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Bethel College Concert Choir to tour in eastern states

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The 49-voice Bethel College Concert Choir will tour in four eastern states during the college’s spring break. Performances are scheduled for March 23-30 in Mennonite churches and high schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and also at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City. Conductor is William Eash. Concerts are scheduled for:

  • St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York City, 11 a.m., Sunday, March 23;
  • Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Lansdale, Pa., 9:45 a.m., Monday, March 24;
  • Holly Grove Mennonite Church, Westover, Md., 7 p.m., Monday, March 24;
  • Holly Grove Christian School, Westover, Md., 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 25;
  • Hyattsville (Md.) Mennonite Church, 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 25;
  • Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va., 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26;
  • Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., 8:50 a.m., Thursday, March 27;
  • Landisville (Pa.) Mennonite Church, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27;
  • Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite High School, 8:15 a.m., Friday, March 28;
  • Franconia (Pa.) Mennonite Church, 7 p.m., Friday, March 28;
  • Ridgeview Mennonite Church, Gordonville, Pa.; 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 30.

The choir’s home concert is scheduled for 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6 in Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton.

The concert will include a cappella and accompanied sacred selections from the renaissance, classical, romantic and contemporary periods of musical literature. Accompanists are Bethel College students Christopher Shaw on keyboard and organ; Ryan O’Reilly on guitar; Albena Arnaudova and Russell Adrian on piano.

"The program concentrates on the themes of prayer and hospitality," Eash says. "In the first section, prayer is traced through the generations of Christians from the late 1500s through the 1700s into contemporary text and music from the 20th century. The second section explores how prayer integrates our lives and affects our relationships with the world around us-how we greet Christ in and through the world that we see. The third section reminds us that we are never forgotten, calls us to remember our ancestors and to work for a world that is just and respects all persons."

The public is invited to attend any of these concerts. Admission is free. Offerings will be collected during some of the services.

Choir members include sopranos Albena Arnaudova, senior from Bourgas, Bulgaria; Grayce Brown, senior from Murdock; Ivonne Cabrera, sophomore from McPherson; Amber Celestin, junior from Maize; Emily Claassen, junior from Beatrice, Neb.; Miranda Crile, junior from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Lacey J. Graber, sophomore from Freeman, S.D.; Polly Susan Graber, senior from Freeman, S.D.; Alisha Johnson, senior from LaCrosse; Mary Leichty, junior from Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Amy R. Mattson, senior from Salina; Sarah Shorthill, senior from Wichita; Greta J. Steingard, sophomore from Henderson, Neb.; Kara E. Stucky, senior from Kingman.

Altos are Bethany Joy Amstutz, sophomore from Goessel; Michelle Jan Dyck, junior from North Newton; Crystal Enz, junior from Newton; Julia D. Hoffman, sophomore from McPherson; Elizabeth M. Howard, senior from Kansas City; Karenza Kroeker, senior from Chouteau, Okla.; Kelley O’Reilly, sophomore from Mountain Lake, Minn.; Jill Raylene Schmidt, sophomore from Whitewater; Amber C. Schrag, senior from Marion, S.D.; Rebecca Trollinger, senior from Bluffton, Ohio; Maria Tschetter, junior from Freeman, S.D.; Megan Weaver, sophomore from Newton; Rachael Erin Yoder, senior from Goshen, Ind.

Tenors are Michael W. Ducett, senior from Normal, Ill.; Jeffrey Graber, junior from Newton; Reid Kaufmann, senior from New Paris, Ind.; Benjamin Lichti, senior from Newton; Jonathan Mullinix, junior from Wichita; Nicklaus John Schrag, freshman from Freeman, S.D.; Jarod Waltner, Junior from Freeman, S.D.

Basses are Russell Adrian, sophomore from Butterfield, Minn.; John Michael Bjerum, sophomore from Mountain lake, Minn.; Joel F. Goering, senior from Silver Spring, Md.; David Hasegawa, junior from Sanger, Calif.; Christopher Herman, senior from Kingman; Chris Janzen, senior from Fresno, Calif.; Scott Janzen, freshman from Henderson, Neb.; Brett Klingenberg, senior from Peabody; Kenton Nickel, sophomore from Goessel; Ryan Patrick O’Reilly, senior from Mountain Lake, Minn.; James Regier, senior from Haven; Jason Rylan Schmidt, junior from Whitewater; Christopher Shaw, senior from Peabody; Chad Unrau, junior from Goessel; Lowell Wyse, junior from Camden, Mich.

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