The Bethany College Music Department invites members of the media and community to a press conference and reception to meet new faculty members Associate Professor Mark Lucas, Ph.D., Bethany Oratorio Society Conductor and Director of Choral Activities, and Assistant Professor Claudio Re, Ph.D., Director of Bands, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
Department co-chairs Lucas and Associate Professor of Music Daniel Masterson, D.M.A., will share the vision for music at Bethany College. A reception where individual interviews may be conducted will follow. Guests are encouraged to attend Lindsborg’s Annual Street Dance featuring King Midas and the Mufflers following the conference beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Main Street in Lindsborg.
Lucas, a Bethany alumnus, will direct choral groups, including the college choir and chamber choir, and provide leadership as co-chair of the music department. He will also lead the historical Bethany Oratorio Society, which has performed Handel’s “Messiah” every year during Holy Week since 1882, as conductor and artistic director.
Lucas returns to the college from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a tenured associate professor of choral music education and the associate director of choral activities. He conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers. He founded the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at the University of Oklahoma, which has featured more than 1,000 young men in concert. Before the University of Oklahoma, Lucas served for four years as director of choral activities at Kansas Wesleyan University and taught vocal music to students in grades 6 to 12 in Marion, Kan.
Lucas received a degree in music education from Bethany and a Master of Music in choral conducting and a doctorate in choral music education from the University of Oklahoma. As a tenor, Lucas has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages.
Re will conduct Bethany Symphonic Band and the Blue Dozen Pep Band as well as teach conducting and music history. He is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthens all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us. His strong beliefs about the enduring benefits of music’s relationship with the community come from his Italian heritage and long association with Italian community bands
Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a Master of Art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He has previously served as visiting assistant professor of music at Kenyon College in Ohio.