Tommy Joe Anderson (Recording Engineer & Scheduling) holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Composition from West Virginia University. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College where he taught Piano, Music Theory and Composition from 1976-2004. He is a past president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association, a member of ASCAP, The Recording Academy, the Southeastern Composers League and the National Association of Composers-USA. Anderson is one of the engineers for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Master Season Broadcast Series, and he is also the producer of the Atlanta Music Scene heard weekly over Atlanta’s WABE FM 90.1. As a recording engineer and producer, Dr. Anderson’s work has been favorably reviewed in Fanfare, American Record Guide, The Atlanta Audio Society Newsletter, Atlanta 30306 and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He won the 1990 National Public Radio Lucien Wulsin Award for the Best National Performance-Small Ensemble for his recording of the King’s Singers at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall. During the Atlanta Olympics, he was the recording engineer for Performance Today’s CD Spirit of ’96. His record label (ACA Digital Recording) now has over 150 releases of classical chamber music, solo recitals, choral works and traditional jazz being distributed nationally by Albany Music Distributors with downloads distributed through The Orchard. The Shenandoah University Alumni Association awarded Dr. Anderson the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award-Lifetime Achievement.
Fred Horton (Emeritus Recording Engineer & Digital Editor), also a musician, majored in Electrical Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. Horton has been one of the recording engineers and provided post-production for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Master Season Broadcast Series and the Spivey Soiree Series heard over Atlanta’s NPR station WABE FM 90.1 as well as numerous recordings broadcast over American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Fyodor Cherniavsky (Producer and A&R) was born in London, England, and is an Associate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently is the Audio Recording Producer of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its “Behind the Curtain” video series and national and local radio broadcasts. He is a producer for ASO Media and has produced recordings for ACA Digital Recording, Albany Records, MSR Classics and Telarc International. Mr. Cherniavsky specializes in classical and contemporary music and has produced CDs for a variety of mediums, including the symphony orchestra, piano solo, instrumental chamber music, children’s and adult chorus and vocal solo. In addition to his work as a producer, Mr. Cherniavsky is also an orchestral conductor with extensive experience in the orchestral, choral and operatic genres. He served as Conductor of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2020 and is a member of The Recording Academy.
Richard Rogers served as the recording engineer for the Georgia State University Perimeter College’s Department of Fine Arts from 2005 to 2022 and also taught on the College’s adjunct music faculty as an instructor of low brass and brass ensemble. Mr. Rogers received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Georgia State University and was formerly a bass trombonist with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Sacred Chorale. He serves as the Orchestra Director for Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, is co-owner of Atlanta Harp Rental and served for 24 years as the Manager of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.
Joel Simmons holds an Associate in Science degree from Gwinnett Technical Institute for Engineering Technology (Electrical). He has 15+ years experience engineering concert recordings of chamber music, chorus and orchestra as well as solo recitals. He has various choral performance experiences, including with the District 13 All-State Chorus, the Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble and performing with the Gwinnett Young Singers’ Chamber Ensemble. His recordings have been heard on WABE’s The Atlanta Music Scene and American Public Media’s Performance Today. Currently, he is one of the recording engineers for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Master Season Broadcast Series.
John Lewis Tyler, V, audio engineer and owner of RM AUDIO, LTD., is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist and songwriter who often performs with UNCLE DON’S BAND. After attending Shorter College on a vocal scholarship, he did additional study at DeKalb College and received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Regents College. From 1969-1971, he was also a member of the GMEA All-State Chorus. He has more than 40 years’ experience in live performance and audio recording which began in 1970 with small and large ensembles, soloists, including multi-day and multi-stage festivals, such as the Inman Park Festival. John co-founded the ROCK MOUNTAIN BAND in 1973, which toured extensively, releasing two singles and an LP on Target Records. From 1984 to 1996, he was an instructor in Recording Technology for the Art Institute of Atlanta where he taught modern recording techniques and concert production. In 1996, John worked full-time for the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta. He provided a broadcast ready dual 24 track mobile production truck for on-air live concert remotes from various Atlanta venues, and broadcast live to an audience of 900,000+ FM listeners of performances featuring the Neville Bros, Wynton Marsalis, Emerson, Berry and Palmer, Joe Satriani, Jeff Healey, Steve Earle, BoDeans, Charlie Daniels Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Gospel artists recorded with the mobile truck have included John P. Kee, Clark Sisters, Mississippi Mass Choir, Byron Cage, James Morton, Dirk Cheney, Dorothy Norwood, Timothy Fleming, Tuskegee University Choir, University of Alabama-Birmingham and many more! His television credits include the ’96 Olympics, Top of the Pops with Arrested Development, Florida State Fair-PBS special with Tiny Tim, Mitch Ryder, Spiral Staircase and Gerry Lewis and Playboys. John has also provided additional NPR recording at Blind Willies Blues Club, the Alabama Symphony and the annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Concerts since 2004. Currently, he is one of the recording engineers for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Master Season Broadcast Series.
Timothy Whitehead’s work as a recording engineer can be heard on the Naxos, Azica, Centaur and Little Cottage labels. Tim recorded and was the pianist on Mid-Century Sonatas for Horn and Piano with NY Philharmonic acting Principal French Horn, Richard Deane which was released December 2017. As a solo performer, Tim released The Piano Sonatas of Paul Hindemith in 2018. As founder of The Paul Hindemith Project, he is currently in the process of creating a complete discography of Hindemith’s sonatas for various instruments and piano. His recording engineer experience includes several full-length productions with The Atlanta Opera, various solo instrumental recitals, large and small choruses, chamber music ensembles, and he is also fluent in Pro Tools. He is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music and twice a resident artist at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. As a pianist, he is in demand as a chamber musician having shared the stage with founding members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, principal members of the NY Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto and Atlanta Symphonies, faculty members of The Juilliard and Eastman Schools, The New England Conservatory, and many world-famous flutists, including Jasmine Choi, Paula Robison, Göran Marcusson and Gary Schocker. He is a laureate of the Academie de Musique de Lausanne and has been presented in recital at the Holland Music Sessions. His piano performances have been heard over NPR on American Public Media’s Performance Today and internationally broadcast on the CBC’s ZedTV and Radio Suisse Romande.
Other ACA Staff:
Julie Taylor Fitzgerald (Art Director) has been working with ACA for more than two decades, designing and overseeing the label’s graphics. A graduate of Florida State University, Julie has also studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at Fairfield University in Connecticut. As a corporate graphic designer, she has worked with diverse groups of clients including Aflac, The Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kennesaw State University, Holy Cross School in New Orleans, 3B Scientific and HD Supply White Cap. As a freelance designer, her clients included the American Lung Association, Turner Broadcasting System and the American Cancer Society.
Kathleen Karcher (Licensing Specialist), studied classical piano from a young age. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Music from William Paterson University. She launched Licensing Associates in 1994. With more than 20 years’ experience, Licensing Associates brings knowledge and efficiency to the global rights acquisition marketplace. We do this by providing comprehensive licensing solutions integrated with our content knowledge and rights expertise. Licensing Associates provides full-service management of permissions clearance, securing permissions and negotiating with copyright holders to keep permissions’ costs within project budgets. Expertise in negotiating rights and permissions for recordings, videos, digital downloads, text, trade, and scholarly publications and industry-wide contacts make us one of the leading rights and permissions agencies in the US. Visit us on the web for more information: www.licensingassociates.com