The NAMM Foundation Recognizes 103 College Students with The President’s Innovation Award

Christian Wissmuller • Upfront • December 3, 2019

The NAMM Foundation has recognized 103 college music students with the organization’s President’s Innovation Award. The annual award provides college music students focused on a career in music education, music business and/or music products a stipend to attend The 2020 NAMM Show and explore concepts, sessions and technologies across music, pro audio and entertainment technology.

At The NAMM Show, the Innovation Award winners will have the opportunity to network with established industry professionals, check out the latest products and technologies, and participate in The NAMM Foundation’s GenNext initiative: a professional development program for college students to help jump-start their careers. Held during each day of the show, and presented in conjunction with the College Music Society, NAMM’s GenNext is open to all college and university students and provides dedicated educational sessions to help the emerging professional advance in their career, including Saturday’s “Careers in Music” summit where they will hear from professional trumpeter, Jonathan Dely and NAMM President and CEO, Joe Lamond.

“Research dictates that having career opportunities and mentorship early on offers improved career outcomes for college-aged students. It’s entirely possible that the great next product inventor, retailer, producer, engineer or music educator will be among us in the class of 2020 Presidents Innovation Award winners,” shares Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation.

The 103 recipients span colleges from New York to California, and come from a diverse variety of backgrounds and college majors, dedicated to pursuing a career in their respective fields.

For one award-winner, Alyssa Bala, a senior at Ferris State in Michigan, music education has ” shaped my life in a variety of ways in both personal and professional. It has helped me figure out what I am passionate about, what paths in the industry I want to work in, and what paths I enjoy learning about but not working in,” Bala says. She hopes that The NAMM Show will help launch her career “as there is nothing else I can see myself doing for the rest of my life that will make me as happy as music does.”

Anthony Long, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, says that winning the award [will] “Really push me further into the area where I need to be. I need to be around the music industry to learn and grow so I can be best equipped to enter the industry straight out of college.”

“The 2020 NAMM show would advance my [career] goals because I would be around like minded creatives, learn more about the music industry and see all of the new products and services that are available to users,” affirms Evan Fear, a music business major at Bradley University in Illinois.

Marty Cooper, a senior at the University of Southern California is an aspiring audio engineer. For Cooper, the chance to attend The NAMM Show means that,I’m excited for NAMM not only to see innovative new gear and have the opportunity to learn from my production heroes, but also to see old friends that now live across the country who I only get to see at NAMM!”

Congratulations to the 2020 President’s Innovation Award recipients:

First Name Last Name College/University
Patrick Sporrer Albright College
Chandler Mudd Anderson University
Colby Dennis Anderson University
Alexander Alberti Appalachian State University
Darry Elisha Somersett Appalachian State University
Samuel Bowles Appalachian State University
Kaitlyn Etie Austin State University
Yeana Bond Bakersfield College
Brad Williamson Berklee College of Music
José Arturo Flores Vázquez Berklee College of Music
Junghwan Kim Berklee College of Music
LeRoy Henry Berklee College of Music
Lior Tam Berklee College of Music
Mar Fayos Oliver Berklee College of Music
Yarelys Mendoza Berklee College of Music
Madison Booth Boise State University
Evan Fear Bradley University
Mary Bausman Bradley University
Maxwell Nelson Bradley University
Auboni Hart Butler University
Bri Green Butler University
Christina Swider Butler University
Jacob Johnson California State University
Saskia Knoester California State University Los Angeles
Abigail Elizarraga California State University, Fresno
Annalee Abrahamsen California State University, Fresno
Austin Pfeiffer Chadron State College
Anthony “Matt” Long Eastern Kentucky University
Brian Powell Eastern Kentucky University
Guthrie Green Eastern Kentucky University
Alyssa Bala Ferris State University
Andrew Morris Ferris State University
Katlin Merby Ferris State University
Steven Schaefer Ferris State University
Taylor Funari Ferris State University
Kayla Smith Florida Atlantic University
Kayla Moore Fresno City College
Nicholas Crespin Fresno City College
Saul Ramirez Fresno City College
Zoey Turney Fresno City College
Arthur Baisch George Mason University
Brooke Nevius George Mason University
Ryan Joseph Urgel George Mason University
Sonja Phillips-Thomas George Mason University
Benjamin Thomas Indiana State University
Mary Abernathy Indiana State University
Willis Landon James Madison University
Catherine Sanders Loyola University
Timothy Benjamin Hoel Johnson Manhattan School of Music
Alexander Petro Peters Millersvile University
Elizabeth Fish Millersville University
Emma Byler Millersville University
Estelle Nemtsov Millersville University
John Jungers Millersville University
Joshua Marzak Millersville University
Joshua Neill Millersville University
Lance Samuel Millersville University
Rhiannon Blanchette Millersville University
Robert Stattel Millersville University
Kyle Joseph Hughes Montclair State University
Michael DiIusto Montclair State University
Mario Yi Nova Southeastern University
Gavin Marchon Radford University
Jason Byrley Radford University
Samantha Lynn Lane Radford University
Stefan Nixon Saint Mary’s College
Geneque Glenda Ellen Garrison Salisbury University
Becca Davis Samford University
Courtney Johnson Samford University
Matthew Watson Samford University
Kathleen Bell Shenandoah University
Hannah Neil Southwestern University
Jessica Laurel Mack SUNY Jamestown Community College
Temima Shames SUNY Oneonta
Zanida Banks-Rollins SUNY Oneonta
Adara Hoyne SUNY Potsdam
Ashley Slapo SUNY Potsdam
Elias Assimakopoulos SUNY Potsdam
Erin Finn SUNY Potsdam
Joseph Small SUNY Potsdam
Madeline Grace Derouchie SUNY Potsdam
Matthew Levine SUNY Potsdam
Natalia Buitrago SUNY Potsdam
Ned Greenough SUNY Potsdam
Russell Peffer SUNY Potsdam
Sydney Mulloy SUNY Potsdam
Arta Jekabsone The New School
Raphael Anastasiadis The New School
Dana Saba The New School Jazz Performing Arts
Tyler Adel The State University of New Jersey
Emma Pannullo Tufts University
Scott Hansen University of Alaska
Joshua Jones University of California Irvine
Caroline Stump University of Colorado
Alyssa Coronato University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Rachel He University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Anna Miller University of Indianapolis
Gavin Craig University of Indianapolis
Sarah Jane Andersen University of South Carolina
Marty Cooper University of Southern California
Abigail Hummel University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Haley Genz University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Jonathan Daniel Laner Wayne State College

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