Marilyn de Oliveira, LaRhonda Steele, Anna Tivel, Naomi LaViolette, Marianna Thielen, and Evan Kuhlmann at the 2018 Lullaby Project Recording session.
Marianna and Reece’s song they wrote with Heather for the Lullaby Project was featured on All Classical Portland- 89.1 FM.
Marshburn and Thielen utilize their songwriting in a variety of projects in the Northwest. Highlights include:
The Lullaby Project(2018 and 2019): conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the project uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. Together with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters, mothers and mothers-to-be create personal lullabies for their children, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future.
Northwest Children’s Theatre - The Starlings
Reece and Marianna have composed and music directed 3 musicals for Northwest Children's Theatre, all featuring the all - bird puppet troupe, The Starlings! Shows include The Tail of Sleeping Beauty, Amelia Earhart’s First Flight, and Dinosaurs!
“Working with Moon Vine Music on our Starlings' shows is always an absolute joy. As songwriters and music directors, Reece and Marianna are the perfect mix of creative professionals and playful collaborators. They consistently deliver excellent songs that quite simply captivate young audiences.”
-Sarah Jane Hardy, Artistic Director at Northwest Children’s Theatre
Mini - Musicals
Marianna and Reece have composed 2 mini musicals(and are working on a third) as part of the Live on Stage produced Mini Musicals. The shows(11th and Couch and Last Winter) were performed as part of the Fertile Ground new works festival in Portland, OR.
“Despite a signature song that urges happiness through lowering the bar of expectations, Marianna Thielen’s opening 11th and Couch set a vertiginously high standard for the rest of the show. The audiences guffawed at the witty lyrics by Reece Marshburn and Thielen, and the vignette managed to distinguish each character’s underlying motivations. Fast paced and funny, it got the show off to scintillating start.” -Brett Campbell, The Oregonian
“Thielen and Reece Marshburn’s tuneful melancholy ballads shone, especially an impressive duet sung by the pair while they’re in their different respective childhood homes, sometimes alternately expressing differing sentiments about their old town, and cleverly coming together on the choruses.” -Brett Campbell, The Oregonian