WNIT Partnership Expands Raclin Audience

WNIT Partnership Expands Raclin Audience

live streaming control room

To make productions more accessible, especially during the pandemic, the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts partnered with WNIT to create Arts@IU South Bend. The WNIT program broadcasts a Raclin performance on two days and times each month on channels 34.1 and 34.2.

Jorge A. Muñiz D.M.A., interim dean of the Raclin School and a longtime member of the Community Advisory Council of WNIT, suggested the idea, and WNIT agreed. “I’m excited for the opportunity to showcase IU South Bend’s talent to a wider audience,” said Muñiz. “And I am grateful to WNIT for trusting us with this content.”

Early in the pandemic, when in-person audiences were not possible, the need for video and audio equipment became important. “We had to shift student recitals, which are required, to Facebook Live,” explained Muñiz. “We had one camera," "and Facebook Live is not designed for music performance. It was a big loss not to have friends and family.”

Five strings players performing

The Raclin School obtained a grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County to purchase a multi-camera setup for live streaming in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall and the Campus Auditorium. In addition, the School hired stage manager Sarah Brubaker and assistant stage manager Conway Jackson, who were experienced in video and audio production. “I’m very proud of our team’s in-house video editing and production,” said Muñiz.

The performances are recorded live, using the new equipment. After the live performance, Brubaker and Jackson produce it in-house for WNIT Arts@IU South Bend, which usually airs three to four weeks after the live performance.

With the new equipment, their own servers to control bandwidth, and in-house production expertise, the School can still have live audiences at their performances, but also make them more accessible to larger audiences.

Arts@IU South Bend programming including alumna pianist Natasha Stojanovska and guest classical pianist Caroline Oltmann, as well as a celebration of Afro-American music performed by IU South Bend faculty and students. In addition, the program will feature a faculty lecture by Natasha Somerville, visiting professor of fine arts.

“The programing highlights the diversity in the Raclin School of Arts,” said Muñiz. “More people will be able to enjoy performances of our faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists.”

View a schedule of upcoming WNIT Arts@IU South Bend episodes

June: Fischoff Lift Every Voice Soirée
Featuring performances by musicians competing in the 49th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

July: IU South Bend Piano Series: Winston Choi
Choi's fresh approach to standard repertory and masterful understanding of works by living composers make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

August: Euclid Quartet
Enjoy the stunning Romantic Quartet by Amanda Maier (1877), Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 2 (2018), which was written for the Euclid Quartet, and Dvořák's ever-popular American String Quartet.

September: Ensemble Concept/21: New Voices in Michiana
Ensemble CONCEPT/21 performs Carmen-Helena Téllez’s Robin’s Poems: A Memory of Venice and Scintillans, with guest sopranos Deborah Mayer and Jessica Roberts.

September: Don Giovanni
Enjoy South Bend Lyric Opera's production of the Mozart classic from the Campus Auditorium.

October: Fine Arts Talk
Graphic design faculty member John Thompson will speak about his most recent work.

November: IU South Bend Piano Series: Lydia Artymiw
Our Piano Series returns for its third season, featuring guest artist Lydia Artymiw.

December: Raclin Holiday Sock Hop
The Raclin Arts Holiday tradition returns with an evening full of holiday cheer for the entire family. All proceeds will be donated to local charities.

January 2023: The Gift
Featuring students of the Raclin School in opera performance.