Bel Canto Singers travel southwest on summer tour

2022-23 Hesston College Bel Canto Singers

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will travel southwest for a spring tour May 15 to 25. 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 by music professor Dr. Holly Swartzendruber. A home concert is scheduled for Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church and can be viewed online at

The tour itinerary includes:

  • Friday, May 12, 7 p.m., Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church
  • Monday, May 15, 7 p.m., Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church
  • Wednesday, May 17, 7 p.m., Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., Shalom Mennonite Church, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Sunday, May 21, 10:30 a.m., Pasadena (Calif.) Mennonite Church
  • Sunday, May 21, 2:30 p.m., Grace Indonesian Christian Fellowship, Sierra Madre, Calif.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m., First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo.

The 2022-23 academic year marks the 39th season for the Bel Canto Singers, Hesston College’s premier choral ensemble. Bel Canto Singers allows students from a broad spectrum of majors to make music an important part of their college experience. The group carries out ambitious concert and touring schedules annually.

Members include Daniel Miller of Arlington, Kan.; Sadie Oesch of Caldwell, Idaho; Luke Allison of Freeman, S.D.; Alyssa Burkholder of Goessel, Kan.; Meg Beyer, Luke Huyard, Kara Longenecker, Ginny Miller and Eli Stoll of Harrisonburg, Va.; Rachel Weaver of Broadway, Va.; Aidan Swartzendruber of Henderson, Neb.; Anna-Joy Jones of Lockhart, Texas; Andrew Miller of Kidron, Ohio; Jack Shingler of Creston, Ohio; Jesse Kanagy of Lancaster, Pa.; Hadassa Friesen Pauls of Neuland, Paraguay; Desirae Rodriguez of Whittier, Calif.; and Abraham Cadillo Quispe of Yokohama, Japan.