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Current news in the world of Maranatha Music

Steinbart Honored with Two Top Awards

By Peter Holloway | June 14, 2018

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…

Music Man Pit Orchestra: A Valued Experience by MBU Musicians

By Peter Holloway | June 13, 2018

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…

Ledgerwood’s High School Choir Director Maintains Lifelong Influence

By Peter Holloway | June 9, 2018

Dr. Ledgerwood recently had the opportunity to sing under the direction of his former high school choir director, V. Lee Harrity, joining other alumni to present a cantata of the life of Christ at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall. The 50-member alumni choir convened for an entire week, rehearsing for two hours each night Monday through…

2018 Combined Choir Concert Excerpts Now Available

By Peter Holloway | June 7, 2018

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…

Mia Ray Pursues Dream of Composing Music

By Peter Holloway | June 6, 2018

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…

Andrea Husler, Melodie Bloyer, and Elise Harder: Minor Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | May 30, 2018

Andrea Husler and Melodie Bloyer recently performed their combined minor piano recital, and Elise Harder also recently performed her minor recital for arranging at Maranatha. Hustler and Bloyer’s recital was prepared and presented under the direction of Mrs. June Brus in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a minor in piano pedagogy for Husler and…

Sydney Trogen: Senior Violin Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | May 24, 2018

Sydney Trogen recently performed her senior violin recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was presented under the direction of Mr. Lewis Rosove in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelors degree in Music Education. Trogen is now completing her student teaching and will graduate this spring. She looks forward to taking a music…

MBU Alumnus Rose Pursues Her Passion into Grad School

By Peter Holloway | May 8, 2018

MBU alumnus Bethany (Schimkus) Rose was recently accepted into the graduate program at Wright State University, enabling her to continue pursuing her passion for music. Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Pedagogy and Performance in May of 2017. While at MBU, she played a vital part in the workings of the…

Allison Rhodes: Senior Piano Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | May 1, 2018

Allison Rhodes recently performed her major senior piano recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Brown in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and General Music. Rhodes plans to graduate this spring and move back to her…

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