2013 Concerto Competition Winner

2013 Concerto Competition Winner

Every October, Maranatha’s Music Department hosts a concerto contest for interested and qualifying student musicians. Concerto contestants prepare a memorized movement of a concerto from the Classical period (other selections must  be approved by the Concerto Committee). Maranatha’s music faculty are pleased to announce the following winners: WINNER: Performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in [Continue Reading...]

Chamber Singers Release CD Dedicated to Haines

Chamber Singers Release CD Dedicated to Haines

Under the direction of Dr. David Ledgerwood, the Chamber Singers recently released their newest recording “How Can I Keep From Singing.” The recording is lovingly dedicated to Mr. Herb Haines, who from 1997-2006 drove the bus for the Chamber Singers’ concert performances throughout the Midwest, New England, California, Texas and Mexico. Choir members often describe Herb [Continue Reading...]

A Perfect Audience

A Perfect Audience

When Dr. Townsend Speaks…Babies Listen!!! Maranatha music faculty frequently present workshops at conferences. See the picture below of Dr. Rick Townsend, director of Music Education at Maranatha, presenting a workshop entitled - Emergent Musical Meanings: Music Learning Theory’s Influence in Early Childhood Music - to a perfect audience at the recent Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) [Continue Reading...]

Do Music Missionaries Exist?

Do Music Missionaries Exist?

Ruth Potter, a Maranatha music undergraduate, has been a missionary in the Philippines for four years as a music teacher at Bob Jones Memorial Bible College (BJMBC). The school’s main purpose is to educate pastors who are starting churches. However, the school also has a music department, and many Philippine churches provide financial support for [Continue Reading...]

Recent Grad Secures Competitive Position

Recent Grad Secures Competitive Position

Maranatha’s Music Department congratulates Janine Kolinski Brown, a recent Maranatha music grad, on being selected from well over 100 applicants for a competitive, Jefferson School District music educator position. Read Janine’s comments about her experience below: What surprised you about this interview process? I was surprised by how similar preparing for an interview is to [Continue Reading...]

Musicians in Top 10% for 5th Year

Musicians in Top 10% for 5th Year

Prior to graduation each year, Maranatha’s senior music majors take the ETS Major Field Exam in Music as a measure of their learning during their years at Maranatha. The test includes subsets on listening comprehension, written theory and written history. A sampling of other state and Christian universities taking this exam include Mississippi, Tulsa, Missouri, Evansville, [Continue Reading...]

Lomax’s Choir Gives Impressive Performance

Lomax’s Choir Gives Impressive Performance

Micah Lomax graduated from Maranatha with a degree in Music Education-Piano Proficiency.  After graduation, Micah was able to seek a highly competitive graduate assistant position at Florida State University in music theory. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in Music Theory, he began teaching at Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, Florida. Below are [Continue Reading...]

Aspiring Teachers in Awe of Possibilities

Aspiring Teachers in Awe of Possibilities

Maranatha music students just returned from a one week, Music Education Observation Fieldtrip with Dr. Rick Townsend, Maranatha’s Music Education Program Coordinator. Read what they have to say about their experience: “This past week we had the privilege of observing master music teachers in public school elementary music classrooms. The teachers’ dynamic teaching skills made [Continue Reading...]

Skills Honed in Conducting Course

Skills Honed in Conducting Course

In the clip below, Melody Steinbart artfully conducts “Introit and Kyrie” from Requiem by Gabrielle Faure. This performance is a portion of Melody’s 30 minute final project for “Advanced Conducting,” a course taught by Dr. David Brown. Students in Advanced Conducting prepare a 30 minute video project to include in their professional portfolios, to use in graduate [Continue Reading...]