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Children’s choir and youth orchestra join for concert on Nov. 23

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) and the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra will present a joint concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Lehman Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University. The 42-member youth symphony, part of  ...More


Annual music gala to showcase orchestra, choirs and wind ensemble – Handel’s “Messiah” among the featured selections

The annual gala concert at Eastern Mennonite University is “a kaleidoscope,” says music professor Ken J. Nafziger, who conducts the chamber choir. Around the fixed theme of a musical showcase to kick off the holiday season, a variety ...More


Preparatory music department’s adult piano classes, supported by National Piano Foundation grant, finding fans, cultivating talent

A new piano class at Eastern Mennonite University is not only educational, but therapeutic. Chi Nguyen is in the vanguard of the adult group piano class, which started its first seven-week session in August 2014. A graduate of James Madison University and Florida State University, Nguyen began teaching private lessons at EMU in August 2013. When the preparatory music department wanted to ...More

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


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

EMU Piano Lessons Chi Nguyen

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


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


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


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


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