Kehrberg returns to Bethel for a guest recital


Professor Emeritus of Music Don Kehrberg will give a recital of oboe, cor anglais and tenor on Friday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the administration building, also featuring Tate Addis, piano, and Kevin Kehrberg, bass guitar.

Current Bethel COVID protocols require face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The recital will include selections from Christoph Schaffrath, Robert Schumann, Allan Stephenson, Ralph Towner and Earl Wild, as well as four Broadway musicals.

In the nearly two decades since he retired from Bethel faculty, Kehrberg has kept himself busy. He taught at Bethel from 1972 to 2003 and now lives in Swannanoa, NC

In addition to his teaching, during his tenure at Bethel, Kehrberg played oboe and English horn with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, served for many years with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra as director as well as oboist, and founded the Bethel College Academy of Music (1996).

The academy was the precursor to the Bethel College Academy for Performing Arts (BCAPA). Kehrberg pushed him further to become a BCAPA soon after his retirement by helping to establish dance instruction at the academy.

Still after retirement and while living in Newton, Kehrberg taught music at the elementary level at St. Thomas Aquinas (Wichita) and St. Mary’s (Newton) schools.

In 2010 Don and Corrine Kehrberg moved to Grayslake, Illinois.

Kehrberg joined the faculty of Music Education Services, where he taught beginner band to students in Chicago and suburban schools.

From 2011 to 2015, he played oboe with the Northshore Concert Band, affectionately known as the “Grandfather of Community Bands” in the United States, and sang tenor and played oboe with the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra at the St. John Cantius Church in Chicago.

The Kehrbergs moved to Swannanoa in 2019, where Don sings tenor with the Asheville Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and they enjoy spending time with two of their adult children (the third, Jason, lives in Chicago), Kevin and Gretchen, and several grandchildren. .

Kevin Kehrberg’s love affair with music began at Newton High School when he discovered the double bass, and continued through his years at Bethel College and beyond.

After Bethel, he worked as a professional freelance musician for several years, before delving into musicology and music history in America as well as other parts of the world, eventually earning graduate degrees.

He is currently a professor and head of the music department at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina.

He continues to perform and record professionally in jazz and traditional music contexts, while teaching American music and world music classes.

He was the bassist for the band that won the 2021 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Recording of the Year award for his rendition of Earl Scruggs’ “Ground Speed.”

Tate Addis is a Kansas native and a graduate of Wichita State University and Yale University, now living in Asheville, North Carolina.

His recent solo organ recital appearances have taken him to Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and the Bloomfield Organ Series at WSU. Additionally, his performances have been aired on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated program. pipedreams.

Addis was active as a church musician from an early age, holding positions at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, and Yale Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Currently, he is the organist at First Baptist Church in Asheville, where he contributes to a full music program, presents a series of organ recitals titled “Bach’s Lunch”, directs the handbell bands for youth and adults, and teaches organ and piano in the church. Academy of Arts.

He is also assistant director and accompanist of the Asheville Symphony Chorus.

The Kehrbergs and Addis are happy to return to Kansas to play for friends and former colleagues from Kansas.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for its academic excellence, Bethel ranks 15th in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and #31 in US News and World Report, Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest, both for 2021-22. Bethel was the only college or university in Kansas selected for the 2021 American Association of Colleges & Universities Institute on Truthfulness, Racial Healing and Transformation, and was named the TRHT Campus Center. For more information see


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