Bethany 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.
Bethany 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.
Bethany 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
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.
Jultide at Bethany College streaming live at:
beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 from Presser Hall.
Click above for full concert program.
Jultide at Bethany is the Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth that features the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region. This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir. The Bethany Oratorio Society, the 250 member choir that traditionally performs Handel’s “Messiah” during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, will perform a few movements from “Messiah” as well as some new pieces. The Jultide Children’s Choir consists of 35 children from local public schools who auditioned for a place in the choir.
Other ensembles that will perform include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.
For many decades, this event, formerly known as “An Hour of Christmas” signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in the Smoky Valley. Admission is free, although free will offerings will be accepted.
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.
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 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.