Faculty

Larry Batiste

Larry Batiste is a producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist,and arranger. He is co-owner of Pure Delite Music and has written and published over 250 songs for artists such as Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston and the Spinners. He has contributed to soundtracks such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stuart Little and Snow Dogs for Disney. His television show credits include Jag, Nash Bridges, Passions and All My Children. Larry is also a former Chapter President, Trustee and current governor of the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards. We are pleased to welcome Larry to our MRI faculty roster.


Jon Bendich

From 1987 - 1992 Jon was signed as a songwriter and co-publisher with Famous Music. Jon's catalog contains over 280 songs with more than eighty songs released on record. Jon's songs have been recorded by an assortment of R&B and Pop acts including Peabo Bryson (BMG), Larry Graham (Capitol), Walter Beasley (Polygram), Will Clayton (Polygram), Joe Public (Sony), Starpoint (Elektra), Z' Looke (Orpheus/Capitol), Omar Chandler (MCA), Shades of Lace (Polygram), Street Fare (Atlantic) and Lenny Williams (Fantasy).

Jon has also worked for the past thirty-five years as a percussionist, producer and songwriter in the SF Bay Area. Jon has performed with Tito Puente, George Duke & Stanley Clarke, Robin Ford, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Andy Narrell, The Last Poets, Frank McComb, Lisa Stansfield, MC Hammer, Lenny Williams and Ray Obiedo.


Andrew H. Cook

Andrew H. Cook completed degree programs in Industrial Technology and Music at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in June, 1994. He started with Digidesign in January, 1995. As a Digidesign Product Manager for Pro Tools & Plug-Ins, Andy was named as a co-inventor of Patent No.: US 6,594,601 B1 for the, "System and Method of Aligning Signals". In 2001, Andy took a new role as Worldwide Manager of Digidesign Training & Education programs, building the program and establishing official Pro Tools HD Operator and Expert curriculum and professional certification for the audio industry. During this time, Andy also worked as an audio engineer in a music studio in Walnut Creek, CA, co-managed with his brother, Frank Cook. More recently, Andy has expanded his role with Avid Technology, Inc. to encompass the management of learning partnerships for audio and video disciplines.


Kerry Fiero

Kerry Fiero began working in the music industry in 1996 as a personal manager for an act on Atlantic Records. She went on to work at a nationally recognized management firm before starting her own management company, Strive Management, which she ran for ten years. Her passion to support & promote the careers of music artists and music professionals has opened many doors in her career: personal manager, tour manager, event planner, publicist, marketing & booking for a venue & award show, paralegal at an entertainment law firm and establishing the SF Chapter of NARIP. She is an adjunct professor in both the MRI program and the Event Planning program. See Kerry Fiero on LinkedIn.


Lewis Robertson

Lewis Robertson is a San Francisco-based musician and audio engineer with a prestigious history of working with some of the industry's best, including Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban and Tony Bennett. Lewis began his journey with a bachelor's degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and went on to become a staff member at New York City's famed Avatar Studios. He now tours with Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service as their Production Manager and runs a boutique music production company which works out of the world famous Fantasy Studios. His other credits include advising the creation of the Berklee Online Steve Vai course and performances with George Clinton and P-Funk, Jefferson Starship and Paul Taylor.


Michael Romanowski

Michael Romanowski, producer, musician, mastering engineer, hails from Nashville but has been based in the Bay Area since 1994. Michael has worked for Rocket Lab and The Plant and is currently on staff at Paul Stubblebine Mastering, in addition to working with his own clients. His expertise runs the gamut of styles from jazz to rock and classical and has worked with hundreds of artists including Ozzy Osbourne, 2Short, Hammer, Jacqui Naylor and Jules Broussard.


Jami Stigliano Andosca

Jami Stigliano Andosca is a senior music industry executive with 15 years of experience in artist management and marketing. She has worked with artists such as CeeLo Green, Jordin Sparks, Cody Simpson, Eric Benet and producer/writer Claude Kelly, including seven years at Jive Records where she oversaw campaigns for Britney Spears, P!nk, Chris Brown and the entire pop / urban roster. She is currently a marketing consultant for Sony Music and numerous technology companies, independent artists and brands in addition to being the founder/CEO of a women's dance fitness franchise. Jami has been a guest lecturer and panelist at Stanford University, University of New Haven and New York University and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication. She divides her time between NYC, Central Texas and San Francisco.


Christopher Willits

Christopher Willits will be teaching the class this semester, he’s taught courses and developed sound and multimedia departments at California College of the Arts (CCA), The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), Berkeley City College (BCC), The Art Institute San Francisco, Norcal DJMPA, Sound Arts, the Bay Area Video Coalition and Goucher College.