The Justin Tranter Recording Studio
Recording Arts and Commercial Music Program


Dear Friends, Welcome to the Justin Tranter Recording Studio at The Academy! This new, state-of-the-art recording facility was made possible from a generous gift from Academy alum and hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Musical Theatre ‘98). In addition to the physical facility, Justin’s gift funds the The Academy’s new Recording Arts and Commercial Music program through 2021. Recording technology has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Gone are the days when making a record required a giant mixing console, reel-to-reel tape machines, and racks filled with signal processors. (A free iPhone app has considerably more editing power than the Beatles ever had access to.)

The Justin Tranter Recording Studio features:

  • a control room with top-of-the-line recording software, including ProTools and Ableton, the computing firepower to handle the processing, and all of the necessary hardware (including controllers, digital interfaces, and monitors

  • a tracking room with an extensive microphone collection, a vocal booth, and acoustic paneling (in addition to the school’s existing professional instrument collection)

  • a lab featuring four state-of-the-art production workstations (computer, software, controllers, interfaces, and monitors) for classroom use and individual projects


Justin’s gift will have an enormous impact on The Academy’s students. Students will gain hand-on experience working with state-of-the-art tools to produce original music. But most importantly, the program will foster their abilities as artists. These students will have another avenue to develop and harness the power of their creative voices, just as Justin did at The Academy more than two decades ago.

Jason Patera
Head of School