Department of Music

Chamber Singers 2019 Chapel Recording

It’s not often that a choir never retraces their steps on a tour, but Chamber Singers performed that feat on their most recent tour through Michigan. Starting in Watertown, the tour took the choir under Lake Michigan and up through the Detroit Metro area, straight through the middle of the state, over the top of…

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It’s a Zoo Out There! Classical Kids Concert Recording

Every year around this time, the auditorium of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown is flooded with eager young children, many of them in various costumes of one kind or another. They are all there for one reason: Maranatha Baptist University’s annual Classical Kids Concert. The Classical Kids Concert this year drew in children from private…

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Brother-Sister Duo Pack Out the House for Artist Series

A lot can happen in 80 minutes. For instance, the guest artists of Maranatha’s 2019 Artist Series took the audience around the world in just that length of time. Their “Around the World in 80 Minutes” theme centered on showcasing composers of vocal, violin, and piano music from the US, Germany, Russia, and beyond. The…

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Alumnus Willson Wins UWM Concerto Competition

For some, the thought of performing music in front of people is terrifying, but not for MBU alumnus Jeremiah Willson. “I love to perform, no matter the setting,” he confirms. That love shows when he competes against other musicians, as he did recently in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. Willson earned first…

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Announcing the 2019 Vocal Commencement Contest Winners

The Maranatha Baptist University Music Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Vocal Commencement Contest. For the Sacred Art Song category, junior Arranging and Church Music major Justin Bachmann took first place. Adjudicator Dr. Tanya Kruse praised Bachmann’s “gorgeous tone” in the lower register and his “tall and free alignment.” Daniel Peal,…

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Kate Toole’s Senior Flute Recital

Kate Toole recently performed her senior flute recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared under the direction of Ms. Tatiana Pearson in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Toole is engaged to be married in December and begins student teaching next fall. She looks forward to taking…

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Announcing the Winner of the 2019 Instrumental Commencement Contest

The Maranatha Baptist University Music Department is pleased to announce violinist Justine Ostrander as the winner of the 2019 Instrumental Commencement Contest. A Violin Performance and Pedagogy major, Ostrander is in her senior year at Maranatha. Michael McCarthy, the contest’s adjudicator, praised her ability to retain the excitement of the piece while still executing superbly.…

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Music Festival Thrives Through Record Low Temperatures

Frigid winds blasted across MBU’s campus two weekends ago, dragging with them some of the coldest temperatures Wisconsin has seen this winter. But that didn’t halt the tide of high-schoolers who pulled in to campus at noon on Friday, January 25, and poured into the warmth of the Dining Complex. The excitement was palpable as…

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Alumni Spotlight – Sarah Stevens

The strains of a 12-year old’s piano practice drifted through an open window. They floated down the street and through the windows of the nearby houses. That is how Sarah Stevens’ piano teaching career began, though she didn’t know it at the time. Neighboring parents heard her practicing and began to ask if she would…

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Announcing the 2019 Piano Commencement Contest Winner

The Maranatha Baptist University Music Department is pleased to announce Graceanne Starr as the first place winner of the 2019 Piano Commencement Contest. Starr is a Piano Pedagogy and Church Music major in her freshman year at Maranatha. The adjudicator commented on Starr’s performance, “Graceanne is a very powerful pianist with great understanding of style.…

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