Our Mission

SH Acoustics’ team of acoustic consultants has worked all over the world on projects ranging from the design of museums and exhibit halls to custom home theaters and whole-house acoustics. We understand the unique needs and special requirements of every individual involved in your project—homeowners, architects, contractors and interior designers as well as exhibit designers, museum curators, and patrons. The experienced and diverse professionals on our team go to great lengths to address potential problems before they arise, and to think about things that most clients never dream about.
 
  • Will your friends and family seated in your beautiful home theater be able to hear the movie over the spirited squeals of children overhead?
  • Will the brilliant tones and subtle chords of your favorite music be lost to the constant hum of your heating or air conditioning system?
  • Will visitors to your state-of-the-art exhibit hear the exceptional audio narration or the unwelcome chatter and commentary of other museum patrons?

We worry about these things so you won’t have to. It is our attention to every detail and our complete understanding of the needs of every individual client that sets SH Acoustics apart from our competitors. We will be there to offer professional assistance and support through every phase of your project, from conception through final design and implementation. Our goal is superior sound for every space and to know that we’ve exceeded the expectations of every client.

Meet the Team

SH Acoustics’ core staff is comprised of a team of highly creative and impassioned acoustic/audio designers who, together with a myriad of design and fabrication specialists, go to great lengths to meet the needs of all clients regardless of project size, scope, or budget.

SH Acoustics CEO / Principal Consultant Steve Haas

Steve Haas 

CEO / Principal Consultant

With a great-grandfather who was a mason that worked on some of Europe’s finest concert halls and a grandfather who was a concert pianist and violinist that played with numerous orchestras, including the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Steve was destined to make his mark in the field of music and acoustics.

Steve now has more than thirty-two years of experience in residential and commercial acoustic design, and has been lead acoustic consultant on numerous award-winning projects such as the Newseum (Washington, DC,) Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and hundreds of other museum & performing arts projects.

He is equally proud of his design and renovation of many private theaters, listening rooms and a vast plethora of some the most unique and unexpected spaces to be found in many serene, welcoming homes throughout the world. An accomplished musician and inventor of Concertino, the world s first acoustic enhancement system design specifically for private performance, presentation and recording environments, Steve is often sought out as an industry expert, and has been invited to speak at seminars and conventions all over the world.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, with an emphasis in Acoustics and Music. In his free time, Steve enjoys playing keyboards, mixing live sound, boxing and pretending to be better than he actually is at basketball and tennis.

sh acoustics managing partner Alan Graham

Alan Graham

Managing Director / Partner

Alan is a multi-dimensional executive with proven expertise in delivering operational efficiency and streamlining business processes. He has led several organizations through substantial growth stages and innovative transitions. His many years in consulting providing C-Suite expertise has given him a broad spectrum of experience in proven business methodologies.

Alan brings expertise focused on customer success, long-term business relationships, and building environments that support successful collaborating amongst all stakeholders.

He has been involved in several start-up organizations as well as taking established firms to the “next level” in terms of market presence, revenue & profit growth, talent acquisition & development while focusing on continuous improvement and risk management.

Some of Alan’s previous experience as a senior executive include a Tier I International Consulting Firm, a Virtual Reality Product Company, a Crypto-Currency Blockchain Financial Firm, a major investment firm, and more.

Alan is excited to join a quality firm in SH Acoustics, and looks forward to bringing his talents of building high performing teams.

Alan graduated from one of the oldest engineering universities in the world, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in three years with honors.

In his free time, Alan enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and is an avid sportsman with a Black Belt in Taekwondo. He is constantly reading and expanding his experience & knowledge in business methodologies for operational efficiencies, digital marketing, & technical areas.

associate principle acoustic design consultant Frank Reder

Frank Reder

Associate Principal

Frank Reder graduated from the University of Hartford in 2011, where he studied acoustical engineering and music. Since then, his passion for design has lead him to a career consulting for world-class architects on projects of all building types.

Frank’s expertise have been sought after for a number of complex and high-profile projects throughout the globe, particularly those which don’t have obvious solutions. His notable portfolio includes the expansions at the MoMA and Philadelphia Museums of Art, the TWA Flight Center Hotel at JFK Airport, Comcast Tower in Philadelphia, Central Park Tower in NYC, and studios for YouTube and NBC.

Aside from his experience with architectural acoustics, Frank has consulted for NASA, Taylor Guitars, Hamilton Sundstrand, and holds a patent for an innovative acoustic design in a noise control product. His impressive history brought him to SH Acoustics where he holds the position of Senior Acoustic Consultant. Outside of work Frank also is an avid guitarist, golfer, and wine enthusiast.

Acoustical and Audio Consultant Kevin Peterson

Kevin Peterson

Senior Acoustical/Audio Consultant

Kevin enjoys designing quality spaces where music and sound can be fully appreciated by the listeners. He’s worked on countless music recording studios, broadcast studios, listening rooms, home theaters and performance venues. He appreciates many different types of projects and the challenges that each of them present.

Even at a very early age, Kevin had always possessed a curiosity for engineering and a passion for music. In fact, in a 5th grade writing assignment, he wrote of his desire to be an acoustic engineer. Many years later, in a (successful) attempt to combine both the art of music with the science and engineering of acoustics and noise control, he entered the field of acoustics. He prides himself on client relationships, attention to detail, and a fierce desire for delivering the best possible product to the end users. His favorite projects are ones where the answers are not initially apparent, but those that require untraditional solutions.

Outside of the office, Kevin is a musician and an avid camper / hiker / outdoorsman who doesn’t mind the snow and the frigid temperatures of the New England winters.

Senior Acoustical and Audio Consultant virginia roth

Virginia Demske Roth

Senior Acoustical/Audio Consultant

As Senior Consultant, Ginnie collaborates with all parties to work through acoustical challenges by way of deliverables, meetings, and analysis. As a trained musician, Ginnie has a passion for room acoustics and how people interact with sound in the built environment.

 

She has worked on many cultural institutions, private residences, and hospitality spaces. Each project has its own unique challenges and Ginnie rejects the “one size fits all” approach. She genuinely appreciates her client relationships and works with the project team to find realistic and applicable solutions.

Ginnie volunteers for the ACE Mentor Program, a nationally recognized non-profit organization which pairs design and construction professionals with high school students to teach them about architecture, construction, and engineering. Outside of the office, Ginnie finds great pleasure in running and has completed the NYC Marathon. Ginnie loves to bake and frequently makes Ina Garten’s “Beatty’s Chocolate Cake”.

acoustic design consultant peri chain

Peri Chain

Acoustical/Audio Consultant

Peri proudly takes on the role of Acoustical and Audio Consultant at SH Acoustics where she uses her precise and detail-oriented talents to design acoustical solutions, such as treatment layouts, sound isolation and noise control systems, to ultimately produce the greatest aural experience possible for our clients.

As a recent graduate of Lafayette College, Peri embodies the technical mind of an engineer and the heart of musician. She earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering and Music, and even wrote her honors thesis on concert hall acoustics. She’s incredibly excited about her place in the SH Acoustics team, since it brings her two passions together and she can’t wait to continue her career by harnessing the power of science to give clients an optimal acoustics experience.

On her own time, Peri has mastered 13 different instruments. This unique and impressive list includes the guitar, piano, saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, drums, and bass and obviously many more. She enjoys writing and recording her own original songs as well as practicing snowboarding, softball, basketball and football.

acoustical audio consultant conner gardner

Conner Gardner

Acoustical/Audio Consultant

Conner is dedicated to helping clients find design solutions that embody both technical performance and appealing architectural aesthetics. As a recent graduate of the University of Hartford‘s Acoustics and Music program, he’s had the privilege to work on projects of many different types with a specialty in corporate interiors.

While completing his undergraduate degree, Conner participated in two capstone projects researching acoustical characteristics of percussion instruments. His involvement within these projects taught him valuable skills about creative problem solving in the field of acoustic engineering that still apply to the work he does today in architecture. At a previous firm Conner worked on projects including the NYC offices of Estee Lauder, Google’s campus at 550 Washington, and the Hudson Yard development.

Outside of work, Conner is a musician trained in classical trumpet and guitar but spends most of the time producing and performing electronic music. He is passionate about all areas of art and enjoys graphic design and painting. To be active, he enjoys hiking, biking, and basketball.

acoustic design consultant tessa kopec

Tessa Kopec

Acoustical/Audio Consultant

A recent graduate of the University of Hartford’s Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics program, Tessa
strives to create an acoustic environment where people can enjoy their space and learn about the aspects behind the design. 

While completing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to work on a capstone design project researching a new wood-fibrous solution, specifically in sound absorption, as well as a private study in sound travel through the auditory system. Through these experiences, her passion for architectural acoustics grew to a deeper understanding of how impactful our environments are. She finds great joy in building relationships with others and guiding them through the background of acoustically challenging environments.

On the personal side, Tessa enjoys playing guitar, hiking mountain ranges, and tending to her many
plants and garden.

sh acoustics accounts manager sheryl patten

Sheryl Patten

Accounts Manager / Administrative Coordinator

As the Accounts Manager and the Administrative Coordinator at SH Acoustics, Sheryl brings her many years of experience combined with an ability to find more efficient, and creative ways of helping the office while creating a friendly work environment for all of the SH Acoustics employees.

Sheryl enjoys a balance of spending time with her family, and spending time at the gym. As a vegetarian, she maintains a healthy diet to stay active. Sheryl has enjoyed traveling to many destinations such as England, France, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, and Spain as well as many states in the USA.

sh acoustics lead cad designer jacob jacobson

Jacob Jacobson

Lead CAD Designer

Jacob has been SH Acoustics’ Lead CAD Designer for over five years, and plays a significant role in creating and maintaining high-quality standards for SHA’s drawings and documentation. He trains and instructs other engineers in the office to properly and consistently convey projects to our clients. Jacob is also involved in research and development of unique audio technologies and often plays an important role with project site inspections.

Prior to SH Acoustics, Jacob attended the Porter and Chester Institute of Technology where he received a certificate for Architectural Drafting and Design. He is also currently in school and set to earn his degree in Engineering.

Jacob has been a proud musician for the large majority of his life. With talents spanning from the guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, piano, lap steel and ukulele, it’s clear that Jacob belonged in the world of sound. In fact, it was while he was on a national tour with his band that Porter and Chester called him to see if he’d be interested in the position at SHA. Besides work and music, Jacob enjoys a good board game, movie, or fantasy and sci-fi book, but mostly just enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn son.

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