About
Novare Music
is music composed and arranged by Renee Allsbrook.
Many gifted artists helped bring this music to life.
Michelle Jennings
Tony Ponella
Lori Hammel
Lorraine Conard
Liz Acker
Renee Allsbrook
Renee (Hekman) Allsbrook was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and grew up
as second daughter in a family of twelve children. She began piano lessons at age seven,
and used music as a quiet retreat from the activity of her bustling home. Renee spent
several summers at Interlochen's National Music Camp, and after graduation from high
school, went on to study with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky at Indiana University's School of
Music in Bloomington, receiving a degree in piano performance in 1995. Upon graduation,
she married Luke Allsbrook, and together they moved to Manhattan where Luke
received his MFA in painting, and Renee studied piano with Elena Leonova through
Mannes College of Music. During their years in New York, Renee worked as a free lance
pianist and accompanist in the city, and as a pianist for Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
In 2004 they moved to western North Carolina, and have enjoyed raising their four
children in the rolling mountains west of Asheville. Renee began composing music in
2008, which coincided with the season her fourth baby started sleeping through the
night. Renee is music director and pianist at Providence Church in Clyde, North Carolina.
Described as a performer with “rare talent and showmanship…with a beautifully toned
voice and perfect pitch,” Tony Ponella has already gained recognition both as a singer
and actor in his young career. Following his first runner-up finish in the 2012 Michael
Feinstein Great American Songbook Vocal Competition, he moved to New York from his
hometown of Bloomington, IN. Recent appearances in New York were with star
performers Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye during the run of their show,
Swingin’
the Night Away at Feinstein’s
at Loews Regency. Just prior to that performance, he
recorded “Different” from
Honk! for Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange.  Tony was recently
cast in the New York run of
Judy, a Tribute, workshop performances of a new musical
entitled
Lost Boy, Articulate Theatre Company’s performance of Dragon, and will
participate in a reading of the new work,
The Dancing Princess. His education includes
Indiana University, Broadway Dance Center Training Program, Broadway Artists
Alliance Work Study Program, The Performing Option and One on One NYC. Tony also
recently performed with Sylvia McNair during her holiday performances with the
Carmel (IN) Symphony Orchestra. In Bloomington, Tony enjoyed working with kids as
both a teacher and director of youth musicals.  

Tony Ponella website
A native of New York, Lori Hammel is a graduate of Ithaca College and East Carolina
University.  At East Carolina University, Lori was a concerto competition winner and
performed the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the University’s Orchestra.  She has
taught violin for over 20 years and currently has a small Suzuki Violin teaching studio.  
Lori's orchestra experience includes playing with the North Carolina Symphony, the
Wilmington Symphony, and the Asheville Symphony.  The fall of 2015 marks the start of
Lori's 20th year with the Asheville Symphony. She resides in western North Carolina
with her husband Steve and their three children, who were introduced to violin by their
mother and are talented violinists as well.
Lorraine, both a singer and a songwriter, has a style ranging from toe-tapping,
country-fried Americana to earthy, folk-tinged blues.  All her songs, regardless of their
patchwork roots, are anchored by rich, earthy vocals that are equally capable of soothing
and electrifying.   Lorraine and her husband Rodney purchased and refurbished an old
movie theater on Main Street in downtown Waynesville, NC, where they reside with
their young daughter. They recently opened it to the public as a community service and
a beautiful performace venue for both local and big-name artists. An avid writer and
performer, Lorraine performs frequently with her band, the Lorraine Conard Band, all
over western North Carolina.

Lorraine Conard website
Liz Acker, who hails from Chapel Hill, NC, recently received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
music from UNC-Asheville. Upon graduation, Liz traveled and sang as a Junaluska
Singer, as well as with the bands
Sarah and the Secrets and Up for Interpretation.  She
is passionate about baking and hopes to open a bakery of her own one day. Liz currently
resides in Asheville, North Carolina.
Enjoying a diverse career, Michelle Jennings sang the roles of Nella in Gianni
Schicchi
with Salt Marsh Opera in Connecticut, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with
LOOK Theater in Oklahoma, Fiordiligi in
Cosi fan tutte in New York City, was
soprano soloist for
Broadway on the Lawn at Ocean House, Rhode Island, and was
soprano soloist for
A German Requiem (Brahms) with Hudson Valley Philharmonic
in Poughkeepsie, NY, over the past year. Michelle is also a fan of contemporary
music and performed lead roles for many premiers of operas, including
The Offshore
Pirate and Ophelia
by Joel Weiss, and Benedicta by Milton Granger. She can be
heard on the recordings
Christmas of Peace, and Christmas of Hope, which both
benefitted NYC children’s charities, and she recorded for the feature film,
The
Afterlight
, produced by North Lake Films. She has recorded for new musicals, Boy,
Girl, Boy, Girl
, and Peter Rabbit. A member of the comedic opera duo Divas
Unleashed
, she was Pamela Hamilton Ford in the New York City workshop of their
original show
The Benefit, with subsequent performances around the United States.
Michelle lives in New York City and periodically sings at Redeemer Presbyterian
Church, where her husband Tom Jennings is Director of Worship and Arts. They
have two amazing kids, and of course, a dog.  

Michelle Jennings YouTube channel
Michelle Jennings website
Vocals on A Long Way to Here,
All Things Shall Be Well,
My Heart Sings to You,
and Run to Me
Vocals on Sweet America
and harmonies on
My Faith Looks Up to You
Vocals on
All My Heart This Night Rejoices,
Already There, Call It Joy,
Heaven's Smile, My Faith Looks
Up to You, Parched,
Rest Beneath Your Smile,
This Moment, What If
Vocal harmonies on
A Long Way to Here
Violin on A Long Way to Here,
All Things Shall Be Well,
Call It Joy, Heaven's Smile,
My Faith Looks Up to You,
Parched, Rest Beneath Your Smile,
Run to Me, Sweet America, What If