This year’s Valentine Artist Series event will be a recital that includes vocal and instrumental performances by Music Department faculty and adjunct faculty members. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Maranatha gymnasium.
The evening’s program includes classical, sacred, and fun pieces. An offering will be taken to offset concert expenses.
Dr. David Ledgerwood (piano) has been the chair of Maranatha’s Music Department since 2004, and has taught at the College since 1986. His credentials include a DMa (in progress), Boston University; a DMus, Maranatha Baptist Bible College; an MA, Music Theory and Composition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; an MA, Sacred Music, Pensacola Christian College; and a BS, Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ledgerwood arranges and composes music for various performing groups, directs the Chamber Singers, teaches piano, and introduces students to Western Art music. He has written many arrangements, 40 of which are published. He has also published two books: Music Investigations: A 30-Day Bible Study Exploring Music; and With One Voice, Conducting Songleading for the Local Church. Dr. Ledgerwood and his wife, Kim, have been married for almost 40 years and are the parents of eight children.
June Brus (piano) received her master’s degree in performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was chair of the piano department at Carroll University for 12 years. Brus has appeared as soloist with several groups, including the Waukesha Symphony and Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. She has toured statewide as pianist of the Antara Trio, recorded on the Orion label, and performed on Wisconsin public radio. She frequently presents pedagogy workshops and has adjudicated numerous competitions.
Timothy Hammond (cello) earned a bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s degree at UW-Madison. He won the UW-Oshkosh Concerto Competition in 2003 and 2005 and won music scholarships for three years. Hammond has taught for seven years, including at the Teaching Children the Cello seminar.
Elizabeth Pabón (violin) is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her teachers include Franco Gulli, Henryk Kowalski, and Mimi Zweig. She has presented master classes and performed solo recitals in her native Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Ecuador, and the United States. She directs Maranatha’s String Pedagogy and String Preparatory programs.
Lewis Rosove (violin and viola) was assistant principal violist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 22 seasons and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2002. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal State-Northridge, where he was twice a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Rosove co-produced and narrated a five-part series on the complete Beethoven quartet cycle for National Public Radio.
Carol Senn Ruffin (mezzo soprano) graduated from Maranatha and returned in 1985 as Associate Professor in the Music Department and speech program. She has published a solo recording, Softly and Tenderly, and a flute quartet arrangement, I Sing the Mighty Power of God. Ruffin has been the featured soloist for many college and church concerts, including Handel’s Messiah, and is vice president and program chair for the Euterpe Music Club. She has directed many college plays, the most recent being Anne of Green Gables in April, 2012.
Sherry Trainer (soprano) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. She has been the featured soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah and has given numerous sacred concerts around the country and abroad. She has also collaborated on various musical recordings with Sacred Music Services and The Wilds. Trainer has two solo recordings, His Way is Perfect and This is My Song.
Peter Wright (piano) became Maranatha’s Director of Communications in February, 2012. He had spent the previous 21 years as an assistant pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Danville IL, where he directed the music and youth programs. Wright earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music Performance from Maranatha in 1990 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Church Music degree from the College. His professional arrangements and recordings include four piano performance CDs and five a cappella quartet CDs with the Outreach Quartet. Wright and his family have ministered to churches throughout the Midwest with musical concerts. He also directs the Chorale at Maranatha.