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Concert Choir on tour in Europe during January

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir embarked Jan. 3 on its every-four-years tour in Europe during the January interterm.

The 45-voice choir is under the direction of William Eash, Bethel College director of choral activities, and also accompanied by Merle Schlabaugh, professor of German.

The tour will take the group to a number of Mennonite churches and communities in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, with one concert in France.

The home concert takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Bethel’s Memorial Hall, soon after the choir returns to the United States.

The Europe concert schedule is:

Jan. 5, 7 p.m. – Neuwied (Germany) Mennonitebrüdergemeinde

Jan. 6, 7 p.m. – Krefeld (Germany) Mennonitengemeinde

Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m. – Neue Kirche, Emden, Germany

Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Ouddorp (Netherlands) Doopsgezinde

Jan. 11, 8 p.m. – Leeuwarden (Netherlands) Doopsgezinde

Jan. 12, 6 p.m. – Mennonitenbrüdergemeinde, Bielefeld, Germany

Jan. 14, 5 p.m. – Bethanienkirche, Leipzig

Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. – St. Jacobs Kirche, Schwandorf, Germany

Jan. 19, 8 p.m. – Alttäufergemeinde Emmental, Langnau, Switzerland

Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Mennonitengemeinde Schänzli, Basel

Jan. 21, 5 p.m. – Chapelle de la Praire, Montebéliard, France

Jan. 23, 7 p.m. – Weierhof Mennonitengemeinde, Bolanden, Germany

Choir members are Sarah Balzer, Inman, Sydney Bollinger, Lawrence, Sarah Booth, Goessel, Connor Born, North Newton, Stephanie Brown, Newton, Polly Carlson, Freeman, South Dakota, Carine Claassen, Whitewater, Candy Dao, Salina, Emily Epp, Freeman, South Dakota, Leah Friesen, Henderson, Nebraska, Elizabeth Friesen Birky, Denver, Matthew Garber, Newton, DrewAnne Gatlin, Broadus, Montana, Dominick Geddert, Fresno, California, William Holdeman-Bass, Yoder, Reece Hiebert, Walton, Madison Hofer-Holdeman, Wichita, Kate Jolliff, Newton, Emily Knight, Moundridge, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, Cayla Lawless, Burlingame, Garrett Lindley, Goddard, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, Sophia Minder, Lawrence, Lauren Nehrbass, Parsons, Nicholas Preheim, Peabody, Austin Regier, Newton, Connick Roe, Kingman, Callie Ross, Overland Park, Randall Schmidt, Lawrence, Rebecca Schrag, Newton, Michelle Schrag, Moundridge, Kylee Schunn, Whitewater, Tyler Shima, Topeka, Garrett Smith, Moundridge, Bailey Strausz, Moundridge, Luke Unruh, Goessel, Marieke van Bergeijk, Hesston, Kendrick Weaver, Hesston, Anna Wiens, Goessel, Benjamin Wiens, Goessel, Kaci Wilson, Sterling, Serena Wong, Newton, David Wullf-Cochrane, Edmond, Oklahoma, and Jayce Yoder, Topeka.

Follow the tour by way of Facebook, Twitter (@bethelcollegeks) and Snapchat (@bethelcollegeks).

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college 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 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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