Date: August 27, 2014
I am the Director of Music Ministries for a large traditional Church. Many years ago, before my time here, a team of members decided to deaden the sound in the Church by installing acoustical tiles from midway up the wall to the ceiling, entire back wall of the choir loft, and the arches surrounding the choir loft. A few years ago, the flooring needed replacing so I insisted on wood as the two choices were wood or carpet. They then installed laminate wood. Now we have a new pastor who is making significant changes. Because of the current acoustics, if the choir returns to the loft, half of the congregation will no longer understand/hear the music and words of the choir. They come out muffled. Having all the acoustical tiles removed would cost a tremendous amount of money and will not be done so I am looking for alternatives. Some years back, I heard that there is a "hard shell" paint that when painted over acoustical tiles, would seal in most of the deadening issues. So far I have been unsuccessful in find this product. If you have any experience with this product or have other cost effective ideas, I would love to hear them.
Thanks very much!