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Holiday concert at Bethel will feature some new musical mixes

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual holiday concert by its Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will feature a new percussion ensemble and the return of a brass choir.

This will be the premier performance of the Percussion Ensemble, formed this year by Michael Holland, adjunct professor of percussion. The Bethel Brass Choir, composed of select brass players from the Wind Ensemble, is making a return appearance, but their first of the year.

The Wind Ensemble will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Variations on Dives and Lazarus” and Ron Nelson’s “Morning Alleluias.” The Chamber Orchestra will perform the “Overture” to Handel’s Messiah as well as another Williams piece, “Fantasia on Greensleeves.”

The concert will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The concert should be very festive,” said conductor Richard Tirk, assistant professor of music. “I’m very excited about the percussion ensemble and brass choir. Michael Holland and the percussion studio have worked very hard this year to make this ensemble happen.”

Members of the Wind Ensemble are: flutes Anna Lever, sophomore from Moundridge, Jennifer Regier, junior from Newton, Megan Schrag, sophomore from McPherson, Kayla Stone, freshman from Newton, and Erin White, sophomore from Bel Aire; oboes Leanne Reimer, freshman from Hesston, and Sharayah Williams, freshman from Kalona, Iowa; clarinets Megan Abrahams, junior from Canton, Dan Graber, junior from Freeman, S.D., Jamie Lugo, sophomore from Wichita, and Chelsea Vaught, senior from Henderson, Neb.; bass clarinet Kasey McClendon, sophomore from Cunningham; bassoons Rebecca Claassen, sophomore from Moses Lake, Wash., and Heather Robertsen, freshman from Hesston; alto saxophones Brett Jackson, junior from North Newton, and Susan Schmeichel, sophomore from Hurley, S.D.; tenor saxophones Kyle Claassen, freshman from Andover, and Joel Linscheid, junior from North Newton; baritone saxophone Brent Badawieh, junior from Parsons; French horns Jesse Mueller, freshman from Halstead, and Jeffrey Whaley, Wichita; trumpets Arlin Buller, guest artist from North Newton, Peter Goerzen, senior from Goessel, Aaron Linscheid, senior from North Newton, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, David Mueller, freshman from Halstead, Kyle Unruh, freshman from Goessel, and Kelcy Voth, senior from Goessel; trombones Jerel Fast, senior from Boulder, Colo., Phil Fisher, guest artist from Wichita, Daniel Glascock, sophomore from Cunningham, Benjamin Harder, freshman from Hesston, Trevor Regier, Newton High School, Matthew Root, sophomore from Topeka, and Andrew Toews, junior from North Newton; baritone Natasha Esau, freshman from Hutchinson; tubas Joel Garber, senior from Hesston, and Mark Lyles, guest artist from North Newton; percussionists Matthew Hershberger, freshman from Clay Center, Blake Long, junior from Moran, John Murray, guest artist from Hesston, Anthony Redelfs, senior from Mansfield, Texas, and Nathaniel Yoder, freshman from Kalona, Iowa; and pianists Joel Garber and Karen Schlabaugh, professor of music.

Members of the Chamber Orchestra are: violins Elizabeth Lang, sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, Blaire Mayhue, freshman from North Newton, Isaac Olson, sophomore from Denver, Colo., and Paul Regier, sophomore from Newton; violas Kelsey Easterday, freshman from Manhattan, Emma Lewis, senior from Newton, and Amy Swartz, junior from Wichita; cellos Bradley McKellip, freshman from Newton, and Parker Stanley, senior from Liberty, Mo.; bass Michael Voth, sophomore from Topeka; and harp Maria Jantz, Newton High School.

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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