Conference students participate in Goshen College choirs

GOSHEN, Ind. — Seven Franconia Conference natives are participating in choral groups at Goshen College during the fall semester.

Kate Derstine, daughter of John and Sheryl Derstine of Blooming Glen, sings alto in Chorale under the direction of Jim Heiks and in Women’s World Music Choir under the direction of Debra Brubaker. The sophomore business major is a 2005 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

Rachel Derstine, daughter of Daryl and Julie Derstine of Blooming Glen, sings alto in Chamber Choir and Women’s World Music Choir under the direction of Debra Brubaker. The senior sociology/anthropology major is a 2003 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

Krista Ehst, daughter of Tim and Sheryl Ehst of Bally, sings alto in Chamber Choir and Women’s World Music Choir under the direction of Debra Brubaker. The junior Bible and religion major is a 2004 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Perkasie Mennonite Church.

Kelsey Eldredge, daughter of Scott and Alice Eldredge of Abington, sings alto in Chorale under the direction of Jim Heiks and in Women’s World Music Choir under the direction of Debra Brubaker. The freshman biology major is a 2006 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Ambler Mennonite Church.
Greg Yoder, son of Jerry and Beth Yoder of Perkasie, sings bass in Chorale and Men’s Chorus under the direction of Jim Heiks. The sophomore music major is a 2005 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Perkasie Mennonite Church.

Kyle M. Yoder, son of Kermit and Eva Yoder of Perkasie, sings bass in Chamber Choir under the direction of Debra Brubaker and in Men’s Chorus under the direction of Jim Heiks. The senior molecular biology major is a 2003 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Deep Run Mennonite Church East.

Lindsay Yoder, daughter of Kermit and Eva Yoder of Perkasie, sings alto in Chorale under the direction of Jim Heiks and in Women’s World Music Choir under the direction of Debra Brubaker. The sophomore nursing major is a 2005 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Deep Run Mennonite Church East.

The Goshen College Chamber Choir, directed by Professor of Music Debra Brubaker, is an auditioned group of 20 to 30 singers, performing secular and sacred repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Modern periods. Two on-campus and numerous off-campus concerts are presented each season, and the Chamber Choir occasionally joins the Goshen College Orchestra for choral/orchestral works. Annual tours take the choir from coast to coast and to parts of Canada. Membership is open by audition to any student at Goshen College.

The Goshen College Chorale numbers 80 to 100 singers and represents a wide variety of academic majors. The choir, directed by Associate Professor of Music Jim Heiks, sings primarily sacred repertoire from all periods of music history. Occasionally, the Chorale joins with the Chamber Choir and Orchestra to perform major choral/orchestral pieces. Two on-campus and several off-campus concerts are presented each year, including an annual tour. Membership is open to any Goshen College student by audition.

The Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Professor of Music Debra Brubaker, sings music of international cultures and indigenous peoples. In doing so, the members celebrate the music of the world, as well as the role that women take in maintaining the arts within cultures.

The Goshen College Men’s Chorus, directed by Associate Professor of Music Jim Heiks, is made up of men from across campus who enjoy the vitality and energy of a collegiate male chorus.

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