NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College will have four music groups at the upcoming annual convention of the Kansas Music Educators Association in Wichita, Feb. 21-23, including an instrumental trio composed of three seniors.
Thursday, Feb. 21, the Bethel College Concert Choir will sing at 2:35 p.m. in the Mary Jane Teall Little Theater in Century II.
This is a short preview of their 2013 spring tour repertoire, with a program that includes “There is No Rose of Such Virtue” by Kevin Memley; “Die Stimme des Kindes” by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi; “Horizons” arranged by Peter Louis van Dijk; “Cells Planets” arranged by Vince Peterson and featuring seniors Julia Miller, Hesston, and Renee Reimer, Sioux Falls, S.D. as soloists; and “Way Over in Beulah Lan’” arranged by Stacey Gibbs.
The choir will also perform “Filled with His Voice,” a commission to Steve Danyew in honor of Bethel’s 125 anniversary in 2012, and featuring Joel Boettger, senior from Hesston, on saxophone, and Jordan Ortman, senior from Marion, S.D., on piano.
Boettger and Ortman are two-thirds of the Bethel College Trio (or BC3), which will perform at KMEA Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m. in Birch Room, 203, in Century II.
The trio is Boettger on clarinet, Ortman on piano and Anna Cook, senior from Lawrence, on cello. They will play works by Beethoven and Robert Muczynski (1929-2010).
The second Bethel instrumental group, Jazz Combo I, also performs Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Hyatt Ballrooms F-H.
Jazz Combo I is Landon Bartel, Newton, bass; Joel Boettger, Hesston, tenor saxophone; Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, Newton, piano; Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colo., trumpet; Levi Miller, Hesston, drums; and Paul Voran, Newton, alto saxophone.
They will play two original compositions by Boettger and one by Voran, “Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin, and a composition by Scott Hershberger that was a winner in KMEA’s 2013 composition competition.
Finally, on Saturday, Thursday, Feb. 23, the Bethel College Women’s Chorus makes its first appearance at KMEA, singing at 11:50 a.m. in the Mary Jane Teall Little Theater in Century II.
The 39-voice ensemble will sing “Ici-bas!” by Gabriel Fauré; “Song of Ruth” and “I Am Not Yours” by David Childs; “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by Eleanor Daley; “Now I Become Myself” and “I Will be Earth” by Gwyneth Walker; the “Witches’ Chorus” from Macbeth by Guiseppe Verdi; and “Music in My Mother’s House” arranged by J. David Moore.
William Eash, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bethel, leads the Bethel College Concert Choir and Bethel College Women’s Chorus. James Pisano, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies at Bethel, directs BC3 and Jazz Combo I.
All KMEA events are free and open to the public, though audience members should plan to pick up guest passes at the KMEA booth in the Century II connecting lobby.
Each spring, music departments from schools across the state submit recordings to KMEA which then go to a panel of independent judges. Without recording identification, those out-of-state judges select those they deem best.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.