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Joshua Powell to give senior voice recital

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Joshua Powell, Basehor, will give his senior voice recital Friday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Powell, a tenor, is a senior majoring in music and communication arts. He is a student of Soyoun Chun, Bethel College instructor of voice.

At the annual conference of the West Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), held this year at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Powell took first place in the senior men’s classical division competition.

Powell is a four-year member of the Bethel College Concert Choir and the men’s a cappella group Open Road. His roles in music theater at Bethel have included Fabrizio in A Light in the Piazza (2009), one of the Followers of Jesus in the Bethel College-Western District Conference production of The Upside-Down King (2009), Gabriel von Eisenstein in the opera Die Fledermaus (2010) and most recently Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf in Into the Woods.

Powell’s program will include “Piango, gemo, sospiro,” “Dille ch’il viver mio” and “Vieni, vieni o mio diletto” by Antonio Vivaldi; “Heimliche Aufforderung,” “Befreit” and “Cacilie” by Richard Strauss; “Lenski’s Aria” from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky; “Five Songs from Christina Rossetti” by Paul Paccione; and “The Schmuel Song” and “Moving Too Fast” by Jason Robert Brown.

Powell’s accompanist is Jordan Ortman, sophomore from Marion, S.D. Guest artists include Andrew Voth, junior from Topeka, on cello, Joel Boettger, sophomore from Hesston, on clarinet, and vocalists Evan Conrad, junior from Lakewood, Colo., Kyle Unruh, senior from Goessel, and Cameron Voth, junior from Goessel.

Powell is the son of Bernard and Rebecca Powell of Basehor.

“This recital is a collaboration with Jordan Ortman,” Powell says. “It reflects the love and support of close friends and family.”

The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in The Meeting Place, in the Ad Building basement.

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 “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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