AES Member Profile

Theresa Leonard

Theresa Leonard

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Post Production
  • Broadcasting - Studio

Job Duties:

  • Owner/Director
  • Educator
  • Educator
  • Producer


Theresa Leonard is an internationally respected audio educator and music producer. For over 20 years, she served as Director of Audio at Banff Centre in Canada where she directed the audio practicum program, overseeing all activities in the Centre's extensive music recording, audio and post-production facilities. Ms. Leonard worked closely with top industry professionals who served as guest faculty members for music production, engineering and sound for picture. She remains instrumental in helping audio practicum participants obtain key positions throughout the professional audio industry.
Ms. Leonard holds a Master of Music degree in Sound Recording from McGill University,
and Bachelor degrees in both Music and Education. Her work spans music and audio production, engineering, education and research. She has been a program consultant for recording arts educational programs at graduate and undergraduate levels at a variety of post-secondary institutions including The Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University, The Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Ball State University, University of Massachusetts Lowell and The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague.
She has produced and engineered award-winning recordings for labels including Analekta, Bravo!, Centaur, EMI, Honens and NAXOS. In 2008, she was invited as a guest research professor at Bang & Olufsen in Denmark and a Visiting Scholar at New York University Steinhardt School In 2015.
Ms. Leonard was the chair for the 24th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference on Multichannel Audio (2003), and facilitated the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) summer workshop (2004). She has been invited as a speaker to numerous institutions and conferences including: AES Brazil, The Peabody Conservatory, The Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Gdansk Technical University (Poland), New York University, and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et De Danse De Paris (France).
Ms. Leonard served as AES president in 2004-2005 and as an education chair for the society, and is the founder of the Alberta section of the AES. She received an AES Fellowship in New York City in 2013 for her professional achievements and dedication to the AES and its education initiatives.

AES Awards

In 2003, Theresa Leonard was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of chairing the AES 24th International Conference in Banff, Canada, June 26-28, 2003.

In 2013, Theresa Leonard was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for her professional achievements and dedication to the Audio Engineering Society and to its education initiatives.

Why Am I An AES Member?

The international and professional audio community I have built since becoming an AES member (and that I continue to build on) has transformed my life and career.

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