IPR Faculty: Media Arts Professionals

At IPR, instructors bring an amazing range of experience to the classroom. In addition to their rich base of knowledge, they provide informal mentoring and practical knowledge of the road to success in the media arts industries. 

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Aneesa Adams

Global Citizenship, Humanities


  • M.S., Education, Full Sail University
  • B.S., Art, Winona State

Mary Jane Alm

Music Theory, Vocal Performance

Mary Jane Alm is a mainstay in the Midwest music scene. She has toured internationally, been featured on national network TV and performed on stage for some of America's largest corporations. Mary Jane has opened for or performed on the concert stage with Jimmy Webb, The Judds, Michael Johnson, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Marie Osmond, David Byrne of the Talking Heads and countless others. Locally, she has performed with groups such as The Rupert's Orchestra and Women Who Cook. Today, Mary Jane continues a busy gig schedule with her band and with Synergy, a show band which tours the corporate client world.

Mary Jane's first album, Prisoner of the Heart, was recorded in Minneapolis. Two more CDs, Blue Earth and Too True, were recorded in Nashville and in various studios in the Twin Cities, including Paisley Park. Her latest CD, Me and The Wild Blue, was recorded in the IPR studios and produced and mixed by Grammy winner and Audio Production and Engineering chair, Steve Hodge. She has also recorded five children's CDs with the Music Workshop for Kids, the last of which won Emmy and Parents' Choice awards, and was nominated for a Grammy.

Honored with 15 Minnesota Music Awards, including "Best Female Vocalist" and "Artist of the Year," Mary Jane's performances have been called "music for singers." Twice inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and a member of City Mouse (2007), Mary Jane's artistry has won her a celebrated reputation among musicians, critics and the public.


  • Minnesota State University, Mankato

Partial Client List

  • McDonald's
  • Sears
  • Pillsbury
  • General Mills
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Coca-Cola

Steve Alm

Music Theory, Performance

Steve has taught at IPR since 2008 and holds bachelor's degrees in open studies and music education. In addition to his career as a professional performer, Steve has taught band in the public schools and has given guitar and piano lessons to children and adults.

Steve has played as a solo artist and in numerous ensembles, rock, blues, dance and show bands and symphony orchestras. He has performed coast-to-coast in the United States, as well as in Canada, the Caribbean, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil and Shanghai. In his travels, Steve has also performed as a magician, juggler and fire-eater. He is happy to have a safer job as teacher.


  • BS, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • BM, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Peabody Conservatory of Music

Kevin Beacham

Hip-Hop Essentials

Kevin Beacham discovered hip-hop in 1980 and has been actively involved in the culture of the genre ever since. His early fascination with hip-hop led to emceeing, production and eventually deejaying. After 15 years as an artist, Kevin felt a growing need to explore the business side of the industry. In 1992, he started his own company, Rage Promotions, and produced campaigns for many major labels and independent companies including A&M, Wildpitch, Delicious Vinyl, Lugs and Def American. His industry connections led to positions as an independent journalist, head organizer for Scribble Jam Hip-Hop festival and an ongoing stint as a radio show host. In 2003, Kevin was asked by indie powerhouse label Rhymesayers to move to Minneapolis to act as project manager.

No matter which new venture he explores, Kevin never loses sight of his passion for hip-hop culture and has spent countless hours researching and studying its past and present. He has used his knowledge on his radio show and in his writing, as well as in lectures at colleges, high schools and community programs. In conjunction with Rhymesayers, Kevin introduced a hip-hop class to IPR in 2006. He still works for Rhymesayers, developing marketing plans, soliciting releases and running the Street Team.

Paul Bolen

Audio Production, Pro Tools, Mathematics

Paul got his start in the business as a band manager while attending the University of Minnesota. After finishing college, Paul wanted to know the ins and outs of studio recording and music business, so he enrolled at IPR. Paul is now a full-time instructor at the school. He runs his own record label and recording studio, Absolute Creative Agency (ACA), and enjoys traveling and indulging in Shakespeare.


  • AAS, Music Business, IPR, 2006
  • AAS, Audio Production and Engineering, IPR, 2005
  • BS, Accounting, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003

Partial Client List

  • All Goode Music
  • Steph G
  • Travla
  • Amaris
  • AR
  • Wolfpack 1

Kevin Bowe

Production, Songwriting

Kevin Bowe is a singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist who got his start in the Minneapolis music scene that spawned Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du in the early 1980’s. After spending that decade in various punk and roots bands, he caught a break, meeting uberproducer David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Head Todd). Kevin began writing for other artists. His first cut ("Riverside" on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Warner Bros. debut "Ledbetter Heights") went platinum and led to a major publishing deal. Kevin became the first writer signed by legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in over twenty years.

On a typically sub zero February night in Fargo, Kevin had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time sharing a stage with a 13 year old blues prodigy named "Kid" Jonny Lang. One sound check was all it took and they became friends and writing partners. When he invited Lang to Minneapolis they hooked up with David Z and the combination resulted in two platinum albums on A&M Records, including the top 5 single/video "Breakin’ Me". Word got out about Kevin’s writing leading to collaborations with Leo Kottke, Robben Ford, The Rembrandts, Paul Westerberg, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Richie Sambora, Chuck Prophet, John Mayall, Three Dog Night and Delbert McClinton.

You can take the punk out of Minneapolis but.... whatever. In 2005 Kevin (to the dismay of thousands of other more gifted guitarists) became the guitarist for Paul Westerberg & His Only Friends on their US tour. 

Kevin’s first production credit appeared on Shannon Curfman’s Arista debut "Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions"; he wrote seven songs for the album including the single/video "I Don’t Make Promises". He also wrote four songs on Etta James’ RCA release “Let’s Roll” which won a Grammy. The move into producing stuck; Kevin’s demos got Shane Henry signed to Shanachie Records and he produced Shane’s debut album "Deliverance" as well as Renee Austin’s Blind Pig debut "Sweet Talk", her follow up release and Tommy Castro’s #2 charting album "Soul Shaker" which Billboard called his "best ever". He also recorded Paul Westerberg’s “Open Season” soundtrack album on Sony and mixed the Meat Puppets “Sewn Together” release.

The world of film and television has also come on board; Kevin’s songs have been featured in many movies and shows like The Sopranos, Where The Heart Is, Steal This Movie, The Tonight Show, Letterman, Boston Public, The Young & the Restless, Austin City Limits, ESPN, VH1, CMT and MTV. He has been a regular supplier of music for ESPN for the last 10 years. 

Kevin’s latest thing is Alison Scott, after meeting the pianist/singer/songwriter at a songwriting contest he produced her first album and became her manager/guitarist and producer. Alison has now sold over 10,000 units and they tour all over the midwest to sold out shows. This band became a working unit and forms the Okemah Prophets, Kevin, Peter Anderson and Steve Price also tour and record with Freedy Johnston.


  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Michael Brown

Audio Production and Engineering

Mike Brown is a freelance audio engineer and certified Pro Tools Expert and Media Composer instructor. He works in all aspects of audio production, including music production and engineering, broadcast, live sound & lighting, and commercial post production.


  • AAS, IPR, 2009

Betsy Butwin

Business, Intellectual Property Law, Contracts

Betsy Butwin Law, PLLC is dedicated to providing value and service to clients in the realms of Arts, Entertainment & Creative Services, Media & Technology, Small Business & Corporate, and Estate Planning. Prior to establishing Betsy Butwin Law, Betsy's industry experience ranged from New York to Los Angeles, working with record labels, artists and law firms to secure deals and protect intellectual property rights. In the years since starting her practice, Betsy has expanded her knowledge and experience to include expertise in estate planning, wills and trusts.

Betsy is extremely passionate about the rapid changes in media and technology and the effects those changes have on arts, entertainment, and business. Betsy Butwin Law, PLLC has two foremost priorities: integrity of legal representation and responsive service to clients.


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Jeffrey Cashdollar

Design, Photoshop, Illustrator

Jeff Cashdollar currently teaches graphic design at IPR. Jeff was raised in Minneapolis and grew up around the local punk scene. He studied film writing and history at New York University (1988) and received a M.F.A. in graphic design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jeff was the print production manager at the Walker Art Center and designed and edited many television commercials for various cable networks and corporations (HBO, Showtime, Discovery Kids, Court TV, Mazda, Mercury and Ford).

When not teaching, Jeff designs cat toys, writes haiku and obsesses on Canadian television.


  • M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy
  • B.F.A., NYU, New York

Walter Chancellor, Jr.

Production, Logic Studio

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Walter Chancellor has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities contemporary jazz and R&B scene for over a decade. Within the last two years, Walter has performed and recorded with various national and local acts in the Twin Cities music scene such as Prince, with whom Walter received platinum record status for his sax work on Prince’s “Emancipation” CD. Walter has performed and recorded with such artist as Chaka Khan, Bobby Lyle, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, DJ Kaskade, TKO, Thomasina Petrus, Erica West, Best Kept Secret, Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Conversation Piece (4 years as House Band for Jazzmine's Night Club).

Drawing his inspiration from early jazz and funk luminaries, Walter’s diverse background also includes extensive experience in Audio and MIDI production & composition. Walter has taught Desktop Production there for the last decade. Walter specifically teaches Midi, Audio and Video Post Production at the “Institute of Production and Recording” (IPR) in downtown Minneapolis. Walter has also been instrumental in the launch of an after school program called “IDEAWERKS, in which he taught and wrote and created curriculum for the after school and summer programs at Powderhorn & East Phillips Parks in Minneapolis, MN aimed ftowards 12-18 year old children.

Through his own production company “Chancellor Music”, Walter provides music production, songwriting, and session work for local & national artists alike, film, advertising, corporate groups, and other private entities.


  • Grandview College

Discography & Work History

  • SWING SET “The Soul Remains” (1989) Blackberry Way Records
  • OPENED FOR CHAKA KHAN – w/ The Group “The Underworld) – Glam Slam Minneapolis, MN (1994)
  • NEW POWER GENERATION Maxi Single “Get Wild” (1994) NPG Records SECRET GARDENS “Colors” (1995) Northwood Record Label
  • TKO “Thought You Knew” (1995) Kitchen Records
  • PRINCE “Emancipation” (1996) NPG Records
  • WALTER CHANCELLOR JR. “Saxophone Man” (1998) Kitchen Records CHAKA KHAN "Come to My House" (1998) NPG Records
  • STREET JAZZ VOL. I (2000) Jazzateria Record Label
  • SMOOTH SAX TRIBUTE TO JANET JACKSON (2004) Tribute Sounds - Liquid 8 SMOOTH SAX TRIBUTE TO MARY J. BLIGE (2004) Tribute Sounds - Liquid 8 SMOOTH SAX TRIBUTE TO MARVIN GAYE (2005) Tribute Sounds - Liquid 8 SMOOTH SAX TRIBUTE TO ALICIA KEYS (2005) Tribute Sounds - Liquid 8
  • SMOOTH SAX TRIBUTE TO SADE (2005) Tribute Sounds - Liquid 8
  • BB5 (Blue Beat 5) HIP BOP CD – Calvin Records (2007)
  • R&B CHRISTMAS – Innovative Multimedia (2009)
  • OPENED FOR BON JOVI – w/ Alison Scott Xcel Energy Center -St. Paul, MN (2011) PAISLEY PARK STUDIOS – Pro Tools Consultation (February – March 2012)

Eddie Ciletti


Since 2004, Eddie has been sharing his knowledge of Audio Electronics, Analog Recording and Production Techniques with IPR students.   His career began in 1975 as a Keyboard Technician (a.k.a. roadie) for Daryl Hall and John Oates.  At twenty-three, he became chief engineer at Bearsville Studios (near Woodstock, NY).    The clients on his first week were The Rolling Stones (rehearsing for their SOME GIRLS tour) and Peter Tosh (mixing an album).   He then went to work for Eddy Offord (Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Dixie Dregs) and has worked at Atlantic and Record Plant Studios in New York City, where he lived for 19 years.

In between major studio stints, Eddie was a free lance recording engineer and technician.  While hired for his technical skills, he was often asked at the eleventh hour to assist on sessions for Arif Mardin and Miles Davis.  Eddie was part of the audio crew for major broadcast events including Live Aid, Farm Aid, MLK's Birthday Celebration at the Kennedy Center (DC) and the Statue or Liberty re-dedication extravaganza (1985 ~ 1986).  He later ran his own professional audio repair business,  specialized in house calls, installations and digital tape machine repair - adapting as necessary in an industry that continues to evolve.  His clients have included many gifted musicians, engineers and producers, including a few famous ones, like David Byrne (Talking Heads), Tony Visconti (David Bowie, TRex) and experimental composer Laurie Anderson (Oh Superman!).

Eddie has written for various industry publications since the mid-eighties, has had a monthly column since 1994 and has been writing for MIX Magazine since 2000.   He moved to the Twin Cities in 1999.   

James Curry

Video Editing, Final Cut Studio

James has been active in post production for over 20 years. Currently he teaches editorial for the Institute of Production and Recording and the Minnesota School of Business Digital Video program. Educated at Full Sail and AFI, his work as an editor on numerous projects in Los Angeles and Minneapolis ranges from theatrical trailers, television promo’s and epk’s, national commercials and music videos, to prime time network television “reality” shows. These opportunities have allowed him to work and learn from a wide range of creative producers and directors. His commitment to demystifying and interpreting editorial sets him apart as an instructor. Other projects included documentary work for Prince and Virgin Records. He is also a recipient of several Telly awards including one for Outkast’s “Stankonia”. Corporate clients have included Best Buy, Allianz and ABC. He is presently an Apple and Avid Certified Trainer pursuing his BFA in Digital Media.


  • Certificate, Full Sail Real World Education
  • American Film Institute

Justin DeLeon

Audio Engineering, Pro Tools

A talented instructor, Justin brings his experience of playing in professional studios and his own musical groups to the classroom. He has self-produced, recorded, mixed, mastered and played the drums for Sleeper Pins, Dissonant Creatures and the Swallows. Before coming to IPR, Justin worked for four years as a staff engineer at Angel Beach Studios.


  • BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Partial Client List

  • Michael Bland
  • Sunny Thompson
  • Jelly Bean Johnson
  • Transonia
  • Gliss
  • Billy Peterson
  • Peter Schimke
  • Larry Long
  • J.D. Steele and the Steele Family Gospel Choir
  • Billy Steele
  • The Sounds of Blackness
  • Jevetta Steele
  • Dazy Head Mazy

Jeff DesLauriers

Post Production, Engineering, Pro Tools

Jeff DesLauriers acts as instructor and program chair for IPR's audio production and engineering courses. He is an Avid-Certified Pro Tools Instructor with specializations in audio recording and production, post-production, MIDI, digital recording, live sound reinforcement and surround audio recording and mixing. In addition to being Pro Tools certified, Jeff holds manufacturer certifications from Waves Plug-Ins, T.C. Electronics and SIA Smart Audio Software.

Jeff's experience includes working first as an assistant engineer and then chief engineer for Makoche Recording Company in Bismarck, ND. Jeff also has skills in vinyl and tape restoration. When he's not teaching, Jeff freelances at various studios in the metro area. He is an avid guitarist, bassist and drummer, and he enjoys snowboarding, adventure motorcycling, camping, mountain biking, computers, video games and fly fishing.

In his own words, "I love teaching at IPR because it is such an amazing community of nice, creative people. I get to talk about what I love to do every day!"


  • Diploma, The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • BS candidate, Game and Application development

Partial Client List

  • Stereophonics
  • Cracker
  • Soul Asylum
  • The Time
  • Starsailor
  • Prince
  • Jars of Clay

John Edmundson


John has been an instructor of mathematics at IPR since 2010.  Before coming to IPR, he taught high school mathematics, including A.P. Calculus and A.P. Statistics, for 34 years.  In 2007, he resigned his teaching job to join the Peace Corps, where he then taught in Tanzania through 2009.  He also spent 6 months teaching in Liberia, again with the Peace Corps, in 2012.


  • M.Ed., B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Jay Fleming

Post-Production, Pro Tools, Live Sound

An audio industry professional for the past 25 years, Jay Fleming has worked as a live sound audio engineer for thousands of shows. In 1995, he became one of the founders of Allied Sales and Productions, where he served as operations manager. Jay also continues to manage his own recording studio, In Record Time, where he has engineered, mixed, and mastered dozens of records, many commercials, and several films.

Jay has been an educator since 1990, starting at Music Tech (now McNally Smith), where he designed and developed courses in digital audio, acoustics, audio engineering, and live sound reinforcement. He has been with IPR since 2003 serving as educator and program chair for ProTools, Logic, and Microsoft certifications. He is one of only a handful of audio professionals in the world to be a certified Avid Experts in Music, Post, ICON, and Venue- and the first to be certified for ICON and Venue. Currently, Jay continues to develop new curricula as program chair for Live Sound and Show Production.


  • BA, St. Olaf College, 1987

Marius Stefan



  • PhD in Mathematics from the University of Iowa
  • M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Bucharest, Romania
  • B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Bucharest, Romania

Guy Frechette

Psychology, Social Sciences

Guy knows that psychology is a key aspect of the music industry. He often asks his students, "As a songwriter, how do you get into the listener's head? As a producer, how do you get inside the musician's head?" Guy, also known as "Mr. F," helps students understand how songwriting can open the door to the subconscious and what's found when that door opens.

Mr. F. has been a counselor, therapist, behavior analyst and a consultant working in state hospitals, group homes and rehabilitation facilities.

Today, Mr. F is happy to be at IPR, where he enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge of psychology. He is currently at work modifying his third Mystery Machine van. 


  • BA, MA, MAT, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tom Garneau


The phrase “early adapter” gets thrown around a lot in the music industry, but it has never been truer then when describing Tom Garneau.  A true audio aficionado, he received his first analog tape recorder at age seven and started his first studio in 1981. After years of  working in the  MPLS underground scene, Tom made the jump to the majors  in ’89 by becoming a staff engineer at Prince’s Paisley Park studios, his seven year  tenure resulting in astonishing number of  gold and platinum records.

When asked why he wanted to teach, Tom told us, “I love teaching and sharing what others have shared with me. My Dad was a public high school teacher. His former students go out of their way to tell me the impact he had on their learning and life. My goal is to have that kind of impact on my students.” 

Partial Discography

P = Producer; ED = Editing; E = Engineer; M = Mixer; MA= Mastering; Pr = Programming; S = Songwriter; and Vox = Vocals *R.I.A.A. Certified Gold or Platinum (more than 17 million served)

Artist Album Credit
Bone Shakers Think About You P, E, M
Big Head Todd *Sister Sweetly E
Bodeans Black and White E
The Breeders Mod Squad Soundtrack M
Tevin Campbell* I'm Ready E
Tevin Campbell* T.E.V.I.N. E
Chicago Live at Greek Theatre E
George Clinton Hey Man, Smell My Finger E
Mike Doughty Smofe + Smang: Live in Mpls E, Ma
Mike Doughty Skittish Ma
Dust Bunnies Shishkabam P, E, M, Vox
Carmen Electra Carmen Electra M
Dr. Fink Ultrasounds M, ED, Ma
The Flops Ooh La La Ma
Rosie Gaines Closer Than Close E, M
France Gall France France
Girl 6/Spike Lee Original Soundtrack E, M
Hammer* 2 Legit 2 Quit E, M
Hoop Dreams Original Soundtrack E
Jesse Johnson Bare My Naked Soul E, M
Geoff Keezer Wildcrafted: Live at Dakota E
Eric Leeds Now & Again E, M
Mayte Children of Thee Sun M
Madhouse (Prince) 24 (unreleased) E, M
Mason Jennings Century Spring E, M
Mason Jennings Simple E, M
Mason Jennings Use Your Voice E, M
Paul Metsa Texas in the Twilight Ma
Moody Blues* Night at Red Rocks E, M
Terri Nunn Confession Time E
Donny Osmond Four M
Guesch Patti Gobe M
Ross William Perry The Move M, Ma
Prince* Graffiti Bridge E, M, Vox
Prince* Diamonds and Pearls M
Prince* Love Symbol E, M
Prince* Hits  Vol. 1 E, M
Prince* Crystal Ball E
Prince* Gold Experience E, M
Prince* Best of Prince E, M
Prince* Ultimate E, M
Ricky Peterson Smile Blue E
R.E.M.* Out of Time Assistant E, Assistant M
Dana Thompson Ox P, E, M, Ma
Terell Stafford Quintet Taking Chances E
Mavis Staples Voice E
Sting Demolition Man Soundtrack E
Andrew Strong unreleased E
The Time* Pandemonium E
Tina & the B-Sides Monster E, M
Trip Shakespeare Volt E, M
Matt Wilson Burnt, White, and Blue P, E, M, Ma

Craig Grossman

Music Business

Craig Grossman has been booking and managing artists full time now for twelve years.  He has booked tours, long and short for the likes of Trampled By Turtles, The Ike Reilly Assassination, Honeydogs, Freedy Johnston, Mark Mallman, Dressy Bessy, The Figgs, Kaiser Cartel, Tracy Bonham, Robbers On High Street and many more. Grossman founded Green Room Music Source in 2006 and has dedicated himself to merging his music business expertise with education. Joining The Institute of Production and Recording in 2005, he remains a current faculty adjunct instructor in the school’s entertainment business program and has taught courses on artist management, tour management, copyright law, publishing, event production and the recording industry.


  • BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Certificate, Brown College

Partial Client List

  • Black Diamond Bay
  • The Effects
  • The 757s
  • Bedroom Walls
  • Captain Yonder
  • Dressy Bessy
  • Grammar debate
  • Honey Dogs
  • Jelloslave
  • KaiserCartel
  • Le Concorde
  • Mark Mallman
  • Mayda
  • Nous Non Plus
  • Phil Solem
  • Romantica
  • Ruby Isle
  • Randy Casey
  • Sissy Wish
  • Squaaks
  • Tony Lucc
  • Wisely

Mitch Hare


Mitch Hare is the executive program chair and the chair of the Music and Entertainment Business program at the Institute of Production and Recording.  He holds a bachelors in Music from the University of Minnesota where he studied music theory under the direction of David Dahmschroeder. While at the university, he also studied piano and voice, and he performed in chorale and jazz ensembles. Mitch studied jazz piano and theory at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.  He holds an masters in Managerial Leadership from Globe University.

Mitch has over 30 years’ experience in music as a performer and entertainment contractor.  He worked as a bassist on two albums and toured with regional bands that shared the stage on shows with national recording artists BB King, Joe Cocker, The Guess Who, Nicolette Larson and Little Anthony and the Imperials.  After getting off the road, Mitch focused on performing locally with artists in the corporate band scene and contracted musicians for work on corporate and social entertainment events. He continues to perform as a keyboardist in Minneapolis currently on stage with singer Aimee Lee.  

As an educator, Mitch has over eight years’ experience as a program developer and manager for media arts programs at the Institute of Production and Recording and Broadview Entertainment Arts University.  He enjoys working with faculty and program leaders to develop and manage curriculum that supports and respects the philosophy that the creative arts are instrumental in creating a rich and valued place in our culture and in the marketplace. 


  • B.A., University of Minnesota
  • M.S., Globe University

Jessica Hegland

Digital Photography

Jessica has more than fifteen years of experience as a photographer in the Minneapolis area.  Dynamic and motivated, she is a natural at blending business and photography with art and design to create concepts, shoots and edited finished products.  She is an “artist at heart” and especially enjoys shooting musicians and fashion.

Corporate business clients have included Mpls / St. Paul Magazine, Mesaba Airlines, Regional Elite Airline Services, Northwestern College, 651media, WCCO AM830, KS95, 526 Salon & Gallery, IPR, Concordia Academy, Erica West, Walter Chancellor, Arch Stanton, Crisis Line, and Melody and the Dramatics.


  • AAS in Photography & Digital Imaging, MCTC

Portia Heller

Global Citizenship, Social Sciences

Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Portia grew up in the country with horses, a Doberman, and the woods as her best companions.  As a wee child, she loved books and reading, especially any book that centered on nature, or poetry, or the classics…in short, just about anything that was mind expanding.  Starting quite young, she studied music very seriously, with emphasis on violin, piano and voice, and had aspirations to attend drama school in New York.  Regretfully, parental approval was not as fervent as her dream, and she headed to Purdue University.  Her B.A. was in Journalism and French, and the first M.A. was in Philosophy, both from Purdue.  During the first year at Purdue, Portia took up trapshooting, and became fervently passionate about the sport. One year after starting to shoot, she won her first of three Indiana State Titles.  Over the years, she was able to garner a number of national titles, many state titles, and held a place on the All American Team.

After Purdue, she entered the job market in copier sales, a position that was rare for women at that time. Within two years, several interviews/articles appeared nationally in Office Products magazine.

From copiers, she moved to Honeywell’s Mainframe Computer Sales Division, and when that was phased out, she helped rescue a small company from embezzlement and mismanagement, and transforming it into a successful enterprise.

The biggest change came when she was offered a position with Engineering Products Associates, a manufacturers representative in electronics test equipment, based in Edina, MN. Her territory consisted of Indiana and the four contiguous states.  In her second and third year with EPA, she was High Salesman for the company.  Eventually, she moved to Minneapolis.  After having proclaimed on the day of graduation with her M.A. at Purdue that she never wanted to see another engineer as long as she lived, she married one.  (Nothing quite like a philosopher and an electrical engineer!)

Eventually, the head of EPA stepped down, and handed the responsibility of President to Portia.  It was a very daunting task, as the industry was changing its needs and requirements. 

Over the last ten years…

at the prompting of a dear friend, Portia decided to try teaching, and once again, another passion was born.  She currently teaches at the Minnesota School of Business, Institute of Production and Recording, and the Adler Graduate School. She gleaned Faculty of the Year for her campus in 2011, and in 2012, earned a second M.A. in Practical Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Development.

She is interested in everything, but her greatest interests and passions…

are Inspirational/Motivational speaking, writing, music, especially 14th-16th Century, cycling, Nordic walking, hiking, gourmet cooking, reading, and above all, learning and helping others believe in their own abilities. She spends as much time in the outdoors as possible, as she has often told me that is her place of meditation and prayer.

Ask her about…

Writing, speaking, business and sales presentations, organizational development, classical music and jazz, flora, fauna, and anything that grows…and that includes people! 


  • M.A., Purdue
  • M.A., Adler Institute
  • B.A., Purdue

Nicole Nelson

Art/Graphic Design

Nicole Nelson has 20 years experience in the field of graphic design and advertising. She began her career working for Minnesota State Mankato Printing Services designing a wide range of on-campus materials for various departments. She then moved up to Minneapolis to take a position as a designer at TMP Worldwide. After her stint there, she worked for a small company where she designed their marketing materials and product designs, helped with photo shoots, worked with vendors and did some copywriting. An opportunity then came to work downtown at a marketing and communications firm, giving her the opportunity to work directly with a team of creative people on a daily basis. Though she loved design, she always had a passion to teach which is not surprising since she comes from a long line of teachers. She went back to school obtain my Master’s Degree in teaching from the University of MN. After completing her degree in 2002, she began teaching at MN School of Business/Globe University. She has taught most of the classes in the Interactive Media and Graphic Design program and has extensive experience in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. She likes to tell the students, “I learned Illustrator when the program was installed on the computer from 12 different floppy disks”.

In addition to teaching and managing the program, she is a freelance designer, solving design problems for a wide variety of clients such as EJ Hansen Architects, Broadcast Design Group, and HH Collaborative to name a few. In her spare time she serves on the board of a non-profit organization, Simply ArtAbles, which provides arts programming for the underserved community and volunteers at her childrens’ schools. She enjoys photography, the chain of lakes, discovering new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.


  • BFA., in Art/Graphic Design from Minnesota State Mankato
  • M.Ed., in Education from the University of Minnesota 

Steve Hodge

Audio Production and Engineering

Steve is best known as the primary Mixing Engineer for "Flyte Tyme Productions," the company of super-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Steve was pivotal to the evolution of the Flyte Tyme sound. This partnership led to hits for a long list of artists: Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Sting, Rod Stewart, Boys II Men, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, TLC and on and on. Steve currently holds well over 100 Gold and Platinum records, and is also a Grammy Winner.

In the summer of 1969, Hodge got a job working construction on one of the dozens of new recording studios popping up in LA, working for MGM Records Director of Engineering Val Valentin. This led to work as a second engineer and working on landmark records like the Osmonds “Puppy Love”, Sammy Davis Jr’s. “Candy Man”, and Boston’s groundbreaking first record.

From second engineer to first engineer to staff engineer; he worked in many of LA's top studios, from MGM Records, and The Record Plant, to the legendary West Lake Audio. Hodge left Los Angeles to work at Studio in the Country in Louisiana in the early 70s, where he did work as producer/engineer. There he worked on roots blues and unique musical genres with artists from Professor Longhair to the Wild Magnolias and Clifton Chenier.

A return to LA, finds Hodge working on a series of major projects as engineer and mixer, most notably for Solar Records, with their stable of artists: Shalamar, Lakeside, The Whispers, Dynasty and others.

In 1985, Hodge got a call from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, asking him to fly from LA to help them with a very important album they were producing at their fledgling studio in Minneapolis. 

The album was "Control," which established Janet Jackson as a pop diva, and was instrumental in Jam and Lewis winning the Grammy as Producers of the Year in 1987. It created an international reputation for their Flyte Tyme Productions and began an eighteen-year relationship with Hodge at the console of one of the greatest hit-making machines in the history of the recording industry.

From that point on, as Flyte Tymes mixing engineer, Hodge was pivotal to the evolution of the Flyte Tyme sound, a mix of unique hard-hitting rhythmic lines, lush multi-layered production and melodic vocals. This approach led to hits for an astonishing list of artists - Janet and Michael Jackson, Sting, Rod Stewart, Boys II Men, Mary J. Blige, Maria Carey, TLC and on and on.

Steve Hodge has close to 100 Gold and platinum records to his name. He refers to this as “A ridiculous amount by anyone’s standards”.  To put it another way, he’s worked on well over a hundred million records in circulation. If that’s not a definition of achievement then we don’t know what is. In 2007 Steve was elected to The Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy and served until 2009. Steve now spends the majority of his time serving the students of IPR as Program Chair and Instructor.

Bob Jenkins

Post-Production, Orchestration, Scoring, Music Theory

Bob Jenkins has been a professional musician since he was 15 years old.  His musical career includes performing as a trombonist, conducting orchestras on stage and in the recording studio and composing and arranging music for advertising, films and records.


Bob played as principal trombone for Woody Herman, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bob Crosby, Xavier Cugat, Paul Lavalle’s Band of Americaand the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.


Bob has composed and produced music for Ashland Oil, Arby’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Burger King, Dodge Dealers, Dow Chemical, Ford, Gillette, Kelloggs, Lee Jeans, Lincoln/Mercury, McDonalds, Metromedia TV, Mutual of Omaha, NCAA Final Four, Old Home Bread, Pillsbury, Pizza Hut, Polaris, Purina, Roto-Rooter, Schlitz, 7-Up, SuperAmerica, Target, Tony’s Pizza, Union Pacific, Walmart, WCBS TV, Yellow Pages and many more.

Music Direction

Bob has conducted for Andy Griffith, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Four Lads, Ernie Ford, Marilyn Maye and others.


  • “Iron Will” (Walt Disney Pictures) Produced pre-record music cues
  • “Running Free” (Trimark Pictures) Composed and conducted orchestral music score
  • “Out Of The Wilderness” (BRI Pictures) Composed and conducted orchestral music score
  • “Murder At 1600” (Warner Brothers) Composed “CNN News Theme”
  • “Split-Rock Light” (TV Documentary) Composed and conducted orchestral music score
  • “Into The West” (Union Pacific/Expo 73 Documentary) Composed and conducted orchestral music score


  • CLIO Award – Best Campaign for Old Home Bread
  • Cannes Film Festival Gold Lion Award – WCBS TV Promotional campaign
  • Hollywood Radio and TV Society – Yellow Pages commercials
  • New York Art Directors – Union Pacific TV Campaign
  • Many other national, regional and local awards


  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 1956-57
  • College of St. Thomas, St. Paul 1957-59

Amanda Kirchner

Digital Video, Film History

Growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Amanda developed two passions: astronomy and movies; she has been a science fiction geek since she was six.  As an undergrad, she studied physics and astronomy, but was also involved in theater, mainly as a lighting designer.  After graduating, she spent a year in a science documentary filmmaking program in Montana, where she learned about HD video production, field recording and post-production.

Amanda transferred into a visual effects program in Minneapolis, focusing on digital compositing and 3D modeling. While in Minneapolis, she was involved in two independent films as a visual effects artist and production manager.  After graduation, Amanda spent three years at a local company, where she worked with audio-video production and audience response technologies for corporate meetings across the country.

Amanda returned to graduate school to focus on film theory and history, completing her Master’s in film studies with an emphasis on film technology and animation.  Currently, Amanda teaches classes in video production, film history, and computer science.  She is an Avid Media Composer certified instructor, but she is also familiar with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe’s Creative Suite.  For the last two years, Amanda has been a freelance video artist as well, producing videos for local non-profit organizations and music videos for local musicians.  In her free time, Amanda likes to play ultimate frisbee and broomball, home brew, and knit.


  • BA in Physics, Carleton College
  • BS in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Art Institute International
  • MA in Film Studies, University of Iowa

Jason Koskovich


Jason Koskovich first earned his accounting degree in 2000 from Dakota County Technical College earning a spot in the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.  Over the next 10 years he worked in the corporate offices for TGI Fridays, Cross Telecom, and Granite City Food & Brewery.  In his spare time, Jason worked on street teams for multiple local bands and decided to take his love of music to the next level.  In 2010 he enrolled at The Institute of Production & Recording pursuing a degree in Music & Entertainment Business and graduating Cum Laude with distinctions.  Jason is currently the Student Accounts representative for IPR as well as an adjunct instructor.


  • A.A.S., Dakota County Technical
  • A.A.S., Institute of Production and Recording

Colt Leeb

Engineering, Production, Pro Tools, Editing

A graduate of The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Colt Leeb is a young and gifted instructor with an already impressive and expanding set of credentials. He is an Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor, with specializations in audio recording and production, MIDI, digital recording and editing.

Colt has spent countless hours behind the counsel, recording, producing, engineering, editing and creating music for many local and national artists as well as worked at Master Mix Studios, Minneapolis, and Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN.
According to Colt, "Being able to edit audio at a professional level is arguably the most essential skill for the recent graduate.  It makes me feel great when students complete my advanced editing class knowing they will be a valued employee at any studio on the world."

Aside from his work in the music industry, Colt enjoys writing music for his band, Absent I, and considers himself to be an avid outdoorsman as long as the weather is nice and he gets to go home at the end of the day to sleep in his own bed.


  • Diploma, The Institute of Production and Recording, 2003

Partial Client List

  • Soul Asylum (The Silver Lining), Assistant Engineer 2005
  • Staija (Show Yourself), Engineer/Mixer 2005
  • A Verse Unsung/New Medicine (The Autaum EP), Engineer/Mixer/Producer 2006
  • Rise or Rust, Engineer/Mixer/Producer 2006
  • Golden Smog (Another Fine Day), Assistant Engineer 2006
  • Staija (Unreleased), Engineer/Mixer/Producer 2006
  • Far From Falling (EP), Engineer/Mixer/Producer 2006
  • Casey Golden (Peddling Medicine), Recording Engineer 2006
  • Adrianne Lenker (Stages of the Sun), Recording Engineer 2006
  • Lucky Boys Confusion (How To Get Out Alive), Assistant Engineer 2006
  • Jason Karaban (Doomed to Make Choices), Engineer 2006
  • A Verse Unsung/New Medicine (Sleeping Tigers), Engineer/Mixer/Producer 2007
  • Copasetic (Everything Is...), Engineer/Mixer/Producer 2007
  • Smilin Liar (Shotgun Melodies), Recording Engineer 2007
  • Meat Puppets (Sewn Together), Mixer 2008
  • Quiet Drive (Deliverance), Drum Engineer/Assistant Engineer/Loops 2008
  • Drift Effect (EP), Producer/Engineer/Mixer 2008
  • The Honeydogs (Sunshine Committee), Assistant Engineer 2009
  • Tonic Sol-fa, Recording Engineer/Editing Engineer 2005-2010
  • Tonic Sol-fa (Boston to Beijing), Engineer 2005
  • Far From Falling (The Weight of it All), Mixer 2009
  • Kidnap Kings (Flashing Lights and Sound), Engineer/Producer 2009
  • Robert Robinson, Engineer 2009
  • New Medicine, Engineer/Producer 2010
  • Absent I (For You), Engineer/Producer/Mixer/Writer 2010

Andrew Lucas

Audio Engineering, ProTools

Minneapolis native Andrew “Ronin” Lucas is a producer, engineer, musician, DJ, and college educator.

Andrew has recorded, produced, and mixed music for Bad Boy Entertainment, Cam’ron and the Dip Set, and Pigeon John, among many others.  In 2008, the self-titled album by Doomtree, on which he engineered several songs, reached #1 on the College Music Journal’s hip-hop chart.  Most recently he has engineered records for More Than Lights, and Mama Digdown’s Brass Band.

As a consultant to Daymond John, CEO of FUBU, Andrew designed and installed several production studios for FUBU in Miami, Long Island, and the top of the Empire State Building.  He has also produced and recorded national radio advertisements for Ebay, DeVry University, The Sonny and Cher Show DVD collection, Paralyzed Veterans of America and others.

Andrew’s music production on songs and albums by Dessa, Aby Wolf, and Medida has been featured on numerous “Album of the Year”, “Artists of the Year”, and “Songs of the Year” lists by Star Tribune, City Pages, The Onion, and Minnesota Public Radio.


  • AAS, Full Sail University, Orlando

Partial Client List:

  • Bad Boy Entertainment
  • FUBU
  • Doomtree
  • Dessa
  • Matisyahu
  • Omaur Bliss
  • Yoni
  • Jessy Greene
  • Aby Wolf
  • Jeffrey Moon
  • eBay
  • DeVry University
  • Public Storage
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Sonny and Cher Show DVD Collection

Rich Manik

Music History, Music Theory

Rich Manik is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on all woodwinds and keyboard with many local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music. Some of the pop artists Rich has performed with include, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Kenny Rodgers. Additionally, Rich has had the opportunity to perform with some well-known jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Lou Rawls and Jack McDuff. Rich has extensive experience performing in and touring with productions of, The 1940’s Radio Hour and A Little Night Music and when possible, continues to tour with local and national artists. His continuing performance experiences include recording sessions for radio and television, pit orchestras and as a featured guest artist / clinician and conductor. Some of the most recent performance experiences have included performances with the George Maurer Jazz Group as well as national performances with the Minneapolis based band Synergy. Also, beginning in 2010, Rich had the opportunity to perform as  a member of the St. Cloud Symphony including compositions such as Ravel’s Bolero and Prokofiev’s  Lieutenant Kije, Troika ,Romeo and Juliet, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition  and Bernstein's West Side Story Dance Suite. Also in 2011, he participated in a Minnesota Public Television feature on the George Maurer Group as well as a performance with the St. Paul City Ballet. Also in 2012, Rich participated in the premier performances of George Maurer's  Autumn Song  at the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, in Provincetown, MA. During the past 12 years, Rich has been an adjunct instructor of music at a variety of colleges and universities including; Anoka Ramsey Community College, St. Paul College and most recently taught Rock and Roll History to a class of 400 students at St. Cloud State University. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN., and The Institute for Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN., and will be returning to St. Cloud State in January 2013 to teach Rock and Roll history. Rich has earned a B.M. in Jazz Performance from Duquesne University and a Masters of Music Degree from Boston University.


  • B.A., Duquesne University
  • M.Ed., Boston University

Nell Morningstar

Writing, Humanities

Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde began writing when she was in grade school, and never stopped. After high school, she spent a few active years as a poet and working for a small poetry press. Falling in love with film, she worked freelance for more than 20 years in the local film and photography industries. During this time she completed her undergraduate degree through Metropolitan State University. As the print advertising business contracted, she returned to grad school and completed her masters in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction.

She currently teaches writing in various community settings and in the MN Department of Corrections. She has been published in a range of print and online publications, and is completing her thesis novel. She continues to play with stop motion animation and pinhole photography in her spare time.


  • B.A., Metropolitan State University
  • M.F.A., Hamline University

Scott "Scooter" Nelson

Business, Commercial Music, Career Development

Prior to teaching at IPR, Scooter travelled the world as a musician. He has had a hand in performing, writing, singing, recording, playing and managing for the rock band Judd and the Mary Jane Alm Band. He also toured Japan with the City Cats as cultural music ambassadors for Minneapolis. A member of the IPR faculty for over 6 years, Scooter was directly involved in helping write and create the curriculum for the Media Business Communication & Networking Class, Career Development, & The Business & Production of Commercial Music class, & Venue development, which he teaches.

Scooter began his commercial singing career in 1983. His voice is featured on national TV jingles for General Mills, Jockey, Whirlpool, Northwest Airlines, Bush Beer and Minnesota Twins Baseball. He is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) union. In 1987, Scooter worked as the music director and talent buyer for the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, where he created the music program, booked all talent and promoted shows seven nights a week. He also co-promoted talent at Guthrie Theater and The Dakota Jazz Club. Expanding his repertoire, Scooter created and produced "Live at The Fine Line," a weekly, one-hour radio show with Cities 97 FM.

Challenging James Brown for the status of "the hardest working man in show business," Scooter consulted on the development of Riverplace Entertainment and co-director of music operations for Mississippi Live. Armed with more ideas, he started Creative Music Service as a sole proprietor for Music Booking and Talent Buying. He has scored projects for PBS, National Geographic and Discovery.

Scooter serves as a music advocate in area schools. He continues to perform and does voiceover work. He helped write and develop the curriculum for two classes he teaches at IPR: Media Business Communication and Networking, and Business and Production of Commercial Music. Scooter is married, proud father of two, and lives happily in Golden Valley.


  • Rochester State College and Minnesota State University, Mankato

Industry Awards

  • Emmy Award for music audio engineering
  • 2 Telly Awards for non-broadcast video music
  • 5 Parents Choice Gold Awards for Children's CDs
  • 5 Minnesota Music Awards for role as Singer and Musician
  • 3M Visionary Award  for role of Producer for Sky Blue Catfish
  • NARAS 10-Year award
  • Minnesota Governor's Arts Award

Jason Orris

Engineering, Production

Jason has been owner/manager/engineer of the Terrarium Recording Studio (www.the-terrarium.com) since starting it twenty years ago as a basement studio equipped with a coffee maker and an 16-track tape machine. After a year and a half the studio moved into the Washington Avenue location where some of the best sounding rock records in Minneapolis were recorded over the next decade. Ten years ago the studio moved again into its current location where it has expanded to include a mastering suite, natural light, and an espresso machine in addition to the coffee maker. 

As a man of many hats, Jason was also Business Manager of First Avenue for eight years (1987-1994), tackling the books as well as running sound in the Entry and DJ'ing in the Mainroom. Jason played bass for Interscope Records recording artists Polara from 1994 to 1998 and played guitar and sang for No Alternative recording artists the Hot from 1997 to 2002. He has been a faculty member of IPR since 2009 teaching Advanced Engineering and Mixing and Mastering.

James Patrick

Electronic Music, Ableton Live, Synthesis, Event Production

James Patrick is a 15+ year touring DJ, producer, curator, and educator.

He is a sound artist who thrives on bringing together the creative energy and ideas of his community. Through collaboration and experimentation, he creates immersive environments that explore the evolving definitions of sound art, both at his own art gallery (Gamut Gallery) in downtown Minneapolis, and also through his music and teaching.  His record label (Timefog Recordings) and events are both supported by some of the greatest names in electronic music, and his personal recordings continue to make waves in the international electronic music circuit.

Through his professional involvement in both academic and popular electronic realms, James curates and develops internationally recognized festivals and events in the electronic music and arts. James is the owner of Slam Academy, Gamut Gallery, Slam Factory, and Midwest Digital Arts in Minneapolis, platforms that he uses to foster and showcase new ideas and talents in the field of technology arts. James is also the recipient of many awards, including the American Composer’s Forum MECA award.

JP teaches and develops curricula in the fields of sound design, composition, music production at various music production institutions including Dubspot in New York City and The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis. He was a pilot member of the Ableton Trainer Certification program.

James has more than ten years of professional experience directing events and playing music alongside other innovators in the genre, including Morton Subotnik, Alvin Lucier, Pole, Speedy J, Richard Devine, Bruno Pronsato, Akufen, Rich Hawtin, Magda, Barem, Deadbeat/Crackhaus, and many others.


  • Diploma, The Institute of Production and Recording

Steve Price

Production, Logic Studio, ProTools

Within the audio community, there are professionals who are sought after for their musical abilities- Steve is one of those guys. In the music business since the late 80's as a musician, songwriter, music promoter, engineer and producer, Steve is most noted for his band, Rex Daisy.

A Drake University graduate with a B.A. in Journalism – Mass Communication with an emphasis in commercial music production, he has recorded with a variety of labels including Geffen Records, and was privileged to have performed on the prestigious Austin City Limits TV program. More recent production credits include music for the film, "Dummy" (2003 Artisan Entertainment) and "The Osbournes" (2003 MTV). Currently, Steve is the head-recording engineer for Accompany Publishing.  He is also the owner of Studio D3 as well as being a popular figure on the Minneapolis live scene.


  • BA, Drake University

Partial Client List

  • SRO Productions (2004 to present)
  • Accompany Publishing (2003 to present)
  • Rex Daisy (1990 to present)
  • TARGET Corporation (2006)
  • Artisan Entertainment (2003)
  • MTV (2003)
  • Terrarium Studios (2003)
  • City Pages (2002)
  • Media Loft (2002)
  • Pachyderm Records (1999)
  • Pachyderm Studios (1999)
  • Austin City Limits (1999)
  • Pravda Records (1997)
  • Geffen Records (1996)
  • October Records (1996)
  • Grandmaster Studios (1996)
  • A&M Studios (1995)
  • Gark Studios (1995)
  • Funkytown Studios (1992)


  • Logic Pro Level 1 Certified Instructor
  • Logic Pro Level 2 Certified Instructor
  • Avid Pro Tools Certified Instructor


  • "Best Cover Band" Award, Minnesota Music Academy
  • "Bass Player of the Year" Nomination, Minnesota Music Academy

David Priebe


David Priebe is the co-owner of booking agency and management firm Green Room Music Source with his partner Craig Grossman.   The firm represents more than forty artists as well as engaging in other ventures from PR to publishing.  Prior to his work with Green Room Music Source, David has worked for The American Federation of Musicians, OMC Group Publishing, and served on the board of directors for local music nonprofit Rock The Cause.  In addition he has booked and managed bands for years including his own project, Maudlin, which he still performs with.  David holds an AAS in Music Business from McNally Smith.

Current Clients

Lisa Germano | Freedy Johnston | Syd Straw | The Melismatics | Timmy Williams (Whitest Kids U'Know) | Dick Prall | Robbers on High Street | Dressy Bessy | Honeydogs | Kaiser Cartel | Tracy Bonham | The Figgs | Mark Mallman | Wussy | Goldenboy | Enemy Planes I Golden Bloom | The Grownup Noise | Maudlin | The Bloodsugars | Pretty Good Dance Moves | Winterpills | BNLX | Spouse | Wisely | Krief (from The Dears) | Kevin Bowe + The Okemah Prophets | A Severe Joy | The High Dials | Squaaks | Ruby Isle | Savannah Smith | Surgeons In Heat | The Hopefuls | Little Man | Romantica | 500 Million Society | Mayda | Reina Del Cid | Jack Littman | The Owls | Jelloslave | Le Concorde | Ali Young | Tyrant Sea Bear | Apollo Cobra | Chris McFarland | Bellwether 


  • A.A.S., McNally Smith College of Music

Dik Shopteau

Engineering, Production

Dik's life in music began at age 16 as a founding member of the band Judd. As one of the more successful bands to emerge from the Midwest, Judd toured extensively for 10 years in the U.S. and Canada, recording in New York City, Miami, Atlanta, Toronto and Minneapolis. Dik shared stages with Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Average White Band, Sammy Hagar, Buddy Miles and Ravi Shankar. Along the way, Judd became the "house band" for Swami Vishnu's annual yoga retreats in the Bahamas and Montreal.

Dik moved to Maui after Judd disbanded to concentrate on jazz fusion and beautiful beaches.  One year later, he got a call to join the Daisy Dillman Band where he again toured the country and recorded two albums for RCA.  One of those albums was recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound studio in Alabama.

In 1984, while still playing bass with many local artists, Dik decided to broaden his musical skills and move into production. It turned out to be a wise choice. As an engineer and producer he quickly became a cornerstone of the Minneapolis studio scene. From 1989-1999, he amassed a volume of credits as Chief Music Engineer at Cookhouse Recording Studios. Rock, R&B, country and gospel, radio and television post, sound design, jingles and on-location recording. In the year 2000 Dik built a full production recording studio in his home “GoDikGo Studio” continuing to service advertising and music clients, recording, composing and mixing.

Most recent projects in 2013 include:

  • Allman Brothers Band---Surround mix for   “40th Anniversary Live DVD”
  • George Maurer---Theatrical recording and mix for   “Empire Builder”
  • Scottie Miller---Live recording for the “Harriet Tubman House”
  • Costcutters Hair Salons---composition, voiceover and mixing Pawn America---recording and mixing and various others 
  • Dik currently plays Bass with “The Tex Pistols Band”



  • Cleopatra, "Cleopatra" Warner Bros. UK
  • Shola Ama, "You're The One I Love" Warner Bros. UK
  • Shola Ama, "In Return" Warner Bros. UK
  • No Mercy, "No Mercy" Arista/BMG
  • Benny Mardones, "Stand by Your Man" Curb
  • Nikita Germaine, "Sweet As It Comes" Motown
  • Infinity, "Will You Be My Baby" Arista UK
  • N-Tice, "All Day Everyday" Telstar
  • Mette Hartman, "Mette" EMI UK
  • M. Spivey KonKord
  • Raw Warner Bros
  • Bobby McFerrin, "Wizard of Oz on Ice" Soundtrack

Rock & Blues

  • Renee Austin , "Sweet Talk" Blind Pig
  • Shane Henry , "Deliverance" Shanachie
  • Melvin James MCA
  • The Dillman Band, "Lovin The Night" RCA
  • The Dillman Band, "Greenestreet" RCA
  • The Judd Group, "Rhythm & Space" ASI
  • The Judd Group, "Second Thoughts" ASI
  • The Revelators, "Blackie Fords Revenge" Leiber & Stoller
  • Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets Corazong
  • The Rolling Blunder Revue Live Doin It
  • Mick Sterling & The Stud Brothers (LIVE)
  • Dugan McNeil Polygram
  • Steve McLoone Ultimasongs


  • Robert Robinsons MCC Gospel Choir
  • Minneapolis Gospel Sound, "Put A Handle on It"
  • Minneapolis Gospel Sound, "Straight from the Heart"
  • Excelsior Choir, "Ain't No Rock"
  • Sara Renner, "Joy"
  • Mark Houser, "The Essence of Things Not Seen"


  • Traditional Methods, Interlock
  • Midwest Broadcast, "A Compilation of Twin Cities Hip Hop" Melophobic
  • Carnage, "Carnology" Melophobic
  • The Sweeps
  • Melophobic

New Age / Jazz / Country

  • The Remnants (multiple CD,s) BMW
  • George Maurer Solo Piano (multiple Cds)Pine Curtain
  • Northcoast , "4 Days In July" Andiamo
  • Minneapolis Workshop for Kids , "Sky Blue"
  • Baby Boom Bill Isles , "On the Threshold"
  • David Young, "So Many Things" Universe Music
  • David Young, "Renaissance Christmas" Universe Music
  • Holly Christie, "Poets & Prophets"
  • Island Dreams, "Lifescapes" Compass
  • Moore by 4 (Multiple Cds) MB4
  • Douglas Wood, "Deep Waters" Northsound


  • Electric Ladyland, NYC
  • Bearsville, NY
  • Greenstreet, NYC
  • Criteria, Miami
  • Muscle Shoals Sound, Alabama
  • Sound 80, Minneapolis
  • ASI, Minneapolis
  • Cookhouse, Minneapolis
  • Paisley Park, Minneapolis
  • Skyline, Toronto
  • The Sound Pit, Atlanta
  • EchoBay, New Hope
  • Metro Studios, Minneapolis
  • Rain Shadow Studios, Aspen, Colorado
  • Le Studio, Paris, France

Rod Smith

Entertainment Business

Before blundering into a freelance writing career around the turn of the millennium, Mr. Smith worked as a musician, retail buyer, disc jockey, independent curator, publicist, night club VJ, stage hand, bartender and lighting designer. He has written extensively about music, visual art, books and related topics for Decibel, Time Out New York, Paper Thin Walls, City Pages, the Seattle Weekly, Rain Taxi, the Star Tribune and various other publications. Mr. Smith lives in Downtown Minneapolis and plans to die with his boots on.

Laura Benda

Writing, Humanities

Laura Benda has been with IPR since July 2011 and divides her time between service learning coordinator and full-time writing instructor.  As service learning coordinator, she develops and manages real-world projects for students to both apply their classroom learning and become involved in the community, and as a writing instructor, she teaches classes including Composition, Creative Writing, and Foundations of Writing; she also coordinates the school’s writing and math tutoring center.  She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Hamline University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and before focusing on teaching, she worked as a reporter and editor for various Minnesota publications.  


  • M.A., Fine Arts Hamline University
  • B.J., Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia

Mike Trojan

Earth Science, Environmental Issues

Hydrologist with the State of Minnesota.  Primary interest includes understanding fate and transport of pollutants in the environment.  Have worked in a variety of environmental research, monitoring and regulatory programs for past 25+ years.


  • P.H.D., University of Minnesota

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