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The Bethel College Concert Choir: A Mennonite voice in choral music from 1932 to 2008
by Peters, Renae Joi Schmidt, M.M., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2009, 0; 1466715
Abstract (Summary)

This study documents the history and development of the Bethel College Concert Choir at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. The researcher investigates (1) the choirs and events preceding the formation of the Bethel College Concert Choir; (2) the evolution of the Bethel College Concert Choir between 1932 and 2008; (3) the performances of the Bethel College Concert Choir; (4) the impact of the Bethel College Concert Choir on the Bethel College community and the broader Mennonite community; (5) the musical backgrounds and educational philosophies of the Bethel College Concert Choir directors; and (6) the changes that each conductor brought to the Bethel College Concert Choir. Interviews with directors of the Concert Choir, primary source material, and dissertations and journal articles about other collegiate choral ensembles reveal that the Bethel College Concert Choir has provided a model of choral excellence for Mennonite communities and the broader American choral community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Robinson, Charles R.
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Education history, Music education
Keywords: Kansas
Publication Number: 1466715
ISBN: 978-1-109-20293-9
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