Choirs to combine in historical display of vocal excellence

Hesston College and Bethel College joint choir concert

When neighboring colleges Hesston College and Bethel College – both of whom have long histories of outstanding choirs – collaborated for a joint concert a year ago, concertgoers raved about the quality and experience for days.

The colleges are bringing their choirs together for a second year on Sunday, February 23, at 7 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 K-15 Hwy, Goessel.

The program, titled “How Firm a Foundation,” will feature the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, and the Bethel College Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. William Eash. The choirs will perform individual selections from their respective repertoires, as well join together on some pieces. They will also be joined by members of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Chancel Choir directed by Renae Peters.

The concert is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected to benefit Mennonite Central Committee.

“Making music together is a natural way for students from our colleges to interact with each other and engage with members of a local congregation,” said Adrian. “The fellowship and cooperation that young people exhibit in this type of project is a good example for our church and community.”

Both choirs are the premier vocal ensembles at their respective institutions, maintaining annual travel schedules in the region and nationally.