(BETHANY · OK · 2020)
(HOUSE OF WORSHIP)
BETHANY FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
With a venue originally built in 1969 and holding 1,650 people, they came to us with a vision of transform their sanctuary to function for both modern and traditional worship experiences.
Desire: Accommodate room's acoustics for large pipe organ, choir, and modern rock 'n' roll style music.
To improve their choir’s sound, we implemented a Choirflex. This gave their choir of 65 members an additional 10 dB gain-before-feedback, and needed only 3 microphones on stage.
We designed a custom curtain to hide the organ during the modern service, allowing for a quick transformation of the room between the two styles of morning worship.
On Sunday mornings, Bethany Naz has two services: a traditional service with a choir and orchestra, followed by a second service with modern rock worship band. The church needed to provide both styles of worship for their diverse congregation, including college students from Southern Nazarene University right next door.
With a venue originally built in 1969 and holding 1,650 people, they came to us with a vision of transforming their sanctuary to function for both modern and traditional worship experiences.
To accommodate their large pipe organ, drums, and electric guitars all in one room, the they needed an adaptable acoustic setting. They faced significant challenges in achieving the desired sound quality for either style, let alone both on a Sunday morning.
To maintain traditional feel, we needed to strategically design acoustics to prevent visual distractions. The historic venue was brought back to life with the use of both active and passive acoustics. Even with the wide shaped room, we were able to bring stereo to every seat in the venue by giving the entire venue a full, immersive sound through a Fulcrum Immersive system.
For the lighting design, we utilized a GrandMA3 with Elation bar and spot fixtures. We designed a Fulcrum Acoustic line array for the PA with a DiGiCo SD12 for FOH. We then had a custom curtain designed to hide the organ during the modern service, allowing a quick transformation of the room between the two morning worship service styles.
Fulcrum Immersive’s Venueflex Processor and Choirflex, Artisan broadcast furniture, GrandMA3 desk, and Fulcrum loudspeakers.
“WAVE allowed us to modernize our sound system while maintaining the character of the room our congregation has loved for generations.”
Alan Brown | Production Director