SPARS Honors Chris Stone with 2012 SPARS Legacy Award

Nov 7, 2012 1:22 PM


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photo of Kirk Imamura, Chris Stone, John Krivit

From left: SPARS President Kirk Imamura, SPARS Legacy Award 2012 recipient Chris Stone, and AES Education Committee Chair John Krivit.

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, during the AES/SPARS Joint Student Section party, the SPARS Board of Directors bestowed its highest honor, the 2012 SPARS Legacy Award, on Chris Stone, one of the recording industry’s most revered and respected luminaries. Honored for a stellar career as a recording entrepreneur, Stone received the award at the legendary and newly reopened Coast Recorders in San Francisco before a standing-room-only audience—a mix of students, recent graduates and established industry professionals.

The SPARS Legacy Award was established by the SPARS Board of Directors as an annual award to honor an industry luminary who historically has demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision and commitment to the recording studio movement in America and the professional recording craft in general.

SPARS President, Kirk Imamura welcomed the crowd and introduced the owner of Coast Recorders, Michael Romanowski, who shared the rich history of the facility, one of the oldest in the San Francisco market. John Krivit, Chair of the AES Education Committee and an AES Governor, also welcomed those attending on behalf of the Society. A video presentation of Stone’s career was followed by the formal presentation of the award by Imamura.

After receiving the award, Stone spent several minutes addressing the students, sharing lessons learned and concepts gleaned from an illustrious career of over 30 years. Stone then took questions from students, recent grads, as well as other participants, and continued to mentor those who approached him, well into the evening.

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