NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College invites the community to join the college for the 17th annual Messiah Sing, planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Bethel College Mennonite Church on the North Newton campus. The event, which will serve as the college’s final chapel service for fall semester, is free and open to the public. Conductor Christopher Koch, along with student conductors Russell Adrian, senior from Butterfield, Minn., Chelsea Vaught, junior from Henderson, Neb., Matthew K. Steinmetz, junior from Bluffton, Ohio, and Parker Stanley, sophomore from Liberty, Mo., will direct the performance as the audience joins in singing the choruses from the Christmas section of Handel’s "Messiah." Koch is assistant professor of music at Bethel College.
The Bethel College Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra will provide instrumental accompaniment, and eight Bethel College voice students will sing solos.
Soloists are seniors Bethany Joy Amstutz, Hillsboro; and Greta J. Steingard, Henderson, Neb.; sophomores Ben Kliewer, Buhler; Chelsea Hahn, North Newton; and Caitlin Welch, Lawrence; and freshmen Chelsea Chaffin, Lawrence; Andrew Findley, Coffeyville; and Daniel Graber, Marion, S.D. Daniel P. Quinlin, associate professor of languages, will also sing a solo.
Copies of Handel’s "Messiah" will be provided; singers are invited to bring their own scores for the choruses. Others who want to listen are also encouraged to attend.
Bethel College Mennonite Church, located at 26th St. and College Ave. in North Newton, is handicapped accessible.