Conductors

Lewis Rosove, Conductor

Lewis Rosove - Advanced Orchestra
Lewis Rosove has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at Maranatha since 2010. His viola experience includes playing in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Viola from 1986 to 2008. He has also held the position of Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2002 to 2014. Lewis Rosove and his wife, Sandra, have been married since October 2005 and were recently voted into membership at Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown, WI. Lewis Rosove conducts our Advanced Orchestra.

Allen Probus - Intermediate Orchestra
Allen Probus has been a cellist in the Kansas City Symphony since 2002. He received a bachelor's degree from Bob Jones University and holds a master's degree with the Cleveland Institute of Music, having studied with Stephen Geber, former principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. While in Cleveland, Ohio, Probus also served as principal cello of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and acting assistant principal of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He has substituted with the Cleveland Orchestra and has toured Europe and the Far East with the Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Past summer festival engagements have included the Eastern Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto USA, Blossom Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. He is also co-principal cellist and personnel manager for the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Kansas City Cello Quartet. Probus maintains a full private teaching studio and is the music director at Tri-City Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO.

Ben Culver - Beginner Orchestra
Ben Culver began his training on violin at the age of three and has studied with Debbie Stanton, Geri Arnold, and Stephen Shipps. Having earned a Music Education degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University, Mr. Culver works as an Orchestra Teacher for Saline Area Schools where he works with 300+ students in fifth through eighth grades. Mr. Culver teaches privately, performs with several groups, and enjoys spending time with Mrs. Culver and their dog Duncan.

Faculty

Emillie Blair - Violin
Emillie Blair has been involved with music since she was 8 years old starting with the piano, before discovering her love for the violin a little later. She has had the privilege to use her violin playing to serve the Lord in church, for weddings, concerts, and play performances. Emillie became a registered Suzuki teacher at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, began teaching violin in 2006, and now teaches 24 students a week in her home studio. She has been instructed in violin playing under Carl Johnston and Drostan Hall.

Emily Custer - Theory, Improvisation, Choir

Moriah Custer - Theory, Accompianist
Moriah Custer began studying piano at age four and harp at the age of eight. She and her sister, Cherith, have performed extensively in the Midwest as a harp/flute duo, including two appearances at the Iowa State Capital Building.  She also performed for several years with the Cedar Rapids Symphony’s Advanced Harp Ensemble.  In 2006, she was awarded second place in the Cedar Rapids Symphony Guildā€™s concerto competition.  She has been a faculty member and accompanist for the Cedar Rapids Symphony School as well as maintained a private studio.  Moriah is currently working on her degree in Piano Performance at Bob Jones University where her husband Seth is on faculty.

Dr Seth Custer

Seth Custer - Theory, Composition
Seth Custer is an active composer, performer, clinician, and adjudicator, and his music is heard across the United States. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music Theory, Composition, and Technology at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, where he has taught since 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2009, and regularly receives commissions to compose works for a variety of ensembles, recently including brass sextet, oboe/piano, saxophone quartet, youth orchestra, and flute choir. Custer currently serves as general director of the NFMC Junior Composer’s Institute, held annually in Minneapolis, MN on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Tim Hammond - Cello, Chamber, Choir
Tim Hammond is entering his seventh year as Cello Instructor for Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Timothy received his Masters Degree in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied with Uri Vardi. As a cellist, he frequently plays with many different orchestras around the state of Wisconsin, and is planning a cello/piano recital in the fall. Timothy is also the Minister of Music at Wyldewood Baptist Church in Oshkosh, WI.

Liesel Muzzi - Theory
Liesel Muzzi grew up in a very talented musical home. Her father was a professor of String Pedagogy at the University of Michigan until his retirement a few years ago. Her mother taught music at various schools and grade levels for thirty years. As the saying goes, the fruit does not fall far from the tree. In the last 15 years Mrs. Muzzi and her husband have trained 6 of their 7 children in piano and string instruments so that they can use their music for the Lord. Her creative and fun teaching methods engage the students and foster an environment for learning.

Joanna Nerius - Violin, Chamber
Violinist, Joanna Nerius, is an avid supporter of music education and is dedicated to helping students develop and refine their music. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance, where she studied with Mathias Tacke. Joanna has been teaching violin and viola actively since 2011. She has received certified Suzuki training and incorporates both traditional and Suzuki methods into her curriculum. She is on faculty at Northside Music Academy in Chicago and at the Music Education Center of America in South Elgin. She has also taught at MusiCamp, a pilot program for Rockford Public Schools hosted in partnership with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Joanna has an active freelance performance career. She has performed as a guest soloist with several orchestras in the northern Illinois area and frequently gives solo and chamber recitals. She is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Nicole Schmidt

Nicole Schmidt - Violin
Nicole Schmidt has been teaching orchestra and violin and viola lessons at Schaumburg Christian School since 2012.  She began studying piano at the age of five and violin at age 10.  Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in String Pedagogy from Bob Jones University where she studied violin with Mrs. Dianne Pinner.  She is currently studying the Tabuman Approach to violin with Sophie Till of the Golandsky Institue.  The Taubman Approach teaches musicians to use their bodies in healthy and natural ways which can help musicians overcome injuries as well as improve their abilities.  Nicole is a member of the American String Teacher Association.

Jonathan Wessel

Jonathan Wessel - Cello
Jonathan began his cello studies at age 4 with the Suzuki method. His teachers have included members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has been playing in orchestras since age 9 including the Protege Philharmonic, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. He has also been the cellist of the Rhapsody String Quartet for about 10 years. In addition to music, Jonathan is also a professional actor, appearing largely in faith-based films. His most recent projects include Knight's End (TV series) and There (Christian short film). Jonathan's love for music carries over into his teaching, and he enjoys being a mentor to young students. 

Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright - Violin
Stephanie Wright has been playing violin for thirteen years and the oboe for eight. She has studied violin with Mary Smelser, who introduced the Suzuki Method into the Joliet public schools and founded the Joliet Area Suzuki Strings. She is now studying with Care Johnson. Stephanie has participated in the Joliet Area Suzuki Strings Orchestra for six years. She was the director of the string program at Marquette Manor Baptist Academy for two years and teaches a few students. Stephanie has played the oboe for the band at Marquette Manor Baptist Academy and occasionally for different orchestras. She is planning on attending Maranatha Baptist Bible College in the fall of 2012 to major in Biblical Counseling and minor in String Pedagogy. Stephanie will be attending some classes at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point.

Leanna York

Leanna York - Pre-Orchestra, Choir
Leanna York received her earliest violin instruction from the Indiana University String Academy directed by Mimi Zweig. While a student at Maranatha Baptist University, she studied under Ji-woon Jung, Elizabeth Pabon, Lewis Rosove, and Elizabeth Zempel and graduated with a degree in string pedagogy. She was awarded first prize in a concerto competition hosted by Maranatha Baptist University, has performed as soloist with the Maranatha Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Roselyn Pabon, and has participated in a masterclass with Ilana Setapen. Ms. York currently serves as an adjunct violin professor at Maranatha, a violin and theory instructor at the Maranatha pre-college Music Prep School, and a private music teacher at Kettle Moraine Baptist Church and in the surrounding area

Staff


Ries Barlow - Camp Director

Rebekah Muzzi - Administrative Assistant

Centira Barlow - Food and Hospitality