Student spotlight: Maggie Garber McClary, ’24, Eastern Mennonite University


Senior Maggie Garber McClary set to become first music and peacebuilding grad

by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Maggie Garber McClary, center, performs with the EMU Chamber Singers at The Music Room in Orange, Virginia, during the group’s spring break tour. McClary is the first graduate of the music and peacebuilding program at EMU. (Photo by Macson McGuigan/EMU)

After her first two semesters at EMU, Maggie Garber McClary, who was then undecided in her major, had an idea for a program that would combine the two areas she loved studying most.

“I found that I really enjoyed both my music classes and my peacebuilding classes,” McClary said. “So, I approached [EMU Music Professor] Benjamin Bergey and asked him, ‘What would it look like to pair them?’”

Her question couldn’t have come at a better time.

“He told me, ‘This is crazy, but there’s this major I’ve been working on,’” McClary recalled from her conversation with Bergey. “It was this moment of total serendipity.” […]

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