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Current news in the world of Maranatha Music

Announcing the 2019 Commencement Contest Winner

By Peter Holloway | April 22, 2019

The MBU Music Department is pleased to announce Justine Ostrander as the overall winner for the 2019 Musical Commencement Contest. Each year, Maranatha Baptist University hosts a Commencement Contest divided into separate competitions for instrumental, voice, piano, and speech. This year, the music competitions were adjudicated by area music professionals and the speech competition by MBU…

Justine Ostrander: Senior Violin Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | April 16, 2019

Justine Ostrander 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. Ostrander looks forward to graduating this spring, and she plans to begin…

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…

Ashley Distad: Senior Piano Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | April 5, 2019

Ashley Distad recently performed her major senior piano recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of June Brus in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and General Music. Distad plans to graduate this spring and looks forward to moving to…

Priscilla Bishop: Senior Piano Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | April 4, 2019

Priscilla Bishop 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.   Bishop looks to graduate with her degree at the end…

Kaylee Barr: Senior Piano Recital Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | April 4, 2019

Kaylee Barr recently performed her major senior piano recital at Maranatha Baptist University. Her recital was prepared and presented under the direction of June Brus in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and General Music.   Barr plans to graduate with her degree this spring. She looks…

Shelly Hamilton Presents Workshop at MBU

By Peter Holloway | April 3, 2019

What do Majesty Music, Hymnproviser, and Patch the Pirate all have in common? Shelly Hamilton! Ron and Shelly Hamilton are personal friends of many faculty and students at Maranatha. Many more spent their formative years singing Majesty songs at church, following the latest Patch adventures and learning to play hymns with the Hymnproviser method series. With…

Chamber Singers 2019 Chapel Excerpts

By Peter Holloway | March 25, 2019

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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