[Bath, ME]— Things will be sounding a whole lot better soon at the Hyde School campus in Bath. A major renovation is underway for its recording studio and it promises to bring the already strong music program at Hyde to a whole new level.
Donated by Michael McDonald, formerly of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan and father of a Hyde alumnus, the renovations involve dividing the space between the recording studio and track room and insulating the studio spaces with specially designed materials that will allow for a much higher sound quality for student recordings. There will also be an equipment upgrade.
McDonald gave the gift in honor of his mother and mother-in-law. Head of School Don MacMillan expressed his gratitude for the gift, saying “We are truly grateful for the generous support of Michael and we look forward to being able to offer a continually improving, quality music program for all of our students.”
Matt Newberg, head of the music department at Hyde School, conveys that the renovations will “allow us to expand the music program to accommodate many more students as well as capture the music with a higher quality audio.”
Hyde School’s music and performing arts program has a rich history, dating back to the late 70’s when the touring production of Hyde’s original work, America’s Spirit, played in such venues as the Kennedy Center. Today each student at Hyde is required to be involved in the annual spring performing arts show. Students may also take more focused music classes throughout the year, including Advanced Theory and Performing, Songwriting and Sound Engineering, and Stage Production.