About MSR Classics
MSR Classics is an independent record label committed to a culture of musical discovery and excellence. Founded in 1997, MSR offers recording artists the opportunity to create and release a Compact Disc, and to have it distributed and promoted in a worldwide marketplace. Whether releasing a debut or adding to an existing catalogue of recordings, artists benefit from the MSR team’s decades of experience. As part of its commitment to excellence, MSR partners with only the most talented recording, design and editorial professionals in the industry, assuring an uncommon integrity in concept, content and realization.
MSR is under the ownership and direction of Robert LaPorta, a 30-year veteran of the music industry. Just prior to taking over the MSR label in 2006, LaPorta was the Studio Manager of Squires Music Production in Elmsford, New York (2003-2006). He also served as Director of Classics at the Angel Records group, which encompassed EMI Classics, Virgin Classics and Angel Records (1993-2001); Marketing and Production Manager with London-Decca Records, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics of the PolyGram Records label group (1989-1993); and Publicity and Contracts Associate at ICM Artists management (now Opus3) in New York (1987-1989). Don't ask what he did in 2002. Many, many years ago, LaPorta worked as a studio engineer and on-air host at WRCU-FM Radio in Hamilton, New York (1985-1987). An active participant in the music industry, he has been a voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) since 1993 and is a former member of the Grammy Classical Committee. LaPorta is a highly skilled recording engineer, and is active documenting concert events in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and in southern New York State and Manhattan.
In the performing arts arena, Robert LaPorta is the Founder and previous Personnel Director of the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony and was Founder and Board President of the Westchester Symphonic Winds. He performed as Principal Euphonium with the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony and Westchester Symphonic Winds, and on trombone and percussion with the Westchester Philharmonic, Norwich Festival Orchestra, Hamilton Festival Orchestra, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Larchmont Concert Band, Bronxville Concert Band and Armonk Community Band. LaPorta was also Principal Timpanist with the Colgate Concert Orchestra (1985-1987), and Director of the Colgate Jazz Band. He has composed several pieces for symphonic band and orchestra, and has arranged Baroque works for brass quintet. He is currently working to form The Newtown Brass.
Born in the "Queen City on the Sound" (New Rochelle, New York) in March 1965, LaPorta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and took advanced coursework in music at Colgate University, where he studied composition with Dexter Morrill and orchestration with the late William Skelton, himself a former student of Paul Hindemith. He studied classical and folk guitar with Gus de Gazio, percussion with John F. Sammel and euphonium with Thomas Reichert and Dolores Beck. He also completed course work in graphic design and advertising at Iona College in New Rochelle.
PACKAGE DESIGN & LAYOUT
Amazon.com - Immediately upon release, MSR CD releases are available on Amazon. The item listing includes a color image of the CD cover and rear inlay as well as detailed information about the artist(s) and repertoire
MSR Webstore - Immediately upon release, MSR releases are featured on the MSR website (www.msrcd.com), with multiple category listings and an individual webpage. The individual page includes a color image of the CD cover, detailed information about the artist and musical selections, press reviews, and a 0:45 audio sample. Hyperlinks to additional content can also be provided.
International Distribution - MSR titles are selectively available in Canada, UK, Japan and sporadically in other territories around the globe.
DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION
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