Department of Music

2017 Outstanding Musician – Mia Ray

The Maranatha Baptist University Department of Music is pleased to announce Mia Ray as the 2017 Senior Outstanding Musician. The Outstanding Senior Musician award is given to the 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…

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2017 Music Scholarship Recipients

The MBU Music Department was pleased to see four of our students receive scholarships in yesterday’s scholarship chapel. Each of the recipients were well-deserving of their scholarships. Priscilla Bishop, Jessica Post, Kaylee Barr, and Kaylin Heller all received scholarships between the ranges of $750 and $1500. Priscilla Bishop received the Elmer F. Brown, Jr. Memorial…

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Good Friday Band Concert

The MBU Symphonic Band presented a stirring concert for Good Friday, illustrated by artist renditions of Christ’s journey from the garden to the resurrection, and accompanied by Bible verses. The music began quietly during Christ’s prayer in the garden, then moved to an intense piece for the crucifixion, ending with “Ascension,” a piece illustrating the…

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Alumni Spotlight – Nathan Brewer

Nathan Brewer (’15) was recently accepted into the Master’s program at San Francisco State University for his M.A. of Music Education. When he graduated MBU, higher education wasn’t in Brewer’s plans, but “the performing groups I was involved with at Maranatha (Band, Chamber Singers, and instrumental ensembles) prepared me to play with SF State Wind…

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Announcing the 2017 Commencement Contest Winner

The MBU Music Department is pleased to announce Justine Ostrander as the overall winner for the 2017 Musical Commencement Contest. Each year, Maranatha Baptist University hosts a commencement competition divided into separate competitions for instrumental, voice, piano, and speech. This year, the music competitions were adjudicated by area music professionals and the speech competitions, by MBU…

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Alumni Spotlight – Kim Scott

Meet Kim (Cardot) Scott, ‘97 Music Education major. In high school, Scott had the opportunity to be a pianist for the school choir and accompanied classmates in solo and ensemble competitions. Discovering that she enjoyed using her experience to help and encourage younger students, she decided to study music education at Maranatha. “My education at…

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Chorale Choir Tour 2017

The Maranatha Chorale ministers mostly for on-campus events and local churches throughout the semester. Rather than taking week-long tours, Chorale typically takes several weekend tours throughout the Spring semester. Recently, Chorale drove to Sparta and Blooming Prairie, Minnesota for a weekend of concerts and fellowship. “This weekend was a particular encouragement to me,” writes Benjamin…

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Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy – Free Sheet Music

Jane Dang, a music major with piano pedagogy and arranging concentrations is offering her arrangement of “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” as a gift for Easter. This intermediate piano duet, combining sounds of Western and Eastern culture, is available to download and use in ministry. As Jane looked for a Bible verse to put…

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Madrigal Choir Tour 2017

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  I Corinthians 6:19 was the theme verse of the 2017 Madrigal Choir Tour. “God revealed Himself in a mighty way,” remarked director Dr. David Brown. “We…

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Choir Sings Piece Arranged by Alumna

“I felt so honored and excited when Dr. Ledge approached me about using it on Chamber tour,” remarks Andrea Ly Richerson, arranger of “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” which Chamber Singers sung on tour this semester. During the choir’s Sunday Out performance, Richerson heard the choir perform it for the first time. “Hearing…

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