LINDSBORG, KAN., October 18, 2011—The Bethany College Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jared Chase, travelled to Hillsboro, Kan., on September 28 to participate and perform in a master class with the world-renowned American Brass Quintet. ABQ is a resident artist ensemble at the Julliard School in New York and is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest brass quintets and chamber ensembles in the world.
The master class included talks by ABQ about performing chamber music, succeeding in the music business, and creating convincing performances. Then after a demonstration by ABQ, the Bethany Brass Ensemble performed Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder by Daniel Speer and received comments.
In addition to Chase, Diana Chase and students Emily Bowen, Braden Bruntzel, Kaleb Feist, Jacob Johannsen, and Stephan Laboy attended.
“I remember participating in a master class with the ABQ when I was a student at the University of Colorado and having an amazing experience,” said Chase. “When I heard that they would be coming to Hillsboro I immediately thought this would be a great opportunity for our students at Bethany. Our students performed marvelously and the ABQ was very complimentary. The brass ensemble learned a lot from the experience!”
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.