expertise are the keystones of our success at Scott R. Riedel & Associates.
Our team of degreed professionals have experience teaching at colleges and universities and regularly participate in speaking engagements, conferences and lectures.
well-regarded national experts are considered the
best in the fields of acoustics and sound, all specialties
related to the organ, liturgical music, theater design and
Scott R. Riedel & Associates,
Ltd. began as a sole proprietorship by Mr. Riedel in the
late 1970’s. Early customers included Lutheran and
Catholic churches in Wisconsin desiring organ selection and purchase consultation.
Mr. Riedel also offered room acoustic consultation for worship
spaces primarily in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The
series of educational articles on worship acoustic topics
that Mr. Riedel wrote for The Diapason magazine
soon brought national recognition, bringing clients from
east to west coasts. The company grew over time; sound system
design and organ tuning were added to the services offered,
and the staff was expanded to include additional acousticians,
system designers, organ technicians, as well as office management
and architectural associates. The organization was
incorporated in the State of Wisconsin during the 1990’s.
Today the original church organ and sacred worship space
acoustical consultations are still offered, along with sound
and video system design, a wide scope of organ maintenance,
as well as residential, commercial, industrial, institutional
and educational consultation on all matters related to sound
quality, noise control, systems and sound testing.
|Scott R. Riedel
Mr. Riedel is a graduate
of the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture
and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is Organist-Choirmaster
at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin,
and is a guest lecturer at Columbia College in Chicago,
He has served on many church
music committees and boards, including the American
Guild of Organists, The Royal School of Church Music,
and The Association of Lutheran Musicians. He is a
member of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and
the Acoustical Society of America. Mr. Riedel’s
publications include a column in the GIA Quarterly
Magazine as Architectural and Acoustics reviewer, the
booklet “Acoustics in the Worship Space” published
by Concordia Publishing House, as a series of articles
in “The Diapason” magazine. He has also
edited a special issue of CrossAccent, a journal
published by the Association or Lutheran Church Musicians,
which focused on church architecture, acoustics, and
Mr. Riedel has presented
lectures on worship space acoustics, organ design and
purchase to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians,
National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American
Guild of Organists (various chapters and regions),
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, American Institute
of Architects, and the Lectures in Church Music at
David L. Beyer
Vice President/Head Organ Technician
Mr. Beyer is the principal organ
technician at Scott R. Riedel & Associates Ltd.
He began his work as church musician at age 15. He
holds degrees in Music Education, cum laude, from
Augustana College; and in Organ Performance from
the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston;
his teachers include Yuko Hayashi, Donald Teeters,
Robert Schunemann, Merle Pflueger and Bessie Schober.
Post-grad organ studies were made with Harald Vogel,
Klaas Bolt, Umberto Pineschi, Russell Saunders, and
Mr. Beyer has assisted in restoring
two historic European organs – an 18th century
chamber organ in Pistoia, Italy; and the 1560 Epistle
organ in the Cathedral of Salamanca, Spain. Both
projects were under the direction of Japanese organ
builder Hiroshi Tsuji. He also helped voice Tsuji’s
large concert organ built for Salamanca Hall in Gifu
City, Japan. He studied organ history and construction
with Fritz Noak and was designer/voicer for the J.F.
Nordlie Company, Organ Builders, in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, from 1985 to 1996.
He serves as Music Director at
Pentecost Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Previously he was organist and lecturer at the Ecumenical
Liturgy & Worship
Seminar at Oxford, England. Mr. Beyer has performed
worldwide and he has taught organ in Pennsylvania,
South Dakota, and Japan. His compositions include
settings for Holy Communion, hymntunes, wedding songs,
and organ chorale preludes; his review articles have
appeared in publications nationwide. He is a past Dean
of the American Guild of Organists, a member of the
Organ Historical Society, and a member of the Association
of Lutheran Church Musicians, and is currently registrar
for the Milwaukee Chapter AGO.
|Craig R. Schaefer
Lead Acoustical Engineer/Head
of Acoustical Testing Services
Craig's specialties include acoustical testing & analysis, acoustical modeling, acoustical and architectural design, noise control engineering, technical writing and a variety of CAD and 3D modeling software aided design. Craig holds a bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Masters degree in Architectural Acoustical from Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) in Troy, New York. He holds memberships in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). While pursuing research at RPI he developed a custom scale model of a coupled-volume system along with a sophisticated high-resolution scanning system. Craig's pioneering contributions made it possible for the first time in architectural acoustics community to visualize sound propagations in enclosures in low-frequency ranges by way of animations based on the experimentally scanned data. His work has been presented at the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, MD 2010 and the International Symposium on Room-Acoustics Melborne, Australia 2010.
Prior to joining the Riedel organization, Craig has worked for a full service Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm, as well as the Design Department of a large supermarket chain in the North East. His musical experience includes membership in both church and professional choirs, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and as a barbershop tenor in the Greendale, WI and Saratoga Springs, NY chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Craig's experience includes the following technical and theoretical systems:
Stagecraft and Theater Design
Investigations on Coupled Spaces
3D Modeling and CAD software
Custom design/build of Acoustical Scale Test Models
Lead Audio/Video Design Consultant
Mr. Hosbach is a professional audio and systems
industry veteran of 20-plus years. Dave graduated
from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in
1983, with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree,
with emphasis in science. He began in 1985 as
an installer with a large Minneapolis-based sound
contracting firm, and worked into systems design,
sales and acoustic analysis.
In 1995 Dave accepted
an opportunity from Electro-Voice (a world-class
manufacturer of professional audio equipment) for
marketing management and product development. In
addition, Dave was active as a seminar leader for
E-V dealers as well as end-user groups, focusing
on loudspeaker and microphone design and application.
spent two years between 2001-2003 as Director of
Event Operations at NSCA (National Systems Contractors
Association, a leading not-for-profit trade association
working in support of the electronic systems industry)
where he coordinated the NSCA Expo and led seminars
in support of NSCA members and member companies.
2003, Dave became Systems Engineer at Metro Sound
and Video in Milwaukee, WI. Dave was responsible
for audio and video systems design and engineering
as well as project management, system programming,
setup and user training.
Dave is fluent in
EASE (Electro-Acoustic Simulator for Engineers),
an industry-standard computer modeling software
package to aid in loudspeaker system design and performance
prediction. Dave is also trained in TEF (Time
Energy Frequency) analysis and has regularly employed
this and other measurement systems such as “Ivie” and “SMAART
Live” in his analysis, design and system
You may contact Mr. Hosbach through his website, http://dshaudiovisions.com/
Mr. Foley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelors of Science and Engineering, Computer Science as well as a Minor in Architectural Studies from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to his time at UW-Milwaukee, he earned an Associate of Art and Science degree from Madison Area Technical College from their Architectural Technician program.
Mr. Foley is responsible for maintaining the computer systems and peripheral devices in the office. In addition to troubleshooting computer, printer, and network errors, Tim advises on the purchase of new hardware and software for use by Scott R. Riedel & Associates, Ltd. He also assists in CAD drawing production as well as information processing and storage for Scott R. Riedel & Associates, Ltd. Tim has experience with a variety of CAD software, including AutoCAD and Revit, EASE Modeling and 3D and artistic rendering drawings.
Mr. Penkala is a 2009 graduate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He received his BA in Architecture and a Certificate in Urban Planning. Since receiving his Bachelors Degree, Mr. Penkala has returned to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is currently enrolled as a Graduate Student in the School of Architecture. In addition to the classes that he has taken at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Mr. Penkala has also taken AutoCAD training classes at Lakeshore Technical College in Sheboygan, WI. Christopher assists in CAD drawing production, color renderings, and the management of drawing and information processing and storage at Scott R. Riedel & Associates, Ltd. Chris has experience using many different computer drafting and modeling programs including AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, and Microstation.
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