by Sam Bertholf
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As the school year winds to a close at Bethel College, that means it’s time for concerts by the two small a cappella ensembles.
The women’s a cappella group, Woven, will give its concert May 15 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall (this year following, rather than preceding, the Open Road concert on May 14). The concert is free and open to the public.
Woven members are Mareike Bergen, Moundridge, DrewAnne Gatlin, Broadus, Montana, Stephanie Brown, Newton, Kylee Schunn, Whitewater, Emily Knight, Moundridge, Michelle Schrag, Moundridge, Rebecca Schrag, Newton, Kaci Wilson, Sterling, and Polly Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota.
As the lone senior this year, Bergen has seen the faces change, but year in and year out, the one constant has been the strong bonds formed between group members.
According to Bergen, the most rewarding part of being in Woven has been the interactions that occur within the group.
“The thing I enjoy most about Woven is the people in it,” she says.
She also loves the impact their music has on audiences.
She continues, “I love looking into the crowds at performances, and seeing people being really touched by our music.”
Over the time that Bergen has been involved in Woven, the strong friendships forged are what she will miss most, she says.
She adds, “Another aspect of the group that I will miss are the moments when we are struggling with a song and then it finally clicks.”
The women of Woven love to have fun together, and they also work hard at their craft.
“We have the common goal of creating beautiful music for all to hear,” Bergen says.
Woven’s May 15 program will include a mix of sacred and secular music. A few songs on their set list are “Sweet Light” by the Chapin Sisters; “Saints Bound for Glory,” arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw; “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli; and “Walking on Sunshine” by Kimberly Rew.
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