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