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Joel Boettger to give senior recital

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– Bethel College student Joel Boettger, Hesston, will give his senior clarinet and saxophone recital April 13 at 5 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Boettger will graduate from Bethel in May 2014 with a degree in music with education licensure. He is a student of James Pisano, Bethel associate professor of music.

Boettger’s recital will consist of two sets. The first is classical and features clarinet. Boettger will play Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Paul Hindemith and Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard  Bernstein. His accompanist is Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel professor of music.

For the second set, Boettger will play saxophone with Bethel College Jazz Combo I, of which he is a member. The pieces are two original compositions, “The Crimson Lake” and “Nakira,” along with “Butch and Butch” by Oliver Nelson and the jazz standard “Just Friends.”

Other members of Jazz Combo I are Paul Voran, saxophone, Evan Koch, trumpet, Landon Bartel, bass, Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, piano, and Levi Miller, drums.

At Bethel, in addition to Jazz Combo I, Boettger is a member of Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble and plays clarinet with the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra.

He is a 2009 graduate of Hesston High School and the son of Beth and Dee Hershberger of Hesston and Conrad Boettger of Kansas City.

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

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 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

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