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Wesley A. Bulla, Ph.D.


Dr. Wesley Bulla has been involved in music performance and audio production in the entertainment industries for over 40 years.  Dr. Bulla is the former dean of the Curb College and has been teaching at Belmont for 25 years.  Originally from N.C., he received a bachelor degree from U.N.C. at Greensboro (BM in music performance), a master degree from Belmont University (MME), and earned his Ph.D. with specialty in auditory perceptual research and hearing science from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  Wesley is currently a Professor of Audio Engineering primarily teaching classes in the graduate and undergraduate audio programs.
Dr. Bulla began his career as a “side” musician, most notably performing as percussionist with Dave Brubeck on his “La Fiesta de la Posada” when Mr. Brubeck toured N.C. promoting his Christmas works.  Wesley’s talent spans musical genres; he was a Yamaha sponsored classical vibist with publications in the Journal of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), was a featured studio musician on Darrell Scott’s “Aloha from Nashville,” and has pop and country songs published by 1010 Music, Millhouse Music, and EMI Music Publishing in Nashville.  In addition to extensive studio recording experience, his professional audio career overlaps into film and television as well as touring and concert production.  Wesley produced and recorded the double Grammy nominated, Dove award winning, “In Bright Mansions” featuring the world-renown Fisk Jubilee Singers (Curb Records).  He was mix engineer for the legendary Fairfield Four’s “Wreckin’ the House (Live at Mt. Hope)” and his engineering and production credits include both “major” and many independent labels; most notably producer-engineer for the critically acclaimed world-premier recordings of Carl Loewe’s “Grand Duo for Violin & Piano” (Op. 80) and Julius Rontgen’s “Sonata in E Major” (Premier Recordings, NY) featuring Elisabeth Small and Alan Mandell.  He was associate producer and engineer for award-winning songwriter Jill Colucci's “No Regrets” (Liberty Records Songwriter Series), and the quality control mastering engineer for the double Grammy Award winning historic “The Complete Hank Williams” boxed set (Mercury-Polygram Records).
Dr. Bulla is a creative and academic author and has published in AudioMedia-USA, -Europe, and -Asia, Mix Magazine, Hearing Review, and the Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).  Wesley is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and serves on the Steering Committee of P & E Wing of The Recording Academy, the board of directors of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), and the Leadership Music Studio/Audio Day Program Committee.