Chistian Amonson, Arts Laureate Recordings, Seeing Sound

Christian Amonson

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.

senior team

Robert Armstrong, Arts Laureate Recordings

Robert Armstrong

Engineering Team Lead

Robert Armstrong 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.​

STAFF TILE_MICHAEL 0.jpg

Michael Oberhauser

Senior Operations Manager

Michael Oberhauser'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. Learn more here.

STAFF TILE_LARA (1).jpg

Lara Mitofsky Neuss

Recording Engineer & Digital Marketing Coordinator

Dr. Lara Mitofsky Neuss is a clarinetist based in the NYC Metropolitan Area who enjoys working in many different realms of music including audio engineering, marketing, administration, education, and new music advocacy. Since joining Arts Laureate in 2020 she has edited and mixed over 100 virtual choirs and currently works on both virtual and in-person projects as well as digital marketing for both Arts Laureate and the Tōnsehen Record Label. Lara is currently the Clarinet Program Manager for the New Works Project, an organization that enables musicians to participate in the commissioning of new music at an accessible price, and she is a Team Member and Performer with Protestra, a coalition of activist musicians ready and willing to use their art to speak out against injustice.

 

Lara recently completed her Doctor of Music Degree from Florida State University, and holds degrees from Colorado State University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Learn more here.

STAFF TILE_SCOTT C.jpg

Scott Crissman

Executive Assistant + Project Manager

In addition to his work with Arts Laureate, Scott is a professional singer based in southeastern Virginia, regularly performing with the Washington Master Chorale (D.C.), the Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Richmond, VA), and Christ & St. Luke’s Church (Norfolk, VA), among others. He also works with the Virginia Arts Festival and is a freelance graphic designer for performing arts organizations throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Christopher Newport University. In his free time he runs, reads, travels, cooks, and bakes (aspirationally).

STAFF TILE_CAMILLE.jpg

Camille Lively

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. Learn more here.

STAFF TILE_DANIELLE.jpg

Danielle Moreau

Guides Team Lead

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. Learn more here.

STAFF TILE_LYNDSEY (1).jpg

Lyndsey Gore

Management & Strategy Consultant

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.

Neil Brown, Arts Laureate Recordings

Neil Brown

Recording Engineer & Label Manager

Neil Brown has a wide range of musical experience both as performer and recording engineer. As a recording engineer, he has worked on over 20 commercially released recordings. His work can be found on the Métier, Summit Records, Rivermont Records, Acis Productions, and Tōnsehen record labels among others. He has worked with numerous renowned artists and ensembles the likes of which include The Washington Chorus, Kansas City Symphony, The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band, Chris Gekker, Thomas Pandolfi, Rex Richardson, and many more.


Also an accomplished performer on the trumpet, Neil is a member of the Apollo Orchestra, Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, National Philharmonic Orchestra, and was previously a member of the US Navy Band in Washington DC.

STAFF TILE_PAM (1).jpg

Pam Wess

Video Team Lead

Pam Wess is a New York City based Video editor, filmmaker, and clown. Pam has been an editor with Arts Laureate since September of 2020 and has completed over 100 virtual projects for 70 different clients, including Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C., Yale University, Master Choral of South Florida, and Manhattan Concert Productions. Her short film, On Women Who Validate Themselves…, has screened at several festivals including the Las Vegas Film Festival, the Iron Mule Short Comedy Festival, and the New Hampshire Film Festival. Her screenplay Dummy has won first place at the Garden State Film Festivals screenplay competition 2017.

 

Pam holds a BFA in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from Bard College. As her clown alter-ego Madame Bouge, she has performed in venues across New York City including Dixon Place, Under St. Marks, UCB Theater East, and Creek and the Cave. Pam’s clown has rap battled against Wayne Brady … she didn’t win. Learn more here.

STAFF TILE_MATT H (1).jpg

Matt Hagestuen

Video Director & Editor

Now based in Philadelphia, Matt Hagestuen serves as the Video Director and Editor for the Curtis Institute of Music while continuing his associations with Arts Laureate as Video Director and the Berlin Opera Academy in Germany as their Head of Film and Technical Production. Recent collaborations have included filming and editing with Arts Laureate in support of the Vocal Arts DC recital series, recording sessions with Osmo Vänskä and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and continued partnerships with the award-winning Baylor Symphony Orchestra for their 75th Annual Children’s Concert Series.

 

Matt is an Emmy-nominated Assistant Director and holds one Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting and another in Vocal Performance from Baylor University. He was a conducting student of Stephen Heyde and is also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota SPAN: Program in the United Kingdom and the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Learn more here.

engineers & editors

STAFF TILE_PHILIPP H (2).jpg

Philipp Heim-Antolin

Audio Engineer 

STAFF TILE_JACOB.jpg

Jacob Powers

Video Editor

STAFF TILE_ANTHONY (2).jpg

Anthony Poehailos

Audio Editor 

STAFF TILE_WELLSGORDON.jpg

Wells Gordon

Recording Engineer

Justin Patterson, Arts Laureate Recordings

Justin Patterson

Video Editor

Adam Klein, Arts Laureate Recordings

Adam Klein

Audio Engineer

STAFF TILE_CAECILIA.jpg

Caecilia Armstrong

Video Editor

STAFF TILE_MACK.jpg

MacK Booth

Recording Fellow

STAFF TILE_ANDREW F.jpg

Andrew Funcheon

Audio Editor

STAFF TILE_CHRIS ARMIJO.jpg

Christopher Armijo

Video Editor

STAFF TILE_JASON F.jpg

Jason Friedman

Video Editor

Mark Manring, Arts Laureate Recordings

Mark Manring

Recording Engineer