Music Industry Faculty

Armand Petri and Alice Cooper

Armand Petri (right) with Alice Cooper (left)

 Stuart Shapiro

Armand Petri

Coordinator, Music Industry Program

Armand Petri has over 25 years of experience in the music industry, encompassing fields of artist management, record and video production, and live sound. Working with artists such as the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, and Sixpence None the Richer, Petri's accolades include several gold and platinum records, a Dove Award, and song placement in television and film.

Deciding upon education as a new vocation, Petri received an M.A. in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo. Petri has designed a unique program for SUNY Fredonia that gives students the opportunity to learn about the industry both in the classroom and outside academia through internships. Petri combines his passion for the music industry with his desire to educate, leading students into the future of the music industry.

Stuart Shapiro

Adjunct Professor
Privately Practicing Attorney   

A practicing attorney and former partner in the New York law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, P.C., Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning songwriter who has been a professional musician and performer since he was 13 years old.

He has appeared at venues across the country and abroad, opening for such acts as Paul Anka, Josh White, Michael Martin Murphy, The Buddy Rich Big Band, J. Giles, and John Couger Melloncamp.

As an attorney, he specializes in trial work and litigation, including business and commercial litigation, as well as personal injury matters. In 2012 he was named in the top 5% attorneys in NYS by the New York Times.

Dr. Shapiro represents numerous songwriters, performers, authors, recording studios, record companies, and film companies, as well as producers, photographers, and graphic artists. He is regularly engaged as a featured speaker, educating other attorneys on intellectual property and litigation issues.

MUSB 201- The Business of Music
MUSB 350- Special Topics: History of Music Business 
MUSB 420- Student Record Label
MUSB 425- Music Marketing and Promotion
MUSB 465- Music Industry Internship               

MUSB 320- Music Contracts                                             MUSB 301- Music Copyrights



Armand Petri and Alice Cooper

 Penny Hite

Jonathan Topper

Visiting Professor

Hailing from Western New York, Topper has worked in the music industry for more than 20 years and has built many strong relationships throughout its world of business. Jonathan is the owner of Top Artist Productions, a music management company that works with artists, mangers, labels, and agents. Through his company he has set up national tours, negotiated many publishing and distribution deals, and planned the CMT music festival that took place in Ontario, Canada.

Through Fatboy Records, Jonathan manages a nationally touring artist, Moe, and continues to work in various sectors of the industry, including but not limited to overseeing production and recording, coordinating marketing teams, renting studios, etc. In 2009, he decided to dabble in the radio business and programmed “On The Border”, which was an original radio show for WBFO 88.7 in Buffalo, New York. Jonathan also continues today to work at Top Artist Productions Inc., Fatboy Records, and as a festival producer for the Summer Camp Festival and Snoe.Down.

Dr. Reneta Barneva

Department Chair

Dr. Reneta Barneva is a professor and chair of the Department of Applied Professional Studies. She has over 30 years of academic experience, half of them at SUNY Fredonia. Her doctoral degree is from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. Barneva loves the music of the world and has traveled to over 20 different countries. She is also interested in electronic music and the interaction between music and technology in general.

As chair of Applied Professional Studies, she would like to promote more visibility of the department and the great events it organizes, and stimulate collaboration with other departments and programs to attain a unique and rewarding student experience.

MUSB 350 - Special Topics
Touring, Concert, and Festival Promotions


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