LINDSBORG, KAN., MAR. 7, 2024 – Twelve Bethany College students were selected to perform at the Messiah Festival of the Arts Student Honors Recital at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Pearson Chapel on the Bethany College campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include (pictured, back row l-r) Ella McNett, mezzo-soprano, is a freshman Vocal Music Education major from Larned, Kansas. Aubrey Larson, mezzo-soprano, is a junior vocal music education major from Russell, Kansas. Tony Robb, baritone, is a senior music major from Westmoreland, Kansas. JoLee Hurren, violin, is a freshman majoring in instrumental music education and performance from Salina, Kansas. Justin Woolsey, percussion, is a junior majoring in instrumental music education from Newton, Kansas. Dominic Grizzle, trombone, is a freshman Music Performance major from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. (Front row l-r) Christian LaCount, tenor, is a senior vocal music education major from Wichita, Kansas. Gracelyn Gaskill, soprano, is a senior majoring in chemistry and music from Lindsborg, Kansas. LaNae Hostetler, violin, is a freshman instrumental music education and performance major from Wichita, Kansas. Paige Baird, viola, is a freshman majoring in instrumental music education from Salina, Kansas. Raleigh Jarrett, violin, is a sophomore majoring in instrumental music education from Hutchinson, Kansas. Ariana Nuñéz, French horn, is a sophomore instrumental music education and performance major from Salina, Kansas. These students have demonstrated exceptional musical abilities and will deliver a memorable performance.

“We are proud to showcase these talented musicians. Developing one’s solo capabilities is essential to future success, and these students represent a high commitment to the art of performing music.  Their dedication is something to be celebrated,” says Dan Masterson, Professor of Music.

Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments. This event will be live streamed at

The Honors Recital is a public recital during Holy Week, highlighting the best music majors and minors of the Bethany College Music Department. The Music Department faculty chose these performers from eligible students.

To be eligible for selection, the student must perform in the fall or spring department recital or degree recital or have previously exhibited the ability to perform and be in good academic standing. 

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore, and navigate the path to their purpose. Bethany College is online at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capitol of the state.

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