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Innovative two-semester music theory and history class is a ‘big step in a new direction’ for EMU music majors

For more than two centuries, the Baroque era has dominated music instruction. Drawing on Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and others, the curriculum in many music theory courses typically features a heavy dose of part-writing in a particular style. Eastern Mennonite University assistant professor of music Ryan Keebaugh says beautiful m ...More

Eastern Mennonite University's annual music gala showcases the many students

Annual gala concert features rare opportunity to hear ‘Concert Selections from Leonard Bernstein’s MASS’

Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS,” commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy for the 1971 dedication of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., is subtitled “A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers.” Witnessing a full-length performance, as Eastern Mennonite University professor ...More


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


Recital Offers Ballads, Blues and Whimsical Fun

What do the West Side Story, Captain Hook and a Jabberwocky have in common? Each will be part of the next Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) faculty artist series, Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Martin Chapel. The recital, “British & American Art Songs,” will feature baritone, James Richardson, assistant professor of music at EMU, and James Clemens, an award-winning co ...More

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EMU Music Professor to Present Voice Recital

An Eastern Mennonite University music faculty member will give a voice recital 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU. James K. Richardson, a baritone, will perform Bach’s “Cantata No. 203, “Six lieder for baritone, violin and piano” by Spohr and American f ...More

Cantemus and ChoirWithoutBorders Take Musical ‘Journey’ April 18

Two EMU music groups will present a joint concert 7 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 18, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU. Cantemus (Latin for “Let Us Sing”), a recently-formed 12-member chamber choir, and ChoirWithoutBorders, a 35-member student group, will sing selections based on the theme, “Christian Journey: From Darkness Into Light.” ...More

Music faculty say ‘yes’ to new concentration

Professors are happy about the music major with interdisciplinary studies concentration that starts this fall. Lynne Mackey and James Richardson agree the concentration takes advantage of the EMU music department’s strengths like the cl ...More

Local duo to present baritone recital

James K. RichardsonShannon Kiser Two musicians who grew up together, attended the same schools and recently relocated to the Harrisonburg area will join in presenting a baritone recital of a ...More