“Students who study music are wonderful and full of amazing potential. But if they are to truly thrive, they must have the best equipment and a proper working environment.”
Elizabeth Wirth, BA’64
The Schulich School of Music’s symphonic-size Music Multimedia Room (MMR) has been designed to be a world-class space for research and production in music. Adjacent to the MMR – and playing a leading role in its activities – is the Control Room, where students and faculty carry out exciting production and research projects, in conjunction with the MMR or independently. The Control Room, constructed in 2004, has sat unfinished for almost a decade, with sheets of plywood – rather than soundproof glass – separating it from the MMR and music production equipment propped up on cinder blocks. Elizabeth Wirth, a McGill alumnus and longtime member of the Schulich School of Music’s Faculty Advisory Board, is determined to change all that.
It will cost $950,000 to renovate and refurbish the Control Room. Ms. Wirth has stepped forward with a landmark gift of $475,000 to create the Wirth MMR Control Room Matching Fund that will match – dollar-for-dollar – contributions from McGill graduates, faculty and friends in support of this initiative.
We could do so much with the new MMR Control Room. Enrolment in the program is constantly growing, and we need this space for teaching and to hit research targets that have, up to now, seemed elusive. The great gift of Elizabeth Wirth is a signal to roll up our sleeves and help complete the project that will make a global statement about the undeterred spirit and value of McGill.”
Professor Wieslaw Woszczyk
Founder, Sound Recording Program
Control Room Enhancements
- Installation of a multi-layer window separating the Control Room from the Music Multimedia Room to ensure maximum sound isolation.
- Modifications to existing lighting and electrical circuits.
- Installation of adjustable acoustic treatments (diffusive panels and sound-absorbing curtains) on the walls.
- Addition of a ceiling grid for hanging research and production equipment such as video cameras, lights, speakers, microphones and other measuring devices.