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Bethel and Friends University music faculty to give recital on both campuses

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Music faculty members from Bethel College and Friends University will perform together in recitals on their respective campuses.

Monday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Sept. 2, Timothy Shade, Bethel College, and John Taylor, Friends University, will play along with special guests. The concerts are in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University campus in Wichita (Aug. 30) and Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus in North Newton (Sept. 2). Both are at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Shade, euphonium, and Taylor, tuba, will be accompanied by Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College, and James Knight, Friends University. Rolaine Hetherington, soprano, Friends University adjunct faculty, and Sarah Taylor, bassoon, will also perform.

The recital will feature Diversive Elements (in four movements, “Intrada,” “Jazz Walk,” “Euphony” and “Caccia”), a trio for euphonium, tuba and piano, composed by David Gillingham, a former composer-in-residence with the Friends University Concert Band.

The program also includes “Vallflickans Dans” by Hugo Alfven (arr. Rydland); “Caprice” by Joseph Turrin; Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Fantasia Fandango” by Fernando Deddos; Of Whales and Women by Andrea Ramsey, featuring Rolaine Hetherington; “Night Song” by Ron Nelson; two movements from Dutch Suite in G Major by P.D.Q. Bach (ed. Peter Schickele), featuring Sarah Taylor; and the first movement from In League With Extraordinary Gentlemen by Peter Graham.

Timothy Shade is instructor of music and director of instrumental music and music education at Bethel College, where he is responsible for the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and gives private instruction in low brass.

Shade holds a music performance degree in euphonium and jazz trombone from Youngstown (Ohio) State University and was a graduate assistant in the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, Fla., where he completed a music performance degree in euphonium and conducting.

As a trombonist, Shade has shared the stage with well-known performers such as Wessell “Warm Daddy” Anderson, John Clayton, Harold Danko, Joey DeFrancesco, Conrad Herwig, Sean Jones, Darren Kramer, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, Bernadette Peters, and The Modernaires. Shade is also in demand as a euphonium performer. He is currently principal euphonium for the Wichita Wind Ensemble and an active soloist.

A proponent for new music, Shade premiered several new works by Paul Rudy, Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, last year, and is currently working on commissioning projects with Steve Danyew, a colleague from the Frost School of Music now at the Eastman School of Music.

John W. Taylor currently serves as director of music education and instrumental music at Friends University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and earned his M.M.E. from Indiana University and Ph.D. in music education from Ohio State University. At Friends, he conducts the Concert Band and conducted the Symphony Orchestra for 10 years.

Taylor was selected by the College Band Directors National Association to participate in the CBDNA National Conducting Symposium. He has been a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for high school, junior high, festival and all-state bands and orchestras. Ensembles directed by Taylor have performed at conventions of the National Band Association, KMEA and the Christian Instrumentalist and Directors Association, at the U.S. Capitol as well as in Mexico, Canada and Europe, and on international television during the Miss USA pageant.

Taylor performs regular tuba recitals and appears frequently as a guest soloist and clinician. His credits include tubist and soloist for the Walt Disney Corporation and a variety of symphony orchestras. Taylor founded the Wichita Wind Ensembles, an organization of youth honors concert bands that have won gold medals and grand championships at regional and national festivals.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh is professor of music at Bethel College. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Ithaca College, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano from the University of Iowa. She performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared twice as soloist with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra (NMKSO) and has performed in many of the Harvey Festival summer concerts sponsored by the NMKSO. Her CD of French recital favorites with Wichita clarinetist James Jones was released in June 2005 under the Centaur Records label. In addition, Schlabaugh regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician at piano festivals and contests throughout Kansas and the region.

James Knight, assistant professor of music at Friends University, received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Friends. He earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, during which time he took master classes from John Perry, Aube Tzerko, Bryon Janis, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Joaquin Soriano. He is in his eighth year of teaching, both piano instruction and classes in the Department of Music, at Friends.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “Best Colleges.” The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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