Team - Arts Laureate

We are proud to demonstrate and deliver a new level of audio recording. We have had the opportunity to revamp audio recordings and live sound for some of the best ensembles in the world, while also helping groups move successfully into the world of video and online distribution.  We have a network of artists, handpicked based on the needs of the recording.

Christian Amonson, Owner

Christian won his first full-season recording contract at age 20, selected after Virginia's only professional vocal ensemble auditioned the most experienced classical engineers in the mid-Atlantic. Christian has gone on to provide audio and video for ensembles and festivals throughout the US, as well as England, Germany, Italy, and Poland, demonstrating ways to refine and improve upon the best-of.

Christian cataloged tens of thousands of CDs for the Classical [and Jazz] Music Library Online, developing the ability to identify recording engineers and techniques by ear.  Christian brings this perspective and a composer's/conductor's ear to each recording.  Christian is an auditioned member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, providing recordings and live sound for the ensemble.

Benjamin Schwartz, Senior Recording Engineer

Ben is the lead engineer at Arts Laureate, providing audio and video recordings for groups like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble, Congressional Chorus, Chester River Chorale, the Boulanger Initiative, Virginia Chorale, and others.

Ben earned earned his B.S. in Music and Sound Recording at the University of New Haven and was formerly the recording engineer for the Yale School of Music.

Michael Oberhauser, Administrator

Michael's  music has been performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5, by the Silver Finch Arts Collective, by Opera Alterna, by the Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Northern University Singers, and the opera department at the Catholic University of America, among others. Notable commissions include pieces for the University of Maryland Opera Studio and Christian Youth Theater in Chicago.

Michael received his B.M. in Composition from Ohio Northern University, his Master's at the Catholic University of American, and his D.M.A. at the University of Maryland. 

Robert Armstrong, Recording Engineer

Robert has provided audio and video recording for groups like the Heinz Chapel Choir at UPitt, the College of William & Mary, the Virginia Arts Festival, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others.

Robert earned his B.A. in Music Technology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he worked as a recording technician.

Mark Manring, Recording Engineer

Mark has been a classical recording engineer for over 25 years and also works professionally as a photographer and videographer. Located in Raleigh, NC, he has recorded throughout the mid-Atlantic with Arts Laureate, including groups such as Choralis, the Virginia Chorale, The Capital Symphonic Youth Orchestras, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Congressional Chorus, VCDA Choral Assessments, VBODA All-District Bands, the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra, and Symphonicity.

Neil Brown, Recording Engineer

An accomplished trumpet player, Neil earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Maryland and was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington D.C. from 2009-2013. He attended the National Orchestral Institute, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and has recorded groups like the Washington Master Chorale, the Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra, and the Tryos Ensemble, which he conducts.

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