Armand Petri (right) with Alice Cooper (left)

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 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.

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


Stuart Shapiro

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 320- Music Contracts
MUSB 301- Music Copyrights


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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 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.


Music Industry Coordinator - Professor Armand Petri

W305 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-4959
(716) 673-3506 fax