From the early days of the school to the present, Maranatha has placed a high priority on music education for its students. Believing that a variety of musical opportunities are important for both musical academics and extracurricular activities, Maranatha has provided the opportunity for students to sing in several choirs, take music lessons, and play in a band or in an orchestra. The Symphony Orchestra has traditionally been the most important medium of instrumental classical composers, and Maranatha’s desire is that any student who wishes to receive a complete and well-rounded education (music major or otherwise) would have the ability to experience that vital form of music.
Because a solid knowledge of classical music is essential for any instrumentalist, classical music forms the basis of the orchestra’s repertoire. The winter and spring concerts form the foundation for the orchestra’s rehearsal hours—four hours a week. At these concerts the orchestra has performed great symphonic works such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, George Chadwick’s Jubilee, several Haydn symphonies, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Smetana’s "The Moldau" from Ma Vlast, and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. During these concerts the orchestra has also performed lighter works such as Leroy Anderson’s Plink, Plank, Plunk, and The Typewriter and Mozart’s humorous duet Papagena, Papageno.
The Symphony Orchestra is concerned that the next generation of young people grow up hearing excellent music, so the orchestra often performs the at Maranatha's annual Classical Kids Concert for the community schools, playing classics such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.
The orchestra also performs on campus several times a year, providing special music for the Fall Festival Concert and various Christmas and patriotic services. These opportunities prepare the students for a lifetime of ministry, playing the best of sacred music "To the Praise of His Glory."
For the 2019-2020 school year, the Orchestra looks forward to an October chapel performance as well as accompanying the choir in the annual Fall Festival, October 18.
Ministry Sundays will be October 20, 2019, and another Sunday in April 2020.