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…the atmosphere of Bethel is vibrant, caring and friendly. I have had the best experience here…
Claire Unruh ’12

Faculty

Kay Buskirk

Kay Buskirk

Adjunct Instructor of Viola
Education:
  • B.M. Wichita State University 1985
  • M.M. Wichita State University 1993
Soyoun Chun

Soyoun Chun

Assistant Professor of Music
Ext: 282
Phone: 316-284-5282
Education:
  • B.A. Seoul National University 1995
  • M.M. New England Conservatory of Music 1997
  • D.M.A. University of Kansas 2004
Dennis Danders

Dennis Danders

Adjunct Instructor of String Bass
Education:
  • B.M.E. Wichita State University 1967
  • M.M. Northwestern University 1972
William Eash

William Eash

Professor of Music
Ext: 316
Phone: 316-284-5316
Education:
  • B.A. Bluffton College 1974
  • M.A. University of Iowa 1979
  • D.M.A. University of Iowa 1988
About William:

Dr. William Eash is in demand as a conductor and music educator. He begins his eleventh year as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Bethel College and is conductor of the Emmy Award winning Bethel College Concert Choir. A native of Ohio, his career has taken him to several cities in the United States and Europe. He has studied piano and voice at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. In addition to his European study, he has held positions as Director of Choral Music at the University of Evansville and as Director of Music at Newman University. Dr. Eash is a recipient of the 2010 Award for Teaching Excellence at Bethel College.He holds the Master of Music degree in choral conducting and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa.

Howard Glanton

Howard Glanton

Adjunct Instructor of Guitar
Ext: 838
Phone: 316-284-5838
Education:
  • B.M. Eastern New Mexico University 1990
  • M.M. Texas Tech University 1994
Donna Hetrick

Donna Hetrick

Adjunct Instructor of Organ
Ext: 834
Phone: 316-284-5834
Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Adjunct Instructor of Violin
Ext: 268
Phone: 316-284-5268
Education:
  • B.M. University of Kansas 1980
  • M.M. Virginia Commonwealth University 1984
Joel Linscheid

Joel Linscheid

Instructor of Music
Ext: 256
Phone: 316-284-5256
Education:
  • B.A. Music Education Bethel College 2009
  • M.M. Jazz Performance and Pedagogy University of Colorado at Boulder 2011
About Joel:

Joel Linscheid is a saxophonist, educator and composer from North Newton, Kansas. He received his M.M. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and B.A. in Music with Education Certification from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

An active performer on saxophone, clarinet and flute, Linscheid has worked as freelance musician in Denver, Kansas City, and Wichita, as well as being employed by Holland America Cruise Lines. From 2012-2013, he toured full-time with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, performing in venues across the United States, Canada and Japan. He can be heard on the group’s latest CD In the Mood, released in March 2013. Joel has performed in educational or professional settings with many notable musicians, including Bobby Watson, Johnny Mathis, The Diamonds, The Four Tops, Allen Vizzutti, and Nneena Freelon.

As an educator, Linscheid has taught private saxophone, clarinet and jazz improvisation to students of all ages and abilities, ranging from middle school to the collegiate level. From 2009-2011, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and guest lecturer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently serving as Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

James Pisano

James Pisano

Associate Professor of Music
Ext: 265
Phone: 316-284-5265
Education:
  • B.A. University of New Hampshire
  • M.M. University of Miami 1997
Karen Schlabaugh

Karen Schlabaugh

Professor of Music
Ext: 269
Phone: 316-284-5269
Education:
  • BM Oberlin College 1970
  • MM Ithaca College 1974
  • DMA University of Iowa 1981
About Karen:

Dr. Karen Bauman Schlabaugh is Professor of Music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Ithaca College, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano from the University of Iowa. While at Ithaca, she spent a semester studying at the Royal College of Music in London, England, with the support of an Alumni Fellowship from Oberlin. Her teaching assignments have included piano, music theory and history courses, and piano pedagogy. She has been chair of the Music Department at Bethel College since the fall semester of 1998.

Previous to her appointment at Bethel, Dr. Schlabaugh served on the faculties of Skidmore and Tabor colleges and has participated as a teacher and collaborative pianist in summer institutes in Michigan, Wisconsin and New York. She performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative musician with colleagues from Bethel and the Wichita area, and has appeared on two occasions as soloist with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, most recently in the spring of 2002 in the Piano Concerto No. 1 in C by Beethoven. She has performed in many of the Harvey Festival summer concerts sponsored by the Newton Mid-Kansas Orchestra. Her CD of French Recital Favorites with Wichita clarinetist James Jones was released in June 2005 under the Centaur Records label. In addition, Dr. Schlabaugh regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician at piano festivals and contests throughout Kansas and the region.

Timothy Shade

Timothy Shade

Assistant Professor of Music
Ext: 264
Phone: 316-284-5264
Education:
  • B.M. Youngstown State University 2006
  • M.M. University of Miami 2008
Kristin Shaffer

Kristin Shaffer

Adjunct Instructor of Flute
Education:
  • B.M. Wichita State University 1991
  • M.M. Wichita State University 1993
Christopher Westover

Christopher Westover

Director of Instrumental Music
Ext: 264
Phone: 316-284-5264
Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Western Kentucky University 2008
  • Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting Southern Methodist University 2010
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Candidate) University of Oklahoma 2013
About Christopher:

Chris David Westover is the Director of Instrumental Music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Westover held positions at the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University. At Bethel College, Mr. Westover conducts the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestras in addition to teaching course work in music education, conducting and opera. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Kentucky University, the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Oklahoma. His conducting teachers include Jonathan Shames, John Carmichael, Jack Delaney, Kenneth Kiesler, and Eric Smedley. In addition, he has participated in master classes with Donald Hunsberger, James Keene, Robert Rumbelow and Mark Davis Scatterday.