Hesston College Bel Canto Singers to spend weekend in Nebraska

Spring 2014 Bel Canto Singers

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will perform the program “Meditations and Illuminations” at several locations in Nebraska during a weekend tour. All performances are free and open to the public though a free-will offering will be collected to assist with expenses.

The “Meditations and Illuminations” program, under the direction of Bradley Kauffman, depicts ways people experience music through a diverse repertoire honoring voices from across time and place, dwelling in contemplation (meditations) and discovery (illuminations).

“All music, sacred or secular, contemplative or exuberant, can draw us into a holy contemplation,” said Kauffman. “Music is a threshold where emotion and intellect transport us into God’s presence.”

Members of Bel Canto Singers are selected by competitive audition during the preceding academic year. The roster for 2013-14 has 21 students from nine states and two countries.

Concerts on the weekend tour schedule include:

Bel Canto Singers 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, Keizer, Ore.; Matt Lind, Harrisonburg, Va.; Jay Marston, Murphysboro, Ill.; Morgan Martin, New Holland, Pa.; Karli Mast, Hubbard, Ore.; Holly Peters, Hesston, Kan.; Nathanael Ressler, Mount Vernon, Ill.; Rebecca Rhodes, Arthur, Ill.; Jason Schroeder, Harper Kan.; Jeffrey Smoker, Harrisonburg, Va.; Emily Taylor, Inman, Kan.; and Taylor Zehr, Wauseon, Ohio.