Department of Music

414 String Quartet Enthralls Listeners

The first ever performance of the 414 String Quartet at Maranatha Baptist University took place recently in Burckart Hall. Many of the attendees had only the highest praise for the concert, and the performers themselves indicated that they enjoyed the experience of playing together immensely. The 414 String Quartet was formed last year by violinists…

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My Maranatha Journey – Dr. Monty Budahl

Dr. Monty Budahl has been a Maranatha faculty member longer than almost any other professor on campus. He has held numerous faculty positions and in many ways has shaped the MBU Music Department into what it is today. All things have a beginning, however, and Dr. Budahl’s Maranatha journey is no different. He earned his…

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After the Bow: How to Cope with Post-Recital Letdown

Music majors and minors often experience a significant letdown in the days and weeks following a recital. Students often ask “What next?” or “Is that it?” and may find it difficult to navigate post-recital letdown. Maranatha’s music faculty concur. Experienced performers Lewis Rosove and June Brus both remarked that this letdown is normal due to…

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Music Prep Students Showcase Imagination and Creativity

Clowns, costumes, and choreography – recent Music Prep recitals were anything but traditional! Music lessons were filled with excitement all semester as students, teachers, and parents anticipated the first ever Music Plus recitals at Maranatha Music Prep School. The variety of ideas that students chose to communicate their pieces showcased their imagination and creativity. Below…

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Parker Awarded Doctoral Assistantship

MBU alumna Joy Parker was recently accepted into the doctoral program at University of Southern Mississippi where she will be pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance. Joy graduated from Maranatha in 2015, majoring in Music Education with emphases in piano pedagogy and choral music. After graduation, she was accepted into the graduate program at Westminster…

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Steinbart Honored with Two Top Awards

Each year, an Outstanding Senior Musician Award is given to the MBU graduate whom the music faculty believes completely exhibits the qualities of the spirit of Maranatha through music. This student is selected on the basis of musicianship, academic achievement, spiritual and character qualities, and Christian service. The Music Department announces Joseph Steinbart as the…

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Music Man Pit Orchestra: A Valued Experience by MBU Musicians

Musicians from the Symphonic Band and Orchestra recently participated in Maranatha Baptist University’s production of Meredith Willson’s classic musical The Music Man. Being a member of the pit orchestra was a valuable experience as the musicians worked through many challenges, culminating in stunning performances to a packed-out audience. Playing in a musical is quite different from…

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2018 Combined Choir Concert Excerpts Now Available

Choral Masterworks: Old and New was the theme of the 2018 Madrigal and Chambers Spring Concert. Nearly 90 singers joined their voices singing a variety of well-crafted choral works. From Alice Parker’s triumphant arrangement of “Saints Bound for Heaven,” to the hauntingly beautiful “Kyrie” by Stephan Carlson, to the ominous “Vanitas Vanitatum” from Dan Forrest’s…

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Mia Ray Pursues Dream of Composing Music

MBU alumna Mia Ray was recently accepted into the graduate program at Butler University, enabling her to continue pursuing her dream of music composition. Mia graduated from Maranatha in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with concentrations in Arranging and Piano Pedagogy. She loved composition and arranging and hoped to continue…

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