Announcing the 2020 Instrumental Commencement Contest Winner

Maranatha Baptist University’s Music Department hosts an annual contest for MBU music students. The three categories of the competition include instrumental, voice, and piano. To give student performers equal opportunity, area music professionals judge each category.

The Music Department announces Peter Holloway as the winner of the 2020 Instrumental Commencement Contest.

Holloway, a violinist music major, earned first place with his remarkable performance of the first movement of a Violin Sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair. “Peter Holloway’s performance showed great depth of musicality and technique,” remarked Adjudicator Will Brown. “He’s a deserving winner!”

Junior music major Jonathan Burt received runner-up playing Alexander Arutunian’s “Impromptu.

To be sure, every contestant did an excellent job. Brown said of the performances, “Listening to these talented young people tonight was a pleasure. They were well-prepared, well-coached, and musical.” The high level of musicianship in this contest ensured a worthy winner. 

As the winner, Holloway is eligible to play in Fine Arts Chapel at the end of the semester with the other Commencement Contest winners. After that chapel, the music faculty will choose one overall winner of the contest. The grand prize includes $100 in cash, among other benefits.

No stranger to Maranatha, Will Brown (’14) is now in his sixth year as Director of Bands at F.J. Turner High School in Beloit, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Janine (MBU ’12), are currently enrolled in graduate school at Columbia University NYC for Music Performance & Music Education.