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Spring break tour will take choir to Southwest, California

March 12th, 2019

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir wraps up its spring break tour to New Mexico, Arizona and central and northern California with a home concert Sun., March 24.

It will be at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public, with freewill offerings taken in some locations.

The first stop will be in Albuquerque on Sun., March 17, where the choir will sing in the morning worship service for Albuquerque Mennonite Church.

This will be followed by two evening concerts in central and northern California: Mon., March 18, at First Mennonite Church, Reedley, and Tues., March 19, at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco.

After a free day in San Francisco, the group travels to Phoenix for an evening concert Thurs., March 21, at First Mennonite Church.

They will have a free day in Phoenix before returning to Kansas to sing in the morning worship service at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper Sun., March 24, with the home concert on campus that evening.

The 54-voice choir is under the direction of William Eash, D.M.A., Bethel College director of choral activities.

Choir members who are touring are Jesse Balzer, Freeman, S.D., Sarah Balzer, Inman, Emma Beachy, Kalona, Iowa, Sydney Bollinger, Lawrence, Sarah Booth, Goessel, Connor Born, North Newton, Elijah Brockway, McPherson, Jacob Callison, Mount Hope, Annie Carlson, Freeman, S.D., Polly Carlson, Freeman, S.D., Carine Claassen, Whitewater, Candy Dao, Salina, Emily Epp, Freeman, S.D., Matthew Garber, Newton, Nathan Garber, Newton, Trae Gehring, Newton, Madison Hofer-Holdeman, Wichita, Jerod Kaufman, Moundridge, Emily Knight, Moundridge, Adam Kroeker, Augusta, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, Noah Larson, Wichita, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, Anna Lubbers, Peabody, Lauren Nehrbass, Parsons, Bethany Powls, Garnett, Nicholas Preheim, Peabody, Addie Regier, Newton, Connick Roe, Kingman, Callie Ross, Overland Park, Madison Roth, Chapman, Randall Schmidt, Lawrence, Michelle Schrag, Moundridge, Rebecca Schrag, Newton, Tara Schwartz, Pretty Prairie, Zachary Shima, Topeka, Garrett Smith, Moundridge, Sarah Smith, Topeka, Bailey Strausz, Moundridge, Luke Unruh, Goessel, Chloe Wall, Goshen, Ind., Kendrick Weaver, Hesston, Anna Wiens, Goessel, Kaci Wilson, Sterling, Kaho Yanagidaira, Nagano, Japan, and Jayce Yoder, Topeka.

The tour repertoire is mostly sacred music, including, among others, several spirituals and traditional American hymns (arrangers include Moses Hogan, Stacey V. Gibbs, James E. Clemens and Norman Luboff), as well as “Stars” (text of a poem by Sara Teasdale) and “Let My Love Be Heard” (text from a poem by Alfred Noyes) with music by contemporary composers Erik Esenvalds and Jake Runestad, respectively.

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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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