This information was provided through a news release from Youngstown State University:
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Lauren Eisenreich and Chris Rudzinskas, graduates of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, have collaborated on the production of a CD, named Aspire, which includes original compositions and instrumental music.
The entire production was facilitated by YSU students who wrote, rehearsed, performed, designed, recorded, and produced the CD themselves.
Eisenreich, who graduated on May 16 with a degree in music performance-jazz, said, “We decided to embark on this project because it was an excellent way to culminate our degrees. It gave us the ability to record original music that we composed with many of the best players at the Dana School of Music. This CD is also a great tool for YSU because it showcases student talent as well as the possibilities that will be available to potential students.”
After months of composing, rehearsing and planning, the group utilized the recording studio in Bliss Hall to record their music. The CD includes nine original cuts featuring trombone, saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Eisenreich, originally from Wexford, Pa., said she called the CD Aspire because she thought it was appropriate as young musicians striving to better themselves.
Dr. Michael Crist, Interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts & Communication, said, “Lauren is one of the most industrious and entrepreneurial-minded students I know. She has motivation, desire and the ability to make a huge impact on music in America. I’m proud of this group of students for this accomplishment.”
Other students who participated include Christopher Rudzinskas, from McCandless Township, Pa., a recent chemical engineering graduate who minored in music performance-jazz, chemistry, and mathematics; Clay Colley, from Canfield, a recent Master’s graduate in Jazz Composition; Vincent Vivacqua, from Boardman, a senior general studies student; Zach Connolly, from Youngstown, a sophomore Jazz Studies student; Anthony Kunovic, from Canfield, a Music Performance-Jazz graduate; Stephen Harvey, from Rochester, Pa., a second-year graduate student in Jazz Composition; Nicholas Jones, from Pittsburgh, Pa., a junior Jazz Studies student; John Vitullo, from Austintown, a senior Percussion Studies student; and Frank Toncar, from Cortland, a junior Music Recording student.
Eisenreich has been accepted to the Eastman School of Music as a graduate student to continue studies in classical performance. Rudzinskas is an engineer at Delphi Packard in Warren and Colley is the music director at Howland United Methodist Church.
The CD is available for sale through iTunes, Amazon and other distribution sites.