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RenMentality: RenMen's Third Commercial Album

Renaissance Men strives to use their skills and talents to make a difference in the community. Their goal of increasing visibility and public discourse around mental illness is more important now than ever; as we begin to heal physically from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing mental health crisis needs to be confronted. RenMen plans to release RenMentality, a unique program with aims to destigmatize mental health issues through music.

RenMentality has been performed in concert series, college workshops, and psychiatric centers across New England.


✦ A concert in three acts, each introduced by a Kurt Cobain song from Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York album. ✦ Sacred and secular works from composers historically known to have suffered from mental health afflictions, such as Claudio Monteverdi, Robert Schumann, Pytor Tchaikovsky, Charles Ives, and Brian Wilson.

✦ The centerpiece: a co-commission with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts,

Jay Mobley’s When I Look Back: Theme and Variations. Mobley interviewed people with lived experience, who gave him permission to use unaltered testimony as poetry set to music of all different styles and genres, including collegiate ‘A Cappella,’ musical theatre, and contemporary bluegrass.


Renaissance Men will work with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Graham Chester (Grammy-nominated: Madison Cunningham, Sara Bareilles, Sara Watkins) and engineer Alex Venguer (Grammy and Latin Grammy award winning, Sting, Aretha Franklin, John Legend) to record RenMentality at Ghost Hit Recording in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts).

The following grantors have pledged funding for RenMentality:

• Alice M. Ditson Fund, Columbia University in the City of New York 

• City of Boston Opportunity Fund

• Choral Arts New England 

The completion of this recording will result in a late 2022 release and a subsequent tour in 2022-23. Not only do we look forward to international distribution in physical and digital forms, but to live performances of this work at colleges, universities, performing art series, and community events in partnership with other mental health facilities and non-profit organizations. Your donation will make such a difference in the lives of so many.


  Renaissance Men, Inc. is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.  All donations are tax deductible.  Renaissance Men, Inc.’s tax ID is 82-1719415.


You can make a donation via PayPal (click below) or mail a check to: Renaissance Men, Inc. c/o Peter C. Schilling, Business Manager 15 Milk St. Westwood, MA, 02090.


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