Signing Held for new Alma Swensson Biography, Proceeds to Benefit Messiah Festival

LINDSBORG, KAN., March 29, 2012—A book signing will be held for Karen A. Humphrey’s biography “Grace, Faith, and the Power of Singing: The Alma Christina Lind Swensson Story” about the young woman who taught Lindsborg to sing and established Bethany College’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.

The signing and reception will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. inside the “Lindsborg Collects” temporary exhibition at 113 N. Main Street in downtown Lindsborg. All book sale proceeds during the afternoon benefit the Messiah Festival of the Arts at Bethany College. Continue reading

Chase to present at College Band Directors National Association conference

Jared ChaseLINDSBORG, KAN., March 21, 2012—Jared Chase, D.M.A., assistant professor of music at Bethany College, has been invited to present at the College Band Directors National Association southwest regional conference held at the University of Texas at San Antonio on March 29 to 31, 2012.

Chase will present on two Lieder by Gustav Mahler written for winds and voice. The two songs he will discuss are Um Mitternacht, “At Midnight,” and Der Tamboursg’sell, “Drummer Boy,” both written for voice and orchestral winds in the summer of 1901. Continue reading

Recital given by guest soloists of 131st Messiah Festival

LINDSBORG, KAN., March 20, 2012—Guest soloists of Bethany College’s 131st annual Messiah Festival of the Arts will give a free recital on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.

Soprano Karen Kness, mezzo soprano Sharon O’Connell Campbell, tenor John Wesley Wright, and bass Weston Hurt will perform works of their choice, including ones by Henry Purcell, Edvard Grieg, Fernando J. Obradors, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Antonín Dvorãk. Continue reading

President honored by William Jewell College for achievements

President Leonard at William Jewell College Achievement DayLINDSBORG, KAN., March 19, 2012—Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III, Ph.D., was honored by William Jewell College for his distinguished achievements at the Alumni Celebration of Achievements on March 1 in Liberty, Mo.

Four alumni of William Jewell were honored. On Thursday, they attended a dinner and address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who wrote “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” On Friday, the honorees attended classes and a special convocation.

“It’s a humbling experience because I remember my first Achievement Day as a freshman,” said Leonard. “I got to know an Achiever as a sophomore, attended my first Achievement Day dinner as a junior, and helped coordinate the event as alumni director. I am proud to come back now as an honoree.” Continue reading