Gary Powell, Choral Clinician

Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain

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Moon Over OAII spent June 17-19, 2005 as guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute, a multi-disciplinary program for the development of young artists. There were some 40 singers present, each of whom had won a seat at OAI through audition. The singers’ first week was spent in the very capable hands of Dr. Lynn Gackle from the University of South Florida. I attended her concert with these singers the night I arrived. They were wonderfully rehearsed and created music of real beauty. Dr. Gackle bravely repositioned the singers for each piece, creating a different aural experience for the audience throughout the concert.

by Gary Powell Click Here to See all the Photos

Moon Over OAII spent June 17-19, 2005 as guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute, a multi-disciplinary program for the development of young artists. There were some 40 singers present, each of whom had won a seat at OAI through audition. The singers’ first week was spent in the very capable hands of Dr. Lynn Gackle from the University of South Florida. I attended her concert with these singers the night I arrived. They were wonderfully rehearsed and created music of real beauty. Dr. Gackle bravely repositioned the singers for each piece, creating a different aural experience for the audience throughout the concert.

Robin Huston, Vice President of Programs

Oklahoma Arts Institute

by Gary Powell

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Session photos from the Parents’ Choice Award Winning Record, “A Bug’s Life Sing Along”.

Robin Huston is the Vice President of Programs at the Oklahoma Arts Institute

I discovered Robin Huston as a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin when she auditioned for the vocal group under my direction there. There are very specific skills needed for recording studio session singers. That vocal group, “Ensemble 109”, was designed to teach singers how to survive and even prosper in that environment. Since our first meeting in 1986, Robin has earned well over 100 credits as a solo performer, half of which have been for Walt Disney Records here in my studio.

by Gary Powell

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Session photos from the Parents’ Choice Award Winning Record, “A Bug’s Life Sing Along”.

Robin Huston is the Vice President of Programs at the Oklahoma Arts Institute

I discovered Robin Huston as a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin when she auditioned for the vocal group under my direction there. There are very specific skills needed for recording studio session singers. That vocal group, “Ensemble 109”, was designed to teach singers how to survive and even prosper in that environment. Since our first meeting in 1986, Robin has earned well over 100 credits as a solo performer, half of which have been for Walt Disney Records here in my studio.

Kurt Van Sickle Choral Recording Session

by Gary Powell. 

Session Date: June 3, 2005 / 7pm-12am

I have worked on four albums previously as Kurt Van Sickle’s choral arranger and vocal recording producer. Kurt is a leader in the meditational music field and writes beautiful melodies. In attendance at the session was Chet Himes, Kurt’s recording engineer. I engineer most of my own sessions, but having Chet present lended the session a set of outstanding ears and engineering talent. We recorded five men and five women simultaneously using a mid/side microphone configuration with a pair of AKG 414-TL’s (that Chet brought) running through a Drawmer 1960 Mic-Pre.

Gary Powell and Session Singers

by Gary Powell. 

Session Date: June 3, 2005 / 7pm-12am

I have worked on four albums previously as Kurt Van Sickle’s choral arranger and vocal recording producer. Kurt is a leader in the meditational music field and writes beautiful melodies. In attendance at the session was Chet Himes, Kurt’s recording engineer. I engineer most of my own sessions, but having Chet present lended the session a set of outstanding ears and engineering talent. We recorded five men and five women simultaneously using a mid/side microphone configuration with a pair of AKG 414-TL’s (that Chet brought) running through a Drawmer 1960 Mic-Pre.

Gary Powell and Session Singers

The Answer to the Question?


“Aristotle’s Prayer”

by Gary Powell.

Aristotle PhotoONE SIMPLE QUESTION to a trusted mentor of all things requiring a deep understanding is what started this performance idea. His name is Ralph Person who is 73 years old with a Doctorate of Theology (DTheol) from the University of Basel in Switzerland. His lifelong relationship with church, philisophy and political history is rich.

by Gary Powell.

Aristotle PhotoONE SIMPLE QUESTION to a trusted mentor of all things requiring a deep understanding is what started this performance idea. His name is Ralph Person who is 73 years old with a Doctorate of Theology (DTheol) from the University of Basel in Switzerland. His lifelong relationship with church, philisophy and political history is rich.

Helen Darling Publishing Demo Vocal Session

by Gary Powell 

Helen Darling PhotoToday we recorded the final vocal for Helen Darling’s song, “Mistake” co-written with Gary Burr.

I cut Helen with a Rode NTV through Mark McQuilken’s RNP (Really Nice Preamp). This combination of mic/mic-pre is warm and wonderful for Helen’s voice with no sibilance at all. With Helen, there was no need to compile the vocal from different takes. We have a conversation about the performance she is choosing and with a very few punches we’re done. We recorded a three/four part background vocal texture in the bridge with cascading, major 2nds added to each chord change. It offers a beautiful blue-grass voicing for those chords. None of it was parallel to the lead vocal, which we both loved. Helen has a wonderfully quick ear and is a total pro (and fun) in the studio. Thanks, babe.

by Gary Powell 

Helen Darling PhotoToday we recorded the final vocal for Helen Darling’s song, “Mistake” co-written with Gary Burr.

I cut Helen with a Rode NTV through Mark McQuilken’s RNP (Really Nice Preamp). This combination of mic/mic-pre is warm and wonderful for Helen’s voice with no sibilance at all. With Helen, there was no need to compile the vocal from different takes. We have a conversation about the performance she is choosing and with a very few punches we’re done. We recorded a three/four part background vocal texture in the bridge with cascading, major 2nds added to each chord change. It offers a beautiful blue-grass voicing for those chords. None of it was parallel to the lead vocal, which we both loved. Helen has a wonderfully quick ear and is a total pro (and fun) in the studio. Thanks, babe.

Tom Parish, SEO & Podcasting Guru

by Gary Powell
My partner, Amy, and I present a very intimate home concert experience called, “In the Studio with Gary Powell”. I had not met Tom Parish, but we had a mutual friend who informed Tom about our concert series in my recording studio. Tom shot me an e-mail and suggested I might benefit from one of his consulting specialties, Podcasting. We had a fun lunch where he taught me about blogging, podcasting and other life enhancing cyber stuff like Search Engine Optimization….hence his SEO title. I had only heard of Podcasting the week before and had only a vague knowledge of weblogs, which he encouraged me to commit to. A quick visit to Tom’s site gave me all the necessary tools and links to get started in the blogging world. We found out that we both share many interests especially in the audio world. Check out his “TALKING PORTRAITS” where Tom interviews smart and interesting contributors. It’s great to find someone who has business acumen and an active hand in the arts and communication as well. And better yet, we found out we live just across Hwy 290w from each other. Thank you, Tom, for the help. I’m glad to have an ally in the hood.

by Gary Powell
My partner, Amy, and I present a very intimate home concert experience called, “In the Studio with Gary Powell”. I had not met Tom Parish, but we had a mutual friend who informed Tom about our concert series in my recording studio. Tom shot me an e-mail and suggested I might benefit from one of his consulting specialties, Podcasting. We had a fun lunch where he taught me about blogging, podcasting and other life enhancing cyber stuff like Search Engine Optimization….hence his SEO title. I had only heard of Podcasting the week before and had only a vague knowledge of weblogs, which he encouraged me to commit to. A quick visit to Tom’s site gave me all the necessary tools and links to get started in the blogging world. We found out that we both share many interests especially in the audio world. Check out his “TALKING PORTRAITS” where Tom interviews smart and interesting contributors. It’s great to find someone who has business acumen and an active hand in the arts and communication as well. And better yet, we found out we live just across Hwy 290w from each other. Thank you, Tom, for the help. I’m glad to have an ally in the hood.