Carroll Arts Center/
Gordon Masters

Carroll Arts Center

The Carroll Arts Center, located at 91 W Main St. in the heart of old downtown Westminster, MD, was used on September 12, 2020 for making a location recording of the Westminster Ringers . The Center is in a magnificently restored art deco movie theatre.

In addition to the galleries and other rooms created within the old theater, it retains a 263-seat theatre, with stage. The Handbell Ringers used both that stage and the area in front of the stage to set up, and where this project recorded their Handbell and Handchime accompaniments for addition to the hymns, Just A Closer Walk with Thee, and Amazing Grace, included on the album Hymns and Songs for Living.

The Center made the theater available to the Westminster Ringers as part of their ongoing community services. The Center graciously allowed the recording engineer for TortoiseClimbing to bring in recording equipment from his Slipped DISC studio location in Ashland, VA, to begin the set up process the day before. The Center staff were especially helpful with providing miscellaneous furniture, etc., for setting up the recording equipment.

The Carroll Arts Center can be contacted at or by phone at 410-848-7272.

Gordon Masters: Signature Soul Records

TortoiseClimbing is very grateful to Mr. Gordon Master for assisting with the long-distance arrangements for planning how we could set up for this on-location recording session at the theater in the Carroll Arts Center. He provided invaluable technical insights about the theater, based on his knowledge from having recorded a number of other Westminster area groups in that space. 

Mr. Masters went out of his way to provide technical details about the theater layout, equipment, wiring, locations, including sending pictures, etc.  His assistance made it considerably easier to plan for the on location recording session. Also, he graciously loaned mic stands to minimize how much bulky equipment the recording engineer, Bill McElroy, had to transport from his Ashland, Va studio to the Westminster location.

Note. Mr. Masters was the recording engineer for a recording of the Westminster Ringers made in 2019.

Mr. Gordon Masters:

On another dimension, he is a trumpet player in several regional bands/orchestras, including:


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