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  • How can we keep from performing? - Hesston College
    10 music along with academics and Bible was one of three departments Traditionally for Mennonites music is a way to experience community said Schloneger Unlike liturgical faith traditions Mennonites don t have sacraments that bring us to a place of worship but the act of singing together has become like a sacrament It s the way we worship together For the college s first 40 years vocal music was the sum total of performing arts offerings Church leaders believed instrumental accompaniment might detract from the lyrics Even the oratorios performed annually beginning in 1912 though written to include instruments were performed completely a capella Mennonites gained opportunities for broader cultural influence and developed an appreciation for aesthetic values as social programs like Civilian Public Service were developed during the World War II era This led to more acceptance of a wordless worship experience where instruments were used to enhance vocal music In 1949 music instructor John P Duerksen convinced administrators to purchase a 1909 Steinway grand piano and vocal music with accompaniment was introduced Rather than squelch the college s rich music tradition the Steinway nurtured a new generation of performers In 1971 the music department found a permanent home with construction of Northlawn A year later theatre became a part of the Hesston Experience when the Little Theater was built in the basement Theatre suffered similar roadblocks to instrumental music until the mid 1960s From a theological standpoint theatre was not real said Schloneger Pretending to be someone else was not appropriate for a Christian Yet with the support of key administrators and faculty members theatre crept onto campus in the spring of 1966 with the advent of an acting class taught by Arlo Kasper The class continued for one semester every year plus a drama production each semester In 1972 the college hired full time theatre instructor Robert Hostetter Some people in the local community were ambivalent about theatre and may not have understood its crucial role in developing empathy and embodying cross cultural dialogue said Hostetter Now 40 years later the community has embraced that idea Theatre can make people think profoundly about their own choices and become aware of the realities of the world we live in said Deni Brummer 13 of Hutchinson Kan Though performing arts have come a long way from the founders original dreams they are now recognized as a uniting factor for the community and important to the Hesston Experience At Hesston the performing arts are easy to get involved with said Brummer You don t have to be the star to be involved and you create lasting bonds with the people with whom you work Students today can pursue performing arts as a hobby or passion in several capacities full length theatre productions musicals choirs Concert Band private voice or instrumental lessons and music spanning hymns to opera to rap Even traditions like oratorios and a capella singing started in the college s earliest days live on through the Thanksgiving masterworks

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  • Alumna profile - Fjaere Harder '05 - Hesston College
    my incessant gravitation was toward acting I finally decided that perhaps my relentless urge to perform came from God Perhaps performance wasn t the self centered pursuit I feared it was Perhaps if I heeded the urge to perform God could connect this passion to a healing need in the world I moved to New York City in January 2011 My first long term professional acting contract was at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana Ind This past summer I acted at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine How did Hesston College help determine the path your life and career would take Many of my favorite moments at Hesston were the opportunities I had to perform musical theatre While everybody else got nervous for and dreaded their weekly voice master class performance I looked forward to them reveling the opportunity to sing a song and coax smiles and laughs from my classmates I loved the Musical Theatre Workshop led by Matt Schloneger 92 and Talashia Keim 02 Yoder I learned my first dance steps and had the opportunity to experience and participate in a professional theatre audition Most pivotal was the chance to play Eve in Children of Eden in my final semester More emphatically than ever before I felt vivid and alive when I was performing in that show What are your biggest rewards as an actress It is rewarding for me to go to the theatre to get ready for the show and know that I am doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life while so many others don t have that joy I also enjoy shaking hands with patrons after a show and seeing their huge smiles exuberant responses and the joy happiness and diversion we brought to their lives What are your

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  • Student profile - Redfa Titihalawa - Hesston College
    performing arts at Hesston I mainly play piano alto and baritone saxophone and sing I also know how to play the guitar drums and bass guitar This year I am in Bel Canto Singers and Concert Band and I am taking private voice lessons I sometimes play piano for chapel services and church services at the Hesston United Methodist Church Last year I was in Chorale and Concert Band and I took private piano lessons I also played with AY Aaron Young 12 and accompanied some of my friends for their recitals and other performances How long have you been studying music I first started taking piano lessons when I was about five years old My sisters were both taking lessons and I asked my parents if I could too After a couple of years of lessons my teacher moved away but my parents encouraged me to keep playing on my own My dad would have me listen to a song and then try to play it by ear What is your favorite kind of music to play I like to play jazz I don t like to read music and jazz is so freeing and fun You are not bound by what is written on the page and you can make it do whatever you want When I hear music I like to think about how I can make it different or better and that is what I try to do What are your career goals Right now my goal is to become a pilot When I first came to Hesston I thought I would do a double major in computer science and music composition I have since decided to pursue aviation and computer science Most of the men in my family are pilots and I have always been

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  • Learning The Shetler Technique - Hesston College
    technique and to audition rehearse and perform What I do gives singers vocal freedom said Ron It teaches talking on pitch while allowing sound to be made Using his own work as a performer and intense medical study of the voice and the physics of air Ron developed the technique which is a safe and simple system to survive the vocal pressures of musical theatre Ron Shetler works with Hesston College sophomore Emerencia Dudas The idea for his work came when he was fresh out of college with a bachelor of music degree in voice from Redlands Calif University As his 15 year performance career in musical theatre took off at a time when the art was undergoing a change from operatic to rock so did the necessity for accommodating vocally strenuous music Thus was born The Shetler Technique All of a sudden I was thrust into shows and using my voice in a completely different manner said Ron Performers were injuring their voices so I decided to figure out what was going on with the body physically and work with it As a student at Hesston Academy Ron sang in the choirs but didn t consider himself the best vocalist But when he went to a college in his home state of California where he was the best singer and therefore the choir s soloist a career in performance entered his mind Once I realized singing wasn t something just everyone could do doors started to open and I felt compelled to walk through them he said Others began to notice his vocal success on stage and in 1973 he began teaching voice lessons In 1980 he stopped performing and started teaching full time and in 1983 became the singing instructor and musical theatre director at the Neighborhood Playhouse

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  • The healing powers of music - Hesston College
    therapy would be a good fit for me After finishing the coursework for her bachelor s degree from Indiana University Purdue University of Fort Wayne she and her husband Steve Eriksen 06 moved to Virginia where she completed a six month internship at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester then took a full time job with the hospice where she has been working for the last three years My job is so rewarding because I get to use music to bring comfort to patients and families said Beth Music has always played a significant role in Beth s life Her high school Freeman S D Academy continually boasts strong performing arts programs which prepared her for success at Hesston and to participate in Canta in Italia an opera program based in Florence Italy with the encouragement of Hesston voice instructor Matt Schloneger 92 Just like her voice touched and inspired audience members at Hesston College Beth now uses her musical training to inspire and comfort people in the end stages of illnesses and life I focus on helping my patients feel more comfortable since end stage illnesses are often painful or debilitating she said I use patient preferred music to create a peaceful and relaxing environment and to help them find meaningful ways to connect with family Beth s patients don t need to have a strong background in music to experience its healing and calming effects Rather it s the natural properties of music that are able to comfort and provide reflection on the past and preparation for the future One patient in particular left a lasting impression on me recalled Beth She loved music and had a large collection of sheet music and instruments in her home Her last request was to put together a Christmas concert for her

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  • Hesston Volleyball continues upward trend - Hesston College
    that the incoming class of eight made up two thirds of the roster Cleveland had to find out what she had with her newcomers I was excited about our early season tournaments and the first part of our region schedule Cleveland said It was difficult but I knew it would be a good test and give the freshman an understanding of our competition They ve acclimated very well A key moment came the first weekend of September when Hesston traveled to El Reno Okla to compete in Redlands Community College s tournament Several injuries meant Hesston traveled with a thin roster Cleveland s insistence on players versatility was about to be put to the test Two days later the Larks returned home sporting a 4 1 weekend record and a tournament title Cleveland sensed that her young squad was ready to compete for a post season bid in the competitive Region VI We fought hard in the Redlands tourney Cleveland said It was a great measuring stick for our team especially playing short handed With their first three region games coming against ranked teams Hesston endured a brutal stretch to begin the season but the Larks weathered the storm If Cleveland has a healthy roster at her disposal the Larks have a good chance of placing in the top eight of a difficult 12 team region to qualify for the post season Maggie Lasaster Bentonville Ark a freshman setter majoring in business said team chemistry has been a key to this year s success Even in the recruiting process Coach Cleveland stressed that she wanted well rounded volleyball players Lasater said Because of that we have a special group that is mentally physically and spiritually strong When we ve had injuries others have stepped up The support we draw from

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  • News briefs - Hesston College
    Hesston College Board of Overseers and Mennonite Education Agency after a review process by the Presidential Review Committee which began fall 2011 Keim officially began serving Jan 1 2005 and the next four year term will begin Jan 1 2013 I will do my best to be a good steward of the trust placed in me in the coming years said Keim Karl Brubaker was appointed interim Vice President of Finance and Auxiliary Services beginning Sept 29 upon the resignation of Don Weaver 83 Don served in his role for more than six years and is leaving for a new job opportunity Under his leadership the college improved its financial position completed important building projects and underwent a technology transformation Don s contributions at Hesston College have been many and he will be greatly missed said President Keim Karl who also serves as Business Office Manager has filled the interim role previously and will serve as interim until the position is filled Counter clockwise from left Josh Burkholder 13 Warden Wash Destavia Davis 13 Nacogdoches Texas Drew Hochstetler 14 Goshen Ind and Narumi Hayano 14 Japan enjoy the Campus Activities Board sponsored Contra Dance Photo by Dennis LeFevre 83 For the fifth straight year Hesston College met the 1 24 million Annual Fund goal for student scholarships with the close of the 2011 12 fiscal year in June and exceeded the goal by 10 000 The Development staff also completed fundraising for the Erb Hall dormitory renovations We are grateful to our Partners alumni and friends for this very positive outcome said Yvonne Sieber vice president of Advancement Official fall 2012 numbers show a total student enrollment of 447 including 225 first year students International student numbers increased to 46 from 30 About 327 students live in the dorms Hesston

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  • The art of discipline - faculty perspective - Hesston College
    Matheson hymn often comes to mind Make me a captive Lord and then I shall be free In the day to day grind of practice it can be difficult to see the benefit of working on scales tone or other technical matters But the more disciplined the musician the more freedom there will be in creative expression At Hesston College we work to create an atmosphere that encourages daily practice It requires discipline to get to a practice room and work on the skills which help maintain and grow a musician s technique We also know the reward those hours of practice can produce We recently launched a campaign to purchase new pianos for campus While the pianos we have on campus have served us very well for a number of decades most are in a rather tired condition and in need of an update Good instruments on our campus help create an inviting atmosphere that encourages practice A fine well maintained piano helps in developing good technique for students in all musical disciplines from piano to voice to instrumental Simply stated quality instruments help develop the musical gifts of students When the first grand piano arrived on campus in 1949 it marked a shift in the relationship of instrumental music and the Mennonites who founded Hesston College That same piano restored in 2009 again provides inspiration for today s music students because of an investment which will help it serve well into this century While musical tastes have changed since the first piano arrived on campus one thing remains the same a fine instrument inspires growing musicians Now back to practice Ken Rodgers 85 music instructor Piano updates as well as renovations to the Northlawn Music building are part of the Delivering the Promise campaign underway to make necessary

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