Bel Canto Singers on tour in Colorado and collaboration with Moundridge High School


Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will head to Colorado for a fall tour October 14-16. The 18-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will present a program titled “God Is Love”, inspired by I John 4:7-8, this year’s theme verse at Hesston College. The program will feature a wide range of genres, including selections from music teacher Dr. Holly Swartzendruber.

A home concert will take place on Tuesday, October 18, with special guests Dr. Carren Moham, soprano, and the Moundridge High School Mixed Chorus, conducted by Daniel Chisham. Dr. Adrian attended several rehearsals at Moundridge High School this semester in preparation for the concert.

“Making music with local communities is so invigorating as we emerge from COVID restrictions,” said Dr Adrian. “The Moundridge students have been great to work with, and I can’t wait for our sets to perform together.”

The choral exchange will include two performances, beginning with a school assembly in Moundridge during the first week of October, followed by the fall tour concert at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston.

The tour itinerary includes:

  • Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., Mennonite Central Committee of the Rockies (MCC) Relief Sale, Rocky Ford, Colo.
  • Sunday, October 16, 9:30 a.m., Beth-El Mennonite Church, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m., Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, Kan. with special guests Dr. Carren Moham and Moundridge High School Mixed Chorus

The 2022-23 academic year marks the 39th season of the Bel Canto Singers, Hesston College’s premier choral ensemble. Bel Canto Singers enables students from a wide range of disciplines to make music an important part of their college experience. The group organizes ambitious programs of concerts and tours every year. Members include Kelly Miller of Archbold, Ohio; Daniel Miller of Arlington, Kan.; Sadie Oesch of Caldwell, Idaho; Luke Allison of Freeman, SD; Alyssa Burkholder of Goessel, Kan.; Meg Beyer, Luke Huyard, Kara Longenecker, Ginny Miller, Eli Stoll and Rachel Weaver of Harrisonburg, Virginia; Aidan Swartzendruber of Henderson, Neb.; Joy Jones of Lockhart, Texas; Joy Widjaja from Jepara, Indonesia; Andrew Miller and Jack Shingler of Kidron, Ohio; Jesse Kanagy of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Abraham Cadillo Quispe of Yokohama, Japan.

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