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.

Stephen O'Connor, Recording Engineer

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.

Stephen Brouillette, Videographer

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.

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