Here, There, and Everywhere – June Brus

Here, There, and Everywhere – June Brus

What do football, knitting, piano playing, and hiking have in common? Part-time faculty June Brus! When not teaching at MBU, Brus might be found hiking the Ice Age Trail, watching a Packers or Badgers game, reading from her personal library of over 1,000 books, knitting, cross-stitching, sewing, practicing piano, or teaching from her studio at [Continue Reading…]

Excerpts from Trisha Herbert’s Senior Recital

Excerpts from Trisha Herbert’s Senior Recital

Trisha Herbert performed a senior recital in partial fulfillment of a Major in Music Education. During her career at MBU, Trisha studied under adjunct professor Dr. Stanislava Varshavski. Trisha is currently doing her student teaching. After student teaching, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Excerpts from Trisha’s recital are [Continue Reading…]

Excerpts from Loni Kovach’s Piano Recital

Excerpts from Loni Kovach’s Piano Recital

Loni Kovach (’15), presented her senior piano recital in partial fulfillment of a major in Piano Pedagogy. Loni is currently working at the Rogers School of Music in Rogers, MN teaching piano and voice, and she plans to also begin teaching piano at the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud, MN in [Continue Reading…]

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 Piano Commencement Contest

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 Piano Commencement Contest

The MBU Music Department is pleased to announce freshman Kaycee Detmers as the winner of the 2016 piano commencement contest.  Kaycee hails from Grand Junction, Colorado where she enjoys crafting and DIY projects. Kaycee is studying music with arranging and piano pedagogy concentrations at MBU. Kaycee performed Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2 by Brahms in [Continue Reading…]

Announcing the 2015 Classical Concerto and Aria Competition Winner

Announcing the 2015 Classical Concerto and Aria Competition Winner

Maranatha Baptist University’s Department of Music is pleased to announce Elisabeth Hettinga as the winner of the 2015 Classical Concerto and Aria Competition held October 12. Elisabeth Hettinga, freshman missions major with string pedagogy minor, performed “Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, III. Rondeau – Tempo di minuetto” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Elisabeth [Continue Reading…]

2015 Commencement Contest Winner

2015 Commencement Contest Winner

Each year Maranatha’s Music Department holds a music contest for Maranatha’s university musicians. The voice, piano, and instrumental finalists perform in an Honors Concert for Maranatha’s student body. The music faculty then vote for an overall winner, and the overall winner is awarded a cash prize. With her piano performance of Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse, the 2015 [Continue Reading…]

Excerpts from Rasmussen’s Piano Recital

Excerpts from Rasmussen’s Piano Recital

Megan Rasmussen performed a piano recital to fulfill one of the requirements of the pedagogy major she is completing at Maranatha. To learn more about music options at Maranatha, click here. Watch excerpts from Rasmussen’s recital below (subscribers: click here to watch). Rasmussen: A scherzo is a playful composition that features sudden changes of mood and dynamics. Griffes, an American composer, incorporates these elements with [Continue Reading…]

2015 Piano Commencement Contest Winner Announced

2015 Piano Commencement Contest Winner Announced

Every year Maranatha’s Music Department holds a piano, vocal and instrumental contest for Maranatha’s university musicians. Student performances are adjudicated by faculty from area universities, and a winner is chosen for piano, instrumental, and voice. The winners are eligible to perform in an Honors Concert for MBU’s student body during the last week of the [Continue Reading…]

MBU Scholarship Awarded to High School Piano Winner

MBU Scholarship Awarded to High School Piano Winner

Maranatha’s Music Department hosted their fourth annual High School Piano Competition on Thursday, January 29 in Burckart Hall. While the majority of the contestants are from the Midwest region, contestants came from as far away as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Each performer played a Baroque or Classical piece and a Romantic or 20th Century piece. 2015 [Continue Reading…]

Duo Concert in Michigan on February 7

Duo Concert in Michigan on February 7

Internationally-recognized pianists Diana Shapiro (Moscow, Russia) and Stanislava Varshavski (Kharkov, Ukraine) have taught piano and repertoire classes as adjunct professors at Maranatha since 2009. The pianists desire to show their love and appreciation for the students at Maranatha by raising money to buy a new grand piano for Maranatha’s recital hall, Burckart Hall. The pianists [Continue Reading…]