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.

Stephen O'Connor, Manager

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned degrees in recording arts and trumpet performance. He is a regularly performing musician in the Baltimore and DC metropolitan areas, spanning a range from orchestral and musical theater trumpet playing to solo and chamber choral work. Stephen is a member of The Bridge Ensemble, a well-known Baltimore-based chamber choral ensemble.

Stephen has participated in recordings with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Summer Music Festival, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Ballet, Opera in Williamsburg, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, The Friday Morning Music Club, Avanti Orchestra, The Bridge Ensemble, and Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. He has industry experience working in audio post-production for film and television, working on films that have been featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Maryland Film Festival.

Ashley Alden, Office Manager

Ashley completed her Professional Studies certificate at the Manhattan School of Music and received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s from The Catholic University of America where she was honored with the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Performance Award.  Prior to joining Arts Laureate, Ashley worked with the Bel Cantanti Opera, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the National Opera Center.  An accomplished singer, she has had the pleasure of singing roles with the Chautauqua Institute of Music, International Vocal Arts Institute, Music Academy International, Bel Cantanti Opera, EnCanta Collective, and dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. 

Ashley is responsible for scheduling and tracking all projects as well as administrating the day-to-day operations of Arts Laureate.

Kevin Bourassa, Senior Recording Engineer

Kevin is a graduate of Capital University, where he studied trumpet performance.  Kevin has been found frequently in the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign directing live and session recordings.  

Kevin has also worked on projects with Acis Productions, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, Brad Line | Jazz at the Atlas, and brings a unique historical perspective to all recordings.

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.

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 The Capital Symphonic Youth Orchestras, Congressional Chorus, VCDA Choral Assessments, VBODA All-District Bands, the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra, and Symphonicity.

Stephen Brouillette, Editor, Assistant Engineer

Stephen joined Arts Laureate in May of 2017 after graduating from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Technology. While studying at UMBC, he served as an intern for Maryland guitar maker Paul Reed Smith, where he studied guitar amplifier construction, design, and repair. Prior to joining Arts Laureate, Stephen worked as a freelance videographer for 90 Seconds Cloud Video, where he produced internal and promotional videos for ONE Championship, JLL Inc., and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Originally from Washington DC, Stephen enjoys radio journalism, hiking, and shooting community stories for his local TV station in Laurel, MD, where he lives with his wife, Lauren.

Manuel Ayala Sapelli, Assistant Engineer

Manny was an apprentice with Arts Laureate at the National Music Festival in 2016 and 2017 before joining the staff.  Manny graduated from UMBC with a Major in jazz bass and has experience with theater, rigging, editing, and recording.

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