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Unsigned But Not Unsung: TIMARA Student Joel Corelitz in the April Issue of Keyboard Magazine

By Marci Janas ‘91



(Re)Transition: Joel Corelitz
Animates the Crowd


  TIMARA major Joel Corelitz ’02 is Keyboard magazine’s April "Unsigned Artist of the Month." This regular feature profiles unsigned artists who have yet to garner their big break. Needless to say, Corelitz is well on the way to garnering his. He certainly impressed Keyboard.

"If student Joel Corelitz is any indication of the talent at Oberlin," the article states, "get ready for a bumper crop of future stars coming from this respected Ohio institution."

Musicians apply for the honor by submitting one song--and only one song--per month. Six weeks after Corelitz sent Keyboard "Haze," a piece featured on his website (http://www.normal-music.com), he received a phone call from Greg Rule, the magazine’s editor-in-chief.

"He told me that my music had been selected out of three boxes worth of demos," says Corelitz. "I almost fell out of my chair."

After graduation this May, Corelitz will return to his hometown of Chicago to work for Steve Ford Music, where he will compose music for television commercials. Corelitz is no stranger to the jingle; for two summers he worked at the Ford studio as an intern, eventually composing music for clients such as National Geographic, Hallmark, Nintendo, and Kellogg’s.

This semester Corelitz has been working with Assistant Professor of Computer Music Tom Lopez, one of his principal teachers, to develop a course in DVD production, a project funded by a McGregor research and teaching assistantship grant. Corelitz also studies with Professor of Electronic and Computer Music Gary Nelson.

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