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- April 28, 2011 at 7:53 am #283950Kayla WerlinParticipantDear colleagues,We’re fortunate enough to be getting a new facility by fall of 2013. I would love your recent advice about choosing four step standing choral risers. We have Wengers that are approximately 12 years old. They have not worn well, no longer feel safe and sturdy, and are awkward to move and store. If you’ve made this decision recently I’d love to know what you chose.Thank you very much!Kayla WerlnApril 29, 2011 at 10:42 am #284018Eileen FinleyParticipantHi Kayla,The Pennsylvania Youth Chorale uses the Alla Breve standing Choral Risers from StageRight and we love them. They’re light enough for the children to easily move them and set them up. They’re very flexible and very durable. The turn around time for an order is quick and the service is excellent. We’ve been using our three section/4 step units for about 10 years and they’re as good as new!Good luck with your new facility!EileenApril 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm #284070Charles LivesayParticipantWenger and StageRight are the two companies I would most recommend as well. Wenger may have come out with new and different models since you got yours 12 years ago, so I’m not sure I’d dismiss them automatically because of your past experience. I’m sure that both companies would arrange for you to see their products first-hand, either by directing you to a representative in your area, or to someone else in your area who has their product.Good luck with your search and congratulations on your new facility, Kayla.Chuck LivesayApril 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm #284091May 1, 2011 at 11:58 am #284118Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantCould I ask a question about the Alla Breve risers? I usually transport the risers in the back of my Honda CRV – it looks like they might not fit in the back of a small SUV. Can someone let me know if they know the answer to this question? Otherwise, they look very easy to deal with.Thanks,Catherine NesbitMay 2, 2011 at 10:57 am #284181Geoffrey McQueenMember
I am the Executive Director at Choirs of America. We just
finished a HIGHLY successful event for high school choirs using 17
of Wenger’s newly re-designed 4-step Signature Risers. Our Artistic
Director and I easily assembled them and, once assembled they were
very easy to roll and transport. They looked good and were very
sturdy… Plus, the back rail is now included. For our Massed Choir
event with Eric Whitacre two days ago, we had 273 singers on risers
for Part I of the concert, followed by 366 singers on them for Part
II with no problems or concerns whatsoever. Wenger is our title
sponsor for COA’s American Music Performance Invitational for Mixed
Choirs… But, even if they weren’t, I would not hesitate to
recommend their Signature Risers.
Congrats and good luck!
Geoff McQueenMay 2, 2011 at 11:04 am #284182Eileen FinleyParticipantI’m not sure about the van, Catherine, because we always transport them on a truck but the website says that 3 complete sections would store in a space 28″ X 73″ and that would include the legs that support the risers. The top step, the longest, is 6 feet. Hope that helps but if not I’m sure StageRight would be able to be more specific.EileenMay 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm #284189John HowellParticipantJust a thought, Catherine, but it might not be a good idea to lock your ensemble into a particular set of risers based on the car that you presently happen to drive. And it looks as if the car makers are finally getting serious about phasing out gas guzzlers.At one point back in the ’70s, General Motors was making large station wagons (long before anyone had thought of SUVs built on truck frames) with a back seat that split 1/3 – 2/3, which made it absolutely perfect for transporting a medium-sized harpsichord plus 5 performers in renaissance drag and all their instruments including a bulky lute case! And we bought one and eventually drove it into the ground. But you just have to go with what’s available, and today that might require a pickup.All the best,JohnJune 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm #288323Bill CrewlenParticipantKayla, did you already check with Masterstage ? Visit their website http://www.masterstage.caThey have the widest range on the market in choral risers. Friends of mine did purchase from them and got a a lot of different options when they told them how many singers and how many rows they would like to have. They have also different depth not just 14″ or 18″ like others. Let them know what you want.Good luck.
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