WP Music Biz students are the best in the country. Smart, talented, overachievers, dreamers, and doers, they come to William Paterson University from all over the world so they can learn to sing, play, create and succeed. Want to know more about our students? Simply scroll down below and read their stories.
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Before a smattering of student profiles, how about a smattering of the work these guys have put in. You’re going to be impressed.
WP Music Biz Student Work
A WP Music Biz Student Spotify Playlist
WP Music Biz Student Profiles
Kari Keller – MBA in Music Management Candidate
My name is Kari Keller and I am an MBA Music Management student here at WP. I graduated in 2013 from Albright College in Reading, PA with a BS in business administration: marketing and music business. Originally from Seattle, WA, I’m a West Coast heart building up some East Coast flair and satisfying my wanderlust. I am excited to graduate at the end of this semester in 2015 and am so thankful to have had so many huge opportunities here! Since coming to WP, I have interned at Madison Square Garden and Live Nation and have volunteered at the New Music Seminar. Currently, I’m a Touring & Events intern at Columbia Records.
I’m at LinkedIn HERE.
Meagan Johnson – MBA in Music Management Candidate
Meagan Johnson is an MBA Music Management major. Originally from River Edge, New Jersey with a short stint in Tempe, Arizona, she is now pursuing her dream of being part of the NYC music biz. Meagan is currently interning in Creative Sync Licensing and Administrative Publishing in the hopes of one day becoming a music supervisor. When she is not running to catch a train, doing homework, or learning about the inner workings of the music business, she is playing the piano, at a show, training for a race, making a mess, or eating (mostly eating). Her passion for music has brought her here in hopes of being part of the most complex, adventurous, and exciting businesses in the world!
Enki first formally studied harp at the music school “Academia Llano y Joropo”, beginning her professional career as a harp-solo-player with the Master Hildo Ariel Aguirre. In 2008 she recorded her first album with the band “Arpas de Colombia”. After signing with the independent record label Filmaster Records, in 2010 she released her first solo album “The Magic of the Harp”. Enki has appeared on numerous radio and TV interviews to promote her music, which has received widespread support and critical acclaim. Her unique playing style and dedicated musicianship has helped Enki achieve great success in folk music contests and spurn performances across the United States and Latin America. A recent graduate of Bergen Community College, she recently began her studies in Music Management and Commercial Popular Music at William Paterson University.
My name is Bianca Russo and I’m from Belleville, New Jersey. I am a Media Production Major and double minor in Music Management and Public Relations. After graduating William Paterson University, my plan is to work in the entertainment industry. My music-entertainment career goal is to eventually work either on making music videos for artists or live production for concerts.
My name is Sierra Binondo. I’m from Brick, NJ and I’m a Junior Pop Music Studies major. I’ll be graduating William Paterson in May 2015. I mainly sing, but I also play guitar and keyboard. The ultimate goal, for me, is to be in a successful band and tour a lot. To be completely honest, I am not sure what aspect of the Music Industry I would really want to work in, but I’m leaning towards the Social Media and the Marketing aspect. For now I plan on learning as much as I can and then figuring things out down the line.
My name is Caitlin Pariso and I’m from Old Bridge, New Jersey. My major is Business Marketing, but I have two minors in Psychology and Music Management. I plan on graduating next spring (2015). I know that I want to work in the music entertainment business industry, but I’m unsure where or what position I would like to get at the moment. I’m leaning towards becoming a publicist for up and coming artists but am still unsure.
What’s your name? My name is Ajee Walker… prefer Aj Vann
What’s your hometown? Newark, NJ
What’s your major? My major is currently Management however I am a transfer student and my initial aim was for Music management but I will try next semester.
What are your music/entertainment biz career goals? My goal is to first become a music management major, get involved with a lot of internships to build up my resume
then once I get my degree I would like to have a career as a concert promoter or tour manager. When do you plan on graduating? I plan on graduating May 2016.
Name- Shawn Clark
Major- Business Management Home town- East Brunswick NJ
Minor – Music Management
Plan On Graduating – Spring, 2015
Career Goals – Owning/Operating a Venue
My name is Michael Greco, I’ve lived in Wayne all my life and am currently majoring in business management with a minor in music management. I plan on graduating by spring 2015. My goal is to eventually gain a management position in the music industry. I’ve played guitar for about 5 years now and have been through live performances, belting out guitar solos on stage, spending hours fooling around with programs like Ableton and Logic Pro and have had the most fun with anything related to music throughout most of my life. Music is my passion and that’s what I want my careers main focus to be around.
My name is Melanie Gomez and I’m from Wallington New Jersey. My major is Print Journalism and my minor is Music Management. I plan on hopefully graduating by 2016. One of my music/entertainment biz career goals is to be a good writer for subjects such as writing album reviews in magazines. Another goal would be to be the photographer for certain shows or events in my area when needed.
Bonjour, my name is Dan Barrecchia. Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in the heart of Paterson, St. Joe’s, and when I came out of the womb, my mother said she heard gun shots and ambulances just outside of the hospital. I also had little mucus covered wings with full grown feathers, but the doctors removed them due to a strict “No Bird-Men” regulation that President Clinton had enforced upon the country (we all remember that one).
I am currently majoring in Global Business and minoring in Music Management, all at the age of 19. Yes, I know, studying for a major AND a minor all before the age of 20 is out of this world, but hey, prodigies have to exist somewhere.
Anyway, I play guitar and would love to tour for a couple years before I settle down, but in the long run, I hope to work in the creative department of a label or maybe start up my own music purchasing site or application that revolves around getting the artist as much money as they deserve. Or maybe own a label. I have no clue yet though, I am just taking it one step at a time.
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Amanda Femia is a singer, songwriter, and all-around music enthusiast from Clifton, New Jersey. She is a Popular Music Studies major at William Paterson University and hopes to graduate in Spring 2015. After she receives her degree, Amanda hopes to live in New York City, where her goal is to build a successful career as a tour manager for bands and artists in the rock and industrial music scenes.
Little Ferry, NJ
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Music Management
Expected graduation: Fall 2015
Goal: To work in the industry either as a tour manager, promoter, agent, or working at venues putting together concerts
Hometown: Harrison, NJ
Major: Popular Music Studies
When do I plan on graduating: 2015
What are my career goals:
- Be a songwriter
- Perform Music
- Teach music to others
- Succeed in the business of music
Hi! My name is Jenni Sarikas. I am a Junior in the Popular Music Studies Program, and I am minoring in Criminal Justice/Criminology. I will be graduating in May 2015. I am from Bellmore, New York which is on Long Island.
My ultimate goal in the music industry is to work in music licensing and publishing. I also plan on continuing to write music on the side. Check me out at:
My name is Kalee Murrin. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and relocated to New Jersey to attend college. My major is Media Studies and my minor is Music Management. I plan on graduating in May 2015. I am not really sure what type of work I would like to pursue in the music industry, but I am considering being an artist/tour manager or working at a record label.
My name is Sara Lindsay (cool… 2 first names!!) (actually 3 because my middle name is Elizabeth)
I’m from Wantage NJ. We don’t have a post office because I live in a rural place that hasn’t figured out we’re not the deep South and probably sound stupid when we say “y’all”, so we are sometimes called Sussex (as in Sussex Borough which is a huge insult!!). I live on a chicken farm with several acres that my Dad fails at farming because the fields are mostly igneous rock (thanks to that stupid dormant volcano down the road). I also have three cats that make sure the bunny population stays down because the bunnies scare the horses next door and the horses and my cats are buds.
I just switched from music education to music management. (You thought I was going to put some little comment in there didn’t you!)
I will hopefully graduate in the spring of 2015. I only have to complete a different major in three semesters and complete three internships. Challenge accepted!
My main goal is to work on film scores. My older sister just graduated from William Paterson with a degree in media production (making movies). We’ve been making movies as long as I’ve been playing flute. We enter film festivals all the time and win enough that it’s encouraging. She plans on becoming Tim Burton and I plan on becoming Danny Elfman but female and blonde. After I become debt free in a few years (because somehow state schools are still too expensive for middle class people who worked hard enough to get several scholarships) I plan to go to the Seattle Film Institute for their graduate program in film scoring.
Hometown: Secaucus NJ
Major: Pop Music Studies
Plan on Graduating: 2015
I am in a weird WTF stage of my life. I have a love for art, a passion for music, a knack for ideas, and a job that involves none of them. I write and produce my own music at home. Guitar is my live instrument, but in my DAW I am EVERYTHING. 🙂 I also dabble in web design, video editing, and photography. I live in the “imagisphere” where ideas and imagination intertwine awaiting a chance in the real world. In other worlds, I create.
Pre-WPU I did the whole get in a van and leave home for weeks at a time thing. I’ve played alongside some of my favorite bands and took the stage of my favorite music festivals. Music has taken me on one hell of a ride and introduced me to some amazing people. I love music by itself, but I truly embrace the entire world that comes along with it.
Since I started at WPU, I have been working on my most challenging creation yet, myself. My goal is to be as diverse as possible with everything that involves the process of bringing ideas to life. You have the present, and you have the vision. I want to work in between the two.