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Choral showcase is back by popular demand

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The fall concert featuring all Bethel College choral ensembles was such a success last year, they’re doing it again.

Bethel Sings, Second Edition, will be Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in Bethel College Mennonite Church, with music by the Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, Open Road (a cappella, men), Woven (a cappella, women) and Concert Choir.

Accompanists are Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel professor of music, seniors Mika Patron, North Newton, and Matthew Graber, Freeman, South Dakota, and sophomore Rebecca Schrag, Newton.

The concert will feature student conductors Andrew Thiesen, senior from Newton, Billie Selichnow, junior from Wichita, and Graber, this year’s recipient of the Walter H. Hohmann Choral Conducting Scholarship.

The Bethel College Brass Quintet will play for one of the Concert Choir numbers. Members of the quintet are sophomores Connor Born, North Newton, and Alec Loganbill, Hesston, trumpets, Rebecca Schrag, French horn, and Selichnow and Thiesen, trombones.

Also on the program are two students who sang for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) West Central Region conference and student auditions this past weekend.

Freshmen Polly Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota, and Madison Hofer-Holdeman, Wichita, will sing their NATS pieces.

The concert will feature of mixture of sacred and secular music.

Members of the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble are Eli Brockway, McPherson, Matt Buller, Henderson, Nebraska, Matthew Garber, Newton, Bruce Rosario, Pollocksville, North Carolina, Luke Unruh, Newton, David Wullf-Cochrane, Edmond, Oklahoma, and Kendrick Weaver, Hesston.

Members of the Bethel College Women’s Chorus are Grace Bradfield, Derby, Carine Claassen, Whitewater, Araleigha Marcy, Salina, Lauren Nehrbass, Parsons, Mackenzie O’Brien, Saint George, Mika Patron, North Newton, Abby Phillips, Maple Hill, Callie Ross, Overland Park, Madison Roth, Abilene, Tara Schwartz, Pretty Prairie, Bianca Tyrell, Newton, Mareike van Bergeijk, Hesston, and Grace Whittaker, Edmond, Oklahoma.

Members of Open Road are Dominick Geddert, Fresno, California, Matthew Graber, Freeman, South Dakota, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, Nicholas Preheim, Peabody, Austin Regier, Newton, Randall Schmidt, Lawrence, Tyler Shima, Topeka, and Chase Stucky, Moundridge.

Members of Woven are Mareike Bergen, Moundridge, Stephanie Brown, Newton, Polly Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota, DrewAnne Gatlin, Broadus, Montana, Emily Knight, Moundridge, Kylee Schunn, Whitewater, Rebecca Schrag, Newton, Michelle Schrag, Moundridge, and Kaci Wilson, Sterling.

Members of the Bethel College Concert Choir, in addition to all members of Open Road and Woven, are Sydney Bollinger, Lawrence, Connor Born, North Newton, Kimberly Carbonell, Wichita, Candy Dao, Salina, Emily Epp, Marion, South Dakota, Leah Friesen, Henderson, Nebraska, Elizabeth Friesen Birky, Denver, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Hailey Heide, Wichita, Reese Hiebert, Walton, Madison Hofer-Holdeman, Wichita, Kate Jolliff, Newton, Shekhinah Jones, Salina, Abby Kurtzer, Haxtun, Colorado, Seth Larson, Wichita, Cayla Lawless, Burlingame, Olivia Leif, Concordia, Garret Lindley, Goddard, Sophia Minder, Lawrence, Shannon Neifert, Pratt, Ryne Preheim, Reedley, California, Connick Roe, Kingman, Bailey Strausz, Moundridge, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, Garrett Smith, Burrton, Andrew Thiesen, Newton, Drew Trollope, Kingman, Mareike van Bergeijk, Hesston, Anna Wiens, Goessel, Benjamin Wiens, Goessel, Serena Wong, North Newton, and Jayce Yoder, Topeka.

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