Messiah Education Outreach

2014 String_Apprenticeship_PhotoThe Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kan., is offering three education outreach opportunities to area students this year as part of its events leading up to the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s Messiah on the Bethany College campus. Programs include apprenticeships awarded to four area high school students.

Launched in 2013, the Education Outreach program strives to connect K-12 students with a fine arts clinic/workshop experience at no cost as part of the annual Messiah Festival activities. This year’s outreach events include the String Apprenticeship Program, “Meet the Brass!” and “Baroque for Beginners.”

The 2014 String Apprenticeship, designed for area high school students, was awarded to: Katie Sundell, Salina, violin; Caroline Beckman, Lindsborg, violin; Zane Heigele, Salina, viola; Nicholas Zajac, Salina, cello; and Joseph McMahon, Salina, cello.

These five high school string musicians have won the second-chair position in the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra, next to principal musicians: Ann Samuelson, concertmaster and violin; Manda Deegan, violin II; Rachel Stultz, viola; and Jakub Omsky, cello.

The String Apprenticeship program was conceived and originated by the Bethany Oratorio Society principal musicians and is fully funded by a generous grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

In addition to the apprenticeship program two other outreach events are scheduled, including “Meet the Brass!” for area third and four grade students on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on Bethany campus. The Palm Sunday guest ensemble, Apollo Chamber Brass, is hosting this event, which will explore the different types of brass instruments, what it means to be a chamber ensemble and a bit about different types of music.

Over 500 students from Salina, Hutchison and Lindsborg are expected to participate in this program that is funded by the Lindsborg Arts Council, Lindsborg Kiwanis Club and the Salina Good Neighbors Fund.

“Baroque for Beginners,” an outreach program for fifth through eighth grade students is scheduled for April 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Dr. Mark Lucas, Associate Professor of Music at Bethany, will be joined by the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra principal musicians, and the local vocal ensemble Dalkoren, as he explores Baroque music and demonstrates how it is connected to popular music of today. Students from Salina and Smoky Valley are expected to participate in this program, which is funded in-part by a grant from the McPherson County Community Foundation.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins April 11 and features art, music and theater events through April 20. To purchase tickets, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or e-mail bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

Every year since 1882, the Bethany Oratorio Society has presented Messiah at the college. The society has performed Messiah across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. For a full listing of special events and exhibits during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, visit www.messiahfestival.org.

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