Justin Patton is the 2017 Outstanding Staff Member for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Justin Patton is a highly skilled Media Specialist who joined the Department of Music as Recording Technician for the many performances that occur in the department. Justin does live recording of concerts and studio sessions to prepare media for broadcast (radio, television, web) and CD releases. Department Chair Pamela Wurgler says, “Justin Patton is a tremendous asset to the Department of Music. His recordings of our performances are first rate, and he has found many ways to make these recordings available to the performers and, in some cases, to the public. As our media specialist, he has given our department’s music a voice and a face online.”
Justin has created professional-quality CDs with outdated and often strung-together equipment. Justin recently assisted with a recording for the MSU Jazz Orchestra, and this recording has opened doors to the most prestigious jazz festivals and conferences in the country for the orchestra. Justin also worked on the MSU Jazz Orchestra’s 2015 CD Why We CAN Have Nice Things (released by Mark Records) that qualified for a Grammy nomination and received votes in the outstanding big band jazz recording category alongside the groups of Wynton Marsalis, Gordon Goodwin, and Jon Fedchock – all established and famed professional organizations. Most recently, Justin produced a CD in 2016 compiling LIVE recordings he has captured in Lovett Auditorium and broadcasts over WKMS: Live and On the Air. Justin is self-motivated and often sought out by professional artists and groups. Justin also serves as the website manager for the Music Department, and he contributes to social media sites. He also manages student workers/ interns in the Recording Studio.
Justin invests an incredible amount of time beyond his employment terms recording and working with students in sound and video. Students and professors alike enjoy his wit, his talent, and his well-read company. This Spring, he taught an Introduction to Recording Techniques class for Music Business majors. Two new Recording Studio courses were recently approved by Academic Council and will be taught in the coming year. The Department of Music is thrilled that Justin Patton will now be able to share his expertise with Music Business students. They will gain hands-on experience while learning principles of recording, and the Music Business program will add a new aspect to its unique curricular offerings.
Justin’s work in the MSU Recording Services is not only exemplary, it is innovative and creative. Justin Patton is accountable, never missing appointments. He is admired and respected by students, faculty, and staff. Justin is a great representative for Murray State University, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of Music.