Department of Music

Samantha Pfeiffer: Senior Violin Recital Excerpts

Samantha Pfeiffer recently performed her major senior violin recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of Mr. Lewis Rosove in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. Pfeiffer graduated this spring and plans to pursue a master’s degree in…

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Anthony Wilson: Senior Cello Recital Excerpts

Anthony Wilson recently performed his major senior cello recital at Maranatha Baptist University. His recital was prepared and presented under the direction of Mr. Timothy Hammond in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cello Performance and Church Music. Excerpts from the recital are below.

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Bachmann Writes New Easter Hymn

Isaac Watts’ verses remain some of the most beloved and theologically sound lyrics in existence today. Many hymns have been written using his poetry as the text, including a recent hymn by Justin Bachmann, a music arranging student at MBU. His thoughtful setting of Watts’ “Behold, What Wondrous Grace” conveys an understanding of both God’s…

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Announcing the 2019 Commencement Contest Winner

The MBU Music Department is pleased to announce Justine Ostrander as the overall winner for the 2019 Musical Commencement Contest. Each year, Maranatha Baptist University hosts a Commencement Contest divided into separate competitions for instrumental, voice, piano, and speech. This year, the music competitions were adjudicated by area music professionals and the speech competition by MBU…

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Justine Ostrander: Senior Violin Recital Excerpts

Justine Ostrander recently performed her major senior violin recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of Mr. Lewis Rosove in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. Ostrander looks forward to graduating this spring, and she plans to begin…

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The Value of a Music Degree

The following is an article Dr. David Ledgerwood recently wrote as an apologetic for the many benefits gained in obtaining a degree in music. Parents occasionally question the value of a music degree for their children. As the music department chair and father of four music major graduates, I wanted to contribute a few thoughts in answer…

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Madrigal Choir 2019 Chapel Excerpts

“I’m not ashamed to own my Lord,” proclaims the opening line of a piece sung on Madrigal Choir’s recent tour. According to Madrigal director Dr. David Brown, that line from Dan Forrest’s arrangement “Not Ashamed” perfectly sums up the purpose of the trip. “The goal was not only to sing this phrase, but to attempt…

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Ashley Distad: Senior Piano Recital Excerpts

Ashley Distad recently performed her major senior piano recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of June Brus in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and General Music. Distad plans to graduate this spring and looks forward to moving to…

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Priscilla Bishop: Senior Piano Recital Excerpts

Priscilla Bishop recently performed her major senior piano recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Brown in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and General Music.   Bishop looks to graduate with her degree at the end…

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