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KC-area organist will give next recital at Bethel College

February 4th, 2019

Ken Walker

Ken Walker will play Sunday, February 10, at 4 pm in the chapel, a program including works by Scheidermann, Walther, Martini, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Böhm, Homilius and J.S. Bach.

This guest musician in Bethel College’s Organ Recital Series may be a familiar face to some long-time friends of the college.

Walker, currently the organist-choirmaster at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Mission, was instructor of organ at Bethel for a semester in the mid-1980s.

This was soon after the installation of the college’s Dobson pipe organ in the Administration Building chapel, while music professor Shirley Sprunger King was studying abroad.

Walker will play Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in the chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

Walker has a B.A. from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla., and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas.

He also studied organ at the regional conservatory of music in Lyon, France, and in church music programs in Carlisle and Salisbury, United Kingdom, and in Geneva.

Walker has performed recitals in both the United States and Europe, including under the aegis of the U.S. Consulate in Lyon.

He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). In 2018, he was national convention chair for the Committee of Workshops and Continuing Education for the AGO, bringing more than 70 presenters from across the United States as well as from Europe to the July convention, held in Kansas City, Mo.

On Walker’s Feb. 10 program are “Praeambulum in G” by Heinrich Scheidemann; Concerto in B minor “del S’gnor Meck” by Johann Gottfried Walther; “Sonata d’intavolatura per l’organo e ’l cembalo” by Giovanni Battista Martini; Organ Sonata No. 2 Opus 65 by Felix Mendelssohn; Organ Sonata No. 10 Opus 146 by Josef Rheinberger; “Vater unser im Himmelreich” by Georg Böhm; “Christ lag in Todesbanden” by Gottfried August Homilius; and “Allebreve in D major” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bethel College is the only Kansas private college listed in the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, both for 2018-19. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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