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Audio Preservation Staff

Bryce Roe

Bryce Roe, Director of Audio Preservation Services

As Director of NEDCC’s expanding Audio Preservation department, Bryce Roe confers with NEDCC’s clients to evaluate their collections and develop audio preservation proposals using traditional technologies for magnetic and digital tape media, and either traditional or optical-scanning methods for grooved media.  She earned an MLIS in Archives Management from Simmons College, and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH.  

Bryce has presented on audiovisual topics at conferences including the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Digital Public Library of America’s DPLA Fest.  Bryce is a member of the Society of American Archivists Audio Visual Archives Roundtable, the New England Archivists Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable, and was the founder of the AMIA Student Chapter at Simmons College.

Frank Cunningham

Frank Cunningham, Senior Audio Preservation Engineer

Frank Cunningham has worked in the field of audio recording for over 30 years. He has broad experience in both designing and operating systems and software for live performance, broadcasting, and recording.

A graduate of MIT, Frank has held audio production positions at WGBH in Boston and the Constellation Center in Cambridge, MA, and has extensive design engineering experience with a variety of companies in New England. He has engineered live and studio recordings for classical music groups such as the Boston Landmark Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Cantata Singers, and worked on film soundtracks for WGBH Television productions including Vietnam: A Television History.

Karl Fleck

Karl Fleck, Associate Audio Preservation Engineer

Karl Fleck has worked in the field of audio engineering since 2011 and has extensive knowledge of audio mastering and recording techniques in both analog and digital formats. He has held positions in a variety of recording studios and performance venues in New York City, Boston, and throughout Michigan. Over the years, Karl has worked with a variety of clients from many styles of music including Greensky Bluegrass, Birdsong at Morning, and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. At NEDCC, Karl’s passion for historical audio is central to his work. He is responsible for performing fully-attended transfers of obsolete magnetic audio tape, and assisting with traditional and optical-scanning methods for reformatting grooved media formats.

Karl earned a Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In 2016, he earned a Masters of Music in Sound Recording Technology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  He is an active instructor, author, and musician, primarily enjoying the mandolin. Additionally, he is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), having presented his research, “Audio Mastering: An Investigation and Analysis of Contemporary Techniques” in May of 2016.

Chris Heaney

Chris Heaney, Audio Preservation Engineer

Chris Heaney has worked in the field of audio engineering since 2014. At NEDCC he is responsible for performing fully-attended transfers of obsolete magnetic audio tape and assisting with traditional and optical-scanning methods for reformatting grooved media formats. His experience includes working as an Audio Archives Assistant at the University of Washington Libraries Media Center, where he executed high-quality digital transfers of analog audio media and edited digital audio for the library’s sound archive.

Chris earned BAs in Chemistry and Music from the University of Chicago, an MA in Music History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington.

Julia Hawkins

Julia Hawkins, IRENE Audio Preservation Engineer

Julia Hawkins joined NEDCC in 2019 as an Audio Preservation Intern, a position funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of the Audio Preservation department’s emphasis on preservation of the carrier as well as its audio contents, Julia’s responsibilities include identifying legacy audio carriers and assessing condition; preparing inventory data; rewinding, cleaning, stabilization and repair of original carriers; creating audio access files; rehousing original carriers; and imaging carriers, containers, and accompanying documentation. 

Julia earned a Master’s in Library Information Science, with a concentration in archives, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI. Her experience includes serving as Project Archivist for the Franco-American Collections, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, and Special Project Assistant at the Diamond Library at the University of NH, Durham, NH.