“SUNY College at Oneonta has done an excellent job to prepare me for post-graduation. The Music Industry program has not only provided me with the knowledge that is necessary to succeed but the experience to get my foot in the door. The internship requirement for this program is something I believe every department should require their students to participate in.  The help of the Career Development Center enabled me to network at an internship fair hosted by SUNY Oneonta that landed me the internship I was looking for. Now having made contacts in the industry I can confidently say the Music Industry Department has given me the foundation to enter an exciting career path that will help my aspirations come to fruition.” - Joshua Burger ’13 (Coordinator, Music Programming at Plum Radio, Sub-Agent at Frontline Entertainment Agency)

"The classes I took that helped me visualize my dreams are Vocal Class, R&B Band, Music Industry Communication, and Music and Marketplace. The reason that these classes were helpful is because they helped me to begin to understand both sides of the arts industry. I now have a better understanding of the performer’s point of view and the business perspective" - Imani Dunning ’13 (Author of “Invisible”, Co-founder of Dream Art)

“Reflecting on this past year of post-Oneonta life, it's crazy how far I've come. Moving straight to NYC after graduation to complete an internship was scary enough, but soon-after I was smacked with the reality of finding a job...which was even more terrifying. I worked full-time at a sandwich restaurant while doing my best to network and apply for music industry jobs (Both were met with successful and unsuccessful results). I feel so lucky because the right opportunity opened up and now I'm working for my dream company, Sony Music! I've been in my current position for almost seven months now and I'm still very thankful that I went to Oneonta for my Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry. With professors like Dr. Joe Pignato and Dr. Janet Nepkie supporting me during and after my college career, I felt prepared to take on the music business. College was honestly a huge transition at first; besides getting used to being away from home for the first time, my initial viewpoints of the music business were challenged in a new way. Ultimately, my schoolwork allowed me to build onto my long-time obsession with the entertainment business and begin to cultivate my own educated viewpoints of what the industry is and where it could go. I feel like I started to find myself while at school and I've continued on that journey since then. If I hadn't experienced those three years at Oneonta, then I wouldn't have grown into the person that I am becoming. I know this is just the beginning of my career and I'm excited to keep going and see what happens.” - Andrew Gilchriest ’13 (Coordinator, Pricing & Publications - Sony Music Entertainment)

“From my studies at SUNY Oneonta, majoring in Music Industry, I graduated with the knowledge, confidence, and perseverance to successfully work in the music industry” - Julia Yarinsky ’12 (Account Executive - Townsquare Media)

“The Music Industry program at SUNY Oneonta changed my life completely. I first started college at SUNY Cortland studying Business Economics. I was a Resident Advisor there at Cortland and during one of my normal hall duty walks throughout the dorm floors; I came across one of my students in his room making music with his laptop and drum machine. I was amazed and that day I decided to transfer to SUNY Oneonta and major in Music Industry with a Minor in Audio Production. I loved my 2 years at Oneonta and the experienced I gained. It was by far the best college I attended compared to any of my previous years at any collegiate level.

The classes I took were straight up about the Music Business and how it all works. I could have not loved that anymore about the program there. It made me want to learn more and study more about the music industry thoroughly. I enjoyed going to class, playing the piano and being able to work in all the recording studios available.

Making actual music, learning about music, and listening to music while earning my Bachelor’s Degree! That was the best part about it all. One of the best choices I ever made was to be in the Music Industry Program at SUNY Oneonta. Without the college and the program, today I would not be working for ASCAP going on my 6th year as a Music TV Analyst. I am very grateful for all my professors but mostly I am thankful for Dr. Barstow and Dr. Nepkie. I will never forget them and if I could visit them today I would tell them how much I believe they changed my college career.

For any future SUNY Oneonta students either thinking of attending or majoring in Music Industry, just remember being in the Music Industry is like 1 out of a Million, just like it is 1 out of a Million to get into the NBA or NFL. It’s a tough game, and although this is my opinion, I still consider myself very lucky to be in the Music Industry. Anyone can be that 1 in a million, because I truly believe that anything is possible in this world with hard work and dedication.” - Osvaldo Roque ’07 (Music TV Analyst – ASCAP)


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