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Brett Leonard

Coordinator of Music Technology
Strauss Performing Arts Center | Office 217
phone: (402) 554-3947

Brett Leonard is a recording engineer, audio researcher and audio educator. Mr. Leonard began his musical career as a percussionist, playing any and every genre and instrument he could get his hands on. While in college, Mr. Leonard discovered the joys of the recording studio. Shortly after, he received his bachelor’s from California Lutheran University with a focus in music technology. While at CLU, Mr. Leonard also spent time at the Aspen Music Festival, studying under such luminaries as John Eargle, Stephan Peus, and Ron Streicher. After college, he moved to New York to pursue a Master’s of Music Technology at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Most recently, Mr. Leonard has served as lecturer at McGill University, where he is currently completing a PhD in Music in the area of Sound Recording.

Mr. Leonard is also an active freelance recording engineer. He has worked on projects ranging from orchestras to progressive jazz, hip-hop to classic rock, including projects with artist such as Lenny Pickett, Matt Haimovitz, Jerry Douglas and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and producers such as Russ Titelman, Bob Belden, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Devo Springsteen. Mr. Leonard currently serves as the chief recording engineer for the Chelsea Music Festival in New York. In 2007, he began BLPaudio, a company providing recording services, acoustical consulting, system design and equipment rental. BLPaudio has since provided consulting services to to numerous private studios, performance venues, and institutions including the United National International School, the Musée de Beaux Arts Montréal.

As a research, Mr. Leonard focuses on spatial audio and the interplay between acoustics and the recording process. His work in spatial audio has included collaborations with Sennheiser, NHK, Swissaudec, and Skywalker Sound. Mr. Leonard is active in the Audio Engineering Society (AES), both as an author of more than 20 papers and as a co-chair of the last two AES conventions.