Maranatha

About YMA

Maranatha Youth Music Academy seeks to proclaim the glory of God through music performance and provide an educational opportunity for homeschool students to grow musically, intellectually, and spiritually. The YMA Choir and Orchestra are comprised of high school and middle school students who meet once a week for rehearsals.

History

HISTORY

Maranatha Youth Music Academy was originally established by Patrick Henry College in 2007—known as PHC Youth Music Academy—to serve the community and encourage local homeschooling families in their educational undertaking. 

Today, Maranatha is it’s own distinct music program, but the mission has not changed. Maranatha exists to proclaim the glory of God through music performance and provide an educational opportunity for homeschool students to grow musically, intellectually, and spiritually. The Maranatha YMA Choir and Orchestra are comprised of high school and middle school students.

Auditions

Auditions

Choir Ensemble

Choir students must be 14 years old by the first rehearsal of the semester. Auditions are mandatory to participate in the Choir. Auditions are held prior to the Fall semester which begins in September. If space is available, the Choir Director may hold auditions mid-year prior to the beginning of the Spring semester in January. Auditions will be individually scheduled by the Choir Director.

Orchestra Ensemble

Orchestra participation is based upon ability rather than age. Auditions are mandatory to participate in the Orchestra. Auditions are held prior to the Fall semester which begins in September. If space is available, the Orchestra Director may hold auditions mid-year prior to the beginning of the Spring semester in January. Auditions will be individually scheduled by the Orchestra Director.

2024-2025 Season

Auditions for Choir and Orchestra for the Fall 2024 semester are open.

For further information, please email us at:  YMARegistrar@gmail.com

Directors

Directors

Rod Appleton

Rod Appleton

Choir Director

About Rod

A native of Massachusetts, Rod earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education/Voice at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. There, he studied under Loren Wiebe and was the student director of the Biola Chorale for 3 years.

He received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Fullerton, studying under Gordon Paine.

During and after his college years, Rod directed choral ensembles at Pacific Christian High School in Los Angeles, CA and Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA. He also served as Music and Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Downey, CA, South Delta Baptist Church in Tsawwassen, BC, and First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, CA.

Rod began a career in real estate in 1998 in Orange County, CA, and continued in it after moving the family to Virginia in 2005. Shortly after, he began conducting the Patrick Henry College Youth Music Academy choir (now Maranatha YMA choir), serving in worship leading and choral directing roles in various local churches, and in 2016 began directing the Patrick Henry College Chorale. Rod finds great joy in encouraging and mentoring the young musicians he directs in these groups.

Rod sells residential real estate in Loudoun County with Century 21 New Millennium. He and his wife, Terry, live on a dirt road in Round Hill with some goats and horses. They have 3 grown kids and 3 perfect grandchildren.

Todd Morrison

Todd Morrison

Orchestra Director

About Todd

Todd Morrison has been directing the Maranatha YMA Orchestra since 2008.

After 23 years of service, Todd retired from the US Navy Band, Washington, DC in 2019 as a Chief Musician and Section Leader of the Concert and Ceremonial Saxophone Section.

Todd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Ithaca College, NY where he was twice winner of their Concerto Competition, and later earned his Master’s degree in Music Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

During his performing career, Todd was named Classical Soloist winner for Down Beat Magazine, Runner-up of the North American Saxophone Alliance Concerto Competition, and a finalist of the National Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  He was also a member of the National Saxophone Quartet which won 2nd Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Todd and his wife Melissa, have been blessed with six children and home educate their family on their farm in Hillsboro, VA.  

Mrs. Jenny Davis

Piano Accompanist

BOARD

board members

Nancy Palmisano

Chairman

Jessica Landis

Co-Chairman

Erin Thompson

Secretary

Andy Knight

Finance Officer, Web Admin

Jeff Chamberlain

Finance Officer

Misa Nickerson

CMA Registrar

Sarah Grosjean

Publicity, YMA Registrar

Carolyn Osborne

Hospitality

Chris Tigges

Performances