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    During a four-month break from college life in Palos Heights, Trinity Christian College senior Ryan Wynia will sharpen his writing, performing, and recording skills at the Contemporary 
    Music Center on Martha's Vineyard. 

    A program of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, the Contemporary Music Center offers emerging artists the opportunity to spend a semester studying, living and working with music industry experts and other students who share their interests in making and marketing contemporary music.

    The business communications major, son of Henry and Ann Wynia, Sioux Center, Iowa, won his spot based on his audition of three original pieces. He is one of 20 artists selected from across the nation to record while exploring the intersection of Christian faith and the music industry. His pop-rock focus is inspired by an eclectic group of influences including Michael W. Smith, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Chicago, Bebo Norman, Rascal Flatts, and All Star United. Wynia's freshman record will debut in January of 2004 on 450 Records.

    "I want my music to speak to as many people as possible," Wynia said. "This fall will be a great opportunity to strengthen my writing and performing skills, as well as my faith. I'm excited about the album and the experiences I'll gain while I record. I'd like this album to be a stepping stone to a major record label and a segue to a more intense performance schedule."

    Summer 2003 was filled with spot-dates around the Midwest and included performances of the National Anthem for the Cook County Cheetahs baseball organization. June marked the launch of his Web site where visitors can access Wynia's bio, photos, music clips, and updates while he is recording. 

    Wynia has performed with campus vocal groups such as the honors ensemble, concert and gospel choirs, in addition appearing in Trinity's theatre productions. He also held positions as managing editor of the campus newspaper, The Courier, and student association president.

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