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Andrew Thiesen to give senior trombone recital

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Andrew Thiesen will give his senior trombone recital March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Thiesen, of Newton, is a student of Matt Blauer, Bethel instructor of trombone.

Thiesen will graduate in December with a degree in music and education licensure.

His accompanist on piano is Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel professor of music.

On Thiesen’s program are “Vocalise Op.34, No. 14,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Concertino Op.4 for Trombone by Ferdinand David; “Elegy for Mippy II” by Leonard Bernstein; and Sonata for Trombone and Piano by Paul Hindemith.

Thiesen is a 2013 graduate of Newton High School. He is the son of Barbara and John Thiesen of Newton.

For all four years, Thiesen has been a member of the Bethel College Wind Ensemble, the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra and Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I. He was a founding member of the Bethel College Brass Quintet, now in its third year.

Thiesen is in his second year singing in the Bethel College Concert Choir. He conducts the Chancel Choir at First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge.

Thiesen’s March 14 recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in The Meeting Place on the ground floor of the Administration Building.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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