Tabor College Music

Spring Oratorio Concert May 17

May 12, 2015 · No Comments · Oratorio Chorus, Orchestra

Spring OratorioHILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor College’s annual Spring Oratorio— featuring students, local professionals and other musicians—is set for 7 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Conductor Brad Vogel says this concert is for music enthusiasts of all ages.

“I am extremely excited for this concert because of the level of repertoire we are performing,” Vogel said, “and because of the high level of musicianship that will be on display. It is not often that we have the size of orchestra and breadth of repertoire performed in the Hillsboro community. It will be a delight to perform and I’m confident it will be a delight to hear.”

Student soloists were selected by audition from our triennial student concerto competition. After seven auditions, the student winners were: Zach Neumann, junior pianist; Natalie Wiens, senior cellist; and Maryn Robson, freshman pianist.

Neumann will perform the first movement of the Grieg piano concerto, Wiens the first movement of the Dvorak cello concerto and Robson the first movement of Rubinstein’s fourth piano concerto.

The 38-piece orchestra is comprised of players from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra.

“Many of the players have committed to playing for Tabor College for many years,” Vogel said, “and provide a solid backbone and resource for our twice-a-year choral/orchestral performances.”

Additionally, the orchestra will perform the overture to Mozart’s comic opera, “The Impressario,” and will accompany the Oratorio Chorus in three large choruses from major works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The final chorus, “Sing to God,” from Haydn’s “The Creation,” will open the choral portion of the program, followed by the “Credo” from Mozart’s “Coronation Mass in C.” The “Hallelujah,” from Beethoven’s oratorio, “Christ on the Mount of Olives” will conclude the evening.

“The student soloists are performing professional-level works with professional-level artistry,” Vogel added. “The chorus works are favorites of singers and audiences alike, and are simply filled with joy. The evening will certainly be a treat for our community.”

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Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Concert May 3

April 30, 2015 · No Comments · Chamber Strings, Concerts, Ensembles, Symphonic Band

trombonesHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings ensemble will perform their annual spring concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 3. This concert will close out their annual spring tour, where they performed at schools and churches in Nebraska and South Dakota April 23-27.
Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Symphoniae laudis,” which translated from Latin is “Symphony of Praise.”

“It is our hope and prayer that the music presented by all three ensembles will produce a symphony of praise, which will glorify God and encourage the hearts of listeners,” said Ediger.

The Symphonic Band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as: Schuman’s “Chester,”
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite,” Beethoven’s “Prometheus Overture,” Alfred Reed’s “El
Camino Real” and Del Borgo’s “Gaelic Rhapsody;” as well as dynamic arrangements of sacred songs such as
“God of Our Fathers,” “Be Thou My Vision” and “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.”

The Chamber Strings will perform traditional and modern classics, including: Gustav Holst’s “St.
Paul’s Suite,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” Tomaso Albinoni’s
“Adagio,” Kirt Mosier’s “America Reel,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Dvorak’s “Larghetto” from his “Serenade No. 1 for String Orchestra.”

The Symphonic Orchestra—combined band and strings—will present several modern classics: Aaron Copland’s
“Hoe-down from Rodeo” and Percy Grainger’s “Handel in the Strand,” as well as an orchestration of current worship favorite “Revelation Song.”

“The students are looking forward to sharing the music they have worked so hard to prepare with their friends and family members,” Ediger added. “The variety in this year’s repertoire means that nearly everyone who attends will leave having heard something representing their favorite style of music and gained a greater appreciation of the variety of engaging styles available to instrumentalists today.”

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Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Tour

April 20, 2015 · No Comments · Concerts, Ensembles, Strings, Symphonic Band

BandPoster for WebThe Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings ensemble are preparing for their annual spring tour, taking place April 23-27. The band and strings ensemble will perform at schools and churches in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Symphoniae laudis,” which translated from Latin is “Symphony of Praise.”

“It is our hope and prayer that the music presented by all three ensembles will produce a symphony of praise, which will glorify God and encourage the hearts of listeners,” said Ediger.

The Symphonic Band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as: Schuman’s “Chester,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite,” Beethoven’s “Prometheus Overture,” Alfred Reed’s “El Camino Real” and Del Borgo’s “Gaelic Rhapsody;” as well as dynamic arrangements of sacred songs such as “God of Our Fathers,” “Be Thou My Vision” and “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of traditional and modern classics, including: Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” Tomaso Albinoni’s “Adagio,” Kirt Mosier’s “America Reel,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Dvorak’s “Larghetto” from his “Serenade No. 1 for String Orchestra.”

The Symphonic Orchestra—combined band and strings—will present several modern classics: Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-down from Rodeo” and Percy Grainger’s “Handel in the Strand,” as well as an orchestration of current worship favorite “Revelation Song.”
The complete tour schedule is as follows:

7 p.m., Thurs. April 23, Lexington Middle School Auditorium, 1100 North Washington Street, Lexington, Neb.
7 p.m., Fri. April 24, Henderson Mennonite Brethren Church, 1201 11th Street, Henderson, Neb.
10:30 a.m., Sun. April 26, Salem Mennonite Brethren Church, 43173 272nd Street, Bridgewater, S.D.
6:30 p.m., Sun. April 26, Bethesda Mennonite Brethren Church, 1530 Frank Avenue Southeast, Huron S.D.
8:15 a.m., Mon. April 27, James Valley Christian School, 1550 Dakota Avenue North, Huron, S.D.

Home Concert – Sun. May 3, 4 p.m, Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 South Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro, KS

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Trevor Morris performing senior vocal recital April 21

April 20, 2015 · No Comments · Recitals

HILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor College tenor and music major, Trevor Morris, will be performing his senior voice recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Tabor College Chapel located in the H.W. Lohrenz Building.
Morris, son of Judy and Kerry Morris from Murdock, Kan., will be performing a variety of musical selections including: “Comfort Ye My People” and “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted” from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah”; “Il mio Tesoro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Il mio bel foco,” by Benedetto Marcello; six songs from Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann; “Vainement, ma bien-aimee,” by Édouard Lalo; “Le Soir,” by Ambroise Thomas; “The Last Rose of Summer,” by Thomas Moore; “Down by the Sally Gardens,” by William Butler Yeats; and “The Green-eyed Dragon,” by Wolseley Charles.
“I like art songs,” Morris said. “Many of them are from the Romantic period and have wonderful melodies and accompaniments.”
Trevor Morris - WebMorris has enjoyed his musical experience since coming to Tabor four years ago.
“I have been singing and playing instruments since I arrived here,” he said. “I have been able to be a part of numerous extracurricular music groups, most of which have been worship bands. I have also been able to work as a worship leader at local churches due to my positions at Tabor.
“The m
usic staff at Tabor is very knowledgeable and (they) provide a lot of support in technical advancement,” Morris added. “My instructor (Brad Vogel) is also my academic advisor and he has been extremely helpful in the organizational process, as well as the learning process.”
Morris is working on a degree in music and is in the pre-physical therapy program. After graduation, he plans on going through a physical therapy assistant program. He eventually wants to work his way up to an education compensation program to attain a doctorate in physical therapy. Morris is getting married in July to Tabor senior, Sara Sagner. After the wedding, the couple plans to live in Hutchinson while he attends P.T.A. school and she student teaches.

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Tabor College Concert Choir home concert April 12

April 6, 2015 · No Comments · Concert Choir, Concerts, Tabor College, Tours

ChoirTourForWebHILLSBORO, Kan. – Following 10 concerts in 10 days during its tour of western and central Kansas, the Tabor College Concert Choir is set to perform a home concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 12 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.
The choir, under the direction of Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, will perform the concert with the theme “His Holy Presence.”
“The texts and sounds of the repertoire explore the various ways that God’s presence is communicated,” Vogel said, “from singing of how God meets us in our need, to how we communicate God’s presence when we serve and meet the needs of others.”
The Concert Choir’s repertoire for the program features a number of unique works, including: a work accompanied by sophomore harpist Heather Loewen and the premiere performance of Vogel’s own composition, Bread and Wine, featuring senior Krista Neifert on piano and senior Natalie Wiens on cello. The text for this work was commissioned for the choir from Mennonite poet Jean Janzen.

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Concerto Bella Voce Home Concert

March 25, 2015 · No Comments · Concerto Bella Voce, Concerts, Tabor College

CBVPosterForWebHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir will perform their annual home concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church with the theme “Illumination.”

The choir is under the direction of Janie Brokenicky and accompanied by Jennifer Epp of Hillsboro, Kan. Brokenicky is in her third year as assistant professor of choral music at Tabor College and is the founder of the Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir.

“This year, the music in our concert focuses on the light of Christ, both literally and figuratively,” Brokenicky said. “Our program includes contemporary settings of scripture, traditional hymns and uplifting texts.”

Comprised of 20 women, the group is excited to share their musical talents and love of Jesus Christ with listeners.

“Music has the ability to spark a light in all of us,” she added. “As one of our songs, ‘Voices of Light’ by Paul Halley, states, ‘Lord of the shining heavens, Lord of the stars above, Lighten our eyes to see you, Radiant with perfect love.’ We hope our program fills each listener with a little piece of His light.”

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Zach Neumann performing piano recital March 17

March 12, 2015 · No Comments · Piano, Recitals

Zach Neumann PosterHILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor College music major Zach Neumann will be performing his junior piano recital at 7 p.m. on Tues., March 17 at the Tabor College Chapel located in the H.W. Lohrenz building on campus.

Neumann, son of Billy and Shelley Neumann from Osborne, Kan., will be performing a variety of musical selections for the recital including:  “10 Variations on Unser dummer Pöbel meint” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Partita No. 5 in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Prelude in B flat Minor,” “Prelude in E Minor,” “Prelude in B flat Major,” “Prelude in E flat Major” by Sergei Rachmaninoff and “Prelude in E” by Franz Liszt.

The Liszt selection is one Neumann has enjoyed practicing and learning the most.

“This is one of my favorite pieces of music that I have ever played,” Neumann said. “It is the longest piece on the program and also the most profound. The depth and variety Liszt achieves in this piece are astonishing. He creates the entire work from three basic themes, and yet by his treatment of them, he is able to extract a fantastic palette of ideas and emotions. It sounds like a shout of victory.”

Professor of Music Sheila Litke is excited to see the fruits of his labor and the long hours in the practice room pay off.

“Zach has taken on a challenging recital program and he is doing a wonderful job,” Litke said. “His dedication to classical music and his strong work-ethic have given him the opportunity to tackle such a wonderful program. It represents many hours in the practice room. From the Bach to Mozart to Rachmininoff to Liszt, there will be something that everyone will enjoy.”

Neumann says he is blessed to have Litke as his professor.

“Since coming to Tabor, Dr. Litke has helped me expand my repertoire and became a more sensitive, musically-minded pianist, as well as advancing my technique,” he said. “Additionally, working with vocalists and singing in choir have helped me learn how to better work in a group with other musicians, as well as developing a greater sense of community with the students around me.”

Neumann is working on a degree in music. After he graduates next May, he plans on attending graduate school and studying piano performance.

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Tabor’s Sara Sagner to perform senior recital

February 26, 2015 · No Comments · Recitals, Students

Sara Sagner- Senior Voice (1)HILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor College music major Sara Sagner will be performing her senior voice recital at 7 p.m. on Tues. March 10 in the Tabor College Chapel.

Sagner, daughter of David and Eileen Sagner of Cheney, Kan., will be performing a variety of musical selections for her recital. Sagner has chosen pieces by Giulio Caccini, Reinhard Keiser, Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy and others. She will be accompanied by senior Krista Neifert on piano. One number will feature junior Lauren Neufeld on oboe. On another number, senior Andrea Acker will be singing soprano.

Sagner chose to sing works from these composers because of the variety of repertoire.

“The text is a key factor for me when picking repertoire,” Sagner said. “The meaning being conveyed is important to me. I also enjoy reading about why the composers wrote what they did.

“I love the research aspect of selecting repertoire, which helps me see if I want to sing that particular song. I also like to choose unique songs that are not as popular,” she added.

Sagner is majoring in vocal music education and special education.  Her musical experience at Tabor has been enlightening and spiritual.

“Performing is always a rewarding experience,” Sagner said. “But it is a spiritual experience to know that none of it would be possible without the Lord’s blessing. God gave me the gifts that I have, I didn’t earn them. All the glory goes to Him.”

After she graduates in May, Sagner plans to marry her fiancé, senior Trevor Morris, in July. She will then student teach next fall and pursue a teaching career in vocal music or special education.

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Concerto Bella Voce Spring Tour

February 23, 2015 · No Comments · Concerto Bella Voce, Concerts

CBVPosterForWebHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir is set to embark on its third annual concert tour during spring break. The women will be traveling all over the state of Kansas and to Fairview, Okla., performing nine concerts in high schools and churches with the theme “Illumination.”

The choir is under the direction of Janie Brokenicky and accompanied by Jennifer Epp of Hillsboro, Kan. Brokenicky is in her third year as assistant professor of choral music at Tabor College and is the founder of the Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir. She teaches courses in music theory, choral music methods and materials, plus private voice.

“This year, the music in our tour focuses on the light of Christ, both literally and figuratively,” Brokenicky said. “Our program includes contemporary settings of scripture, traditional hymns and uplifting texts.”

Comprised of 20 women, the group is excited to share their musical talents and love of Jesus Christ with listeners.

“Music has the ability to spark a light in all of us,” she added. “As one of our songs, ‘Voices of Light’ by Paul Halley, states, ‘Lord of the shining heavens, Lord of the stars above, Lighten our eyes to see you, Radiant with perfect love.’ We hope our program fills each listener with a little piece of His light.”

List of dates/times/locations for all concerts are listed below:

  • 7 p.m., Fri., March 13, First Baptist Church, 220 East Central Avenue, Arkansas City, Kan.
  • 10:40 a.m., Sun., March 15, Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, 1600 East State Road, Fairview, Okla.
  • 6 p.m., Sun., March 15, Garden Community Church, 6520 North Halstead Road, Moundridge, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Thurs., March 26, United Methodist Church, 310 North Main Street, Ashland, Kan.
  • 2:30 p.m., Fri., March 27, Minneapolis High School, 602 Woodland Ave., Minneapolis, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Fri., March 27, Lincoln Community Church, 216 North 4th Street, Lincoln, Kan.
  • 9 a.m. concert, 10:15 a.m. worship service, Sun., March 29, Community Bible Church, 1304 North Parker Street, Olathe, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Sun., March 29, Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro, Kan.

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Tabor College Concert Choir to perform at KMEA Feb. 27

February 23, 2015 · No Comments · Concert Choir, Concerts, KMEA

2015 Choir-webHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concert Choir has been chosen to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention, held Feb. 26-28 at Century II in Wichita. The choir’s 35-minute performance will take place at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in the Mary Jane Teall Theater.

Concert Choir Director Brad Vogel is excited to have his students perform at the KMEA Convention for the 6th time in the past 15 years and 3rd time in the past five years.

“To perform for this event, the choir competes with all college and university choirs in the state, both large and small,” Vogel said. “To be selected to perform—and with the regularity of performance the choir has achieved—demonstrates that the quality of our performance is on even par with universities, whose choirs are comprised completely of music majors, as well as with graduate students.”

To audition for this event, a choir must submit a recording of three songs and compete for a spot on the program against other college choirs in Kansas. Including Tabor’s Concert Choir, only three other college/university choirs will be performing at the KMEA convention.

To assist in their preparation, the choir will perform its program on Mon., Feb. 23, at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, sharing a concert with the youth choir from the church, who was also selected to perform at KMEA.

“A passion for and commitment to excellence is a hallmark of the Concert Choir, and I am very thankful for both the quality and the character of the students I have the opportunity to direct,” Vogel added.

The Concert Choir’s repertoire for the program features some unique works, including a work accompanied by sophomore harpist Heather Loewen, and the premiere performance of Vogel’s own composition, Bread and Wine, featuring senior Krista Neifert on piano and senior Natalie Wiens on cello. The text for this work was commissioned for the choir from Mennonite poet Jean Janzen.

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