Job Title: Freelance Music Producer and Audio Director
Status: Life Member
Primary Section: Vancouver
Theresa Leonard is an internationally recognized music producer and audio educator. She holds a Master of Music degree in sound recording from McGill University and bachelor degrees in both music and education. In her more than 30- year career, she has served as director/executive producer, music producer and recording engineer and has worked in all areas of music production including research, audio post-production for film and video, broadcast audio, education and programming, administration, operations, and professional recordings for a broad range of international artists.
As a classical music producer and accomplished recording engineer, she has produced and engineered hundreds of recording projects including Juno award-winning and nominated recordings for many labels.
For nearly 21 years, she served as Director of Audio at Banff Centre in Canada, and was instrumental in growing the audio education program to international status, as well as overseeing all activities in the Centre's extensive music recording and audio post-production facilities. Ms. Leonard brought many top industry professionals to Banff to lecture on music production, engineering, and sound for picture. She is known for shaping the careers of many individuals for major positions in the music technology and audio industries.
Ms. Leonard has served as Audio Engineering Society (AES) president and also as education chair and received an AES Fellowship in New York City for her professional achievements and dedication to the Society.
An equally respected educator, she has held positions with Bang & Olufsen in Denmark (2008), at New York University Steinhardt School (2015) and with the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) summer workshop (2004). She has been invited as guest speaker and consulted with 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, The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and the Verbier Festival.
Ms. Leonard served as Director of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Center at the Aspen Music Festival and School from January 2019 through May 2020, and continued as consultant from June 2020 through May 2021. In July 2021 she joined the Academy at Verbier Festival as faculty/consultant for a new area of training in audio recording. Since January 2021, Ms. Leonard has been active as Executive/ Audio Producer with the Victoria Symphony for their Virtual Season broadcasts.
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.
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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