Peter McBoyle: New Technology in the world of Musical Theatre Sound Design

2016-2017 Bulletin - December, Regular Meeting

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When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Humber College
3199 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto
Recording Studio, Room AX-101 

Festival Theatre, Stratford Festival

Parking is available in Lot 1 on campus, or on the street after 6:00 pm.  The meeting is in Building AX, immediately off of Lot 1 (north side).

TTC is a good option: Queen Street streetcar or Bus 44 south from Kipling

About the Event

Sound design for live musical theatre productions has significantly benefited from technological developments in digital audio and digital signal processing in recent years.

Mr. McBoyle will speak about the world of sound design for musical theatre, the process of bringing a presentation from “page to stage”, audio system design for musicals and the implementation of new technologies, which have pushed the envelope of creativity in a very challenging and demanding area of audio production.


If you attended any of the recent productions at the Stratford Festival this past summer, notably A Chorus Line or A Little Night Music, you will have noticed, or rather you won’t have noticed Peter’s excellent sound design for these shows.  The amplification of the singers was so completely natural as to not draw any attention to its sound, so much so that Globe and Mail theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck commented on the sound (erroneously attributing its sumptuousness mainly to the larger orchestration):

I attended this show and A Chorus Line (as well as Shakespeare plays that also benefited from good audio), and the feeling of actually hearing a live performance from the stage, rather than one funneled through an array of boxes was a welcome treat to the ears.

Pre-meeting Dutch treat dinner

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There will be signs to guide you to the studio once you enter Building AX, immediately off of Lot 1.


Peter McBoyle

Peter McBoyle

Theatre Sound Designer and Consultant

Peter is one of Canada’s most in demand theatre sound designers specializing in musical theatre and themed entertainment. From 2000 to 2013 he was the Resident Sound Designer for the Stratford Festival where he has designed over 60 productions. Elsewhere he has designed and consulted in most of the major venues in Canada including Mirvish Productions, The Shaw Festival, The National Arts Centre, The Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Calgary, The Grand Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Charlottetown Festival. In the US his work has been heard on Broadway (Come Fly Away, Barrymore), Las Vegas (Sinatra Dance With Me), Atlanta (Come Fly With Me), Dallas (Stagger Lee) and on national tours (Sister Act, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde, Grease, Catch Me If You Can). His consulting work with Princess Cruises since 2000 has taken him around the world commissioning audio systems and show rooms on new vessels as well as designing and programming many of their production shows. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Music (Media and Technology – Sound Recording), both from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Peter was a member of the faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto from 2003-2010 and is currently on the faculty of Humber College where he teaches theatre audio. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and United Scenic Artists IATSE local 829.


This month’s meeting is sponsored by

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Eddie Kramer
TOUR • Hershey Centre