Paul Eachus, director of Conservatory Audio Services at Oberlin, leads a diverse career as an engineer, producer, and conductor. He oversees the entire Conservatory Audio Services office, which services more than 400 events each year. This includes live-concert recording, maintaining the digital audio archive, overseeing student staff engineers, providing live streaming support and sound reinforcement, and producing Oberlin Music productions, the conservatory's official commercial recording label distributed by Naxos. He joined the Oberlin staff in 2005.
Since beginning his recording career in 1994, Eachus has produced and engineered nearly 300 albums. Notable releases include the National Brass Ensemble album Gabrieli, on which he served as coproducer. This CD was recorded at Skywalker Ranch and released on the Oberlin Music label in 2015. Eachus also served as recording engineer for jazz pianist Geri Allen’s CD, Timeline, which was nominated for the 2011 NAACP Image Award in the Jazz category.
Eachus' recording work can be heard on the labels of Oberlin Music, Naxos, Albany, Navona, Lyrita, Fleur de Son, Motéma, Toccata Classics, and TYXart, among others.
Eachus previously served as recording engineer of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra from 1999-2005, where his recordings were heard on National Public Radio. He spent summers from 1996-2005 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, recording the Strings in the Mountains Festival for Performance Today broadcasts.
Following graduation from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Eachus began his career as bass trombonist in the Orchestra della Rai di Torino in Italy, followed by a six-year tenure with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He also performed extensively with the Pittsburgh and Detroit symphony orchestras, Michigan Opera Theater, and Italy’s Teatro Comunale di Firenze opera house.
Eachus performed under notable conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Neeme Järvi.
While in Honolulu, he began conducting concerts with Chamber Music Hawaii and later became conductor and cofounder of the Michigan Chamber Brass and the Alpen Brass. Eachus has also appeared as guest conduct with the Bay Brass in concert at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.