Lucas travels to Japan

LUCAS 0049 (1)Bethany Music Professor Mark Lucas said “Sayanora” to Lindsborg and “Konnichiwa” to Japan this week when he embarked on a journey that will take him to Tokyo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima, and finally Kyoto for the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS).

The ISPS is run jointly by the faculties of Ryukoku University in Japan and the Royal College of Music in London. Lucas and colleague Andrew Homburg, a 1998 Bethany College graduate, were selected to present a poster and symposium at the prestigious international conference. They began working together on their presentation concept after Lucas invited Homburg to Bethany as a guest clinician for the “Real Men Sing” festival and they surveyed participants about why they sing.

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New Faculty Member

316587_origThe Bethany College Department of Music recently announced the addition of Dr. Lillian Green to its faculty as an assistant professor of music and director of orchestras.

Professor Green earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.

Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida.  She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival.  Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.

Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States.  She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.  This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble.  She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.

“Dr. Green brings with her a wealth of experiences.  We were immediately drawn to her welcoming personality and high level of intellect,” Mark Lucas, co-chair of the music department said. “She will be a wonderful fit for our department at Bethany College.”

 

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Pelz honored

Walter Pelz (v)Long-time Bethany College music professor and renowned Lindsborg musician Dr. Walter L. Pelz will be honored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) at its national convention in Atlanta on July 21, 2015.

Dr. Pelz will receive the association’s Faithful Servant Award, an honor given to those who demonstrate a life-time of shared faith and dedication to the expression of worship and music in the Church and who have served with distinction in Association of Lutheran Church Music roles of leadership.

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Send Off Concert

The Bethany College Choir and Chamber Choir along with the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will perform Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel at Bethany.

The 2015 Tour Send-Off Concert will begin the groups’ annual spring concert series, which will continue on May 18 with a performance at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Clayton, Missouri at 7 p.m. Other performances on the tour will include: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cincinnati on May 19 at 7 p.m.; Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on May 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. on May 21 at 7 p.m.; and St. Peter’s Church in New York City on May 24 at 11 a.m. While on tour, the students will also participate in a service project at a retired veterans home in Washington, D.C.

The performance program will feature works by Telemann, Haydn, Whitacre, Mozart, Pelz and more. The concert is free and open to the public.ChoirTourPC

 

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Band, Choir concert

BAND and JAZZ   0020The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring Symphonic Band and Chapel Choir concert on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The Spring Concert is free and open to the public. Conductors for the performance will be Dr. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music and department co-chair, and Dr. Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director bands at Bethany.

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Spring orchestra concert

DSC_4589The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert, titled “Far-Away Lands and Mystical Creatures,” will feature the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra directed by Dr. Daniel Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany music department. Featured performers include Ellen Neufeld and Richard Anderson, oboe; and guest conductor Nickolas Carlson. Works by Vivaldi, Sibelius and Stravinsky will be performed.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Kyle Johnson organ recital

CVP_KJohnson_011Bethany College will host an organ recital by Kyle Johnson on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Johnson is a 1995 graduate of Bethany where he studied organ with Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.

Johnson is coordinator of chapel music, university organist and lecturer of music at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where he also teaches organ lessons and other music classes. Johnson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with John Ditto; and a music degree from Indiana University where he studied organ with Larry Smith.

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Student recital

elsie mealiff headshotBethany College Junior Elsie Mealiff will perform a viola recital on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.

Mealiff is from Beloit, Kansas and studying art therapy. She is currently a student of Ann Samuelson.

Her recital will feature the works of Alexander Glazunov, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms. She will be accompanied by Genevieve Bishop.

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Copley Stage Campaign

CopleyBethany College announced the kickoff of a campaign to name the stage in Presser Hall in honor Dr. Elmer Copley, long time director of the Bethany Oratorio Society. The announcement was made prior to this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday.

The Bethany Oratorio Society was the first to make a gift to the campaign, which has a goal of $100,000. Gifts to the campaign will be used to maintain and enhance the historic performance space, which includes the first project of refinishing the stage floor itself.

Dr. Copley, directed the Bethany Oratorio Society from 1960 to 1988. While having an imposing presence on stage, Dr. Copley also left a tradition of excellence at Bethany College. While at Bethany he conducted the Bethany Choir and founded the music department’s annual holiday concert, “An Hour of Christmas,” known today at “Juletide.” Also marking his significant work with the Bethany Choir are the institution of periodic European tours and the choir’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1973.

Ways to support the Copley Stage Campaign:

  • Make an online gift (please type “Copley” in the description)
  • Print gift form and mail to: Bethany College Advancement Office|335 E. Swensson St., Lindsborg, KS 67456
  • Contact Bethany Advancement Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8278
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Honors recital announced

Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.

Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.

Seven Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include: Samantha Anderson, junior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Mark Klaassen, sophomore, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Sydney Johnson, freshman, Assaria, Kansas, mezzo-soprano; Landon Slipke, freshman, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Christian Cooper, freshman, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Esther Weicht, junior, Branson, Missouri, mezzo-soprano; Laura Klaassen, senior, Marquette, Kansas, mezzo-soprano.

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