The Bethany College Choir, Chamber Choir, and Hand Bell Ensemble will set out on their 2017 Spring Concert Tour on March 16 with performances in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Concert stops on this year’s tour include Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita on March 16 at 7 p.m.; Fellowship Lutheran Church in Tulsa on March 17 at 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville on March 18 at 7 p.m.; and Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri on March 19 at 6 p.m.

The choirs and hand bell ensemble will perform at Bethany College on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel to conclude the tour.

The featured work in the concerts this year is Benjamin Britten’s Cantata, “Rejoice in the Lamb” sung by the Bethany Choir with Dr. Melody Steed performing on organ.

In addition to the their performances, the students will be participating in a service project at Global Gardens in Tulsa as part of the ongoing Servant Leadership aspect of the mission of Bethany College. Global Gardens is an organization that empowers students from low-income families to enact change in their lives through science and peace education.

“We are excited to venture south and east for this year’s trip,” Dr. Mark Lucas, co-chair of the Bethany College music department, said. “We truly see these trips as much more than performance tours, but rather as an opportunity to live the mission of the college.”

The Bethany College Choir and Chamber Choir are directed by Dr. Lucas. The Bethany College Hand Bell Ensemble is directed by Dr. Steed, assistant academic dean and associate professor of music.

The Bethany College Choir celebrates its 82nd anniversary this academic year. Since its founding by Hagbard Brase in 1935, the choir has performed over 500 concerts in 29 states and four European countries. The choir is also an integral part of the internationally known Messiah Festival of the Arts held each spring during Holy Week.

The Bethany College Hand Bell Ensemble is a small group open to all students. The purpose of this ensemble is to learn and perfect ringing techniques, to improve ensemble playing, to explore repertoire, and to perform for appropriate audiences. The knowledge gained from this class will help to prepare students to serve as hand bell directors and ringers in their community.