As part of its growing commitment to community outreach and education, Bethany College @ MindFire invites the public to MindFire Connect 2014, a free educational event, on June 28. MindFire Connect 2014 will give everyone a unique opportunity to speak to digital arts professionals working in both Wichita and Hollywood, including 3D animators who worked on Academy Award winning films, designed games for XBOX and music producers of hit records. This exciting event is free and open to the public.
On May 18, Bethany College honored 118 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2013-2014 academic year. Summer,
Ann Samuelson The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature Ann Samuelson performing on violin Dvorak’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Samuelson is the string instructor at Bethany College and was recently concertmaster for the Bethany Oratorio Society performances for the Messiah Festival of the Arts. “I have always loved the Romance by Dvorak and am delighted to be able to play it with the Bethany College and Community Orchestra,” Samuelson said. The orchestra is conducted by Daniel J. Masterson, co-chair of the Music Department of Bethany College. The program features a varied assortment of concert pieces, with works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, R. Strauss, Delius, Söderman, and Copland.
Bethany College will celebrate Earth Day: For the Health of It! with a day full of events and activities on April 21. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 10:30 a.m. – Chapel Service – meet in Swenson Chapel in Burnett Center (service outdoors if weather permits)
A new semester at Bethany means another round of Table Talk!
The Bethany College Music Department presents an opportunity for bands to practice their concert repertoire and gain feedback from clinicians. Clinicians will work with each band for 40 minutes. Debra Traficante, D.M.A., and Claudio Re, Ph.D., are the clinicians for the workshop.
Pia Sundhage coached the United States women’s soccer team from 2008 to 2012, winning Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London and taking second place in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. In December 2012, she stepped down to return home as Sweden’s national team coach. Named 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year, Sundhage has been nominated as FIFA Coach of the Year four consecutive times. Her impressive record includes coaching the U.S. team to 88-6-1 and winning 11 tournaments, including three Algarve Cups. She is known for her uniquely positive and unassuming coaching style. She began her first practice with the U.S. team after they lost the 2007 World Cup by playing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” on her guitar, and the team said farewell by singing her “You Are My Sunshine” and giving her a guitar they autographed.
The Bethany College Music Department will be holding the Bethania Band Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 6. The event will begin at 9:45 and will include workshops on clarinet, saxophone and flute techniques as well as a panel discussion on teaching woodwinds. Courtney Long, Jay Steinberg, and Paula Patterson will be leading the workshops. The symposium will conclude with a keynote address from Gail Konzem, Chair of the Bethany College Education Department.
Bethany College Music Department will be hosting “A Day in the Life of a Music Major”. This is a day for high school students to come to campus, attend classes, rehearsals and see what being a music major is all about.
Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning women’s soccer coach and FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage will join Bethany College in January as this year’s Distinguished Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies. Sundhage will teach a one-credit-hour class during interterm, work with Bethany’s soccer team as well as other regional teams, connect with Women’s Intersport Network in Kansas City, and make several public presentations. “It is a great honor and pleasure to host one of the world’s greatest coaches, Pia Sundhage, as this year’s Pearson Professor. She joins an impressive cadre of Swedish scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and musicians who have taught at Bethany through the Distinguished Pearson Professorship program,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “Pia is a tremendous leader, known for her inspiring style and proven results. We excitedly welcome not only soccer fans, but also those who are leaders in their communities and careers, to share in this incredible learning opportunity.”