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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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Tabor College Concert Choir Tour

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

2015 Choir-webHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concert Choir will travel around the state of Kansas for its annual spring tour, March 20-29 and perform concerts in 10 different churches. The choir will close out the tour with a home concert on April 12.

The choir’s director and professor of choral music, Brad Vogel, is excited for his students to share their music 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 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.

“The spring tour is both the focal point and the highlight of the choir’s work each year,” Vogel added.  “The opportunity to travel together and to share our work with others is enriching. We trust that our music enriches the lives of those who hear us.”

List of concert dates/times/locations include:

  • 7 p.m., Fri., March 20 at First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita, Kan.
  • 10:30 a.m., Sun., March 22 – Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Sun., March 22 – New Life Church, Ulysses, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Mon., March 23 – Garden Valley Church, Garden City, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Tues., March 24 – Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Scott City, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Wed., March 25 – Dodge City Church of the Nazarene, Dodge City, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Thurs., March 26 – Sacred Heart Church, Park, Kan.
  • 7 p.m., Fri., March 27 – North Oak Community Church, Hays, Kan.
  • 6 p.m., Sat., March 28 – United Methodist Church, Osborne, Kan.
  • 4 p.m., Sun., March 29 – First United Methodist Church, Pratt, Kan.
  • 4 p.m., Sun., April 12 – Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, Kan.

Noted for the vitality of its singing and clarity of expression, the Concert Choir has been selected to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention six times since 2000 under Vogel’s direction.

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Tabor College Oratorio Chorus to perform “Messiah” on Dec. 7

December 1, 2014 · No Comments · Concerts, Orchestra

Tabor College’s long-standing Christmas tradition of performing “Messiah”—the 18th-century work by George Frideric Handel about the prophecy and life of Jesus Christ—will continue at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 with a performance by the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra.

The performance will be at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, in Hillsboro. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will be conducting “Messiah” for his 17th time at Tabor.

“For many, it serves as the beginning of the Christmas holiday season,” Vogel said of the performance tradition that dates back more than a half century in Tabor’s history books.

Vogel noted that part of his enjoyment of conducting “Messiah” is the collaboration by so many performers on many different professional levels.

“It’s a focal point that brings current and past choir members together,” he said, “and I very much enjoy maintaining that connection with alums. I’m honored that they enjoy it enough to return and continue to sing.”

Featured as soloists in this year’s performance are current students: Faith Tonne, junior from Ashland, Kan.; Olivia Kliewer, junior from Hillsboro, Kan.; Heather Loewen, sophomore from Hutchinson, Kan.; Trevor Morris, senior from Murdock, Kan.; and Sara Sagner, senior from Cheney, Kan. Faculty members performing solos are Janie Brokenicky, David Martens and Holly Swartzendruber, along with alumni Glenn Litke.

Additionally, the stage will be graced by professional instrumentalists, many of whom return to perform with Tabor every December.

“The community orchestra is comprised primarily of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. The majority of the musicians have played for Tabor for many years, which gives us a solid core,” Vogel said.

“Messiah” premiered at noon on April 13, 1742 in the New Music Hall on Fishamble Street in Dublin, Ireland, as a benefit concert for local charities. Handel composed the entire piece in only 24 days.

The annual performance of “Messiah” is a community tradition and signals the start of the Christmas celebration for many.

“We enjoy and are honored to provide this performance as the beginning of the Christmas season for the Hillsboro and Tabor community.”

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A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

November 21, 2014 · No Comments · Chamber Strings, Concerts, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Uncategorized

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will present a concert entitled “A Christmas Festival” at 7 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 2 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Three different instrumental groups will be performing: the Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra, which combines the band and strings.

The musicians will perform traditional Christmas songs such as: “Joy to the World,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Greensleeves” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

“The concert will feature Christmas music from seven different countries and four different musical eras,” Larry Ediger, director of instrumental music, said “culminating in a presentation by our combined instrumentalists of a contemporary adaptation of an authentic American Christmas Carol.”

Music enthusiasts will enjoy hearing a variety of instruments at this concert. During the Chamber Strings performance of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” professor of choral music, Brad Vogel, will be accompanying on the harpsichord.

“A distinctive sound of the Baroque era is the harpsichord,” Vogel said, “and we are fortunate to be able to add this authentic instrument to the Corelli concerto. I enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to perform with the students and particularly to play this keyboard instrument.”

The Chamber Strings will also play a Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrangement of one part of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

“The concert will help our audience members connect with the joy of the Christmas message,” Ediger added. “We want them to leave with a sense of the glory of God revealed in the incarnation of His Son.”

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Charles David Smart to perform guitar concert at Tabor College

August 29, 2014 · No Comments · Concerts, Recitals

Guitar PosterTabor College is pleased to welcome acoustic guitarist, Charles David Smart, who will be performing a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 4 in the chapel, located in the H.W. Lohrenz building on campus. Smart will also be teaching a master class for all Tabor music majors at 3 p.m. that same day.

“It’s going to be fun,” Smart said. “It will be good to be back in Hillsboro again, (since) I haven’t been there for a couple of years.”

Smart has ministered and worshiped in a variety of settings throughout his career. He has played in stately cathedrals, mega-churches and country chapels. He’s also played backstage at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, jammed in the family pubs of Ireland and performed at American university concert halls. This multi-styled, award winning, Nashville recording guitarist’s real love for the Lord is shown completely through his music with passion and energy.

Smart attended a very musical public school which encouraged significant performing opportunities. His high school vice-principal booked his very first road gig. A few years later, David caught the attention of other touring musicians, which led to his first extended professional gig at the Tulsa Hilton Hotel Copa Club with the Los Angeles based singer, Karen Blackwood. As a 19-year-old kid from a small town in Kansas, Smart was surrounded by extraordinary musicians from New York, Boston and Las Vegas (all with major musical artists’ performance credits). Immediately from there, he went on tour with internationally recognized musicians performing in major concert arenas nationwide including: GMA Dove Award recipients Phillips, Craig and Dean; First Call; NewSong; Larnel Harris; CMA Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Clark; and jazz legends Pat Methany and Clark Terry.

Smart gained extensive music industry experience working almost 15 years in the Nashville music community as a songwriter, guitar picker and music teacher, prior to earning his graduate degree and relocating to Kansas City.

Smart has stayed open to musical growth and has enjoyed wide performance opportunities in many areas of pop, jazz, country and classical music—including a performance of Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D with the Evangel Temple Christian Center orchestra in Springfield, Mo.

As a composer/songwriter, Smart has premiered works with film/radio production, sanctuary choirs, children’s groups, instrumental ensembles and soloists. Since 1994, David has taught leading guitarists worldwide through MidAmerica Nazarene University and introduced others to the world of music with Kansas City Kansas Community College.

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Tabor College Musicians to Perform John Rutter’s Requiem

May 5, 2014 · No Comments · Concert Choir, Concerto Bella Voce, Concerts

Spring Concert Poster 2014 for webHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce are combining to perform John Rutter’s Requiem at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 11 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.

Rutter’s Requiem is a 40-minute work for chorus, orchestra and a soprano solo. The orchestra is comprised of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, which will provide a very strong and professional combination with the choir.

“I’ve been very pleased and impressed with how quickly the choirs have taken to the work,” said Dr. Brad Vogel, director of choral music at Tabor College. “I’m pleased with the amount of detail and expression they are able to give to the performance.”

Students performing in this concert will experience pride and accomplishment for being able to honor God with music.

“John Rutter’s Requiem is a beautiful piece of music,” said Cora Ruhl, senior at Tabor College. “Singing it fills me with a sense of peace and joy.  I’m thrilled to be a part of singing it because I can think of few more enjoyable ways of praising God than singing such powerful, moving music alongside my friends.”

In addition to the full strings and winds sections, the orchestra also features harp, which is a very special part of the sound of the work. Jane Hyde, a local professional harpist, will be performing with the group.

Janie Brokenicky, Tabor College assistant professor of choral music, will be featured as the soprano soloist.

“As a soloist, Rutter has presented quite the challenge for the soprano,” Brokenicky said. “The line is overall high and soft, reminiscent of the ‘boy choir’ sound that is so beloved of English composers and conductors. The beauty and purity of the sound is undeniable.”

Also in the program will be three movements from Rutter’s Five Orchestral Meditations.  These are orchestral arrangements of some of Rutter’s works for choir, and will be used as an overture, a postlude and a “meditation” in the middle of the Requiem. It is a very nice and unique addition to the performance of the Requiem and also provides an opportunity to “show off” the orchestra.

The entire performance will be a spiritual and emotional experience for those in attendance.

“The sound of the performance will very much support the assurance of our faith in eternal life,” added Vogel. “The texts utilized by Rutter provide a very clear proclamation of Jesus Christ. It begins and ends very quietly, so it provides a very peaceful and meditative environment.”

Rutter composed his Requiem in response to a personal bereavement.  In the liturgy, a requiem (meaning “rest”) is a funeral service—a collection of prayers for the soul of the deceased. The Requiem is also a service of life. It contains those texts of the requiem mass that are uplifting rather than terrifying, and texts that present Christ, the Lamb of God.

Concert goers that have never heard this piece of music performed will experience a very interesting finish to the concert.

“When the performance is completed, it is so peaceful that audiences often do not know how to respond,” Vogel said. “The natural response is quietness and reflection; however, the beauty of the work sort of demands a more demonstrative response!”

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Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Home Concert

May 1, 2014 · No Comments · Ensembles, Strings, Symphonic Band, Tours

BandTourHomeConcertForWebHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will be performing a home concert at 4 p.m., Sunday May 4 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s concert is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

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Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Tour

April 23, 2014 · No Comments · Chamber Strings, Concerts, Ensembles, Symphonic Band, Tours

The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings are preparing for their annual spring tour, taking place April 25-28. The band and string ensemble will perform at six locations in the Kansas City area and in Shawnee, Leavenworth, Topeka and Manhattan.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

Complete tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 25

  • Blue Ridge Christian School located at 8524 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. at 10:30 a.m.
  • Maranatha Christian Academy located at 6826 Lackman Rd in Shawnee, Kan. at 2:20 p.m.
  • Church of the Open Door located at 4800 S 20th Street Traffic Way in Leavenworth, Kan. at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

  • Shawnee Bible Church located at 12921 W 61st Street in Shawnee, Kan. at 10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 28

  • Cair Paravel Latin School located at 635 SW Clay St in Topeka, Kan. at 8:40 a.m.
  • Flint Hills Christian School located at 3905 Green Valley Rd in Manhattan, Kan. at 2:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 4

Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro, Kan. 4:00 p.m.

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