Department of Music

My Maranatha Journey – Peter Wright

Mr. Peter Wright was born right before Maranatha started and grew up with Maranatha in his mind. In the early 70s, Wright’s older sister went to Maranatha Baptist Academy as a junior in high school and later went on to college there. After her, both of his brothers also attended Maranatha. “To some degree you…

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Handel’s Messiah Through the Years

Maranatha Baptist University will present some of the best-loved portions of Handel’s Messiah on December 8, 2017 as part of Maranatha’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. A good amount of MBU choir alumni have registered and will sing with the combined choirs for this special event. While the concerts have changed through the years, each Messiah performance…

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2018 Heritage Singers

Maranatha Baptist University is pleased to announce the 2018 Heritage Singers team. From the midwest and the East Coast, each team member brings his and her unique talents to the team as they prepare for a summer of ministry and service to the Lord. See how God used last year’s team, and pray for this…

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High School Piano Competition 2018

What is it? The annual Maranatha High School Piano Competition will take place January 25, 2018. Come compete against other students in the 9-12 grades vying to win a $1,000 scholarship to MBU and a spotlight in the Great Lakes Music Festival final concert. Each year the piano competition draws highschoolers from all over the…

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Alumni Spotlight – Jared Mielke

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After graduating from MBU with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy, Jared Mielke (’15) opened kNOW Music Studio where he currently  teaches music to students ranging in age from 7 to 73. He opened kNOW studio because he believes in the importance of helping people know music both now and in the future. At kNOW…

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2017 Classical Concerto Competition Winner

Maranatha Baptist University’s Music Department is pleased to announce Grace Betry as the winner of MBU’s 2017 Classical Concerto Competition and Justine Ostrander as the runner-up. The Competition During the Classical Concerto Competition, contestants perform memorized concertos from the Classical period and are accompanied by a pianist playing the orchestral reduction. This year’s adjudicator was…

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My Maranatha Journey – Melody Steinbart

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait…

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Great Lakes Music Festival 2018

Maranatha Baptist University invites you to take part in the annual Great Lakes Music Festival, an intense, amazing weekend of music-making celebrating 50 years of God’s grace. Great Lakes is a short but exhilarating two-day music camp for 8th-12th graders from around the country, offering tracks for men’s chorus, ladies’ chorus/tone chimes, band, orchestra, and…

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Phil Gingery Guest Recital 2017

Recently, Philip A. Gingery presented a guest recital in Burckart Hall. Presenting his 5th annual Bach concert, Gingery performed a stirring recital of Bach selections with the Baptist College of Ministry string ensemble and vocalists. Photos of the recital are available online. See below for a recording of the entire recital.

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My Maranatha Journey – Carol Ruffin

Written by Carol Senn Ruffin My Maranatha journey began about as early as anyone’s could possibly begin: on May 8, 1968. My brother, who was a student at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College at the time, had called a few days earlier expressing concern over the resignation of Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm as president there. Our…

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