Dr. Nick Vasallo Awarded Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni Award by UC Santa Cruz
Apr 1, 2020
Director of Music Industry Studies, AV Technology, and Music Composition at DVC, Dr. Nick Vasallo was recently named a Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni by UC Santa Cruz.
Here is an excerpt from the UC Santa Cruz story:
Bay Area native Nicholas Vasallo picked up the electric guitar while in high school and formed Antagony, later credited as birthing the popular subgenre of metal music called “deathcore.”
A graduate of California State University, East Bay, Vasallo completed his doctorate at UC Santa Cruz, where he found a nurturing environment that supported his artistic growth and interests.
“I’ve always felt like an outsider, and looking back at it, my professors really let me be who I was,” he said.
Vasallo’s primary composition instructor was David Evan Jones, who described Vasallo as “the most brilliant and accomplished composition student with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work... I believe his work will continue to be recognized at the national and, going forward, the international levels.”