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Student workers help enhance Recital Hall

Friday, November 16, 2007  
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By Wendy Sanders

Oklahoma Christian University students Nelson Beaver and William Coleson will be hired to revamp the Recital Hall later this year. 

Director of Special Events Bob Lashley is overseeing the planning and achievement of this project.

Lashley believes Beaver and Coleson are both very qualified to completely install the public address system with their own experience and knowledge.

“Will worked with Acappella for years, and both of us are pretty experienced with PA systems,” Beaver said.

Both Beaver and Coleson have been around sound systems and other audio equipment for most of their lives.

Beaver’s father owns his own installation company, and Coleson has 11 years experience as a sound engineer.

“I’ve spent about six years on the professional level as a touring sound and lighting engineer and five years before that at the semi-pro level,” Coleson said.

Lashley and the advancement office are using many resources to cut the costs of wiring the Recital Hall.

Oklahoma Christian received a grant from the Kilpatrick Foundation and was given money to wire Judd Theater and the Recital Hall, Lashley said.

By hiring students for the work along with the help of a maintenance crew, Lashley said the costs for the project will be cut in half as compared to hiring the off-campus company who wired the conservatory.

Equipment for the Recital Hall will come from Beaver’s father’s music store.

Currently there is no PA system in the Recital Hall, but there is a need for one.

“There are some events that come through and need a PA system,” Beaver said. “Most of it is spoken words with a speaker, and his voice isn’t loud enough to carry into the crowd.”

The new system will not consist of a large physical change in the hall. They will be able to maintain the cosmetics of the room, and nothing will be visible to the audience.

Although the new PA system will be a large benefit for the university Chorale, it is not specifically for the group.

“The administration has requested that something be available in the event that we may use the room for a lecture or presentation,” Coleson said. “The system we’ll be installing will be very simple, allowing amplification of a speaker, play of a CD player for the Chorale and Chamber Singers and simple recording when necessary.”

Beaver said the entire project will take only a matter of days, but they will need to find a good weekend sometime in December to complete the project.

Although Oklahoma Christian is not hiring a professional company to come in and install the system, Lashley, Beaver and Coleson are still working on a fair bid.

Lashley believes the students are very skilled and should be compensated for their efforts with a decent wage above the common student rate.


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