Wenger & J.R. Clancy Acoustic and Rigging Experts

From design assistance and product selection to project management and after-sale service, Wenger and J.R. Clancy have the acoustic and rigging experts you need. Get the most out of your venue with nearly 200 years of combined experience in the performing arts.

Denny Meyer

Product Manager for Acoustic Products, Wenger

Denny has played a key role in developing advanced acoustic products during his 30-year career with Wenger. He has been a frequent speaker nationally and regionally on the topic of music facility planning at conferences like the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and the Music Educators National Conference. Denny holds a B.A. degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He’s also an accomplished musician with a passion (and an ear) for exceptional acoustics. He can be reached at denny.meyer@wengercorp.com.

Ron Freiheit

Director of Design Engineering, Wenger

Ron has spent more than 25 years at the cutting edge of acoustics technology. He became a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2003 and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic Institute. Ron also completed graduate studies in Engineering of Acoustics at Penn State and holds a U.S. patent for acoustic virtual environments. He’s also a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Institute of Noise Control Engineers. Contact Ron at Ron.Freiheit@wengercorp.com.

Matt Hildebrand

Acoustic Design Engineer, R&D Manager

Despite his musical upbringing, Matt had never considered acoustics as a career option when he began his physics degree at the University of Winnipeg. A chance elective entitled ‘Physics of Music’ changed all that. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Matt joined Wenger’s design engineering team in 2011, and helped develop the SoundLok Isolated Floor, Tunable Acoustic Panel, VAE Rehearsal System and Transcend Active Acoustic System. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, Canadian Acoustical Association and Audio Engineering Society. Contact Matt at Matt.Hildebrand@wengercorp.com.

Bridget Cox

Director of Project Management, J.R. Clancy

With fifteen years of rigging installation and management experience in the theatre industry, Bridget served as the Assistant Technical Director for New York City Opera in Lincoln Center prior to joining J.R. Clancy in 2008. She holds a B.F.A. from East Carolina University in theatre design and production, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University. She has managed J.R. Clancy installations at such prestigious venues as the Star Theatre in Singapore and One World Trade Center in New York, NY. As an Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) certified rigger in theatre since 2010, she offers expertise in project execution areas such as scheduling, cost control, risk mitigation and site coordination. Contact Bridget at bridgetcox@jrclancy.com.

Larry Eschelbacher

Director of Controls Engineering, J.R. Clancy

Larry Eschelbacher has been at J.R. Clancy since 1994, originally as Manager and now Director of Controls Engineering. During his tenure, he has designed motorized rigging control hardware, software and user interfaces for hundreds of venues throughout the world. Larry has a B.S. degree in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering from Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked in the theatre and television industry since 1975 and has been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees since 1979. Contact Larry at larryeschelbacher@jrclancy.com.

Peter V. Svitavsky

Professional Engineer, J.R. Clancy

Pete Svitavsky worked as a stage carpenter and a rigger before earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked with J.R. Clancy since 1998 and in that time his duties have included everything from project management to product design to inspections and field maintenance. Pete is a licensed Professional Engineer, inventor on a number of patents, and a proud member of IATSE. He is a member of the PLASA Rigging Working Group as they continue to develop national standards for the entertainment industry, contributing directly to the team by drafting standards for the design of motorized rigging equipment and the inspection of rigging systems. Contact Peter at PeteSvitavsky@jrclancy.com.