President Carolyn J. Stefanco and George R. Hearst III and family cutting the ribbon at the dedication for Studio G3

Music industry students are already making good use of the fresh performance space in the Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, but it took some rock stars to bring the project into fruition. The renovation of the space, formerly known as Jack’s Place and now called Studio G3, was made possible by the leadership and philanthropic support of Saint Rose Trustee George R. Hearst III and The Little Red School House Fund of The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region. The space was celebrated with a music-filled ribbon-cutting on February 7.

Included in the renovation was: a new steel balcony with a control room, increasing capacity in the venue from an audience of 140 to 238; a new television in the hallway outside the studio to broadcast to overflow crowds; updated and more energy-efficient lighting; and upgraded sound and video equipment. Improved soundproofing means the performance space and recording studio next door can now be used at the same time. And a new acoustic glass door system with sidelights offers an expansive view into the space from the hallway, while a new entryway with a brick façade and a metal canopy give the space a club-like feel.

We captured how students feel about the space in a video.