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Bethel College Sinfonia to present fall concert under new conductor

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Sinfonia will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Christopher Koch will conduct the Sinfonia for the first time. He joined the Bethel College music faculty in August after a move from Washington state where he completed his doctor of musical arts degree in conducting at the University of Washington in late spring. The program will include Stravinsky's "Scherzo a la Russe," Franck's "Huit Pieces Breve," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from "The Snow Maiden," Grainger's "The Immovable Do," and Dvorak's "Serenade in d minor."

The 45-member Sinfonia brings together Bethel College students and faculty, Hesston College students and also community musicians from Newton and Peabody.

"I am delighted to have joined the Bethel College community and am very much looking forward to our performance on the 17th," Koch says. "This concert begins a season of fantastic literature which will include Bedrich Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride,' widely considered to be the 'Czech national opera,' and Aaron Copland's masterful 'Appalachian Spring' in its original iteration for 13 instruments."

Koch encourages other community and area musicians to contact him if they are interested in joining the Sinfonia.

Koch is assistant professor of music at Bethel College. He completed his bachelor's degree in flute performance and music education at Eastman School of Music and earned master's degrees in flute performance and orchestral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has national and international experience as a flutist, conductor and music director, including positions in Washington, Colorado, New York, Kansas City and Australia.

Admission is free and open to the public. Contributions to the Bethel College Music Department will be accepted.

Bethel College Sinfonia Fall 2003

FLUTE Grayce Brown, principal, senior, Murdock Maria Tschetter, senior, Freeman, S.D. Linda Willey, community musician, Peabody

OBOE Kristin Kliewer, principal, Newton Don Kehrberg*

CLARINET Lora Lynn Swartzendruber, principal, senior, Plano, Texas Aeneva Marie Sadiq (and Bass Clarinet), junior, Halstead Jill Raylene Schmidt, junior, Whitewater Heather Lynne Fischer, senior, Norton Eunice M. Voth, sophomore, Goessel Mandy R. Powell, senior, Wright Shelley Gruenbacher, senior, Colwich

ALTO SAXOPHONE Kyle Kauffman, principal ** Marshall Sadiq, sophomore, Halstead

TENOR SAXOPHONE Lora Lynn Swartzendruber, senior, Plano, Texas Nathan Eigsti, freshman, Hesston

BASSOON Michelle Jan Dyck, principal, junior, North Newton Jonathan Brian Root, sophomore, Topeka

TRUMPET Aaron Linscheid, principal, freshman, North Newton Sara Adrian, freshman, Butterfield, Minn. D.J. Bookout, freshman, Pretty Prairie

HORN Greg Nye, principal, community musician, Newton Emily Yoder ** Heather Guth **

TROMBONE Ryan O'Reilly, community musician, Newton Matt Kaiser, sophomore, Inman

BASS TROMBONE Russell Adrian, principal, junior, Butterfield, Minn.

TUBA Mark Lyles, community musician, Newton

PERCUSSION Rebecca Mueller, principal, freshman, Halstead Heather Lynne Fischer, senior, Norton

VIOLIN I Crystal (Stotts) Doerksen, concertmaster, senior, McPherson Gretchen Bartel, community musician, Newton Nancy Johnson* Sarah Rempel, community musician, Newton

VIOLIN II Daniel Regier, junior, Newton Rebecca Schloneger*

VIOLA Laura Kautz, principal, senior, Leola, Pa. Rachel Voth, sophomore, Topeka

CELLO JulieAnn M. Minns, principal, sophomore, Wichita Caitlin Welch, freshman, Lawrence Erin Lynn Fasnacht, junior, Hutchinson Parker Stanley, freshman, Liberty, Mo. Tina Schmidt-Tieszen, freshman, Newton

BASS Tory A. Doerksen, principal, senior, Prescott Valley, Ariz.

PIANO Joshua Piper, sophomore, North Newton Chelsea Vaught, sophomore, Henderson, Neb.

* Bethel College/Bethel Academy of Music Faculty ** Hesston College student

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