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Flying Dutchman: Brian Shoicket

By Emily Rivard, Features Editor

As Hofstra Concerts rushes around to set up on Thursday nights for their coffee house series, Brian Shoicket calmly stands in the center of the noisy room and directs the crew. As president of the club, Shoicket is in a charge of all events, including the newly reinvented coffee house series.

Shoicket, a senior liberal arts major and marketing minor, came to the position as Concerts president through his love of the music industry. Creating his own record label during his freshman year of high school, he quickly learned that he had a passion for working with music. "I wanted to get involved in the music industry since my first day at Hofstra," said Shoicket.

As president of Concerts, Shoicket deals with all aspects of the club, ranging from working with artists, agents and the legal team at the University.

Shoicket is also involved with the Music Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA). Although he admits that Concerts does take up most of his time, he has also had the opportunity to intern with various music companies.

While currently interning for Frontside Promotions Group, he has previously worked with Network Music Group and Broadcast Music Incorporated. "Getting involved from day one [at the University] got me all the opportunities I've had," said Shoicket. "I was able to do things on campus, like advertising, and then apply for internships and be able to describe everything I've done."

Aside from his music-oriented endeavors, Shoicket is also in Honors College and a member of both Phi Eta Sigms and Golden Key International honor societies. He is also involved with WRHU as the engineer for the Irish Country Radio Show on Saturdays.

When at home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, Shoicket volunteers as a certified Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate at the Womansplace Crisis Center.

With upcoming Concerts events like The Wale Concert on March 13 and Cherish the Ladies on March 27, Shoicket is certainly at a loss for free time, although he finds his involvement in the music industry as a calming alternative to the daily stress of classes and work. "It's a great release from school, class and deadlines," he said. "It's a lot of work, but it's a break from the overwhelming school work. I enjoy it a lot."

Shoicket is president of Hofstra Concerts as well as a member of the Music Entertainment Industry Student Association. (Photo courtesy of Brian Shoicket)

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