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Masque Sound Gets Into HOW Sector

Masque Sound co-principals Geoff and James Shearing have announced the formation of a new division focused on providing sound reinforcement, wireless, and acoustic consultation and installation for the house of worship community. Paul Klimson, a veteran live sound and recording engineer with extensive house of worship credentials, will serve as technical director. Courtney (Mrs. Paul) Klimson has been named director of marketing for the new division.

From left: Paul Klimson, Courtney Klimson and Geoff Shearing

“When Paul Klimson joined our team last year, his technical and management skills were immediately apparent,” Geoff Shearing remarks. “His recent resolution of a challenging acoustic issue for the Arcadia [Calif.] Presbyterian Church crystallized our decision to form a dedicated HOW Division.”

As sound team leader for The Journey Church in the Grand Ballroom of New York City’s Manhattan Center, Klimson managed a crew of four engineers. His responsibilities included front-of-house and monitor engineering, as well as gear purchase, rental and maintenance. An audio professional since attending Greenville College and graduating from The Recording Workshop of Ohio, Klimson has served as recording and mix engineer for a number of regional artists and labels including Relient K (Capitol Records), the O.C. Supertones (BEC Records) and Pax 217 (ForeFront Records), and as production manager/mix engineer for Tanya Tucker Inc. (Nashville). He was a staff engineer at Emerald Studios (Nashville) and night manager of The Sound Kitchen (Franklin, Tenn.). While in-house engineer/CA for N.Y.’s Michael Whalen Music, he collaborated on film and TV projects for such clients as Martha Stewart, The History Channel, ABC News and Warner Bros. He has engineered church sound productions since the age of 10.

After graduating with a degree in Media Promotion from Greenville College, Courtney Klimson served three years, including one as executive director, with the Agape Christian Music Festival, a regional Illinois event. In 2003 she joined EMI CMG (Christian Music Group) Nashville as manager of brand marketing and catalog development. She moved to New York City in 2004 as assistant director for Joan Whalen Fine Art, where she spearheaded marketing initiatives.

“Masque Sound has provided consultation, wireless technology and speaker installation for HOWs in the past, including a major install for Manhattan’s Times Square Church,” Geoff Shearing says. “But projects came in through recommendation; we’ve never marketed our services to the houses of worship sector. Paul Klimson’s success with Arcadia Church, coupled with his and Courtney’s personal backgrounds, signaled an opportunity to provide a genuine service to this increasingly important sector.

The Masque Sound HOW Division is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ. For additional information, visit