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Maybe their Bethel experience helped them leave with open eyes, and then when they had a chance to look around, they said, I can make the world a better place.
Allen Jantz, ’84

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group made up of the top high school jazz musicians in south-central Kansas. MKJE provides students with a chance to meet and play with other talented and passionate young jazz musicians.

Rehearsals and performances

MKJE rehearses weekly on Monday nights from 7–9 p.m. at Bethel College in North Newton. The group typically performs one or two concerts per semester. In past years, MKJE has also performed at the Wichita Jazz Festival and Wichita River Festival.

Cost

The $50 registration fee (per year) helps cover purchase of new music, jazz festival registration fees and guest artist expenses for the MKJE Weekend Jazz Workshop.

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble Weekend Jazz Workshop

New this year! MKJE students will get a chance to spend a weekend at Bethel College rehearsing and performing with a special guest artist. The weekend will include master classes and performances by the guest artist and local professionals. Exact dates TBD. Please check back for more details.

Audition information

Open auditions will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1–3 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 8, from 7–9 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bethel College in the Luyken Fine Arts Center, Room 142. (Directions to Bethel College campus.)

Audition materials will be the same as for the 2015 KSMEA state jazz auditions (for more details, see www.ksmea.org/hsjazz/excerpts15.php).

About the director

The Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble is directed by Joel Linscheid, director of jazz studies at Bethel College. In addition to being an MKJE alum, Joel is a Bethel College graduate with a B.A. in music with K–12 education licensure. He received his M.M. degree in jazz performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Before coming to Bethel, Joel taught jazz history at CU-Boulder, worked as a musician for Holland America Cruise Lines and was an active freelance musician in Denver and Wichita. From February 2012 to February 2013, he toured full-time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, performing all over the United States, Canada and Japan. He can be heard on the group’s latest album, In the Mood, released in March 2013.

An active performer on saxophone, clarinet and flute, Joel has performed in educational and professional settings with notable artists such as Bobby Watson, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Diamonds, Allen Vizzutti, Nneena Freelon and Andy LaVerne.

If you have questions about MKJE, please contact Joel Linscheid at jlinscheid@bethelks.edu or 316-284-5265.