(Edison, New Jersey) While celebrating a 150 year history, St. Lawrence Martyr in Maryland is also celebrating a spiritual revival the congregation has experienced in the most recent decade. New ministry management has fostered much of the spiritual growth through a Life Teen youth ministry, addition of Adult faith programs and including International Nights to a revitalized welcome ministry.
That growth spurred a capital campaign in 2014 to build a new parish complex. On June 3, Baltimore Archibishop William Lori presided over a Dedication Mass blessing the new facility.
When facility design was in the planning stages, Michael Klass of Baltimore-based Klassic Sound was referred to provide a solution for their sanctuary sound.
“It wasn’t an easy room to work with,” noted Klass. “It was basically a concrete room with the only sound absorption being the carpeting on the floor. And with high vertical ceilings, we were dealing with a highly reverberant environment.”
As a Catholic church and parish center, the sanctuary serves a multi-functional purpose from services to musical performances. Parish principles worked with Klass’ company, known in the region for event production and sound reinforcement capabilities.
Considering a solution, Klass turned his attention to the RCF VSA vertical steerable arrays. “The church wanted something sleek and low profile,” Klass comments, “And I needed to provide a solution with the steering capability to control room reverberations while also providing the horsepower for the performance needs of the church.” Klass recommended the RCF VSA2050, coupled with a Turbosound subwoofer for some low frequency enhancement. “The steering did just what I expected it to do, and what I told the church it would do.”
Working with the RCF VSA User Control, “Programming was very simple,” says Klass, “And we heard the steering ‘pop’ into place very quickly.”