Wenger Corporation
ON-LINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FROM WENGER CORPORATION

COURSES NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU ON-LINE!

The COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily interrupted our ability to present our informational sessions in person at events, trade shows and at your facilities.

Therefore, we’ve made “virtually attending” these courses easy! You can watch on your screen, wherever that may be. AIA accredited courses are available as well*. Follow these simple steps:

REGISTER BELOW

STEP 1: Review the calendar for applicable courses

STEP 2: Register here

STEP 3: Add the course to your calendar with applicable link to join the webinar.

*Credit earned on completion of these courses will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members an non-AIA members are available upon request. These courses are registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, these courses do not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

April

29

Design Considerations for Secondary School Music Facilities - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (CT)

Presentor: Krista Louden

Numerous design and acoustical requirements determine the effectiveness of your secondary school music facilities. This course we will review four critical factors — Acoustics, Floor Plan, Storage and Equipment — that will help promote critical listening, sound isolation, efficient space layout and proper equipment recommendations for those individuals who teach, learn, perform and experience music in your spaces. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Determine the effectiveness of the acoustics in their facility to promote critical listening and effective music education. Participants must pay close attention to cubic volume, room shape, sound isolation, acoustical treatments and properly designed mechanical systems as vital components of acoustical design.
  • Examine the layout and design of their music suite/s and determine if the space is effective, ineffective, or even unusable.
  • Understand the critical role of storage and its effects on acoustics, traffic flow, equipment management and security in music facilities.
  • Understand the procedure of choosing proper equipment to guarantee a successful music suite.

April

29

Designing Performance Spaces with Safety in Mind - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Presentor: Damon Atwood

The theatre or auditorium is often the most dangerous and overlooked room in a building or school. There is complex equipment, overhead lifting and numerous fall hazards in these spaces. However, new equipment and planning during the design phase can greatly mini- mize safety risks. This course will review the history of safety in theatres, identify key theatre equipment, evaluate safety hazards and provide information regarding how to implement safety features into your space during the design phase. Having a safe performing arts space provides the owners, staff, performers and audience with peace-of-mind and the ability to focus on the operation of the facility and remarkable performances. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Analyze safety considerations at the design phase of any theatre or performing arts space. Theatres need to be safe by design and a number of considerations need to be taken into account throughout the design phase.
  • Evaluate the critical consequences for not incorporating safety into the design of a performing arts space.
  • Describe the main functions and key safety criteria of crucial theatre equipment such as rigging, lighting, railings, fire curtains, seating and flooring.
  • Identify the importance of informing operators and all persons in a theatre or performing arts space of the incorporated safety features.

May

6

Design Considerations for Secondary School Music Facilities - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (CT)

Presented by: David Jones
Numerous design and acoustical requirements determine the effectiveness of your secondary school music facilities. This course we will review four critical factors — Acoustics, Floor Plan, Storage and Equipment — that will help promote critical listening, sound isolation, efficient space layout and proper equipment recommendations for those individuals who teach, learn, perform and experience music in your spaces. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Determine the effectiveness of the acoustics in their facility to promote critical listening and effective music education. Participants must pay close attention to cubic volume, room shape, sound isolation, acoustical treatments and properly designed mechanical systems as vital components of acoustical design.
  • Examine the layout and design of their music suite/s and determine if the space is effective, ineffective, or even unusable.
  • Understand the critical role of storage and its effects on acoustics, traffic flow, equipment management and security in music facilities.
  • Understand the procedure of choosing proper equipment to guarantee a successful music suite.
About David
  • MBA Lehigh University, 2004
  • 25+ years in professional building and architectural design sales and sales management; Pella Corporation, Masco Corporation, Wenger Corporation
  • Large Projects include: Villanova University Performing Arts Center, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, College of the Holy Cross Performing Arts Center, High Tech High School, Secaucus, NJ

May

6

Mechanical design according to ANSI E1.6-1: Powered Hoist Systems

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Presented by: Pete Svitavsky

ANSI E1.6-1, Entertainment Technology: Powered Hoist Systems, establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation and theatrical production. We will discuss some of the underlying principles of the standard and review the basic requirements as they pertain to mechanical design. Some examples of component selection will be offered followed with a Q&A segment.

About Pete
Pete Svitavsky worked as a stage carpenter and a rigger before earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worn a number of hats during his 20+ years with J.R. Clancy and Wenger Corporation. During these two decades his duties have included everything from project management to product design to inspections and field maintenance. Pete is a licensed Professional Engineer, and an inventor of several patented designs. He is a proud to be a member of USITT and ESTA and help work to develop national standards for the entertainment industry. He is a regular contributor to the education of future generations of industry professionals through classes and conferences.

May

14

Design Considerations for Secondary School Music Facilities (Educator Edition)
This is a Private Event for IBA members only.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (CT)

Presented by: Neal Jorgensen (Iowa Bandmasters Conference)

Numerous design and acoustical requirements determine the effectiveness of your secondary school music facilities. This course we will review four critical factors — Acoustics, Floor Plan, Storage and Equipment — that will help promote critical listening, sound isolation, efficient space layout and proper equipment recommendations for those individuals who teach, learn, perform and experience music in your spaces. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Determine the effectiveness of the acoustics in their facility to promote critical listening and effective music education. Participants must pay close attention to cubic volume, room shape, sound isolation, acoustical treatments and properly designed mechanical systems as vital components of acoustical design.
  • Examine the layout and design of their music suite/s and determine if the space is effective, ineffective, or even unusable.
  • Understand the critical role of storage and its effects on acoustics, traffic flow, equipment management and security in music facilities.
  • Understand the procedure of choosing proper equipment to guarantee a successful music suite.

About Neal
Neal Jorgensen, Regional Sales Manager, Wenger Corporation: Neal has been an integral part of the Wenger Corporation sales team for more than 20 years. Neal understands the science of acoustics and the needs and requirements of teachers and students alike. His vast knowledge of music education and performing arts solutions allows him to help his customers develop a plan for their venue that will enhance their classrooms, rehearsal and performance spaces. Neal received his BST in Speech Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and currently resides in southern Minnesota.

May

20

Virtual Acoustics The Future of Music Education

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Presented by: Jaed Parker

Welcome to the future of music rehearsal. The VAE® Rehearsal System from Wenger is an amazing instrument that’s reshaping how teachers teach and students learn. Its advanced audio technology enhances your practice room acoustics to accelerate learning.

About Jaed
Jaed Parker, Associate Product Manager within the Wenger Acoustics Group. Started with Wenger back in 2017. Prior to that, working with a small business as a Product and Project Lead. Among other job Jaed was a professional dancer/singer. Jaed is happy to find a job that he can use his B.S. degree in business and still be a part of the theater world.

May

20

Planning for Acoustics in Performance Spaces - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Presentor: Edward Kaye

When designing and planning a performance space, there are numerous acoustical considerations that need to be taken into account. This presentation describes end-user needs through real-life examples and photos. These case studies will provide you with a shared language and understanding of how properly designed acoustical environments are critical to a successful performance. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Understand why different types of performance spaces require different solutions for acoustical design and treatment. The spaces covered in this presentation include Auditoriums, Orchestra Pits and Cafetoriums.
  • Understand the acoustical requirements for the stage house (sending end), and the audience chamber (receiving end) in various performance spaces.
  • Understand recommended design guidelines for reverberation time, floor space and dimensional criteria for auditoriums and performance spaces.
  • Learn how active acoustic technology systems provide the ultimate solution for making performance spaces flexible for multipurpose use.

May

27

Understanding Acoustic Problems and Solutions

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (CT)

Presentor: Ron Freiheit

The study of music is dependent upon the ability to learn and hear differences in intonation, dynamics articulation and balance. This skill, called critical listening, can be developed only in a learning environment with proper acoustics. This session addresses the most common acoustic problems that music educators face in their rehearsal and practice spaces.

Register Now »

May

27

Designing Performance Spaces with Safety in Mind - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Presentor: Damon Atwood

The theatre or auditorium is often the most dangerous and overlooked room in a building or school. There is complex equipment, overhead lifting and numerous fall hazards in these spaces. However, new equipment and planning during the design phase can greatly minimize safety risks. This course will review the history of safety in theatres, identify key theatre equipment, evaluate safety hazards and provide information regarding how to implement safety features into your space during the design phase. Having a safe performing arts space provides the owners, staff, performers and audience with peace-of-mind and the ability to focus on the operation of the facility and remarkable performances. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Analyze safety considerations at the design phase of any theatre or performing arts space. Theatres need to be safe by design and a number of considerations need to be taken into account throughout the design phase.
  • Evaluate the critical consequences for not incorporating safety into the design of a performing arts space.
  • Describe the main functions and key safety criteria of crucial theatre equipment such as rigging, lighting, railings, fire curtains, seating and flooring.
  • Identify the importance of informing operators and all persons in a theatre or performing arts space of the incorporated safety features.

Register Now »

June

3

The Case for Space: Planning & Designing Athletic Spaces – AIA Course #WEN00700 - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Presentor: Ryan Vogel

So often, the athletic support spaces are overlooked during the planning phases. During this presentation participants will learn how to design appropriate spaces to safely, securely and efficiently store athletic apparel and equipment. Communication and implementation methods of how to distribute these design ideas to your end users, customers, school boards and educators will be reviewed and discussed. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Improve the overall program function with support spaces in athletic areas. This portion of the course will focus on accessibility, sanitation, safety liabilities, security issues and building HVAC and mechanical requirements.
  • Analyze design considerations to facilitate the extreme requirements of athletic equipment with an emphasis on space utilization, safety, accessibility, sanitation, security and the welfare of staff and athletes.
  • Understand how design, building materials and equipment affect health, safety and sanitation. Detailed design ideas will be discussed with participants to ensure cleanable facility layouts are implemented to promote reduction of mold, mildew, and bacteria, creating a healthy and safe environment for staff and athletes.
  • Discuss design considerations that promote a consistent presentation of program pride and image resulting in a positive experience for building users. Participants will focus on the impact of improved accessibility, organization and athletic program traditions.

Register Now »

June

3

Design Considerations for Secondary School Music Facilities - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Presentor: Teri Anderson

Numerous design and acoustical requirements determine the effectiveness of your secondary school music facilities. This course we will review four critical factors — Acoustics, Floor Plan, Storage and Equipment — that will help promote critical listening, sound isolation, efficient space layout and proper equipment recommendations for those individuals who teach, learn, perform and experience music in your spaces. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Determine the effectiveness of the acoustics in their facility to promote critical listening and effective music education. Participants must pay close attention to cubic volume, room shape, sound isolation, acoustical treatments and properly designed mechanical systems as vital components of acoustical design.
  • Examine the layout and design of their music suite/s and determine if the space is effective, ineffective, or even unusable.
  • Understand the critical role of storage and its effects on acoustics, traffic flow, equipment management and security in music facilities.
  • Understand the procedure of choosing proper equipment to guarantee a successful music suite.

Register Now »

June

10

What is a safety policy and how to create one for your venue

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Presented by: Patrick Finn & Andy Knapp

Safety First. We hear it all the time. But what does it really mean? And how do you communicate it to your staff, students and volunteers? Join us as we discuss what a safety policy might contain, and how to create one for your venue. We’ll even give you a template that you can use to get started.

About Patrick Finn
Patrick grew up in Ohio where he started working in technical theatre at a young age. In addition to educational theatre he spent his summers in high school working in the lighting and scenery departments of the local summer stock theatre company. He continued to work in theatre professionally throughout his college career at Baldwin-Wallace College. After completing his studies he proceeded to work up and down the East Coast at regional theatres and opera companies.

After a particularly rewarding experience with a renovation, Patrick became interested in and found employment in theatre consulting, where he used his experience working in theatre to help others design new and renovated performance spaces. In 2009 he joined with J.R. Clancy and to provide rigging and performing arts equipment to venues across the country and the world. His current position as Performing Arts Product Manager provides him with the opportunity to develop technical and equipment solutions to artistic challenges and to work with designers to help their ideas come to fruition.

About Andy Knapp
Andy grew up in Syracuse, NY, where he discovered his love for theater in high school. He pursued Theater Arts Performance studies at Nazareth College where he ultimately focused on Lighting and Technical Theater. He worked as the Master Electrician at the college Art Center. After completing his studies, Andy moved to New York City to pursue a nine-month internship in Lighting at The Juilliard School. This internship solidified his technical theatre career.

For the next five years Andy was a freelance Master Electrician and Stage Electrician, working for The Metropolitan Opera and The Public Theater (including Shakespeare in the Park, NYC Fashion Week, and Saturday Night Live to name a few). He then worked in Production Management at The Public Theater before returning to The Juilliard School as the Master Electrician of the Peter J. Sharp Theater, a 72 single purchase fly house. In December 2017, he relocated to his hometown of Syracuse, NY, to join the Project Management team at Wenger Corporation’s J.R. Clancy facility. His current position as Service Project Manager provides him with the opportunity to work with end users on annual inspections and renovation assistance while answering questions about their equipment.

Register Now »

June

17

Design Considerations for Secondary School Music Facilities - AIA 1 LU/HSW*

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (CT)

Presentor: Krista Louden

Numerous design and acoustical requirements determine the effectiveness of your secondary school music facilities. This course we will review four critical factors — Acoustics, Floor Plan, Storage and Equipment — that will help promote critical listening, sound isolation, efficient space layout and proper equipment recommendations for those individuals who teach, learn, perform and experience music in your spaces. During this presentation you will have the opportunity of learning how to:

  • Determine the effectiveness of the acoustics in their facility to promote critical listening and effective music education. Participants must pay close attention to cubic volume, room shape, sound isolation, acoustical treatments and properly designed mechanical systems as vital components of acoustical design.
  • Examine the layout and design of their music suite/s and determine if the space is effective, ineffective, or even unusable.
  • Understand the critical role of storage and its effects on acoustics, traffic flow, equipment management and security in music facilities.
  • Understand the procedure of choosing proper equipment to guarantee a successful music suite.

Register Now »

June

17

Mechanical design according to ANSI E1.6-1: Powered Hoist Systems

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Presented by: Pete Svitavsky

ANSI E1.6-1, Entertainment Technology: Powered Hoist Systems, establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection and maintenance of powered hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation and theatrical production. We will discuss some of the underlying principles of the standard and review the basic requirements as they pertain to mechanical design. Some examples of component selection will be offered followed with a Q&A segment.

About Pete
Pete Svitavsky worked as a stage carpenter and a rigger before earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worn a number of hats during his 20+ years with J.R. Clancy and Wenger Corporation. During these two decades his duties have included everything from project management to product design to inspections and field maintenance. Pete is a licensed Professional Engineer, and an inventor of several patented designs. He is a proud to be a member of USITT and ESTA and help work to develop national standards for the entertainment industry. He is a regular contributor to the education of future generations of industry professionals through classes and conferences.

Register Now »