Ksu Academic Calendar Spring 2023 – Bethany College is pleased to announce the Chamber Orchestra of Smoky Valley (COSV) concert on January 15, 2023 at 4 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsburg, Kansas.
With the support of Bethany College and the Lindsburg Arts Council, COSV is an area ensemble of professional musicians that includes not only Bethany College faculty and staff, but also members from Wichita, Manhattan, Salina and Kansas City virtuoso. Under the musical direction of Keith Dodson, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies, and led by principal violinist Ann Samuelson, the ensemble seeks to educate through the performance of orchestral masterpieces and attract audiences.
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While there are many symphony orchestras in the central Kansas area, this one is unique in its small size and consistently features outstanding principal musicians from all over the region.
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“As a musician and connoisseur of classical music, I believe it is critical to support COSV as it brings high-quality performances and people to our local area through the appreciation of music. Represented by diverse faculty from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. Along with the performers were members of the Salina Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Kansas City Folk Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, as well as our Lindsburg musicians and Danny College faculty member Keith Dodson has choreographed a season of music that will challenge your thinking, spark your creativity, and most importantly, allow us to be a community that cherishes the music that adorns us. A community of time,” said President Elizabeth Mauch.
Ann Samuelson is the recently retired violin/viola and piano music teacher at Bethany College. She is a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and has a private studio with violin and viola students. She has a BA in Music Education and Kodali Certification from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a MA in Violin Performance from the University of Connecticut.
Nancy Johnson has been Principal Second Violin of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra since 2000. She also teaches private violin students at Bethel College and Heston College. Johnson holds degrees in violin performance from the University of Kansas and Virginia Commonwealth University, and pursued a graduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado.
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Ricardo Cavalcante de Oliveira began his musical career at the age of 13 as a viola player at the Pernambuco Conservatory in Brazil. Cavalcante de Oliveira graduated from the University of Kansas in 2022 with a Master of Music degree in viola performance.
Meagan Dodson is currently a cello instructor at Bethany College and a student in the University of Kansas’ Master of Arts in String Education program with Hannah Collins. She was recently appointed cello instructor at the Fine Arts Camp in Blue Lake, Michigan.
Andrew Book (double bass) is a 5-12 grade orchestra teacher for 12 years at Blue Valley West in Overland Park, KS. Book graduated from Wichita State University with degrees in music education and double bass, and completed a master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in string pedagogy.
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Colleen White is Assistant Professor of Flute at Kansas State University. She has coordinated performances by Grammy Award Winners, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows for the Colorado Flute Society and the Spoleto Music Festival of America. White is a frequent performer in a variety of solo, orchestral, and chamber music productions throughout North America, including performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall.
Margaret Marko is Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas and Principal Oboe of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, a Master of Music Education from the University of Iowa, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois.
Susan Gustavson Maxwell is a teacher, performer and reed maker. She currently teaches bassoon, rock history, aural skills, and introduction to music at Kansas State University, and performs regularly with Konza Wind Quintet and the Tallgrass Trio. Maxwell is the only manufacturer of bassoon tools to be named for their bassoon reed scales. The tool is used by all major music schools across the country. Another area of expertise is the art of playing high notes on the bassoon. This resulted in a highly rated study published with three retailers.
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Mary Jenkins completed her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, her hometown, and her Master of Music Performance degree at Wichita State University. She owns and operates Intrepid Brass Wichita LLC, which creates jobs for brass players through chamber brass performances and a new community ensemble, the Intrepid Brass Band. Jenkins teaches part-time brass classes at Bethel College and owns a private studio in Wichita for middle and high school students.
Andrew Bishop has a master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Missouri and studied trumpet performance at Wichita State University. In the spring of 2019, Andrew won the Des Moines Symphony’s Principal Trumpet Chair. In the fall of 2021, Andrew was appointed as an Instructor of Trumpets at Iowa State University.
Dan Hinman is an instructor at Kansas State University, teaching Applied Trombone, KSU Trombone Choir, and other academic music courses. Hinman holds a degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University, a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas.
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Founded in 1881 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants, Bethany College is a college of American Evangelical Lutherans. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge people to realize truth and excellence in lives of faith, learning, and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who stand alongside them as they discover, explore, and quest to achieve their goals. Bethany College is located in Lindsburg, Kansas, the arts and crafts capital of Kansas.
This spring, Bethany College and ELCA’s Mid-State Assembly began the search and convocation process to hire a full-time campus chaplain. After carefully conducting a series of facilitated conversations around campus ministry needs, completing the ELCA ministry website profile, and evaluating potential candidates, Bethany College is pleased to welcome Pastor Melissa Woeppel ’15 on January 1, 2023. “Campus work. The chaplain is extremely important to the life of the Bethany College community. A full-time campus chaplain will allow us to connect our past and Lutheran traditions with the college’s diverse student body. Pastor Pell, I know she will bring significant pastoral life to the lives of students, faculty and staff,” said Adam Pryor, Bethany College provost and head of the selection committee. Pastor Voeppel graduated summa cum laude from Bethany College in 2015 with a BA in English and Communication with a minor in Religion. She attended United Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. While attending United Lutheran Theological Seminary, she was a pastoral intern and became a pastoral assistant at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. Florissant, Missouri, 2019. Originally from Firth, Nebraska, she attended Bethany College due to her affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). While visiting Bethany, Pastor Woeppel discovered a hospitable community. Choosing to come to Bethany wasn’t just about the great professors and interesting classes: At Bethany, she found a place where she could play in band and choir, become a leader of the SGA, and join a sorority. Participation in loving community life has shaped Pastor Woeppel’s calling to ministry. When someone asked her what she enjoys most about being a pastor, she replied, “One of my greatest joys as a pastor is connecting with people and going through life’s changes and challenges. Due to the nature of this calling, I can often accompany People go through a move, a new or deepening relationship, a new job, retirement, and even loss and grief. Being part of the journey is a gift as well as a responsibility.” Pastor Woeppel is delighted as she looks forward to this new calling Being able to give back helped her understand the world and her own community. She commented, “I want to foster caring and trusting relationships that build community. In her new role, she wants to provide a place for students where they can belong and grow; she wants to provide a ministry of presence where they can connection, with the wider community and with God. Of course, because she explained, “It can be serious