Kara Glick Tann, 2008 music education graduate
“My time at EMU was filled with many opportunities to develop as a musician and as a leader. I especially appreciate the chance to teach private lessons and groups in the preparatory program, as well as other leadership opportunities in conducting classes and small string ensembles.
I enjoyed performing, solo and in groups, from orchestra to smaller chamber groups and even being part of other music student’s projects! EMU was a wonderful experience!"
Kara teaches instrumental music at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa., and serves as the minister of worship at Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, Pa.
Bebhinn Egger, 2009 music and violin performance graduate
“Music at EMU has taught me the importance of connecting with others. To me, this is one of the most valuable things to be learned in life.
We’re not on this journey alone, but we must find concrete ways in which to react to others. Music, as they say, is the universal language. I have grown so much as a violinist. More from Bebhinn…
Bebhinn is currently earning a master’s degree in violin performance at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Other music alumni
I’m so thankful for the time I’ve had at EMU and am especially grateful for the ways in which my experiences in music have helped me to grow. I’ve enjoyed unique opportunities that I might not have been able to have at a larger school, such as performing an aria with the EMU orchestra and helping to teach violin at a local school. The relationships I’ve built with my music professors has been integral to my time, as our one-on-one interactions have guided me and helped shape me into the musician I’ve become.
Heidi Bauman is a 2012 music education graduate from Sassamansville, Pa.
During my time at EMU I became a much better musician. In my years here I saw more growth and development than in the ten previous years combined. The faculty has a great reservoir of knowledge and a great passion for their craft that is readily evident.
Andrew Claassen is a 2012 interdisciplinary studies graduate with concentrations in guitar performance and recording technology.
At EMU I’ve had many opportunities to perform and to have my compositions performed, and I’ve built strong personal and professional relationships with some of the music faculty. The Music Interdisciplinary Studies program worked out very well for me. Its versatility allowed me to transfer to EMU as a junior and still complete a double major in music and computer science on time.
Sam Kauffman is a 2012 interdisciplinary studies graduate with concentrations in composition and computer science.
The EMU Music Department offers a great experience to young and upcoming musicians. The faculty are unmatched in their quality and there is a great amount of freedom for students to experiment with and discover new forms of music and performance. My vocal performance major helped to shape me into the musician I am today. It has increased my appreciation of all types of music and will be something that I take with me for the rest of my life.
Stephen Kniss is a 2011 vocal performance graduate from Chicago, Il.
Music at EMU is filled with joy, growth, and opportunities. It’s a small school, and you can be as involved as you like. The faculty are outstanding and dedicated to their students, mentoring them inside and outside of the classroom. I enjoyed it all, including the extra things I was able to do related to conducting – such as independent studies and assisting in conducting the community orchestra.
Benjamin Bergey is a 2011 vocal performance graduate from Harrisonburg, Va. Ben will be taking a year off and then pursuing his masters in music for orchestral conducting.
Though the music program is small, I had many opportunities to perform and accompany and to not feel lost in a crowd of too many other pianists. I had great relationships with my professors and they’ve given me much individual attention in my studies. I will miss EMU and the friends that I’ve made here!
Jonathan Keener is a 2007 piano performance graduate and EMU honors student from Lancaster, Pa. Jonathan is currently earning his doctorate in music.
My EMU experience could be described in so many ways, both as a music major and a student at large. Most beneficial for me was the freedom to explore a wide variety of musical pathways, both within the required curriculum and beyond. Not only have I surprised myself by looking towards graduate school, but I have learned to play upright bass and jazz piano, to conduct, compose my own music, and many other things. I don’t think too many graduates of other schools get to finish with such an affirming experience of both professionalism and eclecticism.
Nathan Bontrager is a 2007 music graduate with concentrations in cello performance and music education.
The performances I was able to participate in made a huge difference in my life, including touring with Chambers, singing The Messiah, being part of The Music Man, three opera scenes classes, and lots of noon recitals. All of these opportunities helped me grow and mature as a musician.
Bethany Blouse, a music education major from Stuarts Draft, Va., is currently a chorus teacher at Stuarts Draft High School.
I appreciate the sensitivity to my personal interests in music, the professors’ adaptability and creativity in providing performance and independent study opportunities, and the accessibility of the instructors and staff. EMU has a very personable and approachable music department.
Stephen Horst, a music graduate with a vocal performance concentration, is currently music ministry coordinator at his home church in Harrisonburg, Va.
The beautiful campus and friendly people drew me to EMU. I love music, and hope to be performing somewhere or teaching on the college level when I graduate. Classes here are challenging, but the professors are very helpful and understanding. Most of my music classes only have five to 10 people in them and that means a lot of one on one time with the prof.
Mike Dezort, a vocal performance graduate from Normalville, Pa., is currently pursuing a masters of music at Arizona State University School of Music. He also recently finished a contract in Japan as the principal vocalist in a show at Tokyo Disneyland.
Updated May 2012