Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Selected Alumni Bios

Emily Lazar

Emily Lazar, M.M., Music Technology, 1996, founder of The Lodge, recognizes the integral role mastering plays in the creative musical process.  Combining a decisive old-school style and sensibility with an intuitive and youthful knowledge of music and technology, Emily and her team capture the magic that can only be created in the right studio by the right people.  Since 1997, The Lodge, located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, has been at the creative forefront of the record production industry.  Making over 300 records each year, The Lodge’s album credits cover a wide range of ground-breaking music from platinum-selling artists like David Bowie, Lou Reed, Depeche Mode, Wu-tang Clan, The Prodigy, Madonna, Garbage, Missy Elliot, Morrissey, Vanessa Carlton, Anna Nalick, The All-American Rejects,  The Donnas, Sonic Youth and Third Eye Blind to innovative Indies like Ween, The Shins,  Arcade Fire, Mates of State and Nada Surf.  Other esteemed artists she has worked with include Jeff Buckley, Natalie Merchant, Donald Fagen, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Sinéad O’Connor and Simple Plan.  In addition, she has mastered original sound tracks for the following feature films: Training Day, Pokemon: The 1st Movie, Boys Don’t  Cry, Lucky Number Slevin, Six Feet Under and The Punisher, among many others.

As Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily’s passion for integrating music with technology has been the driving force behind her success, enabling her to create some of the most distinctive sounding albums released in recent years.   Her particular attention to detail and demand for artistic integrity is evident through her extensive body of work that spans genres and musical styles, and has influenced an industry notably lacking female representation.   Equipped with state-of-the art mastering, DVD authoring, surround sound, and specialized recording studios, The Lodge utilizes cutting-edge technologies and attracts both the industry’s most renowned artists and prominent newcomers.  From its unique collection of outboard equipment to its sophisticated high-density digital audio workstations, The Lodge is furnished with specially handpicked pieces that lure both analog aficionados and digital audiophiles alike.  Moreover, The Lodge is one of the few studios in the New York Metropolitan area with an in-house Ampex ATR-102 one-inch two-track tape machine for master playback, transfer, and archival purposes.

In 2004, leveraging the wealth of creativity and experience accumulated as a leader in the music world, The Lodge expanded its services to include original music production, sound design and licensing for advertising, television, and film.  Today, The Lodge is a collaborative with over fifty amazing composers, producers and engineers in New York City, Dallas, London, and Tokyo with accomplishments crossing-over from records, to films, to television and advertising.  From recording full orchestras in Prague to re-mixing and writing on Grammy-nominated electronic albums, The Lodge’s clients include many of the biggest brands in the world including Mercedes, McDonalds,  Hewlett-Packard, BMW, Motorola, Coca-Coca, VW, Jaguar, Land Rover and many others. Current articles on Emily Lazar include features in Artist Pro (cover story), Bust Magazine, Electronic Musician  (cover story), Home Recording Magazine, Mix Magazine, Billboard, Pro Sound News, Medialine, Remix Magazine  and Tape Op.  Emily helped to launch the flagship Apple store in Soho with her presentation on the relationship  between mastering and Apple Computers.  She has been a featured panelist lecturing on college campuses and at numerous music business and recording conferences, and has been awarded the prestigious Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement from Skidmore College.  Lazar is also a highly publicized product endorsee for Avalon Design (audio equipment) and Apple Computers.