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Joey Mervis

Video Editor

Based in New York City, Joey sits at a unique intersection of music, theatre, and video editing. Currently studying at New York University, he is a seasoned video editor, director, and producer – with 8 years of professional experience.

 

On Joey’s 8th birthday, his grandparents gave him a present: a year of weekly lessons at the Apple Store. Eager to learn and create, Joey soaked up everything he could and began his passionate journey into the world of technology and video editing.

 

Highlights from Joey’s video experience include the Summer Stock Stage #VirtualPerformances series, NYU’s Inside the Virtual Classroom series, and the North Central High School Lip Dub – which amassed over 200k views, raised +$22k for pediatric cancer research, and garnered attention from Good Morning America.

 

  • Favorite Song: “The Few Things” by JP Saxe

  • Favorite Choral Music: “Jenny” by Nick Myers

  • Favorite Musical: Next to Normal

  • Favorite Part of Creating Virtual Performances:

 

"I love to see how the joy of performing can transcend distance and bring us closer together."

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Michael Berg Raunick

Music Supervisor

Michael Berg Raunick is in his seventh year as choral director at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Raunick is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and holds a master’s degree from Butler University.

 

He is responsible for 4 choirs at North Central including the nationally recognized concert/show choir, the Counterpoints. His arrangements and compositions for show choir and concert choir have been performed by choirs throughout the country. He also composed an original musical titled Welcome to College that is performed every summer as part of orientation programming at Indiana University – Bloomington. 

 

Mr. Raunick lives with his wife Cara and daughter Ruth in Indianapolis.

 

  • Favorite Song: “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

  • Favorite Choral Piece: “Set Me As A Seal” by Rene Clausen

  • Favorite Musical: Little Shop of Horrors

  • Favorite Part of Creating Virtual Performances:

 

"I like the alchemy of it. We get to take performances that are simple in their own right, and combine them into something really special."

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In the spring of 2020, amidst public shutdowns and social distancing, it became clear that artists of all disciplines needed new spaces to create and inspire. Riverbend Production Co. was created to fill that void and provide a simple path to professional, inspiring virtual performances.

In the spring of 2020, amidst public shutdowns and social distancing, it became clear that artists of all disciplines needed new spaces to create and inspire. Riverbend Production Co. was created to fill that void and provide a simple path to professional, inspiring virtual performances.

Get To Know Us

Sam is a financial analyst by day and a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in Finance and Operations and minored in Spanish. 

While in high school, Sam joined choir at North Central High School and never stopped, eventually becoming Co-President of the Counterpoints. Though his singing career ended in high school, his love for music did not. Sam is thrilled to be back working with Joey and Mike as they bring more songs to life with Riverbend Production Co.

  • Favorite Song: “Good Old Days" by Macklemore

  • Favorite Choral Piece: “Elijah Rock" arr. by Moses Hogan

  • Favorite Musical: Dear Evan Hansen

  • Favorite Part of Creating Virtual Performances:

 

"I love that I can combine my passions in music and finance to help create meaningful performances and connect with people around the world."

Joey Mervis

Co-Founder, Video Editor

Based in New York City, Joey sits at a unique intersection of music, theatre, and video editing. Currently studying at New York University, he is a seasoned video editor, director, and producer – with 8 years of professional experience.

 

On Joey’s 8th birthday, his grandparents gave him a present: a year of weekly lessons at the Apple Store. Eager to learn and create, Joey soaked up everything he could and began his passionate journey into the world of technology and video editing.

 

Highlights from Joey’s video experience include the Summer Stock Stage #VirtualPerformances series, NYU’s Inside the Virtual Classroom series, and the North Central High School Lip Dub – which amassed over 200k views, raised +$22k for pediatric cancer research, and garnered attention from Good Morning America.

 

  • Favorite Song: “Moon River” by Henry Mancini

  • Favorite Choral Piece: “Jenny” by Nick Myers

  • Favorite Musical: Next to Normal

  • Favorite Part of Creating Virtual Performances:

 

"I love to see how the joy of performing can transcend distance and bring us closer together."

Sam Keedy

Business Manager

Michael Berg Raunick

Co-Founder, Music Supervisor

Michael Berg Raunick is in his seventh year as choral director at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Raunick is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and holds a master’s degree from Butler University.

 

He is responsible for 4 choirs at North Central including the nationally recognized concert/show choir, the Counterpoints. His arrangements and compositions for show choir and concert choir have been performed by choirs throughout the country. He also composed an original musical titled Welcome to College that is performed every summer as part of orientation programming at Indiana University – Bloomington. 

 

Mr. Raunick lives with his wife Cara and daughter Ruth in Indianapolis.

 

  • Favorite Song: “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

  • Favorite Choral Piece: “Set Me As A Seal” by Rene Clausen

  • Favorite Musical: Little Shop of Horrors

  • Favorite Part of Creating Virtual Performances:

 

"I like the alchemy of it. We get to take performances that are simple in their own right, and combine them into something really special."

Emily Ristine Holloway

Artistic Director

Summer Stock Stage

The team at Riverbend Production Co. can give your performers an opportunity to collaborate and make something beautiful together that they will look back and be proud of for years to come.

Michael Lasley

Artistic Director

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Entertaining and high quality substitutes for live performance in a pandemic are hard to achieve. But, if you have a great creative partner like Riverbend, you are on your way. We've done 5 projects with them this summer. All are dynamic, creative and entertaining. I highly recommend Joey and Mike for your virtual/video production needs!

Heather A. Teets

Director of Fine Arts

Park Tudor School

We were familiar, and impressed, with Riverbend Productions Co.'s work, and after the first conversation we knew we had had found the perfect team to see our artistic vision through. We will not hesitate to work with Riverbend Production Co. again and are thrilled that Indianapolis has such an amazing team to create virtual performances and keep the performing arts alive and thriving during these unprecedented times.

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