Mother’s Day Concert

Mothers daySigma Alpha Iota, the International Women’s Music Fraternity, will host a benefit Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature various soloists and vocal ensembles of SAI members. A free will offering will be taken. The event is open to the public.

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Masterson attends national conference

IMG_0227Dr. Daniel Masterson, professor of music and department co-chair, attended the Music Teachers National Association Conference held April 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas.   Masterson, as the Kansas Music Teachers Association President, represented Kansas at the State Associations meetings.

Besides business meetings, the conference featured many sessions from master teachers and pedagogues, publisher showcases, new technologies for teacher studios, and the finals of MTNA competitions of separate middle school, high school, and collegiate plans for each:  piano, piano duets, solo voice, woodwinds, brass, and chamber groups.

Says Masterson, “The most inspiring moments were hearing the winners recitals of the different levels, and the guest artists that were evening highlight events.  Also, I was impressed by the Kansas contingency that attended.  Kansas is well-represented on the national level with people in key leadership positions, and a number of highly involved teachers who enjoy the camaraderie and inspiration that comes from conferences such as this.”

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Handbell reunion concert

PEARSON CENTER DEDICATION 0112Former members of the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will gather on Saturday, April 30 for a day of fellowship and music that will conclude with a concert at 4 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.

The concert will include guest conductor Chris Peck ’96. He is an accomplished handbell ringer and composer. He currently performs with the River City Ringers. Featured pieces will include: “Toccata for a Joyous Day” by Paul McKlveen, “Grazioso” by Arnold Sherman, “Baby Elephant Walk” arranged by Sondra Tucker and “Pirates of the Caribbean” arranged by Kevin McChesney.

The Kanza Quartet, featuring Janelle Flory-Schrock, Kendry Flory, Dani Hanna, and Dr. Melody Steed will perform “Maple Leaf Rag” and “Solace” by Scott Joplin.

A reception will follow the concert in Presser Hall lobby. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Jazz band in Wichita


The Bethany College Jazz Band, under the direction of Sean Keasling, attended the Wichita Jazz Festival on Friday, April 15. The ensemble will part of a number of attending groups facilitated by visiting jazz artists. This year’s headliner group is the Joe Lovano Classic Quartet.

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Orchestra prepares concert

DSC_0016Making classical music accessible and enjoyable to all ages is the intent of the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra’s upcoming concert on Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.

Prior to the concert, several Bethany College music and general education students along with Professors Lillian Green, assistant professor of music, and Gretchen Norland, assistant professor of secondary education, will conduct sessions at Soderstrom Elementary for second and third grade students. The sessions will integrate art, music and storytelling. The art created by the Soderstrom students will then be on display at the concert in the lobby of Presser Hall.

“The music at the concert is very evocative and full of stories and images,” Professor Green said. “There will be a lot for young people to grab onto and for audience members of all ages to enjoy.”

Also, just before the concert’s start at 3:30 p.m., an “Instrument Parade” will take place to introduce children to the different instruments in an orchestra.

The concert will feature works by Bizet, Borodin, Grieg, and Handel and a solo organ performance by Tyler Breneman, senior music student. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Updates improve sound

MESSIAH 2016-92Completion of the first phase of improvements to Bethany College’s premier performance space, Presser Hall Auditorium, occurred just in time for this year’s Messiah Festival of the Arts concerts and events during Holy Week.

A new sound system, completed on March 17, was made possible through a grant from the Rouback Family Foundation. “The experience of all hearing and understanding the speaker’s words wherever one is seated is now possible,” Dan Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany Music Department, said. “This simply was not the case for the former system.”

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Students perform in Messiah


Each year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal of “Messiah.” The students performed Monday, March 21. Those performing are from left: (front) Annie Halterman, Kayln Powers, Kathryn Campbell, Alyson Wierman; (second row) Isaiah Fabrizius, Elisabeth Phelan, Alyson Krohn, Sydney Johnson; (third row) Jaydon Evans, Austyn Callahan, Mark Klaassen, Alec Schneider, Stephen Klaassen, Tyler Breneman, and Landon Slipke. Not pictured is Esther Weicht.

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Student selected for recital

DSC_0163Nine Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include (from left): Landon Slipke, sophomore, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Alyson Krohn, senior, Agenda, Kansas; Stephen Klaassen, freshmen, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Carly Rosey, sophomore, Princeton, Kansas, piano; Christian Cooper, sophomore, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Kalyn Powers, freshman, Lindsborg; Samantha Anderson, senior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Tyler Breneman, senior, Lincoln, Kansas, organ.

The Honors Recital is an annual presentation of the top performing students in the music program at Bethany College, and is part of The Messiah Festival of the Arts.  Remaining events of the festival are the Good Friday performance of JS Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew,” and concludes on Easter Sunday with the traditional performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” A full schedule of events and tickets can be found online at For more information or purchase tickets by phone, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229.

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2016 Choir Tour

The Bethany College Choirs and Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will set out on their 2016 Spring Concert Tour on March 31 with performances throughout North Central Kansas and Central and Eastern Nebraska.

Stops on this year’s tour include:  Minneapolis High School, Concordia High School, Republic County High School, York, Nebraska High School, and other schools where the ensembles will meet to and sing and play handbells with students.

Full concerts will be given in Concordia, Kansas on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Concordia Lutheran Church; in Omaha, Nebraska with the Grace University Choir on April 1 at 7 p.m. at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church; and in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Eastridge Presbyterian Church.

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Band performs for Festival

MessiahTeaserThe Bethany College Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Sterling High School Band for a performance in Presser Hall on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts. The program is free and open to the public.

The Bethany Wind Ensemble is directed by Professor Claudio Re. Professor Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a master of art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthen all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us.

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