In Memoriam: Jesse Klapholz

by Michael Eddy
Jesse Klapholz
Jesse Klapholz

Jesse Klapholz, a Philadelphia-area veteran of the professional audio industry, passed away on June 5, 2017 at 63. Among his many talents, Klapholz was a talented audio systems designer, a writer and publication editor, a live and recording mix engineer, and a self-taught blues guitarist.

While working with consulting firm, Cerami & Associates of New York, Klapholz designed systems for the Philadelphia Uptown Theater (John Volkmann RCA-designed), Longwood Gardens, the Philadelphia International Airport, and many other venues. Klapholz also worked with the consulting firm Klepper-Marshall-King and David Klepper commented, “Jesse is remembered for his willingness and ability to share his knowledge with others in ways that could help us to avoid mistakes and efficiently reach our goals.”

As a writer and editor, Klapholz was well known to AES members for the years that he edited the AES journal and was chair of the Philadelphia AES section. The contracting community will remember Klapholz for the years he was technical editor of Sound & Communications.

At Harrah's Atlantic City, Klapholz worked with the legendary Pat Baltzell and in New York City he worked with David Andrews of Andrews Audio Consultants. He mixed numerous artists for NPR at Philly Sound Studios and the World Café as well as many shows at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Klapholz was an enthusiastic collector of vintage audio equipment and priceless acoustical documents and books. Arrangements are being made for this archive to be transferred to a respected institution to conserve it and make it accessible to scholars and researchers. He reprinted Harry Olson’s classic 1939 book, “Acoustical Engineering”, which features an introduction by Klapholz.

A dedicated family man, Klapholz is survived by his wife Hannah, a son Max, and a daughter Hillary. He will be missed by both the Philadelphia and New York audio communities and all of those who have benefited from his many contributions to professional audio.