Fantastic Scholastic: The Results Are In…

Medically, inspiration is the act of breathing in. Creatively, inspiration is the experience of an idea revealing itself. When I say that, every year, listening to the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition tracks is like a breath of fresh air, I mean that they inspire me. There’s nothing like hearing young artists go for it. It makes me glad to be alive, and breathing.

This year, the winners are:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Purchase College
Student Team Members: Trevor Fedele, Patrick Linehan, Joshua Pleeter, Brendan Williams, and Joseph Yonkers
Faculty Advisor: Silas Brown
Song Title: “Soviet Union”
Composer: Sean McVerry
View the Project Log (PDF)

RUNNER-UP: University of North Alabama
Student Team Members: Luke Hunter, Donnie Pitts, Ryan Speakman, Pace Collette,and Leo Taylor
Faculty Advisor: Walt Aldridge
Song Title: “Jaded”
Composer: Ashton Mabe
View the Project Log (PDF)

HONORABLE MENTION: Belmont University
Student Team Members: Dan Almond, Brien Pafford, Sean Davidson, Ian Zorbaugh, Tim Reitnouer
Faculty Advisor: Jim Kaiser
Song Title: “Hesitate”
Composer: Judah Akers
View the Project Log (PDF)

We congratulate you on your ingenuity and your skilled execution. (And your Shure gear prizes!)

Grand Prize Winners seated left to right: Joe Yonkers, Brendan Williams, Pat Linehan. Standing left to right: Peter Denenberg (Chair, Studio Production & Studio Composition Depts), Trevor Fedele, Josh Pleeter, Silas Brown (Faculty Advisor)

Grand Prize Winners seated left to right: Joe Yonkers, Brendan Williams, Pat Linehan. Standing left to right: Peter Denenberg (Chair, Studio Production & Studio Composition Depts), Trevor Fedele, Josh Pleeter, Silas Brown (Faculty Advisor)

The seven other competing schools submitted excellent tracks. A high-five goes out to them for their hard work, as well as the pics and video updates that kept me smiling all year long.

  • Anderson University
  • Appalachian State University (Hayes School of Music)
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Ex’pression College for Digital Arts
  • Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University
  • University of Miami (Frost School of Music)
  • University of South Carolina

A huge thank-you to the following recording industry luminaries who judged this year’s competition:

Carlos Alvarez has worked with recording artists including Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Jose Feliciano, Mika, Luis Enrique, and Julio Iglesias.

Steve Churchyard has worked with recording artists including Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Shakira, Jason Mraz, and Herbie Hancock.

Billy Perez has received credit as an engineer for projects with The Rolling Stones, Wynton Marsalis, John Batiste, Ron Carter, and Alan St. Jon, among others.

Mark Rubel runs the Pogo Studio in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he has worked with artists including Alison Krauss, Luther Allison, Adrian Belew, and Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets.

Zoe Thrall runs Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas, where she has worked with artists including Rihanna, The Killers, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, LMFAO, Maroon 5, and Lady Gaga.

Visit the Contests page on shure.com next fall to learn more about the annual competition, which challenges college students in audio education programs to make the best recording they can using only Shure gear.

Allison Wolcott

Allison Wolcott started singing at Shure and aspires to dive bar gigs. She wishes she were Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Johnny Cash all rolled up in a voice box. Once upon a time, she was a ballet dancer, and that’s why she walks funny. Interviews with product developers and general Shure news are her beat, but shhhhhh…she also writes fiction.

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