A combined choir of Hesston College’s Bel Canto Singers and Chorale and Bluffton (Ohio) University’s Gospel Choir perform under the direction of Bluffton’s Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle during “A Celebration of Gospel: Music and Worship in the African-American Tradition” Oct. 27 on the Hesston College campus. The high-energy evening performance featured each individual choir as well as the combined mass choir with guest composer, arranger and gospel historian Dr. Raymond Wise (Columbus, Ohio). The Bluffton choir used its fall break trip as a way to connect and collaborate with Hesston College, its Mennonite Church USA sister institution. The mass choir also performed in Hesston’s Monday morning chapel service and Bluffton campus pastor Stephen “Tig” Intagliata shared a short message.

Larry Bartel, Hesston College