Stephen Croes, Dean of the Music Technology Division, talks about the auditions and the music and culture of Istanbul.
“I think the thing that stands out about the musicians we’ve auditioned [in Istanbul] is the enormous diversity. There was a woman who’s got a degree in opera, who came in and sang an aria. It was very well done, a young woman of 21. Some people sang classic American jazz standards with a certain edge of pronunciation that’s distinctly Turkish, and it grabs your attention.