Georgios' father had toured Scandinavia as a musician and the same wander lust overtook Georgios. He did extensive research on music colleges and conservatories all over Europe and the US and chose City College because it was an ideal compromise between price and facilities and also offered him his ideal – a music degree with concentration in audio recording.
In Georgios' opinion the Sonic Arts Program in City is one of the best in the country because of the quality of the teachers and the unlimited access to six fully equipped recording studios. He praises Paul Kozel, Director of the Program, who encourages the students to record as much as possible, who answers questions in the classroom and outside with great ease and enthusiasm and forwards then job and inter opportunities. The other benefit of the Program Georgios highlights is the chance to meet working professionals and to attend seminars organized by Paul which expands the students knowledge and skills.
Georgios' quite determination and steadfastness that brought him to City College is also seen in his ability to achieve high academic grades, to work, and to equip himself with additional skills for the future. To augment his degree program he took courses in 2006 to become a Logic Pro 7 Certified User, one of the premier programs for producing and writing music, qualified as a Certified ProTools Operator for Music which is the leading software for audio recording and took an Advanced Mixing course with the Grammy winning engineer Charles Dye.
Georgios' list of awards and prizes are extensive. In 2005 he was awarded the Hellenic Times Scholarship for academic excellence and the Music Department at City awarded him a tuition assistance scholarship for outstanding achievements in music and the Ervin Drake Songwriting Award. He has been a recipient of the Kaye Scholarship since December 2005, the renewable Rudy Schott Scholarship since April 2006 for academic achievements and has been on the Dean's List since September 2006.
Outside academia he also excels. He was awarded the world-wide TEC Awards Scholarship Grant by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio in October 2006, and was featured in the Feb. 2007 edition of Mix Magazine, one of the leading magazines for audio recording and music technology.
His future plans include applying for the graduate program in recording at McGill University in Montreal, starting in 2009. Meanwhile he keeps working in the studio and concentrating on refining his recording and mixing skills, with the long-term goal of working at a professional studio, or owning one himself. His single mindedness, preparedness and professional outlook to date means he is highly likely to succeed in these and other goals he sets.
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