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Vocal ensembles to present joint concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Professor of Music William Eash will direct the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus in their annual joint fall concert Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Neither group requires an audition, which helps to cultivate and develop singers with a wide range of experience, Eash says. For this year’s concert, the Women’s Chorus will sing several pieces with international influence – including “Psalm Trilogy” set by Canadian Srul Irving Glick and “Salmo 150” by Brazilian Ernani Aguiar – in addition to several vocal jazz arrangements. The Men's Ensemble’s program will include Gregorian chant, several turn-of-the-century men’s quartet pieces – including one arranged by J. Harold Moyer, Bethel College professor emeritus of music – and Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.”

“We value singing at Bethel College,” Eash says, “and this program will celebrate singing. There will be a wide variety of styles [represented].”

Women’s Chorus singers are senior Elyse Butcher, Newton; junior Andrea Kaufman, Harrisburg, S.D.; sophomores Krista Hostetler, West Liberty, Ohio, and Victoria Janzen, Wichita; and freshmen Whitney Coleman, Lawrence, Justine Erb, Henderson, Neb., Rachel Gaeddert, Larned, Lindsey Geisler, Leonardville, Lisa Geist, Scott City, Renee Gonzales, Andale, Alyssa Harvey, Wichita, Robin Lamb, Halstead, Morgan Peters, Henderson, Neb., Sierra Pryce, North Newton, Keila Quenzer, Visalia, Calif., Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence, and Leah Smith, Aurora, Colo.

Men’s Ensemble singers are seniors Jonathan Nathan, Moundridge, Tim Parker, Moundridge, and Jordan Penner, Reedley, Calif.; juniors Noah Fridley, Rocky Ford, Colo., Dusty Gudde, Parsons, and Jeremy Voth, Hillsboro; sophomores Yenikah Fon, Hyattsville, Md., Jeremy Newhouse, Walton, and Will Peterson, Bonner Springs; and freshmen Alex Boldt, Parlier, Calif., Drake Engleman, Manhattan, Shane Greer, Whitesboro, Texas, and Caleb Stephens, Lawrence.

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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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