The University of Mobile dedicated its new Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio “into the hands of God” on Feb. 27 as a tool to be used to honor and glorify Him.
The professional studio, outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art recording technology, is a key component of the Christian university’s new record label, 8Eighty Records,
and its Center for Performing Arts/School of Music
and School of Worship Leadership
The ceremony in Martin Hall on campus honored Mrs. Joyce Fisher of Odessa, Texas, whose donation made the studio possible, and the Rev. Curtis Brewer, associate pastor of worship and celebration at First Baptist Church of Odessa, Texas.
UMobile Board of Trustees Chairman Fred Wilson said it is evident that God was at work in the lives of everyone involved in making the studio an answer to prayer.
“Today we are dedicating something tangible, metal and wood, things we can touch and feel. But this story (of God’s work) and this celebration have sent ripples out. It’s the story of answered prayer and of the obedience of God’s servant,” Wilson said.
Wilson prayed, “Here, in this place, it is our prayer that this new tool that You have given us will be used to honor You and to glorify You.”
The university’s music program came to Fisher’s attention after Brewer heard the university ensemble Voices of Mobile sing at the 2011 Metro Music Conference, a national gathering of worship pastors, held that year at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala.
Since then, Voices of Mobile has performed multiple times at First Baptist, Odessa, where Fisher is a member and avid supporter of the music program. Many of the university’s 24 performing ensembles in the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and School of Worship Leadership have presented concerts at the church and in the community.
“People are always asking me what part I sing, because they know how much I love the singing. I don’t sing a note – not any. But I am telling you, I love the music,” Fisher told the students, faculty and staff gathered for the dedication.
Brewer when he first heard Voices of Mobile, “they just blew me away, and I knew I had to get them to our church. That ‘God thing’ to make this whole thing happen is through the life of Joyce Fisher. Never in my ministry have I met a more gracious and kind person than Joyce Fisher.”
As for the studio, “when the time presented itself, God has chosen Joyce Fisher to make this dream a reality,” Brewer said.
Fisher and Brewer were the first to give Voices of Mobile a standing ovation during the group’s performance of “Take Me To The King” at the ceremony.
UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley said the studio is part of the university’s goal to graduate students who can influence their generation and the world for Jesus Christ.
“What you have done for us, through your love and your gift and your encouragement, has created a mechanism where the influence of these students can go around the world. They can write, record, produce and distribute music from their heart, and that speaks to the heart of their generation.”
With CPA Executive Director Roger Breland, Foley presented the first CDs recorded in the new studio to Fisher and Brewer.
The studio provides a professional and creative environment committed to training and recording the next generation of artists and worship leaders.
It is equipped with ProTools 11 with Avid HD interfaces capable of recording 32 tracks at once, Apple Mac Pro computer with Mavericks OS, HD technology DAW plugins for mixing and mastering audio, and industry-standard microphones, pre-amps and compressors.
There are multiple isolation rooms for recording individual musicians, instruments and vocalists. The studio has two dedicated control rooms for recording, editing and mixing. Studio A is a multi-track recording and mixing facility, and Studio B is an editing and mixing suite.
The professional recording studio has been in use for university classes and recording sessions since January. It is part of a new academic program in the School of Worship Leadership, where students may concentrate in areas such as music business, technology, film and theatre, and church ministry. The program trains worship pastors, media directors, studio musicians and engineers, film and stage performers, recording artists and songwriters.
The Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio provides university students with opportunities to both record and produce CDs in the same type of professional environment they will encounter in their music careers. UMobile Artist-in-Residence Jason Breland is executive director of 8Eighty Records.
For more information about the Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio and academic programs in the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and School of Worship Leadership, visit www.umobile.edu
or call 251.442.2222 or 800.WIN.RAMS.
About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.
Mrs. Joyce Fisher and Rev. Curtis Brewer at the new Fisher-Brewer Studio
University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley thanks Mrs. Joyce Fisher at dedication.
Rev. Curtis Brewer and Mrs. Joyce Fisher at the new Fisher-Brewer Studio.
UMobile ensemble Voices of Mobile performs at Fisher-Brewer Studio dedication.
Fisher-Brewer Studio at the University of Mobile.
Fisher-Brewer Studio at the University of Mobile.