Webster Communications Faculty, Alumni Contribute to Grammy Winner

| February 17, 2015

Several Webster University alumni, faculty and friends were part of a Grammy-award winner this year.

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance, recognizing John Adams’ “City Noir,” an album recorded live at Powell Symphony Hall in 2013. Several adjunct faculty members, alumni and associates of the School of Communications, particularly in the Audio Aesthetics and Technology department, assisted with the recording.

Paul Hennerich, Webster alumnus and adjunct faculty member, worked as a recording engineer on “City Noir.” Hennerich maintains a strong working relationship with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He was a staff member from their 1996-’97 season until 2002 and has since then freelanced for them.

“It’s really great that the Saint Louis Symphony has been recognized as the great orchestra they are, and for what a phenomenal music director David Robertson is,” said Hennerich. “We’re very, very lucky to have both in the City. I’m really lucky to work with them.”

Because Hennerich has a contract with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to produce a local public radio show every Saturday night, he is sometimes required to coordinate recording needs and broadcast needs. In fact, while the Grammy-winning album was being recorded, the orchestra’s performance was being broadcast live. To accomplish this, Hennerich hired adjunct faculty member Bill Schulenburg and Webster audio production alumni Boris Golynskiy and Mariana Mejia Ahrens.

Also involved in the recording process was Richard King, McGill University music research department chair. King is a regular visitor to Webster University, serving as a guest lecturer and a presenter, panelist, and judge at Audio Engineering Society events.

King, Hennerich and Golynskiy received album credit on the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra recording of John Adams’ “City Noir.”

Read the full story at the School of Communications News and Events page.

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