The West Zion Mennonite Church Concert Series continues with an event at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9. The church is located at 101 S. Washington Ave., Moundridge. Featured performers will include Chirstopher Shaw, organ; Andrew Thiesen, trombone; and the Family & Friends vocal quartet. There is no admission charged for the concert; however, during the concert a freewill offering will be received. At the conclusion of the concert, there will be a time of fellowship with refreshments served.
Christopher Shaw is a graduate of Bethel College with a bachelor’s degree in organ performance and holds a master's degree from Wichita State University in music education, with an emphasis in choral conducting. Christopher is currently the choral director at Goddard High School. In addition to teaching, Shaw is the staff organist at Plymouth Congregational Church, Wichita, and teaches private piano and organ lessons. He has studied organ with Lynne Davis, Roseann Penner Kaufman, Shirley Springer King and Ken Rodgers, and has studied piano with Karen Schlabaugh and Karen Andres. He is a member of ACDA, NAFME and AGO. Christopher is also an active organist, accompanist, guest conductor and clinician in central Kansas.
Andrew Thiesen graduated from Bethel College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in music and a music education license. He has just completed his first year in pursuing a master’s degree at Wichita State University in instrumental conducting under Dr. Timothy Shade. He studies trombone with Professor Matt Blauer. During the past year, Andrew was principal trombone in the WSU Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he played lead trombone in the Jazz Arts Ensemble I.
Family & Friends is a vocal quartet made up of Doug Huxman, Steve and Amy Sherbenou, and Jan Gilmore. The quartet enjoys singing together and is accompanied by Donna Stucky. They have been singing together for a number of years. Doug and Amy and Jan and Donna are two sets of siblings who grew up in the West Zion Mennonite Church.