Bethel College Faculty Perform

Bethel professors Vicky Warkentien, Michael Kendall, Reg Klopfenstein and Robert Rhein will be performing in a music faculty recital Friday, September 8, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

Vicky Tan Warkentien, assistant professor of music, graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002. She received her master's in church music from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1986. Warkentien received her doctorate in music ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in choral conducting with emphasis on piano performance. She teaches piano, piano pedagogy, piano accompanying, harmony, theory, sight-singing and church music ministry. Born in Viet Nam of a Chinese descent, Warkentien's unique background has led her to active participations in music ministries across the globe from New Zealand to Asia. Warkentien has a particular interest in overseas Chinese church music ministries; she has been actively involved in the education of church music and has organized a number of workshops and music camps over the past 20 years. She is a member of the American Choral Director Association, American Musicological Society and the Hymn Society.

Dr. Mike Kendall is professor and director of music education at Bethel College. In this position, he teaches courses in music education, instrumental pedagogy, music technology, and supervises music student teachers. In addition, he directs Bethel's Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra. Prior to coming to Bethel College, Mike was director of music education at a number of institutions including the University of Tulsa, University of Akron, Wichita State University and Spring Arbor University. He taught instrumental and vocal music in the public schools of Bradford (IL) and Southfield (MI). He is currently timpanist and principal percussionist in the Jackson (MI) Symphony and has been a section percussionist in the Tulsa Philharmonic, Quad City Symphony, Wichita Symphony and the Symphony of the Shores (Chicago). Mike received his bachelor of music education from Wheaton College and his Master of Music degree and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. In addition to teaching and performing, he has published research on music teaching and learning in the Journal of Research in Music Education, The Journal of Band Research, the Southeastern Journal of Music Education, The School Musician, and has published a number of articles on various aspects of public school music education in state music education journals and magazines.
Dr. Reginald Klopfenstein is associate professor of music at Bethel College where his activities include directing the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, and teaching applied percussion. His extensive performance background includes nine years as associate principal timpanist and percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, posts with the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and extensive freelance work in chamber music and orchestral mediums.

Robert Rhein was born and raised in Helena, Montana. His early academic interests were in physics, mathematics and languages, and only gradually included music. In fact, he got into music by the "back door," with experience in musical theatre and accompanying long before he ever considered formal music study. He earned a degree in mathematics at Montana State University and then entered the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning the Master of Music degree in piano performance. After a few years as accompanist on the staff of the same music school, he entered the doctor of musical arts program there. He began teaching at Bethel College in 1988, and finished his doctorate in the spring of 1993. In addition to teaching music, he is the German professor at Bethel, and has done freelance work in photography in the community. He has written concert and theatre reviews for the South Bend Tribune, and has more than a dozen published choral works to his credit. In addition to occasional solo faculty recitals, he is especially busy regularly accompanying choral groups, students and faculty members at Bethel College, and has accompanied at Notre Dame, IUSB, St. Mary's College, and has performed with several area orchestras and choral groups.

For more information, call the Fine Arts department at 574.257.3393.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 1,960 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind