Justin Kurtz

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Associate Professor of Music Production and Technology; Chair of Music Production and Technology

Music Production and Technology

The Hartt School
860.768.4674 F 351

MM, McGill University

BM, McGill University

A recording engineer and educator, Professor Kurtz holds undergraduate degrees in linguistics and music, and a master’s in sound recording from McGill University. He has worked as a recording engineer for the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta. From 1998-2000, Justin taught courses in acoustics and music technology at the University of Ottawa.  In 2001, Justin relocated to New England to teach music production and recording at the Hartt School. 

Justin operates Laurel Hill Recording, a company specializing in classical and acoustic music recording and broadcast based in Northampton, MA,. His clients include the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, VOCE, The Hartford Chorale, Noah Baerman, Archangel Voices, The Irrelevants, Cuatro Puntos, and Avery Ensemble. His projects have appeared on the Naxos, Albany, Innova, Toccata Classics, Divine Art, Summit, and New World record labels. Justin’s recordings have been recognized by Fanfare magazine, The New York Times, Gapplegate, NYC Jazz Record, and Jazz Truth among others.  He has particular research interest in stereo microphone techniques, auditory perception, and technical ear training methods. He has been a full professional member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1999.