Gilbert, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2017 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that 12 of its graduates worked on 11 2017 Grammy Award winning nominations. In total, 32 CRAS graduates worked on 35 Grammy-nominated albums and songs across 35 categories, of which 11 graduates receiving multiple credits on nominations.
“We could not be more proud,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “It is always exciting to watch the Grammy Awards, but to know that your graduates, who have worked so hard, are being recognized for their achievements on the world stage is indescribable. It also shows our current students that dedication to their craft pays off, and motivates them even more.”
2017 Grammy Award winning titles which include work done by CRAS graduates include:
Tim McGraw – Damn Country Music
Best Country Song – Humble and Kind
– Adam Chagnon – Engineer
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Stressed Out
– Alex Gruszecki – Assistant
– Micheal Peterson – Assistant
Adele – Hello
Album of the Year
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album
– Ike Schultz – Mix Assistant
– Chris Kasych – Engineer
– Jacob Dennis – Assistant Engineer
Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
Best Reggae Album
– Jared Hirshland – Engineer
Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
Best R&B Album
– Best Traditional R&B Performance – Angel
– Jeremy Underwood – Engineer
Beyonce – Lemonade
Best Urban Contemporary Album
– John Cranfield – Assistant Recording Engineer
– Jordan Stilwell – Assistant Engineer
Maren Moris – My Church
Best Country Solo Performance
– Juan Sevilla – Assistant Recording Engineer
– Morgan Stratton – Assistant Recording Engineer
Also worth noting is CRAS grad Ike Schultz, who received credit on 21 2017 Grammy-nominated albums, songs, and performances.
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 its small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. 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 2016, two CRAS graduates won Grammy Awards…Sam Holland for his work as recording engineer on Album of the Year for Taylor Swift’s “1989”, and Justin Merrill for his engineering work on Best Engineered Album, Classical for the album “Ask Your Mama” by George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. In addition, 13 graduates received credit for their work on 17 Grammy-winning categories. Overall, 38 CRAS graduates worked on numerous 2016 Grammy-nominated albums and songs across 36 categories.
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.