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Craig Hull ’12 (B.M.E. clarinet) is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Salina South Middle School and High School. He continues to play his clarinet for his bands as well as other small ensembles and groups in the area.
Gabe Moore ’11 (B.M.E. euphonium) has been hired as the 6-12 Band and Vocal Teacher at Graham County USD 281 High School in Hill City, KAN.
Jordan Smith ’11 (B.M.E. sacred music/organ) currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Christ The Servant Lutheran Church in Allen, TX. Smith previously served as Director of Music and Organist at University United Methodist Church in Salina, KAN, from 2009-2011.
Sean Boller ’10 (B.M.E., B.M. vocal performance) teaches 7-12th grade band and choir at Chase County High in Cottonwood Falls, KAN.
Molly Mumm ’10 (B.M.E., B.M. vocal performance, sacred music) teaches K-8 music as well as coordinates the music and accompaniment at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, KAN.
Mackenzie (Becker) Spears ’10 (B.M.E. trumpet) teaches band and choir for the Plainville Public School district in Plainville, KAN.
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Britney (Walter) English ’09 (B.M.E. vocal music education) teaches 6-12 Vocal music at Smoky Valley High School. Prior to that, she accompanied choirs at the Minneapolis Jr/Sr. High School in Minneapolis, KAN as well as serving as a long-term substitute in music classrooms.
Ann (Labes) Metcalfe ’09 (B.M.E. vocal music education) teaches K-6 music (general, vocal, and instrumental) at Marquette Elementary as a part of the Smoky Valley School district. She also teaches voice lessons, directs a junior glee troupe, and directs the children’s choir at Messiah Lutheran Church.
Serenity Johnson ’09 (B.M.E. instrumental) teaches choir and band at Republic County Schools and Pike Valley Schools.
Sara (Bland) Hocking ’08 (B.M.E. voice) teaches 7-12 vocal music at Minneapolis Jr./Sr. High School. Sara completed her masters in education administration in 2011 from Fort Hays State University.
Joshua Lindgren ’08 (B.M. keyboard performance, organ emphasis) completed his Master of Sacred Music Degree through Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, in 2010. He is Director of Music at Cross Lutheran Church, Maplewood, MN where he is organist and directs the Adult Choir and Handbell Ensemble.
Ashley K. Coffman ’08 (B.M.E. vocal education preK-12, B.M. vocal performance) teaches 7th through 12th grade vocal music at Anderson County Jr. and Sr. High School in Garnett, KAN. She has been the vocal music director for the musicals ‘Frankenstein Follies’, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, and ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’.
Benjamin Teitelbaum ’07 (B.M. nyckelharpa performance) continues to perform regularly as a semi-professional touring musician performing Swedish folk music. He is finishing a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology from Brown University. His dissertation fieldwork is on music and the rise of Swedish radical nationalism.
Audrey Yosai ’05 (B.M.E., B.M. oboe performance) rang for 5 years with The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally recognized handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009. She taught band at St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh before accepting her current position at Daniels Middle School in the Wake County Public School System. At Daniels, she teaches five Band and after school Jazz and Pep Bands. She performs through local churches or the occasional appearance in the North Carolina Wind Orchestra. Her favorite group to perform with, though, is always the 4th of July Community Band under the direction of Professor Doug Talbott, and arranges her vacation schedule around the holiday performance as often as possible.
Mandy Todd Moore ’05 (B.M.E. vocal) currently teaches choir and drama at Fox Meadow Middle School. She will begin her 7th year in the fall of 2011. Additionally, she directs the Chancel and Youth Choirs at First Congregational United Church of Christ, where they have performed works such as Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Durante’s Magnificat, and Libby Larsen’s Missa Gaia. She is currently working towards a Master’s of Theological Studies from Lliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.
Briana Reitenga ’05 (B.A. violin) recently graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with an MM in Violin Performance. She was a member of the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the New Music Ensemble, and the violinist of the Graduate Piano Trio. Her graduate recital and research focused on the analysis and comparison of early vs. late violin sonatas of Mozart, as well as the unaccompanied violin works of Telemann. She is in the 10th year of privately teaching violin and viola to all levels of students. She currently lives in Texas where she is auditioning for area symphonies and seeking a few adjunct faculty positions at local colleges.
Ryan Holmquist ’05 (B.M.E. vocal) is currently Director of Choirs at Salina Central High School where he teaches five choirs, music theory, and serves as music director for the annual musical. He received a scholarship in 2005 to study at the Ingesund Conservatory of Music in Arvika, Sweden, where he played in the Brass Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, and sang in the Chamber Choir. In 2011, he completed an MME from the University of Kansas in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy. In addition to teaching, he is also a farmer and rancher on the family farm near Smolan, KS, in operation since 1868.
Sarah Bricker ’05 (B.M.E.) currently teaches at Decatur Community School in Oberlin Kansas. Her duties include the Decatur Community High School Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Junior High Band, 6th & 5th Grade Bands, as well as, Kindergarten and 4th grade General Music. Prior to Decatur Community she taught Band and Vocal at Ell-Saline, Brookville KS.She is part of the Oberlin Area-Wide Band, Flatlands Jazz Band, Oberlin Arts and Humanities Board and a member of the Bethany College Alumni Council. Sarah was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Young Bandmaster Award from the Kansas Bandmasters Association.
Sarah Folkerts ’03 (B.A. music) taught voice lessons for a short time and sang as a cantor at church. She sings for weddings from time to time, and participates in a variety shows when called upon. As a founding board member, she is helping the newly formed non-profit Ling Chamber Music Society get off the ground, with the hope of furthering the arts and arts education in Kansas.
Jenny Kling ’03 (B.M.E. voice and saxophone) has taught vocal and instrumental music for 5 years. She is currently the manager of Tom’s Music House in Hays, Kansas, which celebrated its grand opening as a full-service music store on June 16, 2011. In addition, she maintains a private voice studio and is organizing a vocal group.
Andrew Bishop ’02 (B.A. music performance) is Principal Trumpet of the Fort Collins Symphony, Co-Principal Trumpet in the Apollo Chamber Brass and a trumpet instructor at the University of Northern Colorado.
Lisa Simmelink ’02 (choral music education/vocal performance, soprano) has been a music teacher and church musician for nine years. She is currently a Music Specialist with the McPherson County Special Ed Cooperative Early Childhood Center and is an adjunct instructor at Bethany College, teaching the Elementary Music Method courses. She is a certified Kodaly instructor and on the staff of the Wichita State University Kodaly Certification Program. Also serving as the Past-President and Co-founder of the Kodaly Music Educators of Kansas, Lisa has presented at the KMEK, KMEA, KCOMTEP, CMENC, and K-State Symposium! McPherson, KS. In addition, she directs 2 youth choirs and 2 handbells ensembles at Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson.
Nara Newcomer ’02 (B.A. piano performance, sacred music minor) is the Assistant Music Librarian at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where she oversees cataloging of all music materials, provides reference service and instruction in the Music Library, maintains the Music Library web site, serves as liaison to the School of Theatre and Dance, and undertakes research and service in librarianship and music. In addition, Nara serves as Choir Director/Organist at Hooker Memorial Christian Church, planning and overseeing all aspects of the music ministry including choral, instrumental, and handbell ensembles. Nara earned master’s degrees in Library Science and Music History from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Larissa (Jones) Schuele ’02 (B.M.E. voice, trumpet) has taught K-12 music in the Curtis and High Plains Public School districts in Nebraska. While at Curtis, she started a dance team for the school, taking them to many dance and flag competitions. She was also involved in the Easter Pageant Choir. She is working on her Masters of Music Education from UNK, with plans to graduate in August 2012.
Joey Menninga ’01 (B.M.E. viola) is the middle school orchestra director for the Newton Public Schools in Newton, KS. In addition to his teaching duties, Joey plays viola in the Silver Sound String Quartet and the Newton Mid-KS Symphony. Joey also plays bass guitar with the band Shine Like Stars. Previous teaching experiences have included private lessons in the Wichita and Newton areas as well as serving as the viola section coach for the Wichita Youth Symphony program. In addition to his B.A. from Bethany College, Joey also holds a Masters in Music Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Wichita State University.
Philip Brown ’01 (B.M.E. voice, piano) is the Director of Choirs at Hopkins High School (MN) in the twin cities. He conducts 7 vocal groups/choirs in addition to coaching girl’s tennis. In the fall of 2011 he will be entering his 11th year of public school teaching and also conducts the Cantanti Singers with the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choir organization. Choirs under hisdirection have performed on several conventions and have performed at a high level in choir competitions and festivals. The Hopkins High School choirs have premiered four commissions over the past 2 years and will be a part of 7 commissions to be premiered during the 2011-2012 school year. He is active in the state chapters of ACDA and MENC, including being part of the different ACDA-MN committees. In the summer of 2009 he completed an MM in Music Teaching from Northern Arizona University. Molly Lopatofsky Brown, his wife who he met at Bethany, is an ELCA pastor in the twin cities. They reside in Eden Prairie, MN, have one dog, love our new home and are hoping to adopt a child in the future. ”
Gus Brockmann ’00 (B.M. composition, trumpet, piano) attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and earned two Master of Music Degrees in Music Theory and Composition, and in Trumpet Pedagogy and Performance. He currently serves as Worship Director at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont, CO. He conducts 4 choirs, helps plan and provide music for worship, and writes and arranges new music for the choirs and congregation. He is currently working on getting several choral pieces published and teaches a studio of brass players.
Theresa Walker ’00 (B.A. music education, vocal) taught 7 years at Cheney Elementary School and private piano, voice, and flute lessons in Cheney, KS. She has played in praise bands at multiple churches in Kansas and Texas and is getting ready to teach private lessons again this fall.
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Heather (Harrington) Hernandez, D.M.A. ’97 (B.A. organ performance, minor in sacred music) is currently the organist at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Phoenix, AZ. Before that, Heather was an accompanist for the Phoenix Girls Chorus and Director of Parish Music at Lutheran Church of the Master in Phoenix. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in organ performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her doctoral document was published in 2008 as “Selected Chant-Based Organ Works of Naji Hakim: the influence of improvisation.” Heather was an organ student of Marie-Louise Langlais at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris, France from 1999-2001. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
Jonathan Belzley ’97 (B.A. music) is the Mastering Engineer for The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA & Lurssen Mastering in Hollywood, CA and has been awarded platinum albums for work on Disney Pixar’s Cars and Sony Pictures’ Walk the Line.
Anna Bornander ’97 (B.M. oboe, piano) earned a Master of Music in oboe performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and now teaches oboe and piano professionally. She is also quite active as a freelance musician.
Jeremy Schropp ’97 (B.A. saxophone performance) received an M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Kansas in 2004, was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Music Theory at the University of Oregon from 2004 – 2009. Currently a PhD candidate in Music Composition and Music Theory and completing a concurrent M.M. in Intermedia Music Technology at the University of Oregon. Jeremy is the resident composer for Ballet Fantastique in Eugene, OR and a founding member of the interdisciplinary arts collective Harmonic Laboratory (www.harmoniclab.org).
Kyle Johnson, D.M.A. ’95 (B.A. organ performance and music education choral emphasis, minor in sacred music) is Coordinator of Chapel Music and University Organist, and Lecturer of Music, at California Lutheran University, where he teaches organ lessons and other classes. Dr. Johnson holds the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. John Ditto. He also holds music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS), where he studied organ with Dr. Larry Smith and Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, respectively. Prior to his appointment at CLU, Dr. Johnson served for three years as Director of Music and Community Arts at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago, Illinois, where he oversaw the church’s efforts to become a center for community building through the arts. He has also served on the music faculties of UMKC, Missouri Valley College, and State Fair Community College.
Mark Lucas, Ph.D. ’94 (B.A. music education, vocal) is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education and the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma, where he conducts the University Singers and Men’s Glee, teaches choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Lucas received a degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Lucas’s choirs have performed at state and national conventions. The University of Oklahoma Choir under his direction participated in the world premiere of Dominck Argento’s Cenotaph at the 2009 American Choral Directors Association National Conference. As a tenor, Mark has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. As a conductor, Mark’s past work ranges from conducting or preparing major works, such as Brahms’ Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to extensive work with middle and high school choirs. Dr. Lucas’s research focuses on adolescent males’ motivations to enroll in choir and the changing voice. He has presented papers on these topics at the Texas Music Educators Association State Conference and ACDA National conference. Previously, Mark served as Director of Choral Activities at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas and taught vocal music to students in grades 6-12 in Marion, Kansas.
Michael Schlabach ’94 (B.A. music education, saxophone) is a music teacher at Meadow Park Middle School in the Beaverton, Or School District for the past eight years. He previously taught K-12 band/music in Kansas for five years.
Kris Ganoung ’93 (B.M.E. trombone, piano) is in his 19th year of teaching K-12 vocal and instrumental music at Sandhills Public Schools in Dunning, NE. He teaches elementary general music, 5-12 instrumental music, and 7-12 vocal music. Kris also gives piano lessons, and has played in the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra.
Bill Olson ’93 (B.A. music education) has been at Canton-Galva for the last 10 years where he teaches instrumental music, high school choir, and middle school music appreciation, and has directed the Canton-Galva High School music for 9 years. Previously he taught at Sylvan Unified, Dodge City, and Southeast of Saline. In addition to teaching Bill stays musically active by playing in the Bethany Blue Dozen, Lindsborg Community Band, and Broadway RFD. Recently he was involved with Broadway RFD’s production of Willy Wonka, playing the role of Grandpa Joe.
Steve Howie ’92 (B.M.E. vocal) has received a MM in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University since graduation from Bethany. He sings in Kantorei, a Denver-based choir which just performed at the National ACDA conference in Chicago in March of 2011. He has conducted the Rocky Mountain Chorale, a Boulder-based community chorus of 45 for the past three years, and is currently Minister of Music at Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado where he directs various choral and instrumental groups and lead worship in their worship band. Steve has co-written a couple church musicals and several other pieces which have been performed by Rocky Mountain Chorale and Saint Peter Lutheran and is currently working on other musical projects.
Jeanne (Kumbier) McGee ’92 (B.A. music performance, organ) is the accompanist at St. Philip’s United Methodist Church, Garland, TX . She is working full time as a Systems Engineer at Experian.
Russell Wright ’92 (B.M. violin performance and business management) After graduation, Russell moved to Kansas City and took several jobs with the Lyric Opera and KC Symphony box offices. He was a manager with Artsmarketing, an international fundraising organization selling tickets for non profit arts organizations in the US and Canada. Russell worked for the Toronto Symphony and TV Ontario, Charlotte Symphony in NC, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Ordway Theater in MN, and The San Antonio Symphony in TX. In 1995, he started a career in healthcare and became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 2006. I currently serve as Administrator for Trisun Health Care in San Antonio, TX. Since the 90’s he has remained active playing the violin for weddings and events and singing in the Alamo City Men’s Choral in San Antonio. San Antonio, TX.
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Julie Hale ’88 (B.A. music education, flute) taught 2 years at Glasco, KS and has been teaching K-12 music at Weskan for the past 20 years. Her marching band has participated in the KS State Fair, Broomfield Days (Broomfield, CO) and the local Veteran’s Day Parade. She also works with a neighboring community to organize and run a Middle School Invitational Music Festival. Julie continues to play her flute and is a member of a church praise team.
Don Mordecai ’88 (B.M.E. vocal, instrumental) has taught instrumental music, grades 4-12 and is currently teaching grades 5-8 instrumental music. He also sings and plays drums in a praise and worship band at his church.
Gary Telleen ’86 (B.M.E.) has served in Worship Ministries as a vocalist since graduation from Bethany. He is a Registered Piano Technician, owned and operated Classic Piano Restoration in the Phoenix area from 1988 to 2008 specializing in the restoration of Steinway and other performance grade pianos. In 2008 he relocated back to Haven Kansas where he continues his restoration work for dealerships, universities, churches and individuals.
Marlene Corke Regehr ’86 (B.A. music education, vocal, instrumental) taught public school vocal music grades K-12 and 5 & 6 band, private Christian school grades K-8 and private piano lessons. She has sung in and directed church choirs and community choirs and played in the local city band as well as accompanied for vocal and instrumental soloists and church choirs. Along with her husband and daughter she has performed in fund raiser sacred music concerts. Currently she teaches music grades K-8 at Central Kansas Christian Academy and operates Keys to Expression, a private piano studio. At church she accompanies the adult choir, directs the children’s choir, and organizes praise music for the youth. She is also the organizer for her church’s Joyful Praise Concert as well as a Relay for Life team Concert of Hope. She continues to accompany vocal soloists for NATS auditions and substitute as church worship pianist.
Nanette Kraus ’86 (B.A. music, piano, voice) Since graduating from Bethany, Nanette has worked as an accompanist for public schools, musical theater, and collegiate music departments (Kansas University and Baker University). She has served as church pianist and organist, and has taught private piano lessons. Vocally she has served as soloist and ensemble/choral singer for various churches, performed with a gospel trio and founded a Lawrence, Kansas vocal octet. She branched into a second career after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1990, but eventually phased out private law practice to spend time at home raising two sons. Currently she works as the Staff Accompanist for the Baker University Department of Music and Theatre, where she also teaches Class Piano and Accompanying. She performs in a jazz duo with Baker’s Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Matthew Potterton, sings with the worship band of the First United Methodist Church, and serves as organist at Annunciation Catholic Church, both in Baldwin City, Kansas. “I treasure the time I spent in the Bethany College Music Department, and value the traditions of excellence and expressive musicality that I experienced through Bethany’s music ensembles and private instruction. I continue to draw on my Bethany experience for inspiration when working with other college students in a private liberal arts setting.”
Bradley Herndon’86 (B.M.E. vocal) has a Master in Music Education from Fort Hays State University, and did extensive work toward my DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Northern Colorado. Has taught choral music at Caldwell, Plainville, and Larned Kansas and at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, WA. Taught Band at Colby Community College as well as band and choir at Allen Community College. Has served as pastor and music minister in several churches and is presently the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Wasilla, AK.
Rhonda Nickel ’86 (B.A. piano performance) continues to enjoy playing piano in church for preludes, offeratories, hymn-singing, etc and keeps some classical pieces going on my own at home, for fun.
Miriam “Mimi” Newman ’85 (B.A. music education) has been the the Choral and General Music Instructor at Haysville West Middle School since 2008. She is also the Chancel Choir Director for Rose Hill UMC, performs keyboard and vocals for the Cross Focus praise and worship band, and member of the Kansas Music Educators Association. She has previously taught and directed at Belle Plaine Elementary; Rose Hill Primary, Middle School, and High School; and USD 259 Wichita All-City Chorus. She has also given private vocal and piano lessons and has been a member of the Wichita Chamber Chorale, a director on the board of WCC, a singer with the Wichita Symphony Chorus, a member of Community Theatre productions, director of high school musical productions, and actor in musical dinner theatre.
Genevieve Bishop ’85 (B.M. organ/piano performance)
1987-2005 Smoky Valley Middle School and HS vocal and instrumental accompanist
1974-1989 Trinity United Methodist organist
1987-present Bethany College piano teacher and accompanist
1989-present Bethany Lutheran Church organist and adult choirs’ accompanist
2006-present Bethany Lutheran Church children’s choirs director
2010-present Bethany College choir accompanist
1974-present Private piano studio teacher
“Music has always been an integral part of my life. My oldest son is a professional trumpeter in Ft. Collins and I was his accompanist all through public school and college/university. I hope to continue participating in the musical activities I now enjoy.”
Laura Winters ’85 (B.M.E. instrumental) spent a number of years teaching in parochial and private schools as well as running a home music studio. For the past nine years she has been teaching elementary school music in Hudson, CO. She continues to play her flute on a regular basis in the Sherwood Park Flute Ensemble in Greeley Colorado.
Don Regehr ’85 (B.A. music education, organ) plays organ for churches he has attended and substitutes in other area churches. Since moving to Great Bend he has been playing trumpet and french horn in the Great Bend city band and in a community band at Barton Community College as well as playing in the pit orchestra for various musicals. He currently teaches grades 5-12 band plus a middle school music appreciation class in Ellinwood, KS.
Curtis Greenberg ’84 (B.M.E. vocal) is a Fine Arts instructor with the Meritas international Family of Schools in the Phoenix area. Rancho Solano Private schools. He has taught in a variety of schools and in church music for 28 years. He has been involved with mission work as well, teaching at a missionary boarding school in Kandern Germany. Internationally he has performed as part of a charity band touring through Europe for Meritas as well as teaching for two summers in the Geneva, Switzerland Meritas school College du Leman summer school program.
Valerie Lippoldt Mack ’83 (B.M. performance, organ, violin, voice) is the Lead Music Instructor at Butler Community College, the Artistic Director for the Butler Showchoir Showcase (which brings in 400 HS musicians, educators and guest artists each July), on the Music Theatre of Wichita board of directors, directs the Risen Savior Praise Choir and plays keyboard for the Risen Savior Praise Band. She adjudicate on a national level for Showchoirs and has been on staff for 25 years at Disney World, Disneyland, FAME, Showstoppers, 6 Flags, etc. Author of 5 books with Shawnee/Hal Leonard: Icebreakers I and II for the Music Educator, Olympic Games, a vocal warm-up book and newest release – “Putting the SHOW in Choir” (available July 2011). She presents reading sessions for Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press throughout the year and has presented at state and national ACDA and MENC conventions. She will be joining Greg Gilpin and Joseph Martin in April 2013 as a director for the International Student Choir Festival in the Bahamas. In her free time, she teaches dance at the Kansas Dance Academy and has a competitive tap group. Valerie is also a talent coach for the Miss Kansas/Miss America organizations, and most importantly a mom and wife. “Best of luck to all of you and remember to choose a career you love..I’ve never worked a day in my life!”
Carl Olson ’82 (B.M.E. trumpet, tenor) taught 3 years in the Shawnee Mission Public Schools at Indian Creek Junior High (82-85). He attended Seminary (85-90) at Bethel in St Paul, MN and was a music and worship Pastor from 1985-1996. He served as a solo pastor in Cavalier North Dakota from 1996 -2005 and I taught instrumental music in the Valley Public Schools from 2000-2005 as well. He is currently the Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Paola, KS. “I enjoy opportunities to lead worship, play my trumpet and sing whenever I can — all to the glory of God.”
Julie Good Hunter ’82 (B.M.E. vocal) has worked in music education continuously since graduating from Bethany. She has taught all ages, preschool through undergraduates, public and privately. Some activities have included: directing high school musicals, directing church youth ensembles and touring with them, private instruction in voice and piano, with recitals biannually, accompanying soloists at various events and festivals, church pianist and choir accompanist for over 20 years, music coordinator, guest musician/accompanist for various musical conferences, director of church praise band, volunteer vocal coach for local high schools. She currently teaches private piano and voice, plays keyboards, and accompanies in church settings.
Jon Hurty ’81 (B.M. vocal performance) is professor of and director of choral activities at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He directs the Chorale at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, is the artistic director of Quad City Choral Arts and is conductor of the Handel Oratorio Society at Augustana. He completed his undergraduate degree at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, his master’s degree at California State University, Northridge, and his doctorate at the University of Illinois. Active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States, he has served in this capacity for ACDA, ALCM, Music Educators Association, as well as many church, high school and community choirs. He conducted the Illinois All-State Honors Choir in January of 2009 and was guest conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in February of 2009. In May of 2011 he conducted the Augustana Choir and Handel Oratorio Society in a performance of Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In June he spent a month presenting lectures and concerts in Wuhan, China. He has conducted his choirs in concerts throughout the United States as well as Sweden, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan and Korea.
Carol Ostlind ’81 (B.A. voice) sang in the Wichita Chamber Chorale, was soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church and East Heights Methodist Church; and soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in spring of 1982. In 1984 Carol received an MM in voice performance from Wichita State University, moved to NYC to study with Nina Hinson, who became head of voice department at University of California, Irvine (UCI). She then moved to California in 1985 to pursue opera studies at UCI and University of Southern California. Carol has sung with the California Chamber Singers, Pacific Chorale, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera, Batiquitos Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and was soloist at Corona del Mar Community Church and Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. In 1990, was selected as soprano for the Ensemble Company of Cincinnati Opera (ECCO) and performed in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and on the mainstage as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In 1992, moved to Houston and became a member of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, Houston Symphony Chorus, and soloist at First Methodist Church of Houston. Her career path changed to the business side of music when she became Administrative Director for Houston Masterworks Chorus and then Development Director at University of Houston Moores School of Music. My career continued in fundraising as Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Texas Children’s Hospital and now Director of Development at Houston Christian High School. She still sing with the Houston Symphony Chorus, UH Choral Artists and “The Cheadles.”” Houston, TX
Marina Young ’80 (B.A. vocal music education) taught General Music K-6 for 13 years and currently directs church choir and performs occasionally.
Susie (Campbell) Will ’80 (B.A. music education, piano) After graduating Susie taught K-6 vocal & instrumental music in the Centre USD at Lost Springs. In 1986 she married and moved to Wichita and has been teaching K-5 vocal music in USD 259 Wichita since 1987. She is currently in my 16th year at Riverside Leadership Magnet. I have completed two levels of Kodaly certification. As a church musician she coordinates the music activities for Ascension Lutheran Church and directs the choir & brass, sings in a quartet, plays piano, & sings solos. She is also involved in the administration of our “”Music for the Master”” concert series. “I love being able to use my talents to praise and return the gifts He has given me!! One of my most fulfilling jobs is being a “”music mom””. Our entire family is heavily involved in music.”
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Kim Lundgren ’79 (B.A. instrumental music education) is a National Board Certified teacher in Music, certifying in 2002 the first year a music certificate was available from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She currently teaches 5th grade beginning band and strings for the Poway Unified School District in the San Diego, CA area. Kim is also a private flute teacher and professional flutist, actively performing in the San Diego area. She completed a Masters of Science in Education at National University, Magna cum Laude in 2001 and holds both Music and Multiple-Subject teaching credentials in California.
Lenette Steinle Johnson ’79 (B.A.voice, theatre) has been a paid section leader at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City Mo since 1985. She has toured and soloed with the choir to the United Kingdom and Washington, D.C. and performed in community theatres in the Kansas City area since 1981. Her favorite roles include Dolly in Hello Dolly, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. She currently teaches music to children with special needs in the North Kansas City School District.
Eric W Unruh ’79 (B.A. piano performance) serves as Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities at Casper College. Before realignment at Casper College, he was Music Department Chair and Division Chair of Fine Arts. He has served the National Association of Schools of Music as Chair of the Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation, and a member of the NASM Board of Directors. He continues to serve NASM as a Visiting Evaluator and Consultant. He is Immediate Past President of the Wyoming Music Teachers Association, and former Vice President of High Education for the Wyoming Music Educators Association. He is a recipient of the Casper College Rosenthal Outstanding Educator award, the WMEA Music Teacher of the Year award, the WMTA Music Teacher of the Year award. Unruh has performed as piano soloist with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Powder River Symphony, the Orquestra Filharmônia de Goiás, Brazil, and various chamber and choral organizations. He is a choral composer, and has published works with Pavane Publishing (Hal Leonard) and Augsburg Fortress. He has composed commissioned works for the Natrona, Albany, and Converse county school districts, the Casper College choral program through grants by the Wyoming Community Foundation, and the Gertrude Krampert Theatre. Unruh also holds the D.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University.
Bruce Taylor ’79 (B.A. business, percussion, choir) has been playing drums for the praise team at First Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, MO for the past 3 years. Additionally he has played various percussion parts for various festival services and performances and has written a book of intermediate level snare drum solos and etudes. He has also written and performed sacred music at churches in Denver, CO and Lapeer, MI and written lyrics and music for several other sacred pieces. “When I first began studying music at CSU in Ft. Collins, CO my mother persuaded me to take some business classes so that I would have something to “fall back on” in case my planned music career did not pan out. Well, even though I have “fallen back” and am now a Certified Management Accountant, rather than a professional musician, I still consider my ongoing involvement with music to be an important aspect of who I am, both as an individual and as a member of the worshipping body of believers in Jesus Christ. Even though I changed my major from music to business when I transferred to Bethany, I continued to take theory, sing in the choir and played percussion in the bands as I was able. The music education I received while at Bethany made me a much better musician where my drumming is concerned. I am grateful for the knowledge & experience I gained as a Bethany College musician.”
Jeri Hill-Harder ’78 (B.M.E. piano) has taught privately and in the classroom. She has been very involved in church music, currently plays in two community concert bands (clarinet) and occasionally plays in a smaller wind ensemble, The Old Time Town Band. Recently she has been playing piano for various theater projects.
Tim Kunze ’77 (B.A. music education, violin, viola) has performed with a number of orchestras across the country. Some of these include: Principal Violist – Montgomery Symphony (1985 – 1989); First Violin – Fullerton Civic Light Opera (1994); Violin (Concertmaster) – Cypress College Theater Orchestra (1992-1996); Violin – Southeast Symphony (CA 1993-1996); Violin/Viola – Bellflower (CA) Symphony (1992-); Violin (Principal 2nd)/Viola – Cypress (CA) Pops Orchestra (1990- 2010); Principal 2nd Violin/Board Member – Sounds of Cypress (CA) Orchestra (2011-). He has also studied for two years with Elizabeth (Ivanoff) Holborn, a student of Ivan Galamian. Offers live music for events such as weddings, receptions and parties in Southern California through his company, JoyouStrings. Currently working as a Realtor in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California after 19 years as a programmer/analyst and database administrator in information technology and nine years in the Air Force.
Wanda Griffiths ’77 (B.M.E., B.M. organ performance) is currently an adjunct faculty member for Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, WA; Associate Director of Music & Arts Ministries and Organist, Edmonds United Methodist Church; Minister of Music, Green Lake Church of Seventh-day Adventists (Seattle); Perform professionally as part of the Duo Organ team of Wanda Griffiths & Stephen Marshall-Ward. She has taught at California State, Los Angeles, Eureka College (Eureka, Illinois), and University of Washington (Seattle). Wanda completed a Masters Degree in Organ Performance at USC, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University, focusing on the tragédie lyrique Cephale et Procris (1694) by Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre. She published an edition of Jaquet’s opera through A-R Editions, Wisconsin.
Lori McKinney ’77 (B.A. music education, violin, voice) first teaching job was a one-year position teaching strings in Salina USD 305. For several years she had a large studio of violin and piano students at home and taught occasional music education classes and lessons at Bethany college and was a substitute church organist for area churches. Lori taught strings at Smoky Valley USD 400 for twenty years and was an active church and community musician in Lindsborg. Ensemble memberships included the Bethany College Community Orchestra, the Bethany Oratorio Society Orchestra, Lindsborg Vocal Trio, the Aune Septet, the Bach at Bethany Choral Ensemble, played in several string ensembles, and was the Fiddler Director of the Lindsborg Swedish Dancers. Presently she is an adjunct instructor at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS where she directs the orchestra, teaches violin and viola, and string education classes. She also teaches strings part-time in Lawrence USD 497 and is working on an advanced degree at KU. Lori is a member of the Baker Community Choir, the Musical Director of the Baldwin City Community Theater Summer Productions, and church musician in Lawrence.
Roger Eilts ’76 (B.M. vocal performance) “Has performed in a number of bands. The band Total Strangers, (electric bluegrass) was together from roughly 1977-87, then Spontaneous Combustion, bluerock (oldies rock & roll and classical music bluegrass style) from 1988-2009. He currently performs in 3 Trails West, classic cowboy and western swing since 2009. www.3trailswest.com “My musical training has helped with each of these groups in developing the arrangements and the vocal harmonies.”
Steven Hoifeldt ’76 (B.A. voice) directs the Ames Choral Society, Good Company: A Women’s Choral Ensemble, the St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church adult choir and teaches voice at his home studio in Ames. Steven also teaches Music Appreciation, World Music, Applied Voice and directs the Concert Choir at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Boone.
Diane Hultgren ’76 (B.A. music education, voice, piano) enjoyed twenty-six years as an elementary music teacher In Wyoming. She is currently in her 18th season as the Artistic Director of the Cheyenne All-City Children’s Chorus, an organization that is beginning its 36th season with one hundred twenty singers ages 4th – 8th grade. This choir has performed a NW Division ACDA conferences, was the feature concert of the AOSA National Orff Conference in Las Vegas, NV, has collaborated with several nationally known choral conductors and composers and last year performed in Washington DC for the lighting of the US Capitol Christmas Tree. In addition, she has served as a guest clinician for multiple honor choirs in the Rocky Mountain and Northwest area.
David Neill ’75 (B.M. trombone performance) operated the Trombone Association of Western Mass during the late 1980’s to 1995, and started a music published company called TAP Music. Tap music was sold in the late 1990’s. In 1995 the Brass Players Museum was started – The museum has about 80 brass instruments dating from 1795 to 1920, most in playing condition. Over the years David has performed on bass trombone with the Shrine Circus, Ice Capades, Four tops and other traveling groups that performed in the Springfield Mass. area. He is currently performing with various big bands, concert bands and orchestras in the area. In 2008 he formed Premier Entertainment; this group includes 6 performing groups: Premier Brass Quintet, Fanfare Brass Choir, The Jazz Bones, Premier Swing Band, The Victorian Quadrille Orchestra and Dixieland Stomp.
Beth Kirchhoff ’74 (B.M. piano performance) has been the Chorusmaster at Seattle Opera for the past 11 yrs. This involves conducting all chorus rehearsals, casting chorus, recruiting new members, arranging auditions, teaching youth chorus/auditioning choristers, budgeting number of chorister/rehearsals for seasons up to 4 years out, and attending all staging rehearsals with guest conductors. She is also responsible for conducting back-stage cues, keyboard work in the orchestra pit, accompanying some chorus rehearsals. Currently, the Seattle Opera is rehearsing for PORGY and BESS for their summer production. Beth has also been Asst. music director at Tacoma Opera, music director for their Young Artists program, music director for Pacific Lutheran University opera program. Currently, Beth is conducting their fall production of GIANNI SCHICCI. She also coaches singers privately at home studio.
Richard Hausman ’74 (B.A. voice) sang two seasons with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Currently retired and enjoying the musical groups at the University of Michigan School of Music.
Susan Mylar Higbee ’74 (B.M.E. cello) taught orchestra at Salina Central HS for 31 years, as well as teaching string classes in four elementary schools. Currently she plays cello often for church, community theater, weddings and funerals. Susan has retired to teaching two afternoons a week at Marquette, KS Elementary – 4th and 5th grade classes and teaches the String Methods Class at Bethany. She sings in church choir and serves on the Worship Committee and Leadership Team, lead praise music for “”Walk to Emmaus”” weekends. “I’m the head cheerleader for David Higbee’s Heart of America Concert Band.”
Arthur Jay Steinberg ’73 (B.A. music education, clarinet) is a native of New Jersey who is currently semi-retired and in his 37th year of teaching in Lindsborg, Kansas. Steinberg received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bethany College and his Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from Wichita State University. Steinberg has spent his entire career in Lindsborg (USD 400) as band director of grades 5-12. Presently, his teaching load consists of 5th and 6th grade band and 5th grade vocal music. Additionally, Steinberg is an instructor of Clarinet and Music History at Bethany College, has taught clarinet at Wichita State University and is currently on the staff of the High Plains Band Camp in Hays. His Bands have performed at the KMEA In-Service Workshop in 1989 and 1994. Steinberg is active not only as an educator but also as a performer. He has performed with the Bethany College Community Orchestra, Hutchinson Symphony, Trablas his woodwind trio and currently principal clarinet with the Salina Symphony. He also serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Kansas. Mr. Steinberg was awarded Middle School Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Music Dealers of America and in 2008 was named Outstanding Middle School Music Educator by the South Central District of KMEA. Professionally, Steinberg holds membership in MENC, KMEA, ICA and KNEA. Steinberg is active in Lindsborg’s local Arts community and because of his love of chamber music, he is the coordinator of the chamber music at the Sandzen Gallery, bringing the best talent he can to the Smoky Valley district and community.
Darrell McCune ’73 (B.A. music education, piano major, vocal emphasis) taught elementary music for 32 years at Central Heights USD 287, Richmond, KS. He retired from Central Heights in 2005 and currently teaches elementary music at Appanoose Elem. School, USD 287, Pomona, KS. Darrell received his Master of Music Education from KU in 1985 and is currently the Senior Minister of Music at Ottawa First United Methodist Church where he directs three church choirs and plays piano for services (employed 1982-present). He has been a member of Barbershop Harmony Society (SBEBSQSA) from 1975-present, having sung in 5 different quartets and two choruses, both as director and associate director. Currently, Darrell is bass section leader for Heart of America Chorus in Kansas City, MO. In 2010, and was the musical director for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, a production of local theater group, ACT Ottawa.
Diane (Wolf) Hannibal ’73 (B.A. music education, vocal, PreK-12) has been a music therapist in the suburban Chicago schools for 15 years (2015) and a church musician. She has also composed several anthems for church choirs published by Shawnee Press and Brookfield Press, both divisions of Hal Leonard, Inc. She has two anthems coming out in 2016 with Shawnee Press. She continues to write and submit works. She has been taking composition from Joel Raney and Joseph Martin.
Janet Lindeblad Janzen ’72 (B.A. music, piano, voice) is a composer of sacred choral music, hymns and songs and has many publications with GIA and Morningstar. She has written a book, “Songs for Renewal: A Devotional Guide to the Riches of our Best-Loved Songs & Hymns,” which was published by HarperCollins in 1995. Current musical activities include singing in the Wichita Symphony Chorus and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church choir, where she also serves as an Assisting Cantor. Janet’s profile is available at the GIA website.
Delvin Strecker ’71 (B.A. German) has been directing choirs and serving as a church organist ever since graduating from Bethany. He was choir director and organist for Grace Lutheran church in Hugoton, Kansas for 4 years, then was the organist and choir director for Zion Lutheran Church, rural WaKeeney for 23 years. While in WaKeeney, Delvin also was choir director for the folk choir at Christ the King Catholic Church and directed the community cantata for both the Christmas and Easter season for 8 years. He then became organist and assistant choir director for Concordia Lutheran Church in Concordia, Kansas for four years. In 2009 after 34 years as a high school German, debate and speech teacher he was ordained as an ELCA pastor and is currently serving as pastor for the Peace Lutheran Parish in Republic County, Kansas. In the past few years he has been transcribing hymnody from the Wolga German tradition that has been handed down orally and made it available for use in German language worship services in the Russell and Barton county areas of Kansas. He still occasonally fills in for an ill organist on Sunday morning and is currently the choir director for the Republic County Ministerial Association Choir.
Steven Gustafson ’71 (B.M. applied music, organ) is the Royer and Edna Dotzour Professor of Music at McPherson College. During his 32-year tenure, he has served the college as a faculty member, Vice President for Academic Services, Interim President, and Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Gustafson completed his undergraduate work at Bethany College, Kansas, and holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the fall of 2002, Dr. Gustafson returned to teaching full time and assumed leadership of the McPherson College Choir. In addition to conducting choral ensembles, he teaches studio voice, organ, music theory, and performing arts history and literature.
Janice Clark ’71 (B.A. elementary education) has been active in church choirs (children’s, adult, bell), substitute organist, community choir & band. Is currently retired but incorportated much music into her primary classroom! “Music is very much a part of my life.”
Bill Crary ’70 (B.M. string bass performance)
has taught Band & Choir in the following public schools:
Pershing County Schools in Lovelock, NV (4 years)
Kress Public Schools in Kress, TX (6 years)
Raton Public Schools in Raton, NM (26 years) and
Hoehne School in Hoehne, CO (2 years).
During all of these years Bill has been a member of several professional music fraternities and civic organization. organizations which include: Director of Raton City Band, The Trinidaires (a stage band), Raton Chorale Society,& Raton Children’s Theater. He is now an officially retired Band & Choir Director but I will soon be directing the newly formed Raton Youth Chorale.
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Becky Larson Anderson ’69 (B.M. vocal performance) has continued to sing since graduating from Bethany and just completed her 42nd year in the Messiah Chorus! She has been the director of the Senior Choir at Messiah Lutheran Church for the past 20 years. She performed as the alto soloist for the 100th anniversary of the Messiah Festival alumni performance and continued voice lessons with Elmer Copley until his death. She was also a member of the Lindsborg Vocal Trio and sang in chamber choirs organized by Elmer Copley and Wally Pelz.
Maryse La Fontaine Creque Harrison ’68 (B.A. vocal music) Immediately upon graduation she began a full time vocal music teaching career spanning 24years. Starting with five schools (k-12) in St. Mary’s,Pa.,followed by teaching First Grade( 3 yrs) and H.S. Humanities( 1 yr) and beginning the Library for Fredrick Lutheran School, St Thomas,U.S.V.I. and finally ending with 17 years teaching /conducting symphonic winds/vocal music grades 6-8 in middle school/H.S.Perspective Drawing/H.S. Chorus in Englewood,Florida. While teaching she became a full-time legal secretary for a criminal lawyer in St Thomas, worked as travel agent for Liberty travel Agency,Paramus,N.J. and has been a substitute as well as full time pipe organist. Maryse retired from all teaching responsibilities in 2001. She continues to be a full time church organist for Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, Port Charlotte,FL. “The greatest rewards were teaching and conducting my symphonic wind bands. Best decision of my life to teach and conduct instead of sing! Bethany taught me how to keep the door to future possibilities always open.”
Linda Meidell Seme ’68 (B.M.E. piano) taught elementary classroom music for 4 years in Kansas and Colorado before taking off time to raise two children. She continued to teach piano lessons, sing in church choir, direct children’s and hand bell choirs at church, and participate in community choirs and then returned to classroom music in the St. Tammany Parish, LA school district in 1990, moving on to high school choral music at Northshore High School in Slidell, LA in 1992. Sheenjoys directing the ‘once-a-month choir’ ( because we present an anthem just once a month!) in her small Presbyterian church in Slidell.
Lynda Olson Pearson ’64 (B.M. organ performance) finished her B.A. degree in 1967 at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND with a major in Music Theory, and more recently earned a Masters in Music with a major in Piano Performance at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. Through many of the nearly 50 years of her active career, she has maintained memberships in national organizations like the AGO and MTNA. She holds national Certification from MTNA, and serves on the Certification Board of the state NDMTA. Lynda is still a full time church organist at St Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, ND and teaches 25 piano students during the fall and spring semesters. “With the music education in Theory, Organ and Piano I received at Bethany, I was well prepared to serve as Organist in many churches, as well as to establish my independent piano studio wherever we have lived. We visited Bethany in 2010 on Palm Sunday for the performance of Messiah, and to attend church at Bethany Lutheran. That proved to be a very enjoyable reunion for us. Viva Bethania!!”
Howard Westblade ’63 (B.A. music education, trombone) taught music for 6 years in Onaga and Chapman Ks and later 1 semester as an Adjunct Music Professor at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Ks. where he also played trombone for 9 years in the “Men-o-Brass” Ensemble of the Kansas Mennonite Mens Chorus. Howard directed 3 Church Choirs and sang in others. After receiving a Kidney Transplant in 1991 from an unknown donor and while working as a Job Developer for the mentally retarded he conceived of and developed an electronic RDS Job Matching and Reporting System linking handicapped workers, employers, and SSA. He is the 17 year owner of Relational DataSearch, a 7+ year Independent Network of SSA’s Ticket to Work Program.
Darleen (Alseike) Kliewer-Britton ’62 (B.M.E. voice) is Professor Emeritus of Music in Voice at Arizona State University. During her tenure of almost thirty years at ASU she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for Fine Arts. She received her B.M. from Bethany College and her M.M. from Wichita State University. Also included were graduate studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory and private study in New York City. Her operatic training included work with Boris Goldovsky, and Kurt Adler of the San Francisco Merola Opera Training Program. Ms. Kliewer-Britton began her operatic singing career in Germany where she sang leading soprano roles with the Flensburg Opera Company. Out of approximately fifteen operatic roles her favorites were Mimi in Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” She toured Northern Germany and Southern Denmark and was also featured in other concerts such as the “Brahms Requiem.” Her career in the United States has been one of both concertizing and teaching. She taught at the Oberlin Conservatory and later made the only recording of “Harmonium,” a 60 minute song cycle by Vincent Persichetti. She has been a frequent recitalist and master class clinician, and she enjoys adjudicating regional auditions for NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association.) During the past few summers Ms. Kliewer-Britton has been a Master Teacher at the “Canta in Italia” Opera Program in Florence, Italy. Prior to that she was a Master Teacher at the NATS Summer Internship program in Tallahassee, FL and in Ellensburg, WA. As a member of NATS she was on the National Board of Directors serving six years as Vice President in charge of the National Young Artist Auditions representing singers from all over the United States and Canada. She also represented NATS at the Opera America convention in Vancouver and was invited to serve on the OPERA AMERICA’S Singer Services.
Sharon Davis ’62 (B.M. flute and piano) completed her MM from Northwestern University and taught 1 yr in Palm Beach, Fl; Then, taught 5 yrs at College of Emporia & 28 yrs. at Central Ct. University in New Britain, Ct. (taught music courses ex. flute majors, piano classes, music history, flute choirs and served as dept. chairperson for 8 yrs). Performed solo recitals and in chamber groups—performed solo recital at Carnegie Hall. Retired from teaching in 1997 but still perform occassionally in chamber groups. Travel extensively (Western Europe, Africa, Baltic Countries, Australia).
William Gaeddert ’60 (B.M.E. voice)
MM, Voice Performance, Illinois Wesley Univ., 1964; MFA, Voice Performance, Univ. of Iowa, 1973; Ph.D, Music Literature, Univ. of Iowa, 1976.
Public school music: Lebanon, KS, 1960-62; East Moline, IL, 1964-66.
Faculty, Northwestern State Univ. of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA, 1966-1970.
Faculty, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS, 1974-2001; retired as Professor of Music Emeritus; many students have advanced professionally as performers or teachers.
Private voice studio, 2001-2008.
Co-author: “”Art-Song in the United States,”” 1st ed., 1976, 2nd ed., 1987, 3rd ed., 2001, 4th ed. in preparation. ”
Bob Harder ’60 (B.M.E.) had a successful teaching career of 20 years in the State of Kansas, with award winning bands and choruses. Served as an adjudicator of state abd district band festivals in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Served as State Band Chairman for KMEA for a 3 year term. Finished teaching public teaching years at Salina South High School. Bob is currently retired in Olathe with his wife of 47 years, Lynn. “I went into the music and Worship Ministry, for 20 years, with the most gratifying church service being at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.”
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Bob Montgomery ’59 (B.M.E.) is an internationally recognized performing artist who has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, and many more. Bob toured Europe with Clark Terry’s “Big Bad Band”, served as artist-in-residence in Adelaide, South Australia, appeared as featured soloist with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for the International Trumpet Guild, and appeared at Town Hall in New York City with Clark Terry for the New York JVC Jazz Festival’s tribute to Clark Terry. Bob’s reputation as an educator has earned him many awards, including “Teacher of the Year”, “Jazz Educator and Performer of the Year”, and “Colorado Jazz Educator Of The Year”. In 2004 Bob was awarded the Bethany College Alumni of Merit Award for distinguished service in the Arts and in 2007 was inducted into the Garden City, KS (his home town) Hall of Fame. Bob has served both Kansas and Colorado as State IAJE President, and has directed All-State Jazz Ensembles in Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Iowa, and Oklahoma. Bob was founder and director of Clark Terry’s All American Jazz Camp and Rich Matteson’s Mile High Jazz Camp. He is Executive Director of Colorado Jazz Workshops, Inc., board member of the “Colorado Gift of Jazz”, advisory board member of the Telluride Jazz Celebration, and a member of the board of trustees for the International Foundation for Jazz. Bob is an international artist/clinician for the Yamaha Musical Instrument Company.
Bryce Luty ’58 (B.M.E. trumpet) retired as director of Jazz Studies and trumpet at Hutchinson Community College in Huchinson, KS. Mr. Luty received his B.M.E. from Bethany College, and MME from Wichita State University, and did additional graduate work at the University of North Texas. His bands, while at HCC, made many appearances at state, regional, national, and international conferences including the national MENC meeting in Chicago, and the international IAJE meeting in Washington, D.C. During the summer of 1997, his college band was invited to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and also played at Euro Disney in Paris, France. For two years he served as director of the National Community College “All Star” Jazz Ensemble at the annual IAJE conferences held in San Antonio, TX, and Washington D.C. He served for 25 years as a faculty member of the Clark Terry summer jazz camps, and the Mile High Jazz Camp at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, CO. He performs professionally with his own small groups, and directs the Salt City Big Band. He is an educational specialist and trumpet soloist with the Conn Selmer Company, who produce the Benge trumpet which he plays. He has recorded a CD entitled “Bryce Luty and Friends”.
Karl Rice ’57 (B.M.E. tuba) taught vocal and instrumental music K though 12 for 5 years. He then taught private lessons and is now retired.
Richard Anderson ’57 (B.M. oboe, English horn) played in the United States Marine Band from 1957-1961. He has also been active as a symphonic player in Houston, and Kansas City. After graduate studies in dentistry, he served as a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist with the Dept. Of Veterans Affairs for 32 years. He has also served on the faculty at Schools of Dentistry at Univ. of Texas in Houston, SIU in Alton, IL, Washington Univ. in St. Louis, and UMKC in Kansas City.
Maryl (Nelson) Anderson (B.M. music education, flute) has spent her life teaching children about music, in schools and churches, as well as her own four children, all of whom excel in music. Richard and I have enjoyed playing in orchestras in Washington. D.C., Houston, St.Louis, and Kansas City. . After thirty-three years in Shawnee Mission we recently relocated to Salina, Ks, and Mesa, Az.
Daniel Nelson ’57 (B.M. sacred music) “The major portion of my music career was spent at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I was a professor of Voice. During those years I was also performing regularly as a tenor soloist with major orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony and several others. I was also the tenor soloist for the Bethany Messiah Festival in 1971 and 1981. I have also done a lot of operatic work performing over twenty-five roles with companies in the upper midwest including world premiers in Milwaukee and Cleveland. In addition to my teaching and solo performing I have always had a passionate interest in choral conducting and composition and have conducted many major works with chorus and Orchestra. In my retirement I have pursued a lifelong interest in composition and presently have choral anthems published by Concordia Publishing House, MorningStar Music, Kjos Music. GIA publications, Fred Bock Music and Paraclete Press. I presently live in Walnut Creek, California with my wife Kathryn Nelson, also a graduate of Bethany. I continue to stay busy singing and composing.”
Henry Carl Schminke ’54 (B.M. trombone, percussion) began his career as a percussionist in the 8th US Army Band and worked as a part time percussion instructor at Fort Hays State University from 1966-1975. He has led bands in Dodge City, Goodland, and Augusta. Carl’s bands have been invited to perform all over the country including the 1976 Rose Bowl Parade and many other festivals. He has been on staff at several summer band camps and festivals, including 20 years at the Fort Hays High Plains Band Camp. He served as president of the Northwestern and Southwestern KMEA districts. Carl retired from teaching in 1993 but continued to judge until 2009.
Marianna Wilcox ’53 (B.M. organ) pursued graduate study at Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, NYC, then concentrated on cello study with Luigi Silva at Mannes College of Music, NYC. She worked as a freelance musician in NYC and held an organist position in New Jersey. She later continued study with Silva at Hartt College of Music, Hartford and free-lanced, taught, and had a church position in Connecticut. In 1973, Marianna graduated from the University of CT, followed by clinical and private practice in New London and Stonington where she has lived ever since. While maintaining private practice, she eventually returned to church music with a position in Stonington, followed by St. James, New London. She served as Dean of the New London County Chapter of American Guild of Organists and was on the Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. At Calvary Church, Stonington, organized singers for the purpose of singing Choral Evensong. In 1997 they became an auditioned, 30 voice, independent group, called The Anglican Singers, invited to be artists-in-residence at St. James in New London. Besides singing Choral Evensong during the church year at St. James, guest appearances throughout New England, New York State, Canada, and New York City (St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue; and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine). The group commissioned works by Ronald Arnatt, Robert Powell, and has given first performances of several other composers’ works. Following her retirement, the group is privileged to be singing under the leadership of Kevin Jones. (See www.AnglicanSingers.org). In 2012, she plans to accompany the Singers to England where they will be choir-in-residence at the Bristol Cathedral.
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Vernon Kliewer ’49 (B.M. piano) professional career was spent as a college professor and administrator–1957-1961 Northern AZ Univ; 1961-1993, School of Music, IN University; 1993-present, retired as a Professor Emeritus. He is a co-author of Materials & Structure of Music (2 vols)and Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music; author of Music Reading (2 vols); Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean (academic studies, music) School of Music, IN University from 1975 until retirement in 1993. Since retirement his musical activity is as a listening consumer of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, AZ Repertory Singers, AZ Theatre, U of AZ repertory theatre, as well as other performing groups. He also contiues to research activities related to late 16th- and early 17th-century Dutch music. My wife and I have travelled in Europe (including living in Leiden, the Netherlands), Alaska, Mexico and Canada, as well as in all portions of AZ and the US. (Edited and corrected statement)
Eloise (Perry) Dale ’46 (B.M.E. piano) studied pipe organ at Minnesota University from 1947-1949 and worked as radio organist and sec. 1962-64. She studied organ at School of Sacred Music in N.Y. From 1964-1997 she taught piano and pipe organ to children and to students at the Lutheran College and Seminary in Tokyo and played for daily chapel services. She was the regular organist at the International Lutheran Church in Tokyo during this time and gave organ concerts in Japan.
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