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Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences Grads Land Four 2016 Grammy Nominations

In Total, 38 CRAS Students Worked on Grammy-Nominated Albums & Songs in 36 Categories

Gilbert, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2016 – It’s all about education, hard work, and invaluable experience. As a result, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that two of its graduates have been nominated for four 2016 Grammy Awards. In addition, 38 CRAS graduates worked on numerous 2016 Grammy-nominated albums and songs in 36 categories.

“We are very proud of all of our graduates, and we will be well represented at the upcoming Grammy Awards,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “Sam (Holland), Justin (Merrill), all of our nominated-graduates, as well as all of our graduates that are living their dream in this business are fine examples of where hard work and dedication can take you. I know we will all be tuning in on February 15 to see who wins!”

Holland was nominated for his recording engineer work on both Record of the Year (“1989”) and Song of the Year (“Blank Space”) for Taylor Swift, as well as recording engineer for The Weeknd’s Album of the Year nomination (“Beauty Behind the Madness”).

Merrill was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical for the album “Ask Your Mama” by George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

“CRAS really gave me a good running start into the music industry…great real world knowledge and skills,” said Merrill. “I can only imagine how much it has improved in the past 10 years.”

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes broadcast audio, live sound, film and TV audio, music, and video game audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their individual fields, including sound reinforcement, audio recording and production, digital recording, troubleshooting/maintenance, and music business.

“[CRAS’] structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by our small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings,” added Hamm. “CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for more than three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the audio recording industries.”

The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Pro Tools 11, API Legacy consoles, SSL AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment. In 2015, in total, 47 CRAS graduates hold credits for their work with 50 artists or bands that are up for awards in 42 out of 83 categories at the 57th Grammy Awards.

For more information on the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, please visit, contact Kirt Hamm, administrator, at 1-866-757-3059, or email to [email protected].

About The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s premier institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.