Brian K. Shepard

Dr. Brian K. Shepard is Professor of Audio Design Practice and Assistant Dean of the USC Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, where he oversees curriculum development and teaches the integration of sound and audio into design and technology.

For more than twenty years, Brian’s research has focused on the technological skills and tools necessary to prepare students for life as twenty-first century musicians. In 1999, he conducted the very first demonstration of a private music lesson using uncompressed audio and video over Internet2 and continues to research the uses of high-performance networks for musical purposes. For his research in this area, he has twice been honored by Internet2 with their IDEA Award. In 2009, he released EchoDamp, the only audio mixing and echo-control software application specifically designed for musical videoconferences and in use at more than 100 cultural and educational institutions around the world. His book Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers is published by Oxford University Press.

As a composer of both acoustic and electronic art music, Brian’s works have been performed by professional and university ensembles, orchestras, and soloists across the country. A recording of his work for microtonal piano All the Pretty Colours of the Rainbow was recently released by acclaimed LA-based pianist and electro-acoustic musical artist Aron Kallay on MicroFest Records. Dr. Shepard is also an active performer with nearly thirty years as a professional orchestral percussionist including thirteen years as Principal Percussion of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic

He earned his Bachelor of Music in Percussion from the University of Kansas, his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his current position, Dr. Shepard was an Associate Professor of Composition and Pedagogical Technology in the USC Thornton School of Music, and taught previously at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University. For more information on Dr. Shepard’s music and research, visit his website: