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Community invited to Bethel College Messiah Sing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College invites the community to join the college for the 16th annual Messiah Sing, planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in Bethel College Mennonite Church on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. The event, which will serve as the college's final chapel service for fall semester, is free and open to the public. Conductor Christopher Koch and student conductor Kelley O'Reilly will direct the performance as the audience joins in singing the choruses from the Christmas part of Handel's "Messiah." Koch is assistant professor of music at Bethel College, and O'Reilly is a junior from Mountain Lake, Minn.

The Bethel College Sinfonia will provide instrumental accompaniment, and nine Bethel College voice students will sing solos.

Soloists are seniors Micah Bales from Wichita, Amber Celestin from Maize, Miranda Crile from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Jarod Waltner from Freeman, S.D.; juniors Bethany Joy Amstutz from Hillsboro and Greta J. Steingard from Henderson, Neb.; sophomores Scott Janzen from Henderson, Neb., and Kathleen McKay from Allenspark, Colo.; freshman Ben Kliewer from Buhler.

Copies of Handel's "Messiah" will be provided; singers are invited to bring their own scores for the choruses. Others who want to listen are also encouraged to attend.

The church, located at 27th St. and College Ave. in North Newton, is handicapped accessible.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.