MBU alumna Joy Parker was recently accepted into the doctoral program at University of Southern Mississippi where she will be pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance.
Joy graduated from Maranatha in 2015, majoring in Music Education with emphases in piano pedagogy and choral music. After graduation, she was accepted into the graduate program at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she completed her Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Joy values the experience and education she received at Maranatha to prepare her for success in graduate school and beyond.
Joy taught for several years at Maranatha Music Prep School, gaining valuable teaching experience, building her repertoire and improving her own skills as a pianist. These years of experience proved beneficial while teaching at Westminster Conservatory as a graduate student.
Joy also benefitted from Maranatha’s high academic expectations as she pursued her dream of teaching music. The undergraduate courses gave her a well-rounded knowledge base in preparation for her own teaching experience. In addition, the MTNA Certification that Joy acquired as part of Maranatha’s program put her ahead of many of her peers at Westminster Choir College. The practical training in starting a music teaching studio also prepared her for excellence in the day-to-day activities of the business world.
One of the highlights of Joy’s years at Maranatha involved making music with other believers and praising the Lord through song. She loved performing with a choir whose sole, unified purpose was to glorify God through singing. Her years in choir at MBU enabled her to be selected for the Westminster Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, she sang with orchestras such as the New Jersey Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra and performed in the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall.
Joy recently returned from a nine month stay in China. The cross-cultural exposure she gained during her stay will help her build deeper friendships with the Chinese students in her program at University of Southern Mississippi.
University of Southern Mississippi offered Joy an assistantship covering up to 13 credits of tuition and a stipend. We are excited to see the Lord’s working in her life, and we congratulate her on this amazing opportunity.
Written by Makayla Stevenson