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By Adam Gaeddert

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The 2006-2007 Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus are once again under the leadership of William Eash, professor of music, who was on sabbatical last spring.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus these two vocal ensembles will present a joint concert, their first of the year. Admission is free and open to the public.

Both groups are non-auditioned and focus on developing singers with a range of experience. Their concert will involve both secular and sacred music from a diverse range of musical traditions.

“[These groups] will provide a concert that should appeal to everyone,” Eash said. “The audience will have the opportunity to hear both men’s and women’s voices, as well as selections from a select women’s ensemble.”

Women’s Chorus singers are seniors Emily Kerbs, Newton, Lauren Novess, Littleton, Colo., and Elyse Unruh, Newton; junior Bridget Kratzer, North Newton; sophomores Andrea Kaufman, Harrisburg, S.D., Nicole Rodgers, Le Roy, and Erin White, Bel Aire; and freshmen Allison Banman, Hillsboro, Tiffany Franz, Mountain Lake, Minn., Elizabeth Friesen, Littleton, Colo., Kristina Graber, Sioux Falls, S.D., Victoria Janzen, Wichita, Robin Lamb, Halstead, Lindsey Ortman, Marion, S.D., Leanne Reimer, Hesston, Diana Rempel, Littleton, Colo., Aimee Siebert, Topeka, Brittany Voth, Newton, and Sharayah Williams, Kalona, Iowa.

Men’s Ensemble singers are seniors Adam Gaeddert, Hutchinson, Kent Peters, Hillsboro, Darren Ramsey, Wichita, and Michael Unruh, Peabody; juniors Brent Badawieh, Parsons, Dustin Gudde, Parsons, Brett Jackson, North Newton, Bryce Schmidt, Freeman, and Ryan Unruh, Moundridge; sophomores Allen Harpool, Sedgwick, Tyler Kern, Washington, Kan., and Albino Quinones, San Antonio; and freshmen Ben Coon, Kingman, Drake Engleman, Manhattan, Brody Grove, Belleville, Will Peterson, Bonner Springs, Jeron Serrano, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jeremy Voth, Hillsboro, and Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa.

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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