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Two small choral groups to give fall concerts Nov. 2

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and the Bethel College Women’s Chorus present their fall concerts this weekend.

The men sing Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel and the women will perform at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Bethel College Mennonite Church. William Eash, professor of music, directs both groups. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The Men’s Ensemble will be joined for some of their numbers by the men’s a cappella ensemble Open Road.

Their program will include selections from a repertoire that comprises Gregorian chant, hymn arrangements, spirituals and secular numbers.

The Women’s Chorus program spans several languages and cultures, and also includes arrangements of hymn favorites such as “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

Other numbers on the program are “Love is Capable of Uniting” by Henry Leck; a setting of “O Magnum Mysterium” by Ivo Antognini, with cello accompaniment by Allie Chesbrough, sophomore from Leawood; “Psalm 23” by Srul Irving Glick; the spiritual “Walk in Jerusalem,” arranged by Rollo Dilworth; “El Río” by Diana Sáez; “I Will Lift Up My Voice” by Laura Farnell; “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins; and John Rutter’s version of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

Members of the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble are: Benjamin Carlson, sophomore from Hurley, South Dakota, Will Chao, senior from Taichung, Taiwan, Westen Gesell, sophomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba, James Goerzen, senior from Goessel, Reece Hiebert, freshman from Walton, Garrett Lindley, freshman from Goddard, Luke Loganbill, senior from Moundridge, Austin Regier, freshman from Newton, Kyle Regier, sophomore from Whitewater, Ethan Rodenberg, senior from Halstead, Daniel Scharwächter, junior from Ennepetal, Germany, Tyler Shima, freshman from Topeka, Peter Voth, junior from Goessel, and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert, senior from Hesston.

Open Road members are Joshua Booth, sophomore from Goessel, Leland Brown, junior from Galveston, Texas, Matthew Graber, sophomore from Freeman, South Dakota, Riley King, senior from Lawrence, Benjamin Kreider, senior from North Newton, Timothy Regier, junior from Newton, Tyler Shima, Chase Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, and Braden Unruh, junior from Goessel.

Members of the Bethel College Women’s Chorus are: Mareike Bergen, sophomore from Moundridge, Rashé Boynton, junior from Miami, Janna Braun, junior from Wuppertal, Germany, Ally Brown, junior from Hesston, Stephanie Brown, freshman from Newton, Caitlyn Grant, freshman from Wichita, Hailey Heide, sophomore from Wichita, Mikayla Hiebert, junior from Peabody, Kate Jolliff, freshman from Newton, Kathryn Kelman, junior from Fort Worth, Texas, Madison Lockhart, freshman from Topeka, Emily Luedtke, senior from Wichita, Gretchen Maddox, freshman from Wichita, Megan Meyer, sophomore from Valley Center, Michelle Peachey, junior from Manheim, Pennsylvania, Abby Phillips, sophomore from Maple Hill, Emily Powell, freshman from Basehor, Katrina Regehr, sophomore from Whitewater, Allison Rudeen, senior from Osage City, Caroline Schrag, freshman from Marion, South Dakota, Kylee Schunn, freshman from Whitewater, Billie Selichnow, freshman from Wichita, Miranda Snyder, senior from Moundridge, Michelle Unruh, senior from Goessel, Amy Wedel, junior from Peabody, Mikala Wertz, freshman from Wichita, and Shelby Wilson, junior from Sedgwick.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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