Director of Music Technology Programs
University of Indianapolis
Dr. Brett Leonard is an audio eductor, researcher, and freelance engineer, currently serving as the Director of Music Technology Programs at the University of Indianapolis. He holds degrees from California Lutheran University, New York University, and a PhD from McGill University. Dr. Leonard also spent time at the Aspen Music Festival, studying under such luminaries as John Eargle, Stephan Peus, and Ron Streicher.
Dr. 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 Bob Belden, and producers such as Russ Titelman, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Devo Springsteen. Dr. 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 numerous private studios, performance venues, and institutions including the United National International School, the Musée de Beaux Arts Montréal, and the Musical Instrument Museum.
As a researcher, Dr. 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. Current research focuses on immersive audio, audio education, and multi-sensory training simulations to provide on-demand, realistic experience to audio students.