Audio Media magazine
- March. 2001

"Joining an Enterprise -
CRAS Students evolve into staff at Burbank's The Enterprise"
A picture of the Conservatory article in the Fall/Winter,1997 issue of Tascam's On Sound magazine
The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, located in Tempe, Arizona, has recently placed many students in new positions at top recording facilities,among them being Burbank-based studio The Enterprise.

Scott Parsons, Operations Manager of the studio division at The Enterprise, explains how the students from the Conservtory have been beneficial to his staff lineup: "I have been fortunate to work with many Conservatory students in my tenure at The Enterprise. Currently we have six general assistants, one manager, one technician, and one staff engineer from the Conservatory."

Excellent training, according to Parsons, separates the Conservatory students from others: "One extra thing we get from Conservatory students is a realistic expectation of life in a studio. All too often, entry-level employees have no concept of what dues you must pay to succeed. The final difference with the Conservatory is the strength of the placement department. They have outstanding follow through, and they care about the success of their students."

"The education this school has given me has helped me get where I am today," tells Todd Frangella, a former student and now an Assistant Manager for The Enterprise. Frangella, a 1999 graduate who interned at The Enterprise, became a full-time employee and has worked with such recording artists as Madonna, Brian McKnight, Ricky Martin, Al Jarreau, Elton John, and k.d. lang.

Frangella said he chose to attend the Conservatory because they keep their grads up-to-date on everything to make them the best in the industry. "Things are always different between schools and the real world," he explains. "The object is not to teach specifics about each and every piece of equipment, but to outline the concept behind each one so that knowledge can carry over to other similar makes and models. This way, the students aren't pigeonholed, and each and every student has a much broader knowledge of the gear and the technology within them."