Seven Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on March 29 at 2:30 p.m. in The Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include: Carly Rosey, senior, Princeton, Kansas, piano; Stephen Klaassen, junior, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Alyssa Wierman, junior, Brownell, Kansas, soprano; Abigail Rishel-Barnett, freshman, Lindsborg, Kansas, alto; Annie Halterman, junior, Colorado Springs, Colorado, alto; Matthew Slusser, freshman, Cheney, Kansas, tenor; Kalyn Powers, junior, Lindsborg, Kansas, soprano.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts began Monday, March 19 with the opening of the Messiah Juried Art Exhibit at Mingenback Art Gallery. The Messiah Festival presents various art, music and speaking events through April 1. The festival’s featured concerts are the “Messiah” Sing-Along, at 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 25; Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30; and “Messiah” performed at 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1. Palm Sunday and Easter performances are in Presser Hall Auditorium. The Good Friday performance is in Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N. Main Street, Lindsborg.

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased online at or by calling Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8235.

A full schedule of events and tickets can be found online at For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8235 or e-mail

Every year since 1882, the Bethany Oratorio Society has presented “Messiah” at the college. The society has performed “Messiah” across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. The Messiah Festival incorporates events and activities from all of the fine arts offered at Bethany College.