Choir selected to perform at Kansas Music Educators Association Conference

LINDSBORG, KAN., February 7, 2011—The Bethany Choir has been selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) conference and in-service workshop. The performance will take place on February 25 at 11:50 a.m. in the Century II Convention Center MJT Little Theater, Wichita, Kan.

The Choir was chosen by blind audition among choirs across the state. “It is a great honor to be selected,” said Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeffery Wall.

Students who sing in the Bethany Choir are selected by audition and represent nearly all disciplines on campus. The Choir currently includes the following students:

Anton, Colo.: Ryan Herron, tenor
Apex, N.C.: Sarah Doering, alto
Arvada, Colo.: Caitlin O’Connor, soprano
Blue Springs, Mo.: Marcus Wolfenbarger, bass
Casper, Wyo.: Kit Washut, soprano
Centennial, Colo.: Sarah Schaeffer, soprano
Dighton, Kan.: Spencer Wesley, tenor
Garden City, Kan.: Cecilia Ramsey, alto
Haysville, Kan.: Raeschele Sanders, alto
Hermann, Mo.: Sarah Hill, alto
Iola, Kan.: Chelsea Kenyon, alto
Leavenworth, Kan.: Nichol DeChant, alto
Lebo, Kan.: Andrea Blits, soprano
Lindsborg, Kan.: Katie Esh, soprano; Joanna Roberts, soprano; Nickolas Carlson, tenor
Longmont, Colo.: Taylor Hall, bass
Marquette, Kan.: Laura Klaassen, alto; Meghan Klaassen, alto
Nickerson, Kan.: Gwendolyn Woerpel, soprano
Rostov-on-Don, Russia: Misha Zhilin, bass
Salina, Kan.: Kaleb Feist, bass
Thornton, Colo.: Julee Freeman, soprano
WaKeeney, Kan.: Will Papes, bass
WaKeeney, Kan.: Eli Sherwood, bass

Founded in February 1935 by Dr. Hagbard Brase to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Bethany Choir has established a distinguished reputation. Since its first tour of the Midwest in 1937, the Choir has performed over 500 concerts in 29 states and five European countries, including its New York debut at Alice Tully Hall under Dr. Elmer Copley. Its sixth European tour took place in 2008. The choir has sung under the batons of John Rutter and Eskil Hemberg, has participated in master classes with Chanticleer and The Real Group, and recently performed in concert with renowned Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård.

During the school year, the choir is heard on campus in Jultide at Bethany, the musical offering that has become the beginning of the Christmas season for devoted audiences each December. The choir is also an integral part of the internationally-known Messiah Festival of the Arts held each spring during Holy Week.

Bethany College Choir 11-12

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/.