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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Old friends perform

- Steed

– 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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Gallery show opens

- "The Watchman Waits", crayon and graphite drawing

– “The Watchman Waits”, crayon and graphite drawing

A drawing, painting and print exhibit entitled ‘Transformations’ by Teresa Schmidt will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery October 24 through November 21, 2014.

Schmidt is a Professor of Arts and Coordinator of Drawing at Kansas State University. She received her BA and MA at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and her MFA at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Schmidt’s work has been included in numerous solo and invitational exhibits. She has received awards in international, national, regional and state exhibitions, as well as being accepted in national, regional, state & local juried exhibits.

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Fall Concert

CONCERT BAND  0020The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform in its Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert is free is open to the public.

The concert will feature musicians from Bethany College and the Lindsborg community performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Mendelssohn’s Symphony in D Major, and Haydn’s Te Deum. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music at Bethany College, will conduct and perform piano. The Bethany Choir and Dalkoren will also perform. Guest conductors include Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and band director; and Mark Lucas, associate professor and director of choral activities.

MindFire hosts open house

teaser_mindfireOn August 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bethany College @ MindFire will open its doors to the public. This is a chance for prospective students and curiosity seekers to learn more about creating their future as a digital artist. The tour offers everyone a chance to see firsthand how they can get an exceptional education, in Wichita, in the digital arts and earn a bachelor of arts in the field. Guests will also see demonstrations of the motion capture stage (the only one in the region) and see work previous students created.

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MindFire announces event

MINDFIRE  313As part of its growing commitment to community outreach and education, Bethany College @ MindFire invites the public to MindFire Connect 2014, a free educational event, on June 28. MindFire Connect 2014 will give everyone a unique opportunity to speak to digital arts professionals working in both Wichita and Hollywood, including 3D animators who worked on Academy Award winning films, designed games for XBOX and music producers of hit records.

This exciting event is free and open to the public.

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Bethany College Commencement

commencementOn May 18, Bethany College honored 118 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2013-2014 academic year. Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2013-2014 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus. The Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Mansholt, Bishop-elect, East Central Wisconsin Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and former Bethany College board member, addressed the graduating class of 2014 during the commencement ceremony. The Reverend Amy Kay Pavlovich, a Bethany College graduate of 1997 and owner of the Fair Trade store Connected in Lindsborg, preached during baccalaureate worship. Bishop Mansholt was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Mikhail Zhilin a Finance, Management: International Management major from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, was the senior speaker and Kaleb Feist, Instrumental Music Education major from Salina, was the senior musician performing on the tuba.

Spring Concert

Ann Samuelson

Ann Samuelson

The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature Ann Samuelson performing on violin Dvorak’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Samuelson is the string instructor at Bethany College and was recently concertmaster for the Bethany Oratorio Society performances for the Messiah Festival of the Arts.

“I have always loved the Romance by Dvorak and am delighted to be able to play it with the Bethany College and Community Orchestra,” Samuelson said.

The orchestra is conducted by Daniel J. Masterson, co-chair of the Music Department of Bethany College.  The program features a varied assortment of concert pieces, with works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, R. Strauss, Delius, Söderman, and Copland. Continue reading

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