CRAS Grads Make Themselves Known at 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards

In Total, 21 CRAS Graduates Worked on 22 GRAMMY-Nominated Albums and Songs

Gilbert, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2020 – It’s become commonplace as CRAS graduates continue to represent in large numbers at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. 

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that 21 CRAS graduates worked on 22 GRAMMY-nominated albums and songs. The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards show is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

CRAS graduate Todd Malfalcone, who engineered GRAMMY-nominated “Woman” by Karen O & Danger Mouse for Best Rock Performance.

“Once again, we could not be more proud as this has become a highlight each and every year for us,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “Year in and year out, CRAS graduates make a name for themselves and solidify their positions in the industry that they love during the GRAMMY Awards, and this year’s 62nd annual event is no different. Ike Shultz and Sam Holland, once again, have worked on numerous nominated songs and albums. We are very proud of each and every one of our graduates. All of our nominated-graduates, as well as all of our graduates that are living their dream in this business are fine examples of where hard work and dedication can take you.” 

Last year, 14 CRAS graduates worked on 15 GRAMMY Award-winning nominations by numerous artists. In total, 34 CRAS graduates worked on 36 GRAMMY-nominated albums and songs across 33 categories. 

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. -30-