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New, Energetic Professor in the Music Department

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. Waking up at 3 a.m. every day is part of normal life for the new professor in the music department. Between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. is the only time during his day that Ryan Keebaugh — husband, father to a 9-month-old little girl, and new professor here at EM ...More

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EMU’s 10 new faculty members come with outstanding credentials in seven fields

Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University – the most in-demand field of study at this university – leads the way in welcoming three new faculty members out of 11 teachers in eight specialties joining EMU for 2014-15. Music is gaining two assistant professors. The other newcomers are in political science, chemistry, social work, psychology, history and the seminary. ...More

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Preparatory music program to offer adult piano lessons

At the Music Teachers National Association conference held this March in Chicago, Chi Nguyen accepted the Recreational Music Making Teaching Fellowship award given by the National Piano Foundation. The James Madison University alumna was presented two digital pianos, given to candidates who demonstrate a passion and aptitude for recreational ...More

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Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with ties to EMU

From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, EMU and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success. Close to 3,000 people attended each day of the festival, July 11-13, 2014, at ...More

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Students explore musical interests within community

A music student at Eastern Mennonite University might: Sing a classical aria in a voice lesson on Monday mornings; Rehearse works by Mozart and Bono in Chamber Singers on Wednesday afternoons; Perform in the spring musical (Into the Woods this year) on Thursday night; a ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir chooses EMU music grad as new artistic director

The pile of applications to fill the artistic director’s role with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) included submissions from across the country and beyond. The person ultimately selected for the job, though, lives nearly within earshot of the choir’s rehearsal space in Eastern Mennonite University’s Martin Chapel. Janet Hostett ...More

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Fostering community-wide music through Bach Festival, Children’s Choir, Prep Music Program

BACH FESTIVAL Music lovers flock to Harrisonburg each summer for the annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. With a week of performances ranging from baroque to modern, amateur to award-winning, they aren’t disappointed. The flagship performances are held in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium, but in an effort to share the experience with the widest possible audience, concerts are also ...More

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A highlight on Ken J. Nafziger: making music with appreciative Cubans

When President Bill Clinton cracked a window open to Cuba, permitting scholars to apply for education-centered travel permits to Cuba from 1999 to 2003, EMU music professor Ken J. Nafziger seized the opportunity He brushed off warnings on the U.S. State Department’s website about the possibility of “intense physical and electronic surveillance,” which “may involve det ...More

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Preparatory music program offers traditional and Suzuki lessons

The Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program at Eastern Mennonite University will begin music lessons for individuals hoping to learn a new instrument, or improve skills, starting Jan. 13. A given lesson will range from 30 minutes to an hour in length, once a week, at a time that best suits the individual’s schedule. In ...More

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Annual gala concert ushers in winter season

The Eastern Mennonite University music department will be celebrating the start of the winter season by holding the annual gala concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 inside Lehman Auditorium at EMU. The hour-and-a-half-long show will feature a wide variety of music, showcasing the diverse talents of EMU’s music department, including the ...More