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Six CRAS Grads Worked on Six 2021 GRAMMY Winners

PLSN Staff • News • March 18, 2021


GILBERT, ARIZ.– The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that six of its graduates worked on six 2021 GRAMMY Award-winning nominations by numerous artists. In total, 25 CRAS graduates worked on 28 GRAMMY-nominated albums and songs during the past year. The 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards show was held March 14 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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“Every year, it is always exciting to watch the GRAMMY’s, and this past year was a strange one for all of us, making this year’s awards that much more special,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “All of our grads work so hard, and being recognized for their achievements on the world stage is awesome. At the same time, also teaches our current students that dedication to their craft pays off, and that motivates them even more. We congratulate all of our nominated graduates, and could not be more proud of all of our graduates.”


2021 winners include:

Best Dance Electronic Album



CRAS grad: Ike Schultz; Vocal Production and Engineer


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical



CRAS grad: Eric Eylands; Engineer/Assistant Engineer


Best R&B Album


John Legend

CRAS grad: Bobby Campbell; Mixing Engineer


Best Rock Song


Brittany Howard

CRAS grad: Scott Moore; Mixing Assistant


Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media


Hildur Gu›nadóttir

CRAS grad: Tim Marchiafava; Engineer and Mix Assistant


Best Contemporary Blues Album


Fantastic Negrito

CRAS grad: Trevor Orriss; Engineer


In 2020, seven CRAS graduates worked on 10 GRAMMY Award-winning nominations by numerous artists. In total, 21 CRAS graduates worked on 22 GRAMMY-nominated albums and songs.

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 12, 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.

For more information on the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, please visit, contact Kirt Hamm, administrator, at 1-800-562-6383, or email to


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.

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