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…]

Excerpts from Scott’s Recital

Excerpts from Scott’s Recital

Helen Scott 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 Scott’s recital below (subscribers: click here to watch). “Jupiter,” from The Planets, Op. 32 by Holst Assisted by Jared Mielke Scott: Holst originally wrote his [Continue Reading…]

Small University Experiences Lead to Big Opportunities 

Small University Experiences Lead to Big Opportunities 

Musicians sometimes wonder whether attending a small university will help or hurt their future careers. What many may not consider is that at small universities, music students often have more opportunities to be involved in a wide variety of music experiences than they would at a large university simply due to “supply and demand” factors. In [Continue Reading…]

The Hiding Place Soundtrack Available (Stage Play)

The Hiding Place Soundtrack Available (Stage Play)

“The Hiding Place” Soundtrack: In April of 2013, an article on the Maranatha Musician was published about the composition of “The Hiding Place” soundtrack. As of May 2014, the soundtrack has been released to the public and is available on sites such as iTunes, Spotify and Rhapsody. Andrea Ly was asked to compose the music for Maranatha’s “The Hiding Place” production directed by [Continue Reading…]

2014 Music Commencement Contest Winners Announced

2014 Music Commencement Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following 2014 Commencement Contest Winners: Piano – Amber Perkins: Alborada del Gracioso, by Ravel Instrumental – Melody Steinbart: Concerto in D, by Sibelius (Violin) Vocal Classical Art – Jen Sanders: Les filles de Cadix, by Delibes Vocal Sacred Art – Jon Sheeley: Prepare the Way, by Hayes Selected winners will perform in the Fine Arts Honors Chapel on Friday, April [Continue Reading…]