Job Title: Proprietor
Company: Pacific Audio-Visual Enterprises
Status: Life Fellow
Member since: 1975
AES Position: Past Secretary
AES Committees: Committee General Information, Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Awards, Laws & Resolutions, Membership, Nominations
Technical Committee: Microphones and Applications
Primary Section: Los Angeles
With "The Music Always Comes First!" as his lifelong motto, Ron Streicher began his career in music as a pianist, percussionist, and choral conductor. He is now is semi-retired from a more than five decade career as an independent audio consultant and recording engineer specializing in live performances. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA, and then a Master of Arts in Communications Arts from Loyola University in Los Angeles.
His many projects for public radio include sound design and production of numerous radio plays and national broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and other concert series in Southern California.
Among the many record companies for which Ron has worked are Angel, Brio, CMS Desto, CRI, Discovery, Koch International, Omega Record Classics, Pilz, Protone, RCA, and SAZ Records. Recording projects have taken him as far afield as Karachi, Shanghai, and twice to Moscow to record the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
In 1988 Ron joined the engineering staff and faculty of the Audio Recording Institute of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and from 1995-2005 he served as the festival's Audio Production Manager. Prior to Aspen, Ron designed and supervised concert sound reinforcement for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and touring productions of the the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, where he was the audio consultant for eleven seasons.
His book, The New Stereo Soundbook (initially co-authored with F. Alton Everest in 1992) is now in its third edition. It has gained worldwide recognition as a standard reference on the subject of stereophonic perception, recording, and reproduction techniques. (www.stereosoundbook.com)
Ron began his nearly four decades of service to the Society in 1976 as Secretary of the Los Angeles Section. Subsequently, he has been a Governor, Regional Vice-president, Secretary, and President of the Society, and in 2012 was again elected as Secretary.
He has given numerous technical presentations at AES Section meetings, conventions, and conferences worldwide, and has been published in the Journal. In 1980 he developed the historical interview series "An Afternoon With ..." and in 1989 produced the AES video documentary "An Afternoon With Jack Mullin." He also produced the compact disc "AES Presents Graham Blyth in Concert" — a compilation of recordings from the organ recitals at the Society's conventions. In 2004, he created and initially funded the AES Distinguished Speakers Program to assist local AES Sections in securing presenters for their meetings.
In 1995 Ron was awarded the Bronze Medal "in recognition of his long standing dedication to the goals of the AES and for continued work on its behalf," and received the Distinguished Service Medal Award in 2010 "in recognition of more than three decades of dedication, leadership, and service to the AES." He is a Fellow and Life Member of the AES,
In 1991, Ronald Streicher was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award for his chairmanship of the AES 89th Convention Los Angeles in 1990.
In 1995, Ronald Streicher was presented with the AES Bronze Medal Award for long-standing dedication to the goals of the AES and for continued work on its behalf.
In 1996, Ronald Streicher was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for work in stereo recording and microphone techniques, and in audio education.
In 2002, Ronald Streicher was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of co-chairing the AES 109th Convention in Los Angeles, September 2000.
In 2010, Ron Streicher was presented with the AES Distinguished Service Medal Award in recognition of more than three decades of dedication, leadership, and service to the AES.
Bachelor of Arts Degree, specialization in Music Composition and Theory, from UCLA 1968
Master of Arts Degree, specialization in Communications Arts, from Loyola University, Los Angeles, in 1974
Self-employed dba Pacific Audio-Visual Enterprises since 1963.
Given my lifelong love of music and dedication to its allied recorded arts, how could I not be an AES member and supporter?
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