Award-Winning Faculty

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IPR Faculty

  • Mary Jane Alm

    Music Theory, Vocal Performance

    Mary Jane Alm, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    Mary Jane Alm has toured internationally, been featured on national network TV and performed on stage for some of America's largest corporations. Today, she continues a busy gig schedule with both her own band and with a show band called Synergy, which tours the corporate client world.

    Mary Jane's first album, Prisoner of the Heart, was recorded in Minneapolis. Two more albums, Blue Earth and Too True, were recorded in Nashville and in various studios in the Twin Cities, including Paisley Park.

    Her latest album, Me and The Wild Blue, was recorded in the IPR studios. It was produced and mixed by Grammy winner and audio production and engineering program chair, Steve Hodge.


    1. Minnesota State University, Mankato

    Client Highlights

    1. Coca-Cola
    2. General Mills
    3. Johnson & Johnson
    4. McDonald's
    5. Pillsbury
    6. Sears

    Project Highlights

    Performed with or opened for:

    1. Charlie Daniels
    2. David Byrne of the Talking Heads
    3. Jimmy Webb
    4. Marie Osmond
    5. Michael Johnson
    6. The Judds
    7. Willie Nelson

    Worked locally with:

    1. The Rupert's Orchestra
    2. Women Who Cook

    Honors & Awards

    1. 15 Minnesota Music Awards, including "Best Female Vocalist" and "Artist of the Year"
    2. Twice inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and a member of City Mouse
    3. Grammy-nominated, Emmy Award winner and Parents’ Choice Award winner for one of her five albums with the Music Workshop for Kids
  • Steve Alm

    Music Theory, Performance

    Steve Alm, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. Minnesota State University, Mankato
    2. BM, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    3. Peabody Conservatory of Music

  • Kevin Beacham

    Hip-Hop Essentials

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    Kevin Beacham discovered hip-hop in 1980 and has been actively involved in the genre’s culture 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 and started his own company, Rage Promotions.

    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. He has used his knowledge of hip hop on his radio show, in his writing, and in his lectures at colleges, high schools and community programs.

    In 2003, Kevin was asked by indie powerhouse label Rhymesayers to move to Minneapolis to act as project manager. In conjunction with Rhymesayers, Kevin introduced a hip-hop class to IPR in 2006.

    Regardless of 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.

    Client Highlights

    Produced campaigns for many major labels and independent companies, including:

    1. A&M
    2. Def American
    3. Delicious Vinyl
    4. Lugs
    5. Wildpitch
  • Kevin Bowe

    Production, Songwriting

    Kevin Bowe, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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, and met uber-producer 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 subzero 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.


    1. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Project Highlights

    1. His first cut, “Riverside” on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Warner Bros. debut “Ledbetter Heights,” went platinum and led to a major publishing deal.
    2. Working with Johnny Lang and David Z resulted in two platinum albums on A&M Records, including the top five single/video "Breakin’ Me.”
    3. 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".
    4. 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.
    5. 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 ten years.

    Has collaborated with:

    1. Chuck Prophet
    2. Dan Wilson (Semisonic)
    3. Delbert McClinton
    4. John Mayall
    5. Leo Kottke
    6. Lynyrd Skynyrd
    7. Paul Westerberg
    8. Richie Sambora
    9. Robben Ford
    10. The Rembrandts
    11. Three Dog Night

    Honors & Awards

    1. Won a Grammy for one of the four songs he wrote on Etta James’ RCA release “Let’s Roll.”
  • Walter Chancellor, Jr.

    Production, Logic Studio

    Walter Chancellor, Jr., IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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, and 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 towards 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.


    1. Grandview College

    Discography and Work History

    1. SWING SET “The Soul Remains” (1989) Blackberry Way Records
    2. OPENED FOR CHAKA KHAN – w/ The Group “The Underworld) – Glam Slam Minneapolis, MN (1994)
    3. NEW POWER GENERATION Maxi Single “Get Wild” (1994) NPG Records SECRET GARDENS “Colors” (1995) Northwood Record Label
    4. TKO “Thought You Knew” (1995) Kitchen Records
    5. PRINCE “Emancipation” (1996) NPG Records
    6. WALTER CHANCELLOR JR. “Saxophone Man” (1998) Kitchen Records CHAKA KHAN "Come to My House" (1998) NPG Records
    9. STREET JAZZ VOL. I (2000) Jazzateria Record Label
    10. 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
    11. SMOOTH SAX TRIBUTE TO SADE (2005) Tribute Sounds - Liquid 8
    12. BB5 (Blue Beat 5) HIP BOP CD – Calvin Records (2007)
    13. 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


    Eddie Ciletti, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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 Curry, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. Certificate, Full Sail Real World Education
    2. American Film Institute
  • Justin DeLeon

    Audio Engineering, Pro Tools

    Justin DeLeon, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Client Highlights

    1. Billy Peterson
    2. Billy Steele
    3. Dazy Head Mazy
    4. Gliss
    5. J.D. Steele and the Steele Family Gospel Choir
    6. Jelly Bean Johnson
    7. Jevetta Steele
    8. Larry Long
    9. Michael Bland
    10. Peter Schimke
    11. Sunny Thompson
    12. The Sounds of Blackness
    13. Transonia
  • Jeff DesLauriers

    Post Production, Engineering, Pro Tools

     Jeff DesLauriers, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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!"


    1. Diploma, The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
    2. BS candidate, Game and Application Development

    Client Highlights

    1. Cracker
    2. Jars of Clay
    3. Prince
    4. Soul Asylum
    5. Starsailor
    6. Stereophonics
    7. The Time
  • John Edmundson


    John Edmundson, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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. John has also spent several years in the Peace Corps, teaching mathematics in Tanzania and Liberia; currently, he is taking a break from IPR to teach in South Africa—IPR looks forward to his return!.


    1. Master’s of Education in mathematics, University of Minnesota
    2. BA in mechanical engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Tom Garneau


    Jay Fleming, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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 Client List

    1. Big Head Todd
    2. The Breeders
    3. Tevin Campbell*
    4. Chicago
    5. Mike Doughty
    6. Dust Bunnies
    7. Carmen Electra
    8. The Flops
    9. Rosie Gaines
    10. Hammer*
    11. Hoop Dreams
    12. Jesse Johnson
    13. Geoff Keezer
    14. Eric Leeds
    15. Mayte
    16. Mason Jennings
    17. Paul Metsa
    18. Moody Blues*
    19. Terri Nunn
    20. Donny Osmond
    21. Guesch Patti
    22. Prince*
    23. R.E.M.*
    24. Mavis Staples
    25. Andrew Strong
    26. The Time*
    27. Tina & the B-Sides
    28. Trip Shakespeare
    29. Matt Wilson
  • Craig Grossman

    Music Business

    Craig Grossman, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    2. Certificate, Brown College

    Client Highlights

    1. Bedroom Walls
    2. Black Diamond Bay
    3. Captain Yonder
    4. Dressy Bessy
    5. Grammar debate
    6. Honey Dogs
    7. Jelloslave
    8. KaiserCartel
    9. Le Concorde
    10. Mark Mallman
    11. Mayda
    12. Nous Non Plus
    13. Phil Solem
    14. Randy Casey
    15. Romantica
    16. Ruby Isle
    17. Sissy Wish
    18. Squaaks
    19. The 757s
    20. The Effects
    21. Tony Lucc
    22. Wisely
  • Mitch Hare


    Mitch Hare, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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 a 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.


    1. BA, University of Minnesota
    2. MS, Globe University
  • Jessica Hegland Richmond

    Digital Photography

    Jessica Hegland Richmond, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. AAS, Photography & Digital Imaging, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Steve Hodge

    Audio Production and Engineering

    Steve Hodge, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    2. College of St. Thomas, St. Paul

    Project Highlights

    1. Bob has conducted for Andy Griffith, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Four Lads, Ernie Ford, Marilyn Maye and others.
    2. “Iron Will” (Walt Disney Pictures) Produced pre-record music cues
    3. “Running Free” (Trimark Pictures) Composed and conducted orchestral music score
    4. “Out Of The Wilderness” (BRI Pictures) Composed and conducted orchestral music score
    5. “Murder At 1600” (Warner Brothers) Composed “CNN News Theme”
    6. “Split-Rock Light” (TV Documentary) Composed and conducted orchestral music score
    7. “Into The West” (Union Pacific/Expo 73 Documentary) Composed and conducted orchestral music score

    Honors & Awards

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

    Digital Video, Film History

    Amanda Kirchner, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. MA in film studies, University of Iowa
    2. BS in visual effects and motion graphics, Art Institute International
    3. BA in physics, Carleton College
  • Jason Koskovich


    Jason Koskovich, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. AAS, Dakota County Technical
    2. AAS, Institute of Production and Recording
  • Colt Leeb

    Engineering, Production, Pro Tools, Editing

    Colt Leeb, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. Diploma, The Institute of Production and Recording

    Client Highlights

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

    Audio Engineering, ProTool

    Andrew Lucas, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. AAS, Full Sail University, Orlando

    Client Highlights

    1. Aby Wolf
    2. Bad Boy Entertainment
    3. Dessa
    4. DeVry University
    5. Doomtree
    6. eBay
    7. FUBU
    8. Jeffrey Moon
    9. Jessy Greene
    10. Matisyahu
    11. Omaur Bliss
    12. Paralyzed Veterans of America
    13. Public Storage
    14. Sonny and Cher Show DVD Collection
    15. Yoni
  • Rich Manik

    Music History, Music Theory

    Rich Manik, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. MS in music education, Boston University
    2. BA in jazz performance, Duquesne University
  • Scott "Scooter" Nelson

    Business, Commercial Music, Career Development

    Scott Nelson, IPR faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. Rochester State College
    2. Minnesota State University, Mankato

    Honors & Awards

    1. Emmy Award for music audio engineering
    2. 2 Telly Awards for non-broadcast video music
    3. 5 Parents Choice Gold Awards for Children's CDs
    4. 5 Minnesota Music Awards for role as Singer and Musician
    5. 3M Visionary Award for role of Producer for Sky Blue Catfish
    6. NARAS 10-Year award
    7. Minnesota Governor's Arts Award
  • Jason Orris

    Engineering, Production

    Jason Orris, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    Jason has been owner/manager/engineer of the Terrarium Recording Studio ( since starting it twenty years ago as a basement studio equipped with a coffee maker and a 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.


    1. MS, Education, Boston University
    2. BA, Duquesne University
  • Steve Price

    Production, Logic Studio, ProTools


    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. BA, Journalism, Drake University

    Client Highlights

    1. A&M Studios (1995)
    2. Accompany Publishing (2003 to present)
    3. Artisan Entertainment (2003)
    4. Austin City Limits (1999)
    5. City Pages (2002)
    6. Funkytown Studios (1992)
    7. Gark Studios (1995)
    8. Geffen Records (1996)
    9. Grandmaster Studios (1996)
    10. Media Loft (2002)
    11. MTV (2003)
    12. October Records (1996)
    13. Pachyderm Records (1999)
    14. Pravda Records (1997)
    15. Rex Daisy (1990 to present)
    16. SRO Productions (2004 to present)
    17. TARGET Corporation (2006)
    18. Terrarium Studios (2003)

    Honors & Awards

    1. “Best Cover Band" Award, Minnesota Music Academy
    2. "Bass Player of the Year" Nomination, Minnesota Music Academy
  • Dik Shopteau

    Engineering, Production


    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.

    Project Highlights

    Most recent projects in 2013 include:

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



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

    Rock & Blues

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


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


    1. Traditional Methods, Interlock
    2. Midwest Broadcast, "A Compilation of Twin Cities Hip Hop" Melophobic
    3. Carnage, "Carnology" Melophobic
    4. The Sweeps
    5. Melophobic

    New Age / Jazz / Country

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


    1. Electric Ladyland, NYC
    2. Bearsville, NY
    3. Greenstreet, NYC
    4. Criteria, Miami
    5. Muscle Shoals Sound, Alabama
    6. Sound 80, Minneapolis
    7. ASI, Minneapolis
    8. Cookhouse, Minneapolis
    9. Paisley Park, Minneapolis
    10. Skyline, Toronto
    11. The Sound Pit, Atlanta
    12. EchoBay, New Hope
    13. Metro Studios, Minneapolis
    14. Rain Shadow Studios, Aspen, Colorado
    15. Le Studio, Paris, France
  • Rod Smith

    Entertainment Business

    Rod Smith, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.

  • Marius Stefan


    Description of Your Background/Experience

    A PhD in mathematics, Marius comes to IPR by way of Los Angeles, Iowa, and Bucharest, Romania. He has published several scholarly articles in the field of mathematics and spends his free time playing online chess.


    1. PhD in Mathematics, University of Iowa
    2. MS in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania
    3. BS in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Mike Trojan

    Earth Science, Environmental Issues

    Mike Trojan, IPR Faculty

    Description of Your Background/Experience

    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.


    1. PHD in soil science, University of Minnesota
    2. MS in forest hydrology, University of Minnesota
    3. BS in soil and water resource management, University of Minnesota

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