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SAGU MTNA chapter host concertsWaxahachie, Texas — December 4, 2012 — The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) hosted "Psalmody," a campus-wide songwriting competition. SAGU student participants submitted original song lyrics and performed them in front of an audience and a panel of three judges.

The three judges were Dean of College of Bible and Church Ministries LeRoy Bartel, SAGU Music Department Chair Linda Robins, and Director, SAGU Chapel Worship Director Rachel Hunter. The following students were declared winners for the competition: Joseph Drinkard (1st place), Tiree Dean and Brandon Wilson (2nd place), and Kristen Neel (3rd place).

Faculty sponsor of MTNA Amanda Lee Hing says, "'Psalmody' was a great success, and we are definitely looking forward to hosting this event every fall semester.”

SAGU Collegiate Chapter of MTNA also hosted community outreach concerts at three assisted living communities in Waxahachie. The SAGU brass quintet performed at the Buffalo Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Community on Friday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m. On the evening of Tuesday, November 13, Chorale and Anthem sang at Sterling House, and the Piano Ensemble performed at Covenant Place of Waxahachie. SAGU students who also performed solos include Ruth Aldrich, Elijah Aldrich, Randi Bouck, Scott Bouck, Kristen Neel, Alexandria Pearson, Amy Roberts, Noelle DeJong, Grant Hood and Heidi Borden.

Chapter president Heidi Borden says, "The concerts are meant to bless our senior citizens here in Waxahachie by ministering to them and being great company to them."

The collegiate chapter is also currently hosting a fundraiser “Practice-a-thon,” for the Common Grounds ministry, an after school program serving underprivileged children in Waxahachie. During the "Practice-a-thon," music students are sponsored for each hour they practice their instrument.

Borden says, "It is a privilege for us to be able to minister and learn from these experiences." She continues, "We are very excited for God to use us for His glory doing the very thing we were called to do."

MTNA began in 1876 with the purpose of advancing the value of music study and music-making in society. The organization has nearly 22,000 members worldwide and more than 500 local affiliates.

SAGU began its own a collegiate chapter of MTNA this semester. A total of 26 music majors have signed up to participate and 11 have become chapter members.

For more information on SAGU Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, contact chapter faculty sponsor Amanda Lee Hing at

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAG

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