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About Mrs. Brown
Ruth Brown is the wife of Dr. David Brown (also MBBC music faculty). God has blessed them with two children, Audrey and Will. Mrs. Brown enjoys spending time with her family, walking, playing tennis, riding with her husband on Wisconsin’s many bike trails, swimming, Sudoku, and reading.
A native of South Carolina, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (piano emphasis) and Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University. She has enjoyed the role of church pianist, teacher, and arranger. She has had several hymn arrangements published through Hymn Notes—C & L Enterprises. In 1999 she and her husband recorded the CD “Lord, Be Glorified.” She has conducted hymnplaying seminars and piano workshops, played for TV and radio advertisements, taught in music camps, served as a Guild judge, and taught private piano lessons. Several of her high school students have placed first in the AACS National Competition and gone on to major in piano or music education.
At Maranatha she teaches several music classes and works with pianists majoring in Music Education, Piano Pedagogy, and Church Music. She also teaches students with a minor or concentration in piano and works with several hymnplaying students.
Here’s an account of how Dr. and Mrs. Brown met: While pursuing his master’s degree from BJU in trombone performance, Dave Brown asked a student named Ruth to accompany his senior recital and was turned down. “She’s a small-town country girl, and I’m a big time Philly boy, and I rubbed her the wrong way,” he says. However, he needed an excellent pianist and got the dean to assign her to the job. As a result, he and Ruth rehearsed together for the whole school year. After the recital, he asked Ruth to an opera. “We got in trouble for talking, but we had a blast,” says Dr. Brown. “We didn’t even know there was an opera going on!”
Mrs. Brown accompanied Hayley McGrail for 12 of the 14 songs on McGrail’s debut CD, Be Still. McGrail is a Maranatha graduate and former dorm supervisor and soccer coach.
Mrs. Brown serves with her husband, Dr. David Brown, in the music ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown.