Announcing the Winner of the 2018 Concerto Competition

Maranatha Baptist University's Music Department announces Lorraine Yant as the winner of MBU's 2018 Concerto Competition and Makayla Stevenson as the runner-up.


The Competition

At the Concerto Competition, contestants perform memorized concertos and are accompanied by a pianist playing the orchestral reduction.

Carl Rasmussen adjudicated this year’s competition. Rasmussen currently resides in Watertown and works at Heid Music as a repair technician. He holds memberships in the National Association of Professional Band Instruments Repair Technicians and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society. Rasmussen also has extensive experience with music teaching, both as the instrumental and choral director for 5th through 12th grades in the Lathrop R-II School District, MO, and as a private music instructor at Tri-City Ministries in Missouri. He plays the saxophone professionally, as well as many other wind instruments, and enjoys performing whenever the opportunity arises.


The Winner

Lorraine Yant won first place in this year's Concerto Competition with her piano performance of Franz Liszt’s "Concerto #1 in Eb Major," accompanied by Grace B. Yant is a sophomore Piano Pedagogy and Performance major. Impressed by Yant’s incredible musicality, Rasmussen commented, “she played with so much wonderful movement and color change…so much contrast, but appropriate in every sense.”


The Runner-up

Makayla Stevenson, a junior Piano Pedagogy and Arranging major, received runner-up with her piano performance of Felix Mendohlsson’s "Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, II. Andante," accompanied by Emily K. Rasmussen praised Makayla and Emily's ensemble, saying “they played well with wonderful feeling and togetherness.”


Congrats Lorraine and Makayla!