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Alum Explores Joy of Musical Freedom in German Grad Program

As an undergrad at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Nathan Bontrager loved to experiment with music, a characteristic that has taken him through a master’s degree in modern cello in Maryland and into a second master’s program in early music in Germany. “I am trying to be a musician playing the music I care about,” said Bontrager in an interview with an EMU reporter. For ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra Ushers in Spring Season

The 40-member Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and the 13-member Junior Strings ensemble, part of the Preparatory Music Program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), will present a spring concert on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 7 p.m., in EMU’s Lehman Auditoriu ...More

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EMU Chamber Singers Join Lancaster Area Musicians to Support MCC

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Chamber Singers are teaming up with the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, quartet Beyond Ourselves, to present their sixth benefit concert on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Mount Joy Mennonite Ch ...More

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Alumnae Use Opera to Support MCC

Four Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumnae are teaming up for the fifth annual “Voices of Hope, Winter Opera Gala” to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The event will feature renowned operatic soprano, Madeline Bender, who graduated in 1993. Two former E ...More

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Helen Jean Smith Print Sales Support SVCC

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) is selling canvas prints and note cards featuring “Chorister Frolic,” a painting done by local artist Helen Jean Smith, to raise support for the program, now in its 21st year. “Smith has painted so many of our beautiful landmarks and homes, our rural pastimes ...More

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Youth Symphony Presents Annual Fall Concert

The 38-member Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, part of the preparatory music program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), will present its fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. The symphony will perform van Suppe’s ...More

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Musical Forces Combine in Annual Gala Concert

The annual celebration of the winter holiday season happens on Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., as the EMU music program presents its annual gala concert in Lehman Auditorium. For EMU students, the chance to perform in front of their peers and professors is something they “cherish.” ...More

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EMU Musicians Peer Into Casanova’s World

The first faculty artist series of the year will feature the Wild Geese presenting “Casanova’s Venice,” a concert that will include narration about one of history’s most famous autobiographers, Giacomo Casanova, on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Martin Chapel. The chamber music concert will include 16th through 18th century works ...More

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Make a Splash With the Arts

At EMU, a Christian university like no other, students are learning to use art for social transformation, service within their community, to deepen their faith, and more. Theater As a theater student, you’ll act, direct and design productions, exploring your gifts and getting hands-on experience while ...More

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Doubling Down On Success

Being twins, Justin and Joel Rittenhouse learned to share growing up: toys, birthdays, even, in one sense, each other’s face. Now, the 21-year-olds  share another distinction — Eastern Mennonite University graduate. The brothers were among the more than 400 Royals who received diplomas on Sunday during commencement exercises at the liberal arts school. ...More