MindFire gallery features artists

MindFire AcademyThe new Bethany College at MindFire Art Gallery at 3805 East Harry, Suite 105 in Wichita presents photographs by Sarah Mathia and recent ceramic works by Christina Engel.

A Closing Reception will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.Tours of the digital arts facility at MindFire will also be available.

Mathia is currently an instructor teaching design, animation and visual affects at Bethany College at MindFire. She has traveled across the U.S. and Canada taking photographs of natural fauna and environments. The photographs in this show are large color prints of flower formations including the various insects that call them home.

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Alumni reprises role

Draper headshot 2015Bethany College is proud to announce accomplished musician Brandon Draper ’01 will be the special guest star in the Palm Sunday weekend performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts. Draper will be reprising his role of “Jesus” in the production, which he originally played while a student at Bethany in 2001.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will kick off the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Tickets for all Messiah Festival events will go on sale in January.

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Superstar auditions

JCS_auditionsThere is just one more opportunity to audition for a role in the Messiah Festival of the Arts production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which will be performed on Saturday, March 28 and Palm Sunday, March 29 to open the annual Messiah Festival.

The last audition for lead ensemble roles will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Presser Hall. Lead ensemble roles will require acting, singing and dancing. Performers should come to auditions with a prepared song, performed in a rock-style. In addition to the prepared piece, a selection of music from the show and dances will be taught at the audition. Audition for the chorus were held November 16.

This year’s Messiah Festival begins March 28 and continues through Easter Sunday, April 5 and includes area art exhibits, concerts, fine arts workshops, and the Bethany Oratorio Society historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, April 3, and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929. Tickets for all events will go on sale January 1. Information about Messiah Festival can be found at www.messiahfestival.org .

Jultide 2014

SONY DSCJultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.

This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir.

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Professor featured on TV

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Bethany College Art Professor Mary Kay was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning for her inclusion in the State of the Art: Discovering American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can read more about the national art exhibit and Professor Kay’s art here and you can watch the CBS Sunday Morning segment featuring the Bethany professor here.

Senior recital

ashley headshotAshley Glover, a Bethany College senior from Emporia, will perform her senior voice recital on Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. She will perform pieces from Debussy, Mozart, Copland and others.

Glover is a vocal music education major and a sacred music minor. In the spring, she will be student teaching at Stewart Elementary and Sacred Heart Middle/High School in Salina. She has studied under the direction of Leah Ann Anderson. She will be accompanied on Sunday by Genevieve Bishop.

Faculty member awarded

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– Slack

The Faculty Development Committee has approved a Woodward Endowment Award for David Slack, chair of health, physical education, and athletic training program coordinator. The $1,045 award was given for Professor Slack to attend the Athletic Training Educator’s Conference in Dallas.

The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning established by Dr. Lester & Marianne Woodward supports a variety of activities to enhance creative teaching and effective student learning at Bethany college.  Through the endowment, faculty may receive support to develop new strategies in a particular course by integrating computer skills, writing skills, problem solving, and /or critical thinking skills into the course content and the course assignments.  Support will also be provided to teams of faculty for the development of inter-disciplinary courses or seminars.

Through these and other activities the Woodward Endowment of Creative Teaching and Learning will play a significant role in maintaining informed, enthusiastic, and committed teaching faculty at Bethany College.

Bands to perform

CONCERT BAND  0037The Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will perform in a concert on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium at Bethany College. The Symphonic Band is conducted by Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director of bands, and the Jazz Band is conducted by Courtney Long, assistant professor of music at Bethany College.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Old friends perform

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– Steed

“Old Friends Making New Music,” the upcoming faculty recital at Bethany College, will be performed on Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall auditorium. The organ recital will feature Melody Steed, assistant academic dean and professor of organ at Bethany College. Admission to the recital is free and open to all.

Guest artists joining Steed on stage will be Keith Benjamin on trumpet, JoDee Davis, trombone, and Patricia Higdon on piano. Steed, Benjamin and Davis all met as students at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Student recital

tyler cropBethany College Senior Tyler Breneman will perform his Senior Recital on organ Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The recital will feature works by Mathais, Bach, Brahms, and Boellman.

Breneman is a senior organ performance major from Lincoln, Kansas. He graduated from Lincoln Junior-Senior High School, where he studied piano with Sonja Kobbeman. At Bethany he studies organ with Professor Melody Steed.