Pianist/Arranger Ham to Premiere New Works

Bethel College artist-in-residence, concert pianist and published arranger Marilynn Ham will perform several new pieces at Bethel's Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free admission concert, where Ham will premiere three new published works released this fall--a Christmas book of advanced carol arrangements for piano entitled Glory to the Newborn King, a book of advanced sacred piano arrangements called Crown Him Lord of All, and a three-movement work for the intermediate-level pianist, Michigan Images. Ham will have these new works and several of her other piano books and recordings available for purchase following the concert.

Recognized nationally as a published arranger, sacred concert pianist, recording artist and workshop leader, Ham holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Northern Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. While at NMU, Ham was honored with the "Most Outstanding Music Student" award. She taught at Barclay College at Haviland, Kansas for ten years and was honored there as Professor of the Year in 1981 and again in 1987. She currently is artist-in-residence and professor of music at Bethel College in Mishawaka, where she teaches applied piano in the sacred and classical repertoire.

Ham's entire collection consists of more than twelve piano books. Her first book, Ivory Exaltation, was published by Lillenas in 1985 and has gone to become their best-selling keyboard book ever. In addition, Ham has produced professional recordings of her music.

For more information, call 574.257.3393. Bethel College is located at 1001 West McKinley Avenue, Mishawaka, IN.