Lloyd Larson Encourages Aspiring Arrangers at MBU

Lloyd Larson Encourages Aspiring Arrangers at MBU

Well-published composer and arranger Lloyd Larson recently inspired MBU student arrangers during a virtual class period. He began the class period by connecting with the students as he gave his life story. One particular point that Lloyd shared encouraged the aspiring musicians: “Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate at some point that eventually [Continue Reading…]

Ginastera and More by Joy Parker

Ginastera and More by Joy Parker

Joy Parker presented her senior recital under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Brown in partial fulfillment of a degree in Music Education – Piano Pedagogy. Joy is currently studying at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where she received an assistantship as well as partial scholarship acceptance into the piano pedagogy and performance graduate program. [Continue Reading…]

Announcing the 2016 High School Piano Competition Winner

Announcing the 2016 High School Piano Competition Winner

Maranatha Baptist University’s Department of Music is pleased to announce Callie Olinski as the winner of the Great Lakes 2016 High School Piano Competition. The competition is generally limited to ten students, and an advanced level of repertoire is required to be accepted as a competitor. This year, eleven students came from Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, [Continue Reading…]

Winner of Concerto Competition Performs with MBU’s Symphony Orchestra

Winner of Concerto Competition Performs with MBU’s Symphony Orchestra

As winner of MBU’s Concerto Competition, Daniel Anderson recently performed Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra with MBU’s Symphony Orchestra. Although Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra is a work that is not performed very often, it consists of a wonderful trombone solo and orchestra part. Orchestra director Lewis Rosove says, “I grew [Continue Reading…]

Excerpts from Melody Steinbart’s Recital

Excerpts from Melody Steinbart’s Recital

Melody Steinbart, a recent MBU graduate, gave her senior violin recital under the direction of Maranatha’s adjunct professor, Mr. Lewis Rosove. After graduating, Melody was awarded the North Carolina Suzuki Institute scholarship as well as a teaching assistant position, and is currently attending East Carolina University in North Carolina for her Masters Degree in Violin [Continue Reading…]

So You Want to Be a Conductor…

So You Want to Be a Conductor…

Written by Professor David Brown, DMA. My elementary conducting students must grapple with this probing question on day one of each fall semester. While some undergraduates might answer this with a simple “yes,” others go a bit deeper into the real meaning of the question. Perhaps the essence of the question lies beneath the surface. [Continue Reading…]

Kolwinska Supports Christian School Music Programs with Educational Events

Kolwinska Supports Christian School Music Programs with Educational Events

After graduating from Maranatha in 2001, Levi Kolwinska became the music director at Fourth Baptist Christian School, and is now a very influential music leader for Minnesota Christian schools. Kolwinska was once again able to provide an inspirational experience for Christian school musicians by organizing and hosting the 2nd bi-annual MACS Choir Festival on November [Continue Reading…]

Looking at Creation as a Model for Creativity

Looking at Creation as a Model for Creativity

Dr. Monty Budahl begins by sharing how the Lord has worked in his life through all of his years of ministry at Maranatha. He then relates his observations of God’s creation with how he has considered the topic of creativity, especially as it pertains to unity and variety. Listen to the heart of this unique and faithful servant [Continue Reading…]

Performance Preparation Tips for Musicians

Performance Preparation Tips for Musicians

Written by Assistant Professor of Music, Ruth Brown As a piano teacher at MBU, I work with students to help prepare them for different areas of performance. Here’s the inside scoop on how college students prepare for recitals, for competitions, and for major playing exams (juries) at year’s end. First, Prepare With Efficiency! Keep a [Continue Reading…]