The West Zion Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge.
The West Zion Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge. Featured performers include Christopher Shaw, organ; Kenna Graber, flute; Open Road, an a capella menís ensemble from Bethel College; and Donna Stucky, piano.During the concert a free-will offering will be received, and immediately following the concert, there will be a time of fellowship, with refreshments being served.Also during the fellowship time, CDs of some of the performers will be available for sale.Shaw will be playing West Zionís 1980 Dobson tracker organ.Shaw grew up in Peabody and graduated from Bethel College in May 2005, with a degree in organ performance and music education.He has studied with Ken Rodgers, Shirley Sprunger King, David Cherwien and Roseann Penner Kaufman.Shaw is in his fourth year teaching K-12 vocal music in the Madison-Virgil school district.He continues to serve as an organist or Bethel College Mennonite Church and hopes to pursue masterís degrees in choral conducting and organ performance in the near future. Graber grew up in Wellman, Iowa, and graduated from Bethel College in 1996 with bachelorís degree in music and elementary education. She earned her early childhood and ESL endorsements from Wichita State University. In 2004, Graber received her masters in education from Wichita State University.While in college, she had opportunity to play in Europe and Russia, as well as many areas of the United States.Graber and her husband live near Peabody with their two sons.Graber teaches at Slate Creek Elementary School in Newton, gives private flute lessons and plays in the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra.Open Road is a menís ensemble from Bethel College, which was started by several students at Bethel seven years ago.The group is comprised of singers from the Bethel College Concert Choir.They meet twice weekly independently of the college or music curriculum for the joy of singing.Members receive no academic credit from the school, they run their own rehearsals and schedule their own events.Even so, Open Road is closely intertwined with the college, often performing on choir tours and concerts.They also have represented Bethel College at Mennonite Conferences in Charlotte, S.C. and San Jose, Calif.Open Road has recorded three full-length CD albums, the most recent being ďHere by the water,Ē released this fall.This yearís group has members from Kansas, Colorado, Iowa and California.Stucky is a retired school music teacher who keeps busy as choir director and organist/pianist at West Zion.She is a substitute teacher and has recorded five CDs of her hymn arrangements.She and her husband live in Newton.West Zion Mennonite Church is at 101 S. Washington Ave. in Moundridge.