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Reen Family bring variety to Friday concert
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:00 AM
A new member to the staff of Trinity United Methodist Church and his family plan to share their talents with the community during an upcoming performance.
Stephen Reen, the new music director at Trinity, and the Reen Family Singers will perform Friday as part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation Series. Reen, his wife and their children plan to perform piano and cello accompaniments, plus a cappella performances by Stephen Reen and his three eldest sons.
"They do a varied program," Lynn Maricle with the Madison Performing Arts Foundation said.
The Reen Family Singers include Stephen and Sophie Reen and their children Stephen, Dominic, Bernie, Virginia, John, William, Lucy and Hugh.
"They all sing together," she said.
Stephen Reen earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance, as well as a doctorate of music from Indiana University, the family's website said. He teaches early childhood music, movement classes and group piano classes by using the Musikgarten curriculum. He has served as an organist and choir director throughout the U.S. and Canada, and he is also the president and founder of the Columbus Academy of Music in Columbus.
Sophie Reen earned a bachelor's degree in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a masters degree from Indiana University. She has performed with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, the Colorado Festival Orchestra, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and others, the website said. She served as an adjunct professor of cello at Goshen College, as well as an associate instructor at Indiana University. She also teaches Musikgarten classes, piano and cello lessons.
All of the Reen children love to sing, the website said, and the older children play piano and string instruments.
Friday's performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 412 W. Main St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
All of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation events are family-friendly and open to the public. There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted to help with costs of future performances.
Other upcoming performances for the Madison Performing Arts Foundation include Barefoot Best Friends at the First Baptist Church on March 15 and Karen Kness at the Madison Presbyterian Church on April 12.
The Reen Family Singers
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