Re to guest conduct the Heart of America Band

Claudio ReBethany College Assistant Professor of Music Claudio Re, Ph.D., and Sarah Bernard-Stevens from Kansas Wesleyan University will be the guest conductors for the Heart of America Band concert on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at Clay County Community High School.

The band performs once per year. Its membership is invitation-only and includes public school teachers and passionate musicians from the area. Free will donations will be accepted.

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Bethany hosts “Reinvention and Renewal” cello and organ concert on Oct. 29

Reinvention and Renewal concertBethany College Associate Professor and organist Melody Steed, D.M.A., and cellist Jakub Omsky will perform a “Reinvention and Renewal” concert on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré, and Jakub Omsky.

Jakub Jerzy Omsky Trawkowski is the principal cellist of the Wichita Symphony. He graduated with honors from the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with an Artist Diploma, Bachelor of Music degree, and Master of Music degree.

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High schools attend the Bethania Pre-Audition Choral Workshop

Bethania Choral Workshop 2013More than 160 high school singers from around the state participated in the ninth annual Bethania Pre-Audition Choral Workshop at Bethany College on Sept. 26.

Bethany’s music faculty helped prepare the singers audition pieces for their respective district, and eventually for the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association State Honor Choir. Mass choir rehearsals were led by Mark Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Bethany. Sectional rehearsals were led by additional members of the Bethany music faculty and guest directors.

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College/Community Orchestra features Jakub Omsky in first concert

Jakub Omsky The Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will open the season with a fall concert featuring cellist Jakub Omsky on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. Omsky’s performance is co-sponsored with the Lindsborg Arts Council.

The concert will feature guest artist Jakub Omsky playing cello on Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and with violinists Ann Samuelson and Ruth Ann Leaf performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C minor.” The program will also include an early Haydn symphony, “Le Matin (The Morning) in D major.”

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Lucas directs choir clinic for young men in Arizona

Mark LucasAssociate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Mark Lucas, Ph.D., directed a clinic on Monday, Sept. 23, for the young men attending the Gilbert school district in Phoenix, Ariz.

The clinic, titled “Real Men Sing – Gilbert,” concluded with a concert open to the public. The clinic stemmed from the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop that Lucas founded while teaching at the University of Oklahoma.

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Bethany Sunday held at Bethany Lutheran Church on Oct. 6

Bethany College invites the community to attend Bethany Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church for worship on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Bethany Sunday will end the Homecoming weekend with worship at the college’s founding church. Associate Professor of Music Mark Lucas, Ph.D., will lead the Bethany College Choir and Associate Professor of Music Melody Steed, D.M.A., will lead the Handbell Ensemble. President Edward Leonard III will also speak.

The Fall Alumni Awards Recognition takes place in Stroble-Gibson Center following Bethany Sunday. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.

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Dala Camerata chamber music group begins

Dala Camerata Chamber Music GroupDala Camerata, a new chamber music camp, was instituted this summer on the Bethany College campus from June 3 to 7.

Henry Littich, string teacher from USD 400, and Ann Samuelson, music instructor for strings at Bethany College, formed three string quartets from the students of the Smoky Valley Junior and Senior High. They met two hours each day and performed for the residents of Bethany Home.

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Carlson to perform senior organ recital

Nickolas Carlson senior organ recitalBethany College Nickolas Carlson will perform his senior organ recital on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will feature works by Max Reger, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Oskar Lindberg, and Jehan Alain.

Carlson is a senior organ performance major from Lindsborg, Kan.  He has studied with Dr. Mary Ellen Sutton and is currently a student of Dr. Melody Steed.

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