Meet your NYSMusic Staff: Syracuse-area Writer Quinn Donnell


Quinn Donnell started writing for in the fall of 2012 as a freshman at Syracuse University. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Quinn’s adjacency to the Chicago music scene allowed him to establish an appreciation for live music by exploring the city’s abundant venues and various festivals throughout his high school career. Quinn credits his dad for his early exposure to artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles, who helped him develop a taste in current music that Online Editor Pete Mason warmly describes as “that hipster stuff.” (ed. note – I do call it that, but I enjoy it too)

As a student at SU, Quinn studies in the Bandier Program for the Music and Entertainment Industries. With plans to pursue a career in the music industry after graduation, Quinn has also written for the Chicago-based music website and interned for Miscreant Records and Chicago music venues Schubas and Lincoln Hall. He’s also involved in SU’s student-run radio station, WERW and works as a College Marketing Representative for Sony Music Entertainment.

Quinn’s musical bucketlist includes Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, and Paul McCartney. He also hopes to someday make it to Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound, Sasquatch, and Newport Folk music festivals.