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Grace United Methodist Church

Classic 19th Century Church Merges History and High-Tech
Though the 500 seat sanctuary is not overly large, it's nonetheless as majestic and impressive as any mega-cathedral. The building's hand-built stone edifice is a gateway to a soaring 55-foot arched ceiling and a collection of stunningly beautiful stained glass masterpieces. Grace United Methodist has also gained a reputation throughout the region for its music and musicians, including a highly sought after choir and a resident chamber music ensemble, Mélamonie. As Tony Hersch, President of Pottstown, PA-based Audiobahn, explains, the talent and professionalism of the church's musicians has gone a long way in setting it apart. "Many of the singers in their choir are accomplished professionals, and virtually all of them are phenomenally talented, on an operatic level," says Hersch. "Their director is a highly accomplished pianist and organist, with a doctorate in music, and their performances are always in high demand." With such a strong emphasis on music, it's not surprising that Grace United Methodist Church's elders and congregation were less reserved than many Methodist congregations in their approach to sound system design. "They were very involved in the process of selecting their new audio system," says Hersch. "They really did their research and knew what they wanted to accomplish." With its vintage lathe and plaster walls, reflectivity has long been a problem in the sanctuary, and spoken word intelligibility was a prime requirement for the new sound system. But musicality was also a critical factor - the system had to deliver full-range performance that could complement the choir and musicians.