Transcend Active Acoustic System Wows the Crowd at Wartburg College Debut Event

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WartburgChoirPhoto-mainOctober 19th marked a milestone in Wenger history: the public debut of our Transcend Active Acoustic System at Wartburg College’s Neumann Auditorium in Waverly, Iowa. It was a magical evening featuring luminaries from Wartburg, the leaders of our Transcend team and stunning musical performances by the Wartburg brass ensemble, string trio and the world-renowned Wartburg Choir directed by Dr. Lee Nelson.

This was a night long in the making. Wenger and our technology partners at HARMAN have made a considerable investment to create an active acoustic system that can deliver an enhanced sound experience for virtually any venue. Transcend’s Lexicon processing technology provides a best-in-class acoustic system. Its efficient design also translates into an affordable alternative for most auditoriums. Transcend will allow venues, schools and worship the opportunity to join the active acoustics revolution.

To stand in the Neumann Auditorium and hear Transcend create the grand acoustics of a cathedral while the Wartburg Choir sang so beautifully was truly a thrill. The acoustic consultants and journalists that we’ve flown in from across the country have been impressed by the versatility of Transcend. If they hadn’t heard of Wartburg College or Waverly, Iowa before, trust me when I tell you that they know now. Neumann Auditorium has one of the most technologically advanced acoustics systems in the music world. Ultimately, the Transcend Active Acoustic System is just the latest example of Wenger doing what it does best: creating products and services that inspire great performances.

I can’t wait to tell you more about Transcend and I encourage you to experience it for yourself. We’ll have a lot of news to share about future installations of Transcend in the weeks and months to come.

As a final note, I want to thank some of the people who made this event possible: the leadership at Wartburg, especially president Darrel Colson, director of development Don Meyer and director of choral activities Dr. Lee Nelson. We thank them for their vision and belief in Transcend.

I’d especially like to thank Lindley and Joanne Jones, the benefactors without whose generous donation none of this would have been possible for Wartburg College.

Our thanks goes to the people who worked diligently to complete this installation, starting with Wartburg facilities director John Wuertz and his team who provided help and support at every step of this project.

Finally, I’d like to thank the three Wenger staff who led the development of the Transcend Active Acoustic System and spent many weeks in Waverly ensuring that this installation was done perfectly: product manager Denny Meyer, director of design engineering Ron Freiheit and acoustic design engineer and R&D manager Matt Hildebrand. With this leadership, Transcend is off to a great start. This exciting new product complements the many acoustical solutions Wenger and J.R. Clancy offer around the world.

ron-freiheit-tnChris Simpson, President and C.E.O., Wenger Corporation

Chris Simpson joined Wenger Corporation as President and C.E.O. in 2011. He leads our passionate Wenger and J.R. Clancy team as we strive to always deliver on our brand promise of “enabling and inspiring great performances” while we aggressively grow to better serve customers in the energizing stage, sound and storage markets. Previously serving in executive roles at Pella Corporation and Whirlpool, Chris holds an M.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.


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