Bethany 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.
There 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 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.
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.
Ashley 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.
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.
The 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 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.
Bethany 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.
Two long-time Bethany College professors recently received honorary faculty titles by the college’s Board of Directors. Linda Lewis, retired professor of English, was given the status of Faculty Emerita, and Doug Smith, former associate professor of criminal justice, was given the status of Faculty Emertus, posthumously.
Lewis began teaching at Bethany College in 1987 and retired at the end of the spring 2014 semester. While at Bethany, she received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of a number of articles and books and recently edited the book, “In This Place,”
celebrating the opening of the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Welcome Center at Bethany.
Smith joined Bethany College first as an adjunct instructor in 1978 and in 2005 became an associate professor. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology, where he shared his 35 years of experience in criminal justice with his students. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club. Smith was a faculty member when he died on August 7, 2014.
“Faculty Emeritus status is such a small thing to do in recognition of the great things these faculty have done for Bethany College,” said Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. “It is so wonderful to think about the contributions of Linda Lewis and to share this honor with her. We wish her all the best. And it is sad to have to send our appreciation to Sandy Smith as we continue to mourn the loss, but celebrate the accomplishments of Doug. Words and actions will never be able to describe how much he will be missed.”