Owner, Founder, Lead Engineer
Able to see sound, recording engineer Christian Amonson has initiated a radical shift in the way that music is recorded and mixed. By echolocating sounds, he sees what the recording shows: the location of the instruments, the size of the space, the location of the walls, and the location of the mics. By integrating all the sonic cues that our ears want and expect to hear, Christian delivers a new level of realism/idealism and musicality. His first orchestral recording was described as “The best quality yet.” (Fairfax Symphony Orchestra)
He studied music composition before joining the Classical Music Library Online, where he reviewed and cataloged thousands of recordings from orchestras around world. The position transformed his ears and gave him a vision for what is possible, both in life and in music. Christian then won his first full-season recording contract at age 20, selected after Virginia's only fully-professional vocal ensemble auditioned the most experienced classical engineers in the mid-Atlantic. He received his first major label credit at 21 for Bruce Hornsby’s album, Elevate. He has since recorded for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with John Williams, and in 2015, Christian was selected to serve as Recording Engineer for "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, DC.
His work has been featured by NPR, the BBC, Time Magazine, the Kennedy Center, et al. International clients include the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Italy), Stradivari Quartett (Germany), Jesus College Cambridge (UK), Filharmonia Opolska (Poland), and others. Christian owns Arts Laureate, and he actively auditions, recruits, and mentors engineers, and he also serves as a resource to artists and engineers in the classical community. In 2019, he presented “The Fundamentals of Orchestral Recording” at the League of American Orchestra’s national conference.
Recording Engineer, Label Manager
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.
Learn more about Neil here.
Michael's music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5, Silver Finch Arts Collective, Opera Alterna, Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra, 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. Visit his personal site here.
Senior Project Manager
Alison Fitzgerald has a background in Project Management and Operations, and a passion for music. The opportunity to combine these fields made her a perfect fit for Arts Laureate and VirtualChoir.net. Ali has a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and over 15 years experience in administration and operations, in both the private sector and non-profit and arts arenas. She sings with the Alexandria Choral Society, and currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors. Ali lives in Alexandria with her husband and two kids, all of whom are avid Capitals fans!
Video Team Lead
Jacob Powers joined the percussion section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as principal percussionist in 2016. Prior to joining the LPO, Mr. Powers served as section percussionist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra from 2014-2016. In the summers of 2013-14 Jacob attended the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina with a full scholarship. At Brevard, Mr. Powers shared the stage with renowned artists such JoAnn Faletta, Mattias Barmert, Keith Lockhart, Conrad Tao, Itzhak Perlman, as well as many instrumentalists from ensembles such as the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2014, he served as the percussion area teaching assistant under the direction of Charles Ross and Gwendolyn Dease.
Engineering Team Lead
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. Learn more about Robert here.
Brian J. Isaac
Brian J. Isaac is currently the Artistic Director of the Alexandria Choral Society, the Williamsburg Choral Guild, and the Founder/Artistic Director of Church Circle Singers and has also held positions as the Interim Director of Choral Music at Thomas Nelson Community College, adjunct music faculty at Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University, and Assistant Conductor with the Washington Master Chorale.
Brian is also an accomplished singer and maintains a private studio for voice and music theory. Brian holds a Master of Music in Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Visit his personal site here.
Lyndsey Gore brings a passion for creative collaboration and proactive planning to Arts Laureate. Her skills in logistics and partnership building have been implemented in DC-area companies including Washington National Opera, The Clarice at the University of Maryland, and the Kennedy Center. Lyndsey holds a B.A. in Music and Political Science from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University. She performs with The Capital Hearings vocal ensemble, loves world travel, and is a 7-letter noun for "crossword enthusiast." Learn more here.
Guides Specialist, Audio Editor
Dr. Danielle Moreau is a percussionist, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Gainesville, Florida. She recently served as adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire where she taught marching percussion for the athletic bands. Additionally, Danielle was the percussion specialist for the Westbrook School Department in Maine where she instructed concert and marching percussion at the secondary level and oversaw all aspects of percussion education for the district. While completing her doctoral work, she served as a graduate teaching assistant in ethnomusicology, responsible for directing the African drum ensemble and percussion jazz ensemble. Danielle is the co-founder of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo and an active artist, presenter, and clinician throughout the US and Europe.
Engineering and Technology Manager
Philipp is an expert in location recording, producing, editing, mixing, and mastering, as well as sound reinforcement and event production. He's been involved in recording ever since he was a singer and trombonist in the Windsbach Boys' Choir and Windsbach Brass Ensemble. Before joining Arts Laureate, Philipp ran his own recording business in Graz, Austria and held senior engineering positions with the Aspen Music Festival and School and the “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” International Chamber Music Competition. As the Engineering and Technology Manager, he is always looking for new ways in which technology can serve the arts.
Senior Project Manager
Camille Lively is the Assistant Director of Music Programs and Head of Choral and Vocal Studies at Defiance College. She is passionate and dedicated to the choral and vocal arts in all of their facets. She has worked previously as a voice teacher, performer, and choral conductor for Katterwall Ltd, in Hong Kong, the Artistic Production Manager for The Choral Arts Society of Washington in Washington, DC, the Coordinator of Education and Operations for the Oregon Bach Festival, Director of Music for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene Oregon, Operations Manager for the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago, and Director of Music for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Melbourne, FL. Camille holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Audio Editing Team Lead
Dr. Natalie Groom is a clarinetist, composer, and educator. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding, and taught courses at the University of Maryland and University of Arizona. She’s the cofounder of Whistling Hens, a chamber duo that performs and commissions music by women composers, the Music Director of the Davies Concert Series, and the Affiliate Artist of Clarinet at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She works as an audio editor, mixer, and producer for Arts Laureate in addition to leading the audio team. Learn more here.
Roshelle has worked as a writer, magazine designer, and photographer for 16 years. Her more recent journey back to fine art was sparked by a month-long drawing challenge. A collection of her illustrations appears on wine and brandy bottles at Wilridge Winery in Washington state. She is also the designer for the newly founded Arts Laureate record label, Tonsehen. Learn more here.