Huntington College student spends semester at Contemporary Music Center on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.—Huntington College senior Sharra Sieminski’s interest in the recording industry began with her involvement in campus radio. Her interaction with industry executives as station manger of Huntington College Radio and later as student representative for the National Religious Broadcasters led her to the Contemporary Music Center on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Contemporary Music Center (CMC), which is associated with the Council for Christian colleges and Universities, offers students an opportunity to live and work with fellow musicians, music business students and industry professionals in a creative and intellectually challenging environment. Students gain hands-on experience in recording, performing, producing and marketing contemporary music while earning college credit. The CMC is one of ten off-campus study programs available through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

“Through her studies at Huntington College, Sharra brings us a strong foundation in media communications,” said Tom Willett, Creative Director of the CMC. “During this semester at the Contemporary Music Center, she will work closely with artists and other entertainment industry executives in artist management, concert promotions and public relations.”

In addition to her studies, Sieminski has been hired by Offshore Entertainment Group, a fictional Island-based management, booking and public relations firm created by CMC. As an artist manager and a member of Offshore’s executive committee, Sieminski oversees a roster of artists and is responsible for booking concert performances on- and off-Island, including a multi-city tour along the East Coast this November.

“This is an incredibly challenging experience,” Sieminski said. “The CMC provides a creative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere, and Offshore gives me an opportunity to immediately apply what I’m learning.”

Sieminski’s talents leading up to her off-campus study at the Contemporary Music Center included many honors. In 2001, the Charlottesville, Va., native took a first place in the National Religious Broadcasters’ Student Achievement Awards Radio News category for her piece, “Kids
Kampus 2.” Her investigative reporting style took the listener inside the Huntington community outreach center.

During her sophomore year, Sieminski won first place in the national Al Sanders Scholarship essay contest sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. Her paper was titled, “Standing Out in a Crowd: Distinctive Programming for Distracted Audiences.” She also took a first place with fellow HC student Christine Slagel in the Radio Drama division of the National Religious Broadcasters’ Student Achievement Awards competition. Their drama, “Still There is Peace,” told the story behind the hymn, “It is Well With My Soul.”

As a freshman, Sieminski participated in the Great Forester Speak Off and took second place with her speech “Partial Birth Abortion.” In addition, Sieminski has been involved with numerous theatre productions, Huntington College Radio, HCTV and is a member of the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society and the Lambda Omega Chapter of Lambda Phi Eta, the official communication studies honor society of the National Communications Association.

Founded in 1897, Huntington College is a Christian college of the liberal arts, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in nearly 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks the College among the best Midwestern liberal arts colleges. Huntington College has also been listed among the “201 Best Colleges for the Real World.”

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