After 36 years as President and chief executive at Reference Recordings, founder John Tamblyn (“Tam”) Henderson is stepping down from day to day operations. He will continue consulting on important decisions and will be directing operations of the label’s new LP division, Reference Mastercuts.
Marcia Martin, his partner and Vice-President for over 30 years, takes the helm as Executive Director and Managing Director of day to day operations. Martin’s role as RR’s business and finance manager has been and will continue to be vital to the label’s growth and stability. She has strategically positioned RR as one of the few American labels recording and releasing full-price productions of top-flight American orchestras, with a special emphasis on audiophile sound and formats.
Keith O. Johnson (2010 GRAMMY® winner) continues as Technical Director, engineering and mastering RR’s critically acclaimed, award winning classical, jazz and blues releases. Vital to RR’s technical work is second-generation RR team member Sean Martin: digitally capturing all KOJ’s sessions, editing releases and keeping RR in the forefront of digital advancements.
Reference Recordings is pleased to welcome Victor Ledin and Marina A. Ledin, in a strong new collaboration to assist in signing classical artists and with repertoire decisions. RR is already benefiting from their extensive music industry experience, including fresh ideas on production and label management. GRAMMY®-nominated producers, the Ledins have produced and edited several of Reference Recordings’ recent releases, and will continue in that capacity for the future.
23-year RR veteran, Janice Mancuso has returned to Reference Recordings’ headquarters in California as Sales and Marketing Director for the label, after 11 years of working for RR from Portland, OR. She will be increasing the number of “Prof. Johnson” recordings and releases and emphasizing high end formats, both physical and digital. Ms. Mancuso will continue handling media relations for Reference Recordings. In addition, as A & R Director for RR’s new division “FRESH! from RR,” she will work on licensing releases and broadening offerings of Blues, Roots and World music.
Audio industry and e-commerce professional Ric Mancuso (Triad Speakers, Spica & Monster) also joins the RR team, working on special sales programs and industrial relations.
REFERENCE RECORDINGS records and manufactures award winning, ultimate quality CDs, SACDs, 200 gram Reference Mastercuts LPs, and revolutionary HRx discs: 176.4 kHz/24 bit music. We offer recordings from many of the finest classical, jazz, blues and world music artists. The RR team believes that how a recording sounds is as important as the music itself. Our goal is to make your listening experience “The Best Seat in the House.”