Messiah concert honors Pelz

Walter Pelz (v)Bethany College and the Messiah Festival of the Arts will present “A Tribute to Dr. Walter L. Pelz,” a concert on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, featuring the works by the composer, as well as a narrative describing his life and career as an internationally recognized musician.

Concert organizers are asking friends, former students, former parishioners, and others to share stories and thoughts about Dr. Pelz that will be used for a memory book or during the concert tribute.

Please respond to the prompts below to participate:

  1. During what years were you most close to Dr. Pelz, i.e. a student, etc. . . and at what institution, i.e. school, church, etc. . .
  2.  How did Dr. Pelz influence your life and/or career?
  3. Do you have any artifacts (pictures, video, etc. . .) you are willing to share?  If so, see note below.
  4. Please share any specific stories and/or other thoughts about Dr. Pelz.

Submit your story/memories to:

Bethany College Department of Music
c/o Linda Martin
335 E Swensson
Lindsborg, KS 67456


Please contact Dr. Mark Lucas with any questions, (785) 212-1362.


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Jultide at Bethany


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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 6 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.

This year’s performance, “A Scandinavian Christmas,” is a celebration of the Scandinavian heritage of the Smoky Valley area and will feature music and dance from Scandinavian composers. A St. Lucia procession consisting of four ages of St. Lucia and Star Boys will begin the concert. Featured music will include “Jul, Jul” and “Nu är det jul igen,” among others.

The Swedish Folk Dancers and Lindsborg Folkdanslag as well as members of the Soderstrom Elementary fourth grade will all perform traditional Scandinavian dances. Music ensembles performing include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra. Continue reading

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Hymn Sing scheduled

Great-Pos-Ped Case“With Voices Raised: A Festival of Hymns,” will take place on Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Chris Nelson, Organist and Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa will lead the Hymn Sing.

Nelson received his Bachelor of Arts in music from Bethany College in 1996 and a Masters of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary with St. Olaf College. He has been at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 2009. In addition to his duties as principal organist and choir director, he administered an active music series including the National Organ Playing Competition, considered the longest running and widely respected competition for upcoming organists.

The Hymn Sing is free and open to the public.

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Fall faculty concert


From left: Cody Flory Robertson, Daniel Masterson, Paula Patterson, Ann Samuelson, Melody Steed, and Lillian Green. Not pictured is Kyle Hopkins.

The Bethany College music faculty will perform a concert on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured musicians include Cody Flory Robertson, cello; Lillian Green, viola; Kyle Hopkins, French horn; Daniel J. Masterson, piano; Paula Patterson, flute; Ann Samuelson, violin; and Melody Steed, organ. Works on the program include Brahms, Bunch, Chopin, Dvorak, Dohnany, and Kodaly.

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Fall bands concert

lone piperThe Bethany College Bands will present a concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert titled, “Celtic Impressions” will feature the Bethany College Band and Jazz Band directed by Claudio Re, Lillian Green and Sean Keasling. The program will be narrated by Bethany’s Professor of Drama Greg LeGault.

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Choirs, Orchestra perform

DSC_4580The Bethany Choir and Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium in a concert featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The concert, titled “Peace in Our Time” will also feature many college and community musicians including Jane Hyde on harp; Morgan Parker on percussion; and Dr. Melody Steed on organ. Dr. Lillian Green will direct the Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra while Dr. Mark Lucas will direct the Bethany College and Chamber Choirs, and Dalkoren. The ensembles will perform works by Gawthrop, Faure, Pelz, Mozart, and Ravel.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Bethany Jazz Fest

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Donna Singer

The Bethany College 2015 Jazz Festival will feature performances by Donna Singer at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concerts will highlight a full day of live jazz performances – all free and open to the public.

Six area jazz ensembles will attend clinics and jam sessions throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.

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Senior Vocal Recital

KrohnBethany College Senior Alyson Krohn will perform a vocal recital on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on Bethany’s campus.

Krohn is from Belleville, Kansas and studying vocal music education and theatre. She is currently a student of Professor Jodi Frisbee-Reese.

Her recital will feature the works of Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Amy Cheney Beach, George Gershwin, and Kurt Weill. She will be accompanied by Genevieve Bishop.

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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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