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.

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.

Dale Hourlland

Director of Controls Engineering, J.R. Clancy

Dale has been with Wenger Corporation in our Syracuse location since 2011, first as a contract Controls Engineer, then full time in 2014, and is now the Controls Engineering Manager. Prior to that, he was the Technical Director for the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Director of Performance Services at Bucknell University for 18 years, as well as an occasional adjunct professor at Penn State. He holds a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Theatre Arts from Pennsylvania State University. He has over thirty years of design and technical experience with lighting, audio, rigging, and staging that spans many segments of the entertainment industry including industrials, performing arts, legitimate theatre, rock and roll, and even the occasional circus. Contact Dale at Dale.Hourlland@wengercorp.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 ESTA 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 Pete.Svitavsky@wengercorp.com.