About MSR Classics
MSR Classics is an independent record label committed to a culture of musical discovery and excellence. Founded in 1998 as Musicians Showcase Recordings, MSR Classics (since August 2003) offers recording artists the opportunity to create and release a Compact Disc, and to have it distributed and promoted in a global market, as a CD and in the digital domain as well. Whether releasing a debut album 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 audio production, graphic 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 31-year veteran of the Music Industry. Just prior to taking over the label in 2006, LaPorta was the Studio Manager of the highly reputable Squires Music Production in Elmsford, New York (2003-2006). Prior to that, he was Director of Classics at the Angel Records group, which encompassed EMI Classics, Virgin Classics and Angel Records (1993-2001). At the PolyGram Classics & Jazz label group, he was Marketing and Production Manager with London-Decca Records, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics (1989-1993). He began his career as a Publicity and Contracts Associate at ICM Artists (now Opus 3) management in New York after having been turned down for a job at The Record Hunter (1987-1989). While at PolyGram and EMI, LaPorta was directly involved with several Gold Record projects, including The Three Tenors and the Chant series.
Earlier, LaPorta worked as a studio engineer and on-air host at Colgate University's student-run radio station, WRCU-FM, in Hamilton, New York (1985-1987). An active participant in all areas of 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 skilled mobile recording engineer, and is highly active documenting concert events in Connecticut, New York and beyond. Always interested in making new connections with musicians and other music professionals, he is a regular attendee of industry conferences, including those hosted by the International Horn Society, American Choral Directors Association, International Double Reed Society, International Trumpet Guild, Chamber Music America, National Flute Association and New York Flute Club, American Guild of Organists and Tuba Christmas.
In the performing arena, Robert LaPorta is the Founder and previous Personnel Director of the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony, a 70-piece concert band based in Westchester County. He also served as Board President of the Westchester Symphonic Winds, which was an outgrowth of the HVWS. LaPorta was a trombonist and Principal Euphonium with the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony and Westchester Symphonic Winds, and performed on trombone and percussion with the Westchester Philharmonic, Norwich Festival Orchestra, Hamilton Festival Orchestra, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Larchmont Concert Band, Bronxville Concert Band, Yonkers Pops Band and Armonk Community Band. LaPorta was also Principal Timpanist with the Colgate Concert Orchestra (1985-1987), and Director of the Colgate Jazz Band (1986). He has composed three fantasias, one march and a chorale for symphonic band, a fantasia for symphony orchestra, and numerous pieces for chamber groups, synthesizer and solo instruments. As an arranger, he has transcribed several Baroque works for brass quartet and quintet, and arranged the Alma Maters and Fight Songs for the New Rochelle High School Marching Band and the Colgate University Marching Band. LaPorta is currently working to form The Newtown Brass.
Born in the "Queen City on the Sound" (New Rochelle, New York) on 26 March 1965, LaPorta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and was one credit short of a Bachelor of Music at Colgate University, where he studied composition with Dexter Morrill and orchestration with the late William Skelton, who studied with Paul Hindemith at Yale. LaPorta, whose father invented the word "Snapple", studied folk guitar with Gus de Gazio, percussion with John F. Sammel, euphonium with Thomas Reichert and Dolores Beck and trombone with Mo Snyder. He also completed coursework 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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