Jason De Rienzo Alumni 2011
Studio212- Engineer/Producer and CEO
After graduating Five Towns College in 2011 Jason began his career as intern at KMA studio in Times Square. After interning for 4 months Jason was hired by the World-Class recording studio (the fastest to go from intern to paid employee in the history of KMA music) and began working with some of the largest artists in the world.
After only one year out of school, Jason opened his own recording studio in Times Square - just a few blocks from KMA.
As president of Studio212 and lead engineer of the studio, Jason has worked with such artist as J. Cole, Foxy Brown, Memphis Bleek, DMX, and Smif and Wesson.
Studio212 is located in the heart of Manhattan right on West 54th and Broadway. Besides recording and mixing, Studio212 is a production facility as well and has tracks with J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, 2chainZ, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and many unsigned independent artist as well.
In 2013 Studio212 produced and recorded the single off of Yo Gotti 's new album "I Am" titled Cold Blood - featuring J. Cole which opened #7 Billboard Top 200 and #2 Billboard Hip-hop and R&B.
Amanda Rocco Alumni 2008
Amanda Rocco, Alumni 2008 In 2008, Amanda Rocco graduated from Five Towns College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her first experience working in production was in the equipment room for the film Bay Ridge Boys in a summer film class. Amanda began her career in talk show production as a student at Five Towns, where she interned for Rachael Ray. She was hired full-time upon graduation. She has worked her way from Production Assistant to Senior Associate Producer on a range of talk shows including Rachael Ray, The Jeremy Kyle Show, The Nate Berkus Show and The Revolution. She is currently Segment Producer at The Dr. Oz Show. She has worked on numerous independent TV and film production projects, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Bad Girls Club, On The Case With Paula Zahn, the HGTV Pilot Showhouse and the CBS Pilot Say It Now. She attributes much of her success in film and TV to the internships, field-experienced professors and career services available to her at Five Towns. "I value the hands on experience I had as a student. Film and TV production is so much more than you can read in books," she says. "It undoubtedly prepared me for a career that I truly enjoy."
Vincent Brancato Alumni 2008
Bachelor of Music degree
Vincent Brancato graduated from Five Towns College in August 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree. He graduated Cum Laude and went on to earn the Class of 2008 Jazz Commercial Music Award. Vincent was part of the HEOP program at Five Towns College.
Vincent was offered his first teaching job in the New York City Department of Education starting September 2008 where he spent four years working as a music teacher, teaching pre-k through high school. Along with his full time job, he taught one graduate level course at Five Towns College.
While teaching, Vincent earned a Master of Science degree in Education from CUNY Queens College. At the end of his fourth year of teaching, he was offered the opportunity by the Principal of the school to be trained as an Assistant Principal, for an opportunity in China. Brancato became the highest ranking American in the company that oversees the US High School program in China.
Vincent has been, and continues to be, a leader in designing ESL and US programs.
He is now a leader in the accreditation process for the school. He is beginning his second year in China and was just offered another two year contract to continue his work in China.
While working, Vincent was asked to be a guest speaker at the International Seminar of High School Curriculum and Cultivation Model hosted by Beijing Normal University, Beijing Fengtai Education Committee, China Education Society of Professional Committee of High School Education and WLSA. He has presented this program to College Presidents, Superintendents, Principals, and even a committee comprised of leaders in the education field from Harvard University.
On top of these responsibilities, Vincent is working on a Master of Science in School Building Leadership at Mercy College, so he can become a certified Principal. He plans to complete this degree by August 2014.
Marc Bauman Alumni 2008
B.P.S. in Business Management and Audio Recording Technology
Marc Bauman, owner and chief engineer of House Recording Studios, is an all-around music entrepreneur with esteemed accomplishments in sound engineering, music production,
DJ entertainment and live/studio percussion. Marc graduated from Five Towns College
in 2008, receiving a bachelor of professional studies in business management and audio recording technology. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, he learned the business of the music industry while specializing in sound engineering.
During his college career, he began interning at prestigious recording facilities Electric Lady Studios and Cove City Sound Studios. By observing an array of acclaimed artists, songwriters, producers and engineers, Marc honed his craft and took his engineering and production level to new elevations.
In 2010, Marc opened a commercial audio recording and mixing facility called House Recording Studios (houserecordingstudios.com). "We do everything here from rock to
hip-hop, sound for TV and radio, audio restoration and transfer, songwriting and production, etc. We even host Birthday parties at the studio." In addition to operating his beautiful studio, Marc also runs a DJ Entertainment company, performing all over the Metropolitan area at weddings, sweet 16s, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc. Marc said "You really have to wear multiple hats in this industry."
"Five Towns College is really a great school with a ton of opportunity, however it is what you make of it. There's only so much one can learn in the actual classroom. For me, the
real learning began when applying the awesome classroom concepts to projects in my
home studio at the time. While most of my friends were out partying on a Saturday night,
I was sitting behind Pro Tools learning hot keys and reading up on various signal processors. Anyone who owns a laptop can record music these days, so you really have
to be a go-getter to set yourself apart."
In the 3.5 years Marc has been a commercial studio owner, he not only has had the opportunity to work with an abundance of talented musicians, but he has also worked extensively with well known companies and professionals such as The A&E television network, The New York Islanders, Spike TV, The Long Island Medium, among others.
There is no doubt that Marc has carved a stable niche in the recording industry and did
so by being passionate about his career and sensitive to his clients’ needs, but above all,
he strives for nothing but the best, and this shows through his professionalism and all of
his musical endeavors.
Chelesea Stern Alumni 2011
I attended Five Towns College for two years to complete my teaching certification. I received my Bachelor’s in Music but decided I wanted to pursue education and Five Towns College gave me that opportunity. During my time at Five Towns, I was involved in the string orchestra, played in the pit orchestra for various musical productions, and sang
with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
After completing my teaching certification at Five Towns College, I was hired almost immediately by a non-profit organization called Education Through Music. Their mission
is to enrich the lives of students in Title I schools by providing them with comprehensive, sequential, quality music education. I taught at P.S. 182 in the Bronx where I was responsible for building an elementary school orchestra program from the ground up.
I also taught at St. Ann’s School in East Harlem where I ran an orchestra program consisting of students in grades 4 through 8.
In the fall of 2012, I was hired by Floral Park-Bellerose School on Long Island to teach general music and chorus to students ranging from Kindergarten to sixth grade. The first year was stressful but extremely successful. My students participated in two fantastic concerts, sang at various school events including Founder’s Day and Flag Day, created a wonderful production of the musical Peter Pan, took part in the NYSSMA festival and performed for their graduation ceremony. I will be returning to Floral Park-Bellerose School this fall for what I hope will be an equally successful year.
Anthony Scareon Alumni 2002
B.P.S. with a concentration in Music Business
Anthony Scareon has emerged as one of the most respected arts leaders in New Jersey,
and serves as the Manager of Administration and Board Relations at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. A 1300 seat, former Vaudeville movie house, transformed into a concert hall that presents a wide range of performances of every genre and art form. As the primary support to the organization’s President & CEO, Anthony is responsible for overseeing all administrative and operational aspects of the organization, as well as
serving as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Staff. Under his leadership, Anthony has been instrumental in transforming a community theatre into a full-fledged performing arts center and growing the annual operating budget from $1.5 million to approximately $9 million. As a result, the venue now welcomes more than 200,000
patrons to 200 events annually, generates over $6 million in ticket sales and has an estimated impact of $14 million dollars on the local economy.
Anthony began his career in music publishing and moved into the presenting side of the business almost 10 years ago. While at Five Towns College he received a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Music Business, and worked as the college’s stage manager full-time throughout his tenure.
He lives in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife Nadia, and is a voting member of the New York Chapter of The Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences.