Award-Winning Composer, Allen Dicenzo To Give 2017 Commencement Keynote

GROOVE U Celebrates 4th Annual Commencement Ceremonies  

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 7, 2017) - With a two year, full-time course load, two externships, two trips to South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference, one student-run record label and countless community projects, GROOVE U’s 4th graduating class is well poised to launch their careers in the music industry. The class of 2017 Commencement, will be held on Sunday August 20th at the Grandview Theatre at 12PM.

The ceremony will feature a keynote presentation by award-winning composer and engineer, Allen Dicenzo. The Dublin native is the founder and creator of Circa Music, a sound design firm that has national credits including Universal Studios, McDonalds, Nickelodeon, Tide, and Olay. In addition to commercial projects, Circa has created musical scores and foley audio for multiple feature films.

In 1998, Dicenzo built what any audio engineer would consider a dream studio in Dublin, OH. The 5,000 square foot facility designed by renown acoustic design-firm Pilchner-Schoustal, features two (2) control rooms with eight (8) inches of poured concrete and five (5) separate foundations to ensure sound isolation. There is over five (5) miles of Mogami cabling throughout the building, and 3 1/2 inches of glass separating the control room from the live room. The studio floor also features a separate Foley pit assembly which is 30" deep and weighs over 12 tons. 

This class-leading facility is now the new home of GROOVE U. Earlier this month, the program relocated its creative campus to Dublin and will begin the 2017 academic year on August 21st. 

“There is no studio in the entire Midwest designed to the level of Circa’s Dublin Studio. The fact that this studio can be used for education is a great thing,” said Dicenzo. “No one is building studios like Circa today, because it just doesn’t make economic sense in these times. GROOVE U has a huge leg up on any other higher education program, because it’s highly doubtful any other higher education program could have such a space.” 

Circa Music, which has offices in St. Petersburg, FL, and New York will still maintain a Columbus office downtown. 

GROOVE U’s new partnership with Circa Music will provide students with more than just a state-of-the-art facility, but will ensure GROOVE U’s curriculum stays cutting edge and at the forefront of the industry.

“The GROOVE U community couldn't be more excited about our new c.2017 campus,” said GROOVE U’s Director, Dwight Heckelman. “This cutting edge facility will help provide our students with an unparalleled advantage as they enter the music industry, and will assist them in maintaining their 90% placement in-field. Gaining greater access to industry professionals, such as Allen Dicenzo, is just the icing on the cake.”

In keeping with tradition, all incoming and returning students will attend the ceremony to gain valuable industry insight from Dicenzo, and make connections with returning students and alumni. Following the ceremony, 2017 graduates will add their autograph among their predecessors’ signatures to the drywall above Studio A. 

The program boasts a 90% placement rate, in-field among its graduates so far.