Jack L. Renner
Adjunct Professor, Audio Recording
Jack Renner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1960 and completed graduate studies at the Ohio State University School of Music where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 1990. He is the retired Chairman, CEO, and Chief Recording Engineer of Telarc Records. Active as a recording engineering consultant, free-lance recording engineer, educator, and public speaker, Renner has received 23 Grammy nominations and won 11 Grammy awards for recording engineering in both classical and jazz. He is an internationally recognized exponent and practitioner of minimal microphone technique and a pioneer in using the digital recording process to commercially record jazz and classical/symphonic music. He engineered the first commercial U.S. symphonic digital recording, Frederick Fennell/Cleveland Symphonic Winds, in April, 1978; the first U.S. orchestral digital recording, Robert Shaw/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Firebird and Polovetsian Dances, in June, 1978; and the first digital recording anywhere of an internationally recognized world-class orchestra, Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pictures At An Exhibition, in October, 1978.
Renner is a former music educator and professional trumpet player. He has worked with a virtual who’s who of the classical and jazz world. Appointed to the faculty of the
highly regarded Cleveland Institute of Music in 1986 as an Adjunct Professor of
Recording Engineering, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Musical Arts by that
institution in 1997. He has also been active as a teacher of recording engineering at the Aspen (Colorado) Music Festival and School where he served as co-chair of the Edwin Stanton Audio Recording Institute as well as the chief consultant for recording services at that institution. He has also done a number of master classes at colleges and universities as well as at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
In 2004, the American Bandmasters Association awarded Renner the Edwin Franko
Goldman Citation for his longtime work in the promotion and encouragement of concert band music in America, and in 2007, Mix Magazine named him as one of the thirty people responsible for shaping sound in the previous thirty years. !
Renner gave a keynote presentation at both the 2011 and 2012 Sound:Check Expo in Mexico City where he presented at the educational forum hosted by the Mexican Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society.
Renner lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with his wife Barbara, a highly respected
concert piano tuner/technician.
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