Chase is guest conductor for KMEA and NCAA Honor Bands

Jared ChaseLINDSBORG, KAN., February 22, 2012— Bethany College Assistant Professor of Music Jared Chase was the recently guest conductor of several honor bands.

Chase was the guest clinician for the Kansas Music Educators Association North Central District Middle School Honor Band on January 14. The ensemble included over 100 students selected from schools in north central Kansas, including Salina and Manhattan. Chase rehearsed the ensemble for a concert that afternoon at Junction City Middle School. “It was great to be able to work with these talented students and to have a chance to meet so many directors and parents in the area who attended the concert,” said Chase.

Following the KMEA concert, Chase was the guest conductor for the NCAA Honor Band on February 6. The group was comprised of  the best band students from Southeast Saline, Beloit, Ellsworth, Minneapolis, Sacred Heart, Russell, and Republican County. After rehearsing for the afternoon, the band performed a concert at the Steifel Theatre in Salina. Students from the Bethany College Brass Ensemble also performed at the concert.

“It was a very successful event!” Chase said. “All these events were great exposure for Bethany College. Students who love music may want to major in it or pursue another major while still be involved in music. Bethany offers students both opportunities, and I got to meet a lot of students and music teachers to tell them about the great things we are doing at Bethany.”

Jared Chase, Doctor of Musical Arts, is an assistant professor of music, chair of the music department, and director of bands at Bethany. Chase earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He recently served as music director of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Thomas, Ky., and adjunct professor of trumpet at Sinclair Community College.

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/.

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