by Erin Bradley
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Coming off their first-ever appearance at the Kansas Music Educators Association this year, the Bethel College Women’s Chorus will give their spring concert April 7 at 4 p.m. in the Bethel College Mennonite Church.
“Despite the weather [Feb. 23], we had a good crowd [at KMEA],” said William Eash, professor of music and Women’s Chorus director. “People were very appreciative of the women and they sang very well. They represented the college very well.”
The upcoming concert will include pieces from the KMEA concert along with other pieces the women have been working on. The concert will have a sacred section and a secular section, Eash said.
“I choose literature because I think it will be interesting for them to sing,” he said. “It will challenge their techniques. It might even challenge their theology and their understanding of the world.
“There is a wide variety of [reasons] why I choose a piece.”
The concert will also feature Women’s Chorus assistant conductors Julia Miller, senior from Hesston, and Julie Wedel, senior from Peabody.
Members of the Bethel College Women’s Chorus are: Abigail Bechtel, freshman from Henderson, Neb., Lindsey Brazil, freshman from Hillsboro, Jinwan Dai, senior from Tianjin, China, Shianne Defreese, freshman from Goessel, Makayla Epp, freshman from Marion, S.D., Sarah Evans, junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., Lisa Goering, freshman from Lawrence, Nicole Goertzen, freshman from Newton, Emily Harder, junior from Newton, Tara Harms-Becker, sophomore from North Newton, April Harpe, junior from Memphis, Tenn., Kaitlin Heller, junior from Lawrence, Mikayla Hiebert, sophomore from Peabody, Katrina Horner, freshman from La Junta, Colo., Samantha Jarvis, freshman from Newton, Shelby Johnson, freshman from Derby, Jennifer Kaufman, freshman from Moundridge, Kathryn Kelman, freshman from Fort Worth, Texas, Julia Miller, Karina Ortman, sophomore from Marion, S.D., Mika Patron, freshman from North Newton, Kaitlyn Preheim, junior from Peabody, Melinda Regehr, sophomore from Whitewater, Erin Regier, freshman from Newton, Allison Rudeen, sophomore from Osage City, Abigail Schrag, freshman from Newton, Elizabeth Schrag, freshman from Newton, Jill Siebert, freshman from Topeka, Ariel Silva, junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., Miranda Snyder, sophomore from Moundridge, Lila Tibbets, freshman from Newton, Leah Towle, freshman from Lawrence, Jaime Tschetter, freshman from Freeman, S.D., Michelle Unruh, sophomore from Goessel, DaNae Vazquez, freshman from San Antonio, Texas, Madelyn Weaver, sophomore from Hesston, Miranda Weaver, senior from Hesston, Amy Wedel, freshman from Peabody, Julie Wedel, Shelby Wilson, sophomore from Halstead, Allison Yoder, senior from Kalona, Iowa, and Javen Zellner, freshman from North Newton.
Another group that Eash works with is the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble, which will have its annual performance with the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus April 21. Eash works with the group ahead of time and then they will join the KMMC for rehearsal on the afternoon of April 21 and the concert at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Eash has also worked with the Men’s Ensemble on Gregorian chant and may schedule a performance of that later in the semester.
Members of the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble are: Daniel Barrera, junior from Newton, Leland Brown, sophomore from Galveston, Texas, Will Chao, sophomore from Taichung City, Taiwan, Edward Davila, senior from San Antonio, Texas, Brenan Erb, freshman from Henderson, Neb., Tevin Freel, junior from The Woodlands, Texas, Chaz Graber, sophomore from Topeka, Nik Krahn, junior from Mountain Lake, Minn., Luke Loganbill, sophomore from Moundridge, Jared Regehr, junior from Halstead, John Regier, senior from Beatrice, Neb., Kyle Riesen, freshman from Beatrice, Neb., Aaron Rudeen, senior from Osage City, Dalton Smith, junior from Burrton, Hank Unruh, junior from Newton, and Peter Voth, freshman from Newton.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.