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Chris Vrenna, of Nine Inch Nails, to Join SMTD Department of Performing Arts Technology


The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance announces that Chris Vrenna will join the Department of Performing Arts Technology as an assistant professor in the fall of 2024. Vrenna is a Grammy-winning musician, producer, engineer, remixer, composer, and music technology educator.

Vrenna is best known as a former and founding member of Nine Inch Nails, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Additionally, he has been the drummer for international acts including Gnarls Barkley and Guns N’ Roses. He has remixed and/or programmed for numerous artists including U2, Rob Zombie, Weezer, Evanescence, and Hole.

“It is both exciting and humbling to be joining the renowned faculty at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of music in the PAT department,” shared Vrenna. “My father is a Michigan alumnus. He and I would spend Saturday afternoons watching Michigan football, so I grew up a Wolverines fan. This opportunity to become a professor at Michigan and move to Ann Arbor feels like a homecoming for me.”

Vrenna is also a well-known video game composer whose credits include American McGee’s AliceDoom 3Quake 4Call of Duty: ExoZombies, and Quake: Champions.

Get the full story over at SMTD.