AES Member Profile

Brett Leonard

Brett Leonard

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Live Sound - Church Sound
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Software
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development

Job Duties:

  • Educator
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Engineer
  • Mixer
  • Owner/Director
  • Recording Engineer
  • Researcher
  • Other: Freelance recording & production


Dr. Brett Leonard is an audio educator, researcher, and freelance engineer. Currently, he serves as the director of the music technology program at the University of Indianapolis. Brett has also worked on recording projects ranging from classical and jazz to pop-rock, including projects with artist such as Matt Haimovitz, Lenny Pickett, and Bob Belden, and currently serves as chief engineer for the Chelsea Music Festival in New York. Dr. Leonard's research focuses on spatial audio and acoustics, including collaborations with Sennheiser, NHK, and Skywalker Sound. He is active in the Audio Engineering Society, both as an author and as a committee member in the Indiana Section. Dr. Leonard is an alumnus of California Lutheran University and New York University, and holds a PhD in Sound Recording from McGill University.

Education Background

BA in Music - California Lutheran University '06
MM in Music Technology - New York University '08
PhD in Sound Recording - McGill University '16

Employment History

• University of Indianapolis, Assistant Professor & Director of Music Technology Programs 2019 - present
• The Chelsea Music Festival - Chief recording engineer 2013-present
• BLPaudio - Owner, engineer, consultant 2007-present
• University of Nebraska at Omaha, Assistant professor & Coordinator of music technology 2014-2016
• McGill University's Schulich School of Music - Lecturer, sound recording area 2010-2014
• Recording Arts Canada - Lecturer 2009-2013

Why Am I An AES Member?

The AES has been a part of my continuing education and career development since meeting AES Fellow Ron Streicher at the Aspen Music Festival. Realizing how much there is in the audio field and finding the resources to learn are what the AES is all about!

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