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St. Rose professor supports students in and out of classroom

August 05, 2016 10:14 AM

ALBANY -- When it comes to rocking out, Mary Anne can rock out with the best of them.

"She appreciates every genre, you name it," said Jake Dietrich of Live Sound Inc. "I played in a punk hardcore band and she said it's one of her favorite bands she's heard."

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Mary Anne Nelson isn't Jake's mom. She's his former teacher and goes above and beyond to support her students, even attending a concert in Troy where Jake worked for production company Live Sound Inc.

Mary Anne heads the music industry program at The College of Saint Rose and is actually Sister Mary Anne Nelson. She's the last of the teaching faculty of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. They founded the college in 1920.

Initially, the music program didn't have many choices so the teachers sought out experts.

"People from record labels, production companies. They would tell us what they're looking for in terms of new hires," Mary Anne said.

Today, that program includes music technology and artist management. It also includes intellectual property where she teaches students how to monetize music.

She credits a forward-thinking church for allowing sisters to go into non-traditional areas of work like music. She never wanted to perform, preferring to stay behind the scenes.

"I love to be able to work with people, record music and mix it," Nelson said.

Her entertainment appetite has included hip-hop and she thinks Prince made a huge mark on music.

"He started his own label and he did it his way," Nelson said.

Her way is to support students in and out of the classroom.

"I'm just listening, enjoying their success and admiring their talent," she said.


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