Soundmirror Transitions to Employee Ownership

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Blanton Alspaugh

The Boston-based classical music recording and post-production company Soundmirror, announced that it has become a 100 percent employee-owned business through a worker-owned cooperative agreement.

The move to employee ownership was chosen to maintain the company’s history of recording and post-production services, as founder and president John Newton nears retirement. He remarked in a press release, “I am excited about the possibilities this evolution opens up for Soundmirror. Our company was built on the strength and reputation of our exceptionally talented staff, and I know that it will continue to thrive in the hands of the employees who have made it so successful.” Newton will remain at the company throughout a transition period.

Founded in 1972, Soundmirror has recorded hundreds of orchestras and opera companies around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and many others. Over its fifty years, Soundmirror has collected over 135 GRAMMY nominations and awards.

The new model will not change the services or operations of Soundmirror. Senior engineers and producers Mark Donahue, Blanton Alspaugh, and Dirk Sobotka, who now cooperatively own the company along with general manager Alexis Price, will continue to provide recording services and lead the Soundmirror through the next phases of its growth and development.