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2019 Music Scholarship Recipients

By Peter Holloway | June 3, 2019

2019 Music Scholarship Recipients   The MBU Music Department is pleased to award scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to four well-deserving students.   Justin Bachmann received the Elmer F. Brown, Jr. Memorial Music Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student with a music major who exhibits good Christian character and is active in…

Networking: The Key to a Thriving Community

By Peter Holloway | May 27, 2019

In any community, each member must contribute to the group in order for the community to thrive. The same principle applies to the world of music, creating a need for networking among musicians to bring knowledge, experience, and fresh ideas to the table. Several of MBU’s music faculty weighed in on this topic, bringing their…

Music Prep Joins 2019 Band and Orchestra Concert

By Peter Holloway | May 22, 2019

Collaborating with students from Maranatha Music Prep School proved to be the highlight of this year’s Band and Orchestra Concert. The Music Prep string group classes from beginner through intermediate teamed up with the university’s String Orchestra to play an arrangement of the hymn “Whiter Than Snow.”   Composed by Seth Custer for the Sforzando…

Samantha Pfeiffer: Senior Violin Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | May 20, 2019

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…

Anthony Wilson: Senior Cello Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | May 17, 2019

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.

Combined Choirs Feature Baroque Composers in “Choral Masterworks” Concert

By Peter Holloway | May 15, 2019

From the strains of harmony floating out of Alumni Hall, any passing musician could tell that the upcoming concert would not be a typical one. The combined Madrigal and Chambers choirs’ recent Choral Masterworks concert highlighted composers from the Baroque era. The unique style and independent but interwoven vocal parts set J.S. Bach’s “Dona Nobis…

Bachmann Writes New Easter Hymn

By Peter Holloway | May 11, 2019

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…

The Value of a Music Degree

By Peter Holloway | April 10, 2019

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…

Madrigal Choir 2019 Chapel Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | April 9, 2019

“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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