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Instrumental ensembles to end year on ‘loud, boisterous’ note

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The audience for the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble spring concert can expect it to “end on a very loud, boisterous [and] sort of exhilarating note,” says Timothy Shade, Bethel’s director of instrumental music.

The concert takes place Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert repertoire includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Overture to “Coriolan” and Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia.

Explaining his choice of music, Shade said, “It was more of a desire to just do great music. It’s very challenging for all the ensembles, but it’s powerful and great, I feel.

“This is professional level literature,” Shade continued. “Professional orchestras do these pieces . . . this is raising the bar for both these ensembles.”

Along with raising the bar, the concert is also meant to highlight the talents of trumpeter Robert (Bob) McCurdy, who works behind the scenes in Bethel’s music department as adjunct instructor of trumpet. He will be featured on Essays for Trumpet by Gary Ziek.

McCurdy received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in trumpet performance. He was director of jazz studies for more than 20 years at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Cab Calloway Orchestra, is a current member of the Flint Hills Brass Quintet at Emporia State University and continues to be active as a freelance musician.

After the trumpet concerto, flautist Jennifer Regier, senior from Newton, and French hornist Genevieve Rucker, sophomore from Lawrence, will solo in Andrew Boysen Jr.’s “Song for Lyndsay.”

“The final piece [Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb for Military Band] is arguably one of the greatest works in the wind repertoire,” said Shade. “It’s one of those big staples in the literature and we can play it – we can play it well.”

Shade said that while this concert is a great finale for the instrumental ensembles for the 2008-09 school year, it is also intended to keep expectations high for next year. “[I planned this concert] to challenge [students], to leave them with a very good taste in their mouths about music,” he said.

Bethel College Chamber Orchestra personnel are: violins, Daniel Graber, community member, Daniel Lassman, Lawrence, Isaac Olson, Denver, Colo., Rachel Voran, Newton, and Michaela Zook, community member; violas, Kelsey Easterday, Manhattan, Kylie Jantz, Newton, Benjamin Rogers, Wichita, and Terra Wiens, Newton; cellos, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Bradley McKellip, Newton, and Andrew Voth, Topeka; and bass, Michael Voth, Topeka.

Bethel College Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Kayla Hiebert, Newton, Jackie Kamphaus, Clay Center, Lisa Penner, Fresno, Calif., Jennifer Regier, Newton, Anna Voth, Wichita, and Erin White, Bel Aire; oboe, Cassidy McFadden, Elgin, Ill.; clarinets, Janesa Bartel, Meade, Sarah Buller, Lenexa, and Valerie Klaassen, community member; saxophones, Nicole Eaton, Dodge City, Brett Jackson, North Newton, and Joel Linscheid, North Newton; bass clarinet, Brent Badawieh, Parsons; bassoons, Rebecca Froese, Inman, Kevin Leary, North Newton, and Heather Robertsen, Newton; alto saxophones, Brian Skinner, Clay Center, and Andrew Unruh, Valley Center; tenor saxophone, Camden Pankratz, North Newton; baritone saxophone, Michael Linscheid, Reedley, Calif.; French horns, Rachel Gaeddert, Larned, Emily Kliewer, Aurora, Neb., Jesse Mueller, Halstead, and Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence; trumpets, Arlin Buller, community member, Benjamin Claassen, Davis, Calif., Dalen Dickerson, Moundridge, Kyle Doesken, Derby, Justine Erb, Henderson, Neb., John Goering, Valley Center, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, David Mueller, Halstead, and Kyle Unruh, Goessel; trombones, Jordan Esau, Hutchinson, Benjamin Harder, Hesston, Matthew Root, Topeka, and Andrew Toews, North Newton; euphonium, Natasha Esau, Hutchinson, Mark Lyles, community member, and Vince Meyer, community member; tubas, Jordan Esely-Kohlman, Mullinville, Eric Goering, McPherson, and Natalia Krahn, Mountain Lake, Minn.; percussion, Naomi Graber, Elkhart, Ind., Matt Hershberger, Clay Center, Rachel Voran, Newton, Andrew Voth, Topeka, and Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; and piano, Terra Wiens, Newton.

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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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