Those who knew RMAF founder Al Stiefel remember him for his spirit of inclusiveness and his passion for high quality sound. As one person put it, “… And that is what Al had made of all of us, friends, a community of great people who happen to be music lovers.”
In remembrance of Al, his wife, Marjorie Baumert, honors his life and his passion for music by having the Al Stiefel Legacy Room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. “I think we could all agree that a large part of Al’s legacy was his inclusiveness and ability to welcome newcomers into the RMAF fold. He loved to champion the underdog with the great idea and applauded those who had the vision and bravery to take a chance. He really did celebrate sound in so many ways! Al’s Legacy Room is funded by other exhibitors and industry supporters who wish to extend Al’s gift of inclusiveness, and will go to a new manufacturer with an innovative product, or one who simply needs a little help.”
Past Recipients of The Al Stiefel Legacy Room
• 2009 – Carnegie Acoustics
• 2010 – Bamberg Audio
• 2011 – Musical Concepts/Musical Design
• 2012 – PranaFidelity
• 2013 – TFC
• 2014 – 3beez
• 2015 – Grace Design
• 2016 – Sonoma Acoustics
Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in an application for Al’s room. You are all winners and I wish you success in your new endeavors. Congratulations to Sonoma Acoustics from Longmont, Colorado, the 2016 recipient of the Al Stiefel Legacy Room. Please visit them in Room 9030.
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