Tag Archives: Music

Rebel to Choir Master

Hiram Hershey, class of ’50 Hiram Hershey laughs at recalling that he didn’t fit the Mennonite mold in 1941-42 when he was a student at what was then Eastern Mennonite School (EMS). Hershey had not been raised Mennonite. His ancestors on both sides of his family had left the Mennonite church in the late 1800s ...More

Studying Music the EMU Way

EMU seeks to enable as many students as possible to understand and enjoy music. Strongly interested music students prepare to be music educators, performers, church musicians, master’s and doctor’s students in music, or to pursue other music-related professions or avocations. The programs of EMU’s music department are widely known and highly respected. EMU’s curriculum offers ...More


Music Plus By the time he was a junior in high school, Michael Allen had surmounted many challenges. He had heard the boys at his first elementary-school track meet shout, “Hey, blackie – you’re going to be real slow.” And he had silenced them by coming in No. 1 in the 200 meters. (And, then, ...More


Children’s Choir “The SVCC is completely captivating and professionally poised. In truth, the childish intonations make ‘Silent Night’ shine especially brightly as a family-friendly seasonal release. Again, Director White extracts an incredibly high level of musicianship from her young charges, and the choir sings with tremendous enthusiasm and heart.” — Carol Swanson in a 2007 ...More

Bach Festival

CROWN JEWEL OF THE VALLEY The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is a week-long summer music festival at EMU devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people. In 2011, its 19th year, the festival will be held June 12-19 and will focus on Mozart ...More

He Gave His Life

By Valerie Neff Newitt Glen Lapp, BSN, RN, gave his life to the service of others — literally. Lapp packed his nursing skills and his Mennonite-inspired commitment to a peaceful world and journeyed to Afghanistan in October 2008. Working for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Akron, Pennsylvania, he helped to provide eye care and other ...More

EMC Folk Band Celebrated Album’s 40th Anniversary

It started on Maplewood 3rd West, when hallmates Dwight Roth ’69 and Arlin “Rich” Yoder ’70 began teaching themselves to sing and play the guitar. Soon there was a third – John Longacre ’70 – and then two more: Ruth White ’70 and Rosey Ross ’71. The five friends began practicing in EMC’s Northlawn basement, ...More

New Look at Anabaptists In Post-1500s Europe

Mark Jantzen, Bethel associate professor of history, and his colleague Mary Sprunger (both Bethel graduates, in 1985 and 1984, respectively), professor of history at EMU, were co-planners for “Marginal or Mainstream? Anabaptists, Mennonites and Modernity in European Society,” a conference held on the Bethel (Kan.) campus June 25-26, 2010. The thesis of the conference was ...More

Her DREAM Crushed

Isabel Castillo ’07 of Harrisonburg., Va., was interviewed on Oct. 14, 2010, by Bob Edwards of NPR’s The Bob Edwards Show. Edwards also interviewed Deanna Durham, EMU assistant professor of social work and other friends of Castillo in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The interviewees spoke about the importance of Congressional passage of the DREAM Act, to provide ...More

National Awards For Two Teachers

Matthew (Matt) Miller ’95 of Kalona, Iowa, was named one of 103 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by President Obama on June 7, 2010. This presidential award is conferred annually on the best pre-college-level science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a ...More