Delaware Choral Academy Documentary

In the summer of 2016 I traveled to the south of France to coordinate several projects for the Delaware Choral Academy. While on the ground in Aix-en-Provence I managed several photographers, a principal videographer, brought a portable recording rig with me and produced a documentary film about the Summer Symposium in France.

The Summer Symposium is an idea that my then graduate teacher Paul Head and I were discussing back in the early 2000s when I was pursing my masters degree in choral conducting as a way to re-imagine the Robert Shaw Choral Institutes of the 1980s. That … is quite an undertaking, and one that deserves the respect and honor that those now famous institutes deserve. Fast forward to the early 2010s and the first Summer Symposium located in Aix-en-Provence makes it’s debut in the summer of 2014.

We really wanted to capture the symposium both from the vision of the Artistic Director, but also through the eyes and experiences of the Choral Scholar participants. All audio recordings were engineered by yours truly from selected repertoire of the 2016 Symposium. When I returned home in early July, then began the days and weeks of sifting through hours of content to arrive at the video above we published in the fall of the same year. In addition to this documentary, I developed the branding, content and architecture of the current Delaware Choral Academy website.

It would appear that my career in Digital Media, graphic design and technology was beginning to take shape in these early works. Several weeks after this work during the summer of 2016 I would take my first position as technology director, and teach digital media classes to students at St. John the Baptist School.

Studio 2001 SoundCloud Channel

Here at SoundCloud are tracks that have been recorded, mixed and mastered in our Recording Studio at St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

Some of the first tracks shared on the channel were recorded at the Iglesia Santa Maria in Tolosa, Spain using our original Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and the AKG 451Bs. I referenced this tour, the early years of the studio and the student who co-built Studio 2001 Gabe Todaro ’12 in this article.

Studio 2001

Welcome back to the Recording Studio series.

Below is an article from Genesis, a magazine published quarterly by St. Ignatius College Preparatory, where I had the opportunity to ‘project manage’, from start to finish (actually any good project is in some sort of a work-in-progress), the building of a full service Recording Studio. These kinds of opportunities don’t simply fall out of the sky; in fact, this article will have been written nearly three years after our initial acquisition of a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and 2 AKG 451s.

Over the course of three years, together with a team of colleagues and professional engineers, we’ve created a space for those students interested in audio engineering to pursue their curiosity, utilizing some of the industry’s most professional audio components and microphones.

I have also documented the work we’ve accomplished on the studio in these photo albums:

Studio 2001 Genesis Article by czullinger

1967 Chevrolet Nova SS

So I have this car…..
I am in the possession of a 1967 Chevrolet, Nova SS. How did I become the owner of this 60’s classic muscle car? That is probably another novel completely…
At any rate, I have this car. Here is a photo of the car as of January 1, 2016:
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Yes – this is basically an auto restoration, DIY – albeit on the milder side of restorations – project. I’m not entirely sure how to begin, or how best to proceed. I do know this: the short term goal of this chapter of my DIY car project = turn the key, start the motor, and drive.
I was given the car by my father as a daily driver back in the fall of 1992. I have a history with these particular cars largely due to my father, who by today’s standards, was a “gear head” when he was a teenager. He went to college in the South at Oglethorpe University and was impressed by the 66-67 Nova: clean lines, curb weight, and speed. This fascination would then transfer itself to my teenage years. I took my driver’s test in a 1966 Nova wagon. My first regular driver was a 1966 Chevy II, 2-door sport coupe. After I slowly ruined the tired 350 motor in that car, I drove a 1964 Nova SS for a couple of years until I ultimately was given this blue, 1967 Nova SS as my final parent-provided vehicle to use and drive:
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At this point I am in college, studying as a music major and working at a restaurant to purchase fuel for the car. My father and I still want to pursue the “father/son” project back when I was 16, so we sit down and try to envision the car we want given the vehicle we currently have.
Here is the cowl tag of the car:
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The car that left the factory in October of 1966 was a Tahoe-turquoise, vinyl top, A/C (right??), 283, 2sp automatic, non-posi, Chevy II Nova Super Sport. As the knowledgeable folks out there reading this, the car that we want:
Black-on-black, 327/350 hp, 4sp manual, 3:36 posi-traction 67 Nova SS (no A/C, no vinyl top)
Yes – the numbers do not match; I get that. Remember the goal in the beginning of this post? Turn the key, start the motor and drive
Here is a link to the photos I took on January 1, 2016. Paint and body work are complete, the 327/350hp engine has been rebuilt, the Muncie M-22 4sp has been rebuilt, posi-traction ring & pinion are resting on the garage floor, the new interior is still in packages, new chrome bumpers, polished SS trim moldings….  Yep; the only thing to do – essentially – is to put it all back together.
So… here goes a new chapter on this blog: 1967 Nova SS.