When Marian Mihas (’96) was twenty-seven years old, she never expected to learn a new instrument. Although she had an interest in music since she was young, her focus had always been piano and voice. Her discovery of the harp happened unexpectedly, at a time and place perfectly prepared by God.
Mihas said, “It happened accidentally. One day, I went to my sister’s harp lesson and fell in love with its beautiful sound.” After taking lessons herself, she found an insatiable desire to play the harp, using her newfound ability for the Lord.
For years, Mihas had used her abilities in music to touch lives. After majoring in voice on the undergrad level, she pursued a master’s degree in music at PCC. From 1997–2005, she was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Warren Civic Chorus. From 2007–2008, she performed vocal recitals in Athens, Greece. Currently, she teaches music to middle school students. Performing in churches and other venues on the harp gave Mihas another outlet to praise the Lord through music.
“The best part about working with music is getting to worship along with the audience as I share my songs,” she said. “It’s such a privilege sharing God’s love through music because as it transforms the audience, it’s changing my heart, too.”
This past April, Mihas debuted her first album, The Lord Reigns: Songs & Hymns to Live By, a collection of vocal and instrumental arrangements.
After writing and arranging her own CD, Mihas recorded in Nashville alongside other talented artists. The experience taught her so much, especially how important it is to rely on the Lord and His faithfulness. “From penning the first songs to holding the finished CD in my hands, the Lord has taught me to learn to wait on Him and trust that His timing is always perfect,” she said.
Looking back, she now sees how the Lord orchestrated all of the details for her album. “One of my first courses in my master’s program at PCC used Finale, a software program for music composition,” she said. “We also had assignments on arranging—another skill that I had never tried before. I remember wondering if I would ever need any of this in the future. The lessons from that class have proven to be some of the most valuable ones for me as a songwriter and arranger.”
From her debut performance in a local church to newspaper write-ups promoting her album, interest in her music continues to grow. “I can easily trace the Lord’s hand through every step of the way,” said Mihas. “Now, I’m in the exciting stage of writing songs for my next album. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store!”