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Students to present annual Organ Vespers Dec. 10

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present its annual Organ Vespers concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus.

Katie Nightengale, a sophomore at Halstead High School who studies organ through the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, will play “It came upon a midnight clear” by David Cherwein.

Bethel College students Chelsea Vaught, Sara Adrian and Robin Lamb will also play. Vaught and Adrian will play a duet, “Christmas Fantasy” by Charles Callahan (tunes include “Silent night,” “Go tell it on the mountain,” “Once in royal David’s city,” “The first Noel,” “Hark! the herald angels sing” and “Ding, dong, merrily on high”). Lamb will play “Noel” by Roques.

After some hymn- and carol-singing with the audience, with Vaught accompanying, Adrian will conclude the program with “Away in a manger” by Barrie Cabena.

All four organists are students of Roseann Penner Kaufman, adjunct instructor of organ at Bethel College. The Bethel College chapter of the AGO, 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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