Professor nominated for Grammy

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a performing arts professor, received a Grammy Award nomination in December for his composition “Vecd.” 

The composition appeared in an album released recently by A Far Cry, a Boston-based string orchestra, according to the college.

Sanlikol said he considered the nomination a major achievement in his life.

“I’m extremely honored and proud,” Sanlikol said in an interview with the college’s website. “It feels to me like this nomination is a major step toward realizing my dream. This was part of my dream of becoming a respected composer when I was a young boy growing up in Bursa, Turkey, 25 years ago.”

Sanlikol teaches a course on perspectives on world music. Marlo Jappen, a junior writing, literature, and publishing major and former student of Sanlikol, said she wasn’t surprised at the news of his nomination.

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“He’s very talented,” Jappen said. “I saw his band perform, and it was a very enriching experience. I was just glad to be exposed to different forms of music I had never heard before I took his class.”

Jappen said Sanlikol was very passionate in the class about music, which carried over to the students when he taught.

“The main thing I learned from his class is the power of music and how it brings people together,” Jappen said. “Through his class, I learned that music has the power to transcend barriers like culture and language.”