Bel Canto Singers to perform at KMEA

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers under the direction of Bradley Kauffman have been selected to perform as part of the Kansas Music Educators Association annual in-service workshop at 2 p.m., Feb. 23 in the Century II Mary Jane Teall Theater in Wichita, Kan. Guest passes for the workshop will be available at the registration booth in the Century II lobby prior to the performance.

The weekend KMEA conference is a gathering of music educators throughout the state of Kansas. Participants attend workshops, presentations and performances featuring some of the state’s best ensembles across all educational levels. Bel Canto was selected to perform at KMEA by a recorded audition from the spring of 2011.

“This is a chance to highlight the work the Hesston College music department – and specifically Bel Canto – does throughout the year for an audience of distinguished educators from across the state,” said Kauffman.

Bel Canto will present two concerts in preparation for their KMEA performance. They will perform 3 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free for the public.

A concert featuring Bel Canto and the Wichita (Kan.) State University A Capella Choir and Concert Chorale under the direction of Tom Wine will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Wiedemann Hall on the Wichita State campus. Wiedemann Hall is easily accessed from Hillside Avenue, south of 21st Street. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students.

Bel Canto is a mixed chamber choir, whose members are selected by competitive audition. The ensemble performs at churches and schools across the country with local performances and annual tours during Fall Break, for a weekend during the spring semester and for two weeks every other May. The 2011-12 group has 21 members.