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Organ students to present Christmas Vespers at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College organ students will present a Christmas organ recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Sara Adrian, a junior music major from Butterfield, Minn., will play "Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers" by Charles Ore.

Senior Chelsea Vaught, Henderson, Neb., a music education major with concentrations in organ and piano, will play "Noel Suisse" by Louis-Claude Daquin, "Quand Jesus naqit" by Claude-Bénigne Balbastre and the hymn "Noel nouvelet" for congregational singing.

Greta Hiebert of North Newton, a Bethel College graduate and a staff person at the college library, will play Dietrich Buxtehude’s "Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern." Hiebert is a regular organist at two Newton churches and is currently studying organ through the Bethel College Academy of Music.

The program will conclude with Vaught playing Raymond Haan’s arrangement of "Noel nouvelet" with juniors Aaron Linscheid, North Newton, and Kelcy Voth, Goessel, on trumpets.

All of the organists are students of Roseann Penner Kaufman, instructor of organ at Bethel College.

The recital is presented by the Bethel College chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The Bethel chapter, formed in 1959, is the oldest student chapter in Kansas.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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