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Chelsea Vaught to give special organ recital at Bethel

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College chapel organ and a Bethel graduate well known in the community for her musical talents will be featured in a special concert later this month.

Chelsea Vaught, Lawrence, will play an all-Bach recital Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. The recital is free and open to the public.

Pieces will include Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547; three settings of the chorale “Nun Komm, der heiden Heiland”; Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 530; Partita on “Sei Gegrusset, Jesu, gutig,” BWV 768; and Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564.

Vaught is a native of Henderson, Neb., where her organ studies began with Laura Steingard. She graduated from Bethel College in 2007 with a degree in music. At Bethel, she studied organ with Roseann Penner Kaufman and piano with Karen Bauman Schlabaugh. During her years at Bethel, Vaught was an organist at Grace Hill Mennonite Church in rural Newton and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Newton, and appeared as a guest organist in many area congregations.

Vaught earned a Masters of Music degree in church music with organ emphasis and carillon performance from the University of Kansas in July 2009 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in church music with organ emphasis at the University of Kansas, where she is studying with Michael Bauer.

Vaught is currently director of music and organist at First Congregational Church in Topeka. She was recently selected as a quarter-finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists in Organ Performance competition.

The recital is sponsored by the Voran Memorial Endowment for Organ Instruction, established by Mildred and Myron Voran, North Newton, in memory of their daughter, Kathy Voran, a 1976 Bethel graduate and a top organ student killed in an automobile accident in 1977. Her parents established the endowment in 1978 for the purpose of supporting educational and musical activities for Bethel students.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. 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 2009 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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