Dr. Mark Lucas, Music Department
Dr. Mark Lucas is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he is also director of the Bethany Oratorio Society and Co-Chair of the Department of Music. At Bethany Mark teaches conducting, music education courses, voice lessons and is the conductor of the Bethany College Choir and Bethany College Chamber Ensemble. He is also the Senior Choir Director at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
Prior to his appointment at Bethany College, Mark was a tenured Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma, where he conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers.
Dr. Lucas received a degree in Music Education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation, Adolescent Males’ Motivations to Enroll or Not Enroll in Choir, is a study of what factors influence young men in grades 7 and 8 to participate in choir. His more recent work has been published in the Choral Journal and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. Mark is currently serving on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal.
As a tenor, Mark has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice. As a conductor, Mark’s past work ranges from preparing major works, such as Brahms’ Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to extensive work with middle and high school choirs. In his teaching he employs an integrated approach to choral methods, using authentic teaching experiences as a major part of course work.
Dr. Lucas is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages. He is the founder of the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at the University of Oklahoma, which has featured more than 1000 young men in concert. A new incarnation of that festival, “Real Men Sing” has been an addition to the offerings at Bethany College since 2015 and recently featured over 800 young men from around the state of Kansas joined together in song!
Previously, Mark served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas and taught vocal music to students in grades 6-12 in Marion, Kansas. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Jeanne and their two boys Matt and Jake.
Dr. Lillian Green, Music Department
Dr. Lillian Green serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society. She earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.
Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida. She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival. Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.
Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States. She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.
Professor Greg LeGault, Theatre Department
Greg LeGault is an associate professor of theatre at Bethany College. A member of the Bethany College faculty since 2000, LeGault is artistic director of Bethany College Theatre and teaches courses in acting, oral interpretation, playwriting, theatre history, set design, and directing. He is currently serving as chair of the English, Theatre and Communications Department.
His plays have been performed in a number of venues, including Strawdog Theatre in Chicago and the Orlando Fringe Festival. His full-length play “Masterpiece” was produced in the Southern Illinois University Playwrights’ Workshop. A one-act version of the play received the Christian M. Moe Playwriting Award for Best Short Play. “In the Wake,” co-written with Michael Speller, was a play lab selection at the 2009 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha.
LeGault has over 25 years of experience in acting, directing and set design. He earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, Athens, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Performance Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Professor Nelson Smith, Art Department
Nelson Smith has received wide-spread recognition for his work as a painter and sound artist. He has been awarded four state Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grants, the national Art Matters grant, several artist residencies including a Residency Fellow at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Senior Artist in Residence, Harvestworks (New York), Vermont Studio Center, and many other honors and commissions. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His paintings are included in many significant public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Book Archive and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Besides composing for his own installation and performance productions, his sound designs and scores have also been commissioned for the films and performance works of Sue Carman-Vian, among others. His installation and performance works have been presented in a variety of galleries and non-traditional art spaces in Detroit, New York, and Cleveland.
Taylor Deutscher, Messiah Festival Coordinator & Music Department Assistant
Taylor Deutscher received her Bachelor of Arts in English (writing) with a minor in journalism from Fort Hays State University. Before her time at Bethany College, Deutscher worked at FHSU as an Admissions Counselor. During the summers, she also works for the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Teams where she operates live statistics.