriguez coordinated its installation.

“The control room is the place where sound engineers critically listen to performances and make informed adjustments to the sound,” explained Dr. Edward Kocher, dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music. “William lived for music and recording. His memory will be sustained by the performance of the Duquesne University Classic Guitar Ensemble and other musicians utilizing his equipment, in this control room that bears his name.”

The William M. Schrecengost Memorial Control Room is part of Duquesne state-of-the-art sound recording and music technology complex, which provides students with extensive experience on the best equipment available. Students work not only on their own projects, but engineer actual recording sessions for outside clients, providing the "real world" experience which sharpens skills and fully prepares students for careers.

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