Christmas "Concert of Love"

Trinity Baptist Church, Grand Rapids MI

Premiere of original arrangement of "Oh Thou Joyful, Oh Thou Wonderful"

Oh Thou Joyful

Piano accompaniment for "Mary Did You Know"

handbells christmas 2019

"We Three Kings" for Handbell Choir

Public Lecture - “Insight into Modern Composers”

Calvin University, Grand Rapids MI

Part of Knollcrest Music Camp's Afternoon Assembly Series

An exploration and discussion on the composers George Crumb, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich and Kristin Kuster.

Giver of Rest - Premiere

Trinity Baptist Church, Grand Rapids MI

Premiere vocal/piano solo performance of original song, "Giver of Rest." Words by Jane Poling Yit, Music by Rena Poling.

Richard & Rena - Festival of the Arts

Grand Rapids Art Museum - Grand Rapids, MI

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Program

"Book of Hours" by Rena Poling

    I.  Matins

   II.  Lauds

Deanna Birchard (piano)

Deanna and Rena

Midnight Idyll by Richard Cerchia

Christy Thompson-Kliewer (flute)

Thomas Moss (piano)

 

"Go and Do Good Things" by Rena Poling

I. Passive

II. Active

Grace Kim, Christopher Martin (violins)

Leslie Van Becker (viola)

Will Preece (cello)

Edward Clifford (flute)

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"Waltz/Nocturne" by Richard Cerchia

Thomas Moss (piano)

 

"Henry’s Song" by Rena Poling

Jon Karnes, Phil Bajema (trumpets) 

Lisa Honeycutt (french horn) 

Paul Keen (trombone) 

Matt Palmieri (tuba) 

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"Three Hymns from the Sea" by Richard Cerchia

Jon Karnes (trumpet)

Lisa Honeycutt (french horn)

Paul Keen (trombone)

Living Room Concert

Grand Rapids, MI

Living Room Concert at the Martins' home

Balance

"Serpent's Serpent" by Michael Malis

Michael Malis (Piano)

Marcus Elliot (Saxophone)

 

"Five Stations" by Michael Malis

Michael Malis (Piano)

Marcus Elliot (Saxophone)

Grace Kim, Christopher Martin (violins)

Leslie Van Becker (viola)

Will Preece (cello)

 

"Go and Do Good Things" by Rena Poling

Grace Kim, Christopher Martin (violins)

Leslie Van Becker (viola)

Will Preece (cello)

Edward Clifford (flute)

Go and Do Good Things June 2019

Birchard Piano Studio Recital

West Michigan Piano - Grand Rapids, MI

Three back to back recitals, each featuring the newly commissioned piano work for Deanna Birchard, "Lauds." This event will also include performances of "Dance for a Clock Tower" written by Rena Poling.

Christmas Eve Service

Trinity Baptist Church - Grand Rapids, MI

Christmas Eve 2018

Candle light service featuring carols, hymns and a few specials, including "Of the Fathers Love Begotten" and "Arise, Shine," arranged and by Rena Poling.

 

"Of the Father Love Begotten" for voice and piano

Performed by Rena Poling

 

"Arise Shine" for six female voices

Performed by Deanna Birchard, Ami Boomsma, Christy DeMann, Christy Hurd, Andrea Pfaff, Rena Poling

"Arise Shine" premiere

Trinity Baptist Church - Grand Rapids, MI

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"Arise Shine" for six female voices, arranged by Rena Poling. Original song by Harc.

"Ride! Ride!" Dinner Theater

Blythefield Hills Baptist Church - Rockford, MI

Ride Ride

November 8-11. Original music by Penelope Thwaites. Orchestrations for strings and woodwinds by Rena Poling.

CCC - New Music Concert

CCC - New Music Concert
Trinity Baptist Church, Grand Rapids MI

CCC New Music Concert 2018

Modern classical music by Grand Rapids based composers. Featuring:

Richard Cerchia - "Midnight Idyll" for flute and piano, "Waltz/Nocturn" for solo piano

Rena Poling - "Henry's Song" for brass quintet, "Dance for a Clock Tower" for solo piano, "3 Themes for Short Films" for violin and piano

Dr. Gaylord Taylor - "Jesus, Why is it So?" "This Brief Day," "Outside of Christ," and "Destined," for voice and piano

Henrys Song CCC concert

"Henry's Song" For brass quintet

Micah Stoddard (trpt. 1)
George Mackellar (trpt. 2)
Anna Joy Morris (f. hrn)
Matt George (trbn.)
Mark Taylor (tuba)

"Dance for a Clock Tower" For solo piano

Deanna Birchard (pno.)

3 themes for short film CCC concert

"3 Themes from Short Films" For violin and piano

Deanna Birchard (pno.)

Whitney Newberry (vln.)

Brought to you by the Christian Creative Circle

Story Cafe - Saturday Market

Story Cafe - Saturday Market
10am-2pm
Grand Rapids, MI
Story Cafe March 2018

Open house style open-mic. Solo Piano performance of "Simple Bird" by Rena Poling.

Quinn and Tuites - Open Mic

Quinn and Tuites - Open Mic
Grand Rapids, MI

Performing original songs. Nicholas Leimgruber on vocals, Rena Poling accompanying on keyboard.

Summer Vocal Recital

Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, Rockford MI

"Strange" for voice and piano
Emily Page (alto)

Joyce Kash (pno.) 

Kava Kasa - Song Debut

Kava Kasa - Song Debut
Grand Rapids, MI

Nicholas Leimgruber on vocals, Rena Poling accompanying on keyboard

Converge - New Music Collective

Converge - New Music Collective
Ann Arbor, MI

flute quintet
Performance in the Kevreson Recital Hall, at the Earl V. Moore Building of the University of Michigan. Featuring "Go and Do Good Things" for Flute Quintet.

Christian Creative Circle

Christian Creative Circle
Trinity Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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Classical and original music, brought to you by the Christian Creative Circle; Snacks and small gallery browsing to start and follow the concert.

Program:

Rena Poling - Sintel Theme (Anna Veldkamp, vln. Rena Poling, pno.)

Maurice Ravel - Sonatine, Movement 1 (Rena Poling, pno.)

Lindsey Stirling - Master of the Tide (Anna Veldkamp vln.)

Marilynn Ham - Children's Medley (Erika Spykman, pno.)

Dr. Gaylord Taylor - Four Songs (Mark Taylor, Tenor)

All He's Done, Sands O' Dee, Prayer of Martin Luther, The Shadow of the Cross

 

Wedding Music - Molly and Shane Hall

Wedding Music - Molly and Shane Hall
Grand Rapids, MI

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A few original arrangements for piano and cello, celebrating the union of some great friends.

Wedding Music - Beth and Seth Wixtrom

Wedding Music - Beth and Seth Wixtrom
Iron Mountain, MI

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Piano accompaniment and original arrangements for some dear friends.

Momentum - A Tango Musical

Momentum - A Tango Musical
Ann Arbor, MI

Opening night of the big show! 

 

This was my senior thesis at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "Why are so many wonderful smart guys single?" and "why are so many men who dance tango... also engineers?" These are questions that brought me and a miss J.W. to write this show, to explore such topics as love, dance, passion, math, purpose, and social skills. Features the Michigan Argentine Tango Club in a big dance number!

You can watch the full show premier here!

 

"What I saw tonight made me feel what all great art does - a full range of human emotional experience. From real sentiment, to gay levity, to thoughtful comment, it included, as life does, and in proportion, comedy, drama, romance and satire. For while comedy is not dramatic, and drama may not be romantic, and satire may be none of these, they are elements which make up the materials of our daily lives (to be engineer-y about it). It's Momentum's whole feeling of naturalistic representation of life which I find elevating and joyous." 

 

- Matthew De Genaro (Ann Arbor tango dancer, and sculptor)

Momentum - A Tango Musical (Open Dress Rehearsal)

Momentum - A Tango Musical (Open Dress Rehearsal)
Ann Arbor, MI

tango musical

Momentum - A Tango Musical

My senior thesis at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "Why are so many wonderful smart guys single?" and "why are so many men who dance tango... also engineers?" These are questions that brought me and a miss J.W. to write this show, to explore such topics as love, dance, passion, math, purpose, and social skills. Features the Michigan Argentine Tango Club in a big dance number!

You can watch the full show premier here!

Zachary Weiss Flute Recital

Zachary Weiss Flute Recital
7:30 pm
The First United Methodist Church of Dekalb, IL

"Tu Ayem" for solo flute, performed by Zachary Weiss, at the First United Methodist Church of Dekalb (321 Oak St., Dekalb, IL).

M-agination Film Festival

M-agination Film Festival
8:00 pm
Michigan Theater

M-agination, the short film student-organaization at the University of Michigan, presents their annual film festival! Two short films at the festival were scored by Rena Steed: "A Run with Fate," directed by Brian Krasnick, and "Theater Piece," directed by Matthew Montgomery and Ben Corona.

Composer's Marathon Concert

Composer's Marathon Concert
McIntosh Theater, Ann Arbor MI

The work "Shaded" for Tuba and French Horn, performed by Dan Remme and Charlie Mann.

Piano Collaboration concert

Piano Collaboration concert
2:00 pm
Roosevelt University Ganz Hall, Chicago IL

Piano compositions by Roosevelt's Student composers. All pieces performed by students in the piano department in the CCPA.

 

Rena's piece "Go and do Good Things" performed by pianist Tong Lui.

 

This event marks the last composition recital for the 2011-12 school year.