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Concert Choir to end spring tour with home concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will conclude its week-long spring break tour through the Midwest with a home concert for the local community.

The free concert will take place Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus.

From March 16-25, the choir will sing at churches and universities, mostly Mennonite, in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Their itinerary includes Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., Bluffton (Ohio) University (First Mennonite Church) and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati.

“This concert give the college community an opportunity to hear what other constituents heard during our tour,” said director William Eash, professor of music. “The tour provides an ongoing link to the heritage and roots of this institution of Bethel College – a history of singing our faith.”

Musical selections for this year’s tour include sacred literature of many different genres. The music ranges from the “elegant and descriptive setting of Psalm 43 by Felix Mendelssohn” to “a dynamic African-American spiritual describing Ezekiel’s vision of the wheel of God,” said Eash.

Student conductors are Sara Adrian, senior from Butterfield, Minn., and Joel Garber, senior from Hesston.

Choir personnel are: Sara Adrian; Brittany Baker, sophomore from Kingman; Allison Banman, freshman from Goessel; Hannah Blalock, sophomore from Coppell, Texas; Caitlin Buerge, junior from Kansas City, Mo.; Chelsea Chaffin, senior from Lawrence; Erinne Coit, senior from Wichita; Aislinn Conrad, senior from Goessel; Jon Dean, senior from Buhler; Kate Duncan, junior from Kansas City, Kan.; Kelsey Easterday, freshman from Manhattan; Evan Fast, freshman from Goessel; Andrew Findley, junior from Burlington; Julie Fromm, senior from Newton; Joel Garber; Kelsey Goertzen, senior from Henderson, Neb.; Tyler Goertzen, senior from Hesston; Peter Goerzen, senior from Goessel; Joel Garber, senior from Hesston; Dan Graber, senior from Marion, S.D.; Chelsea Hahn, senior from North Newton; Ben Harder, freshman from Hesston; Megan Herman, senior from Kingman; Jeff Janzen, senior from Fresno, Calif.; Heidi Johnson, senior from Topeka; Ben Kliewer, senior from Buhler; Kate Larson, senior from Clay Center; Aaron Linscheid, senior from North Newton; Joel Linscheid, junior from North Newton; Austin McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton; Sara Miller, senior from Mount Hope; Andrea Nickel, senior from Windsor, Colo.; Caley Ortman, junior from Marion, S.D.; Joshua Powell, freshman from Basehor; Shawn Rath, senior from Moundridge; Kelly Reed, freshman from Edinburg, Texas; Charles Schrag, junior from Freeman, S.D.; Benjamin Shea, freshman from Wenatchee, Wash.; Greg Shelly, freshman from Lenexa; Aimee Siebert, freshman from Topeka; Jill Swenson, junior from Hutchinson; Kyle Unruh, freshman from Goessel; Michael Voth, sophomore from Topeka; MeLissa Warkentine, senior from Chandler, Okla.; Kristin Wedel, senior from Hutchinson; Max Wedel, sophomore from Tucson, Ariz.; Caitlin Welch, senior from Lawrence; Brittany Wiens, junior from Hutchinson; and John Wiens, junior from Goessel.

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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