Alumni and Friends tour to Europe

Hesston College alumni and friends choir tour to Europe
– May 14 to 29, 2024 – itinerary

This trip is open to all Hesston College alumni and friends. Maybe you want to relive the experience you had as a student, share it with someone else or you missed out on this opportunity when you were a student. Maybe you just want to spend two weeks with Euro-Ken Rodgers!

This tour will include a short music festival in Joure, Netherlands, and begin by traveling alongside the International Chorale. You are invited and encouraged to sing with the International Chorale for a portion of our performances, including the bon voyage concert on Friday, May 10, at Hesston College. Participants will meet in Amsterdam and are not required to travel to Hesston before the start of the trip.


  • Concerts and sight-seeing in Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland
  • Spending time in the homes of European hosts
  • City highlights including Amsterdam, Cologne and Zurich
  • Visiting some of the world’s greatest cathedrals and museums
  • Two days in the Swiss Alps in Wengen, Switzerland
  • Reconnecting with old friends and making new ones

Cost: $2,900 (estimate) plus airfare.
Includes bus, hotel, meals and museum tickets. Price subject to change depending on numbers of participants and home stay availability.

Payment schedule
October 23 – $500
January 23 – $1,500
March 1 – $900

Tour leaders: Russell Adrian, Ken Rodgers, Holly Swartzendruber and Karen Unruh

To register for the trip or if you have questions, please contact Karen Unruh at

Checks should be made out to Hesston College, with Alumni Choir Tour in memo. Send payments to Hesston College, Box 3000, Hesston KS 67062, Attn: Karen Unruh

Other 2023-24 Music Reunion Events:

We have a lot to celebrate!

This fall Bel Canto Singers turns forty years old! But wait…that’s not all. Ken Rodgers will be on his 20th International Chorale tour to Europe and the church in Joure, Netherlands, where we have sung every year, the Doopsgezinde Gemeente, is celebrating its 200th year in their church building.

It’s time for a Hesston College Music Department Reunion!

Bel Canto Singers Tour, March 10 to 17, 2024

All Hesston College alumni: meet up with us on tour for a short rehearsal before our concert and sing with us during our performance.

More info to follow as tour locations get planned. The following is an outline of the communities we plan to visit.

  • March 10 – Harrisonburg, Va.
  • March 11 – Lancaster, Pa.
  • March 12 – Lansdale, Pa.
  • March 13 – Kidron, Ohio
  • March 15 – Goshen, Ind.
  • March 19 – Hesston, Kan.

Earlier this year

40 Years of Bel Canto Singers
Homecoming Weekend 2023, Sept. 22 to 23

Join us for a Bel Canto Singers reunion during Homecoming.


Friday, September 22

7 to 8:30 p.m. – Bel alumni choir rehearsal
8:30 p.m. – Reception

Saturday, September 23

1:30 to 3:15 p.m. – Bel alumni choir rehearsal
3:30 p.m. – 40 Years of Bel Canto Singers concert