The Making of
Calm on the Listening Ear of Night



Nearly a full year before the release of "Calm on the Listening Ear of Night", the members of the Chancel Choir of Third Presbyterian Church voted on the 19 selections for this CD, selecting from a repertoire of nearly 75 Advent and Christmas works performed during the past 9 years. The selected anthems were then rehearsed during a period of several months preceeding the recording sessions, while the choir maintained its full schedule of music for the Sunday worship services.

On two of the hottest weekends of the summer, the Chancel Choir gathered to record the Advent and Christmas Music for the Choir's second compact disc! All of the sanctuary windows and doors had to be closed, to reduce street noise, and, of course, the fans could only be run when recording was not in progress! At least dress was casual!!!

Recording Session


Notice the unusual arrangement with the choir facing into the chancel. This allowed for better separation of the voices from the instrumentalists and soloists located in the chancel area, and of course, from the organ pipes also in the chancel. Plywood was used to cover the carpet in front of the chancel, for better sound reflection.

Recording Session


Special braces had to be used to keep the choir risers from ...creaking... during the recording. Even so, the choir members became adept at standing very still during each recording take. Closed-circuit television allowed communication between the sanctuary and the recording truck located on Meigs Street, and allowed organist Chris Lane to see conductor Peter DuBois. Notice the several varieties of microphones customized for capturing the sounds of the choir, soloists, organ, and instrumentalists.

WXXI Production Services


Special thanks to WXXI Production Services: Dave Sluberski - Senior Audio Producer, and Jeanne Fisher - Vice President, for their expertise in recording and post-production on this CD. All material was recorded and processed entirely digitally.



Calm on the Listening Ear of Night

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