Bel Canto Singers to tour west central Florida

2013-14 Hesston College Bel Canto Singers

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will present the program “Dwelling in Thresholds” in west central Florida, under the direction of Bradley Kauffman, during a Fall Break tour Oct. 12 to 14.

The “Dwelling in Thresholds” program is inspired by the college’s campus-wide focus on refugee resettlement during the 2013-14 year led by the common-read book “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John.

“We are exploring the ways the music itself is a threshold for contemplation,” said Kauffman. “The concert will include an examination of the musical scale and how composers harness specific notes within the scale in order to elicit different types of impact. Our repertoire encompasses six languages, sacred and secular idioms and renaissance to twenty-first century, all in an exploration of how God calls people to dwell together.”

The full Bel Canto tour includes:

All performances are free and open to the public, though a free-will offering will be collected to defer expenses.

Members of Bel Canto Singers are selected by competitive audition during the preceding academic year. The roster for 2013-14 has 22 students from nine states and two countries.

Members of Bel Canto are Rachelle Adrian, Mountain Lake, Minn.; Laura Baker, Protection, Kan.; Mary Bender, Harrisonburg, Va.; Spencer Berning, Newton, Kan.; Josh Booth, Goessel, Kan.; Davis Cook, Goessel, Kan.; Rebecca Eichelberger, Geneva, Neb.; Rachelle Haarer, Goshen, Ind.; Galed Krisjayanta, Surakarta, Indonesia; Havela Lehman, Canby, Ore.; Matt Lind, Harrisonburg, Va.; Jay Marsten, Murpheysboro, Ill.; Morgan Martin, New Holland, Pa.; Karli Mast, Hubbard, Ore.; Holly Peters, Hesston, Kan.; Cameron Ponce, Elkhart, Ind.; Nathanael Ressler, Mount Vernon, Ill.; Rebecca Rhodes, Arthur, Ill.; Jason Schroeder, Harper, Kan.; Jeffrey Smoker, Harrisonburg, Va.; Emily Taylor, Inman, Kan.; and Taylor Zehr, Archbold, Ohio.