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January 2019 Webinar: Church Organs – Selection, Design, Location, and Layout Considerations by Scott R. Riedel

 

Description:
The organ is an instrument used for centuries to help express our faith in liturgy and song. There are a great many types of organs available, and a host of options for the selection and design of instruments. The objective is to assist worship space architects and planners in designing functionally and acoustically appropriate spaces for organs. Descriptions of and considerations for digital and pipe organs will be included. Related topics discussed will include organ types, size, space allotment, location, proximities, layouts, as well as acoustic considerations, technical infrastructure, aesthetics, and care and maintenance factors.

Biography:
Scott Riedel graduated from the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and has taught the Science of Acoustics course at Columbia College Chicago. Mr. Riedel has consulted on the design and installation of hundreds of new, rebuilt, and re-located heritage pipe organs throughout the United States. He is published in the “GIA Quarterly”, “The Diapason”, “CrossAccent” (Association or Lutheran Church Musicians), and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music “Review” magazines. He has presented lectures on acoustics and organs to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organist, American Institute of Architects, and The Acoustical Society of America.

January 15, 2019 12 p.m. Central Time
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March 2018 Webinar – “Music Ministry Space Design in Worship Spaces” by Scott Riedel

The objective this webinar  is to assist worship space architects and planners in designing acoustically appropriate and functional spaces for musicians. Accommodation of Traditional and Contemporary Choirs, Ensembles, Praise-Bands, Orchestras, Hand-Bells, as well as soloists and instrumentalists, pianos, digital and pipe organs, and sound system considerations will all be included. Related topics discussed will include music space allotment, location, proximities, layouts, as well as use of materials, acoustic treatments, technical infrastructure, and aesthetics.

About the presenter: Scott Riedel graduated from the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and has taught the Science of Acoustics course at Columbia College Chicago. Mr. Riedel is published in the “GIA Quarterly”, “The Diapason”, “CrossAccent” (Association or Lutheran Church Musicians), and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music “Review” magazines. He has presented lectures on acoustics and organs to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organist, American Institute of Architects, and The Acoustical Society of America.

Register now for this webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:00 EST  by clicking this link.

Balancing sight & sound in heritage worship buildings – Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton of Clayton Acoustics Group discusses the acoustician’s dilemma: “what we see may not be what we hear,” as acquired acoustical expectations are upended by actual conditions. This webinar describes these differences and explore approaches to acoustical enhancement within limitations of the buildings themselves plus further constraints of contemporary preservation practice.

March Webinar – Balancing sight and sound in heritage worship buildings

Buildings for traditional religious gathering and time-honored worship practice require a balance of highly-valued acoustical qualities such as reverberance for liturgical music, ensemble for choral singing, responsiveness for congregational participation, and clarity for intelligible speech. Geometry, dimensions, proportions, cubic volume and boundary materials are critical elements of acoustical success. Many old European worship buildings are admired for their particularly fine blending of these criteria, and often cited as benchmarks for how buildings in the United States should look and sound. Although many heritage US worship buildings look like their European precedents in terms of layout, shape and size, a critical design element was modified, upsetting the acoustical balance. Boundary materials became lighter and thinner, making construction easier, faster and less expensive.

Acoustical upgrade of these existing buildings in the context of historic preservation/restoration brings additional design complexity, requiring equal measures of compromise from owner, users, acoustician, architect and engineers. The acoustician’s dilemma becomes “what we see may not be what we hear,” as acquired acoustical expectations are upended by actual conditions. This paper will describe these differences and explore approaches to acoustical enhancement within limitations of the buildings themselves plus further constraints of contemporary preservation practice.

Dan Clayton

About the presenter: Dan Clayton has more than thirty-five years of experience in architectural acoustics, audio design, pipe organs, theatre and music, and is principal consultant for Clayton Acoustics Group. His firm has undertaken more than 400 projects, the majority for churches and synagogues. His design philosophy and practice are acoustics-centered and engineering-based, adhering to the theory that “acoustics is architecture.” Dan is a member of the ASA, AES & NCAC, and has chaired technical sessions on pipe organ acoustics for ASA meetings.

Please register for “Balancing sight and sound in heritage worship buildings” on Mar 21, 2017 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4452647539571379457

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.