“West Zion Concert Series” continues at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge. Featured performers include Christopher Shaw, organ; Kenna Graber, flute; Open Road, an a capella men’s ensemble from Bethel College; and Donna Stucky, piano.
A free-will offering will be received during the concert and immediately following there will be a time of fellowship, with refreshments being served. CDs of some of the performers will be available for sale.
Shaw will be playing West Zion’s 1980 Dobson tracker organ. He grew up in Peabody and graduated from Bethel College in North Newton 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 for Bethel College Mennonite Church and hopes to pursue master’s degrees in choral conducting and organ performance.
Graber grew up in Wellman, Iowa, and graduated from Bethel College in 1996 with a B.A. 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 WSU. While in college, she had an 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 men’s ensemble from Bethel College, started by several students seven years ago. The group is comprised of singers from the Bethel College Concert Choir.  Members receive no academic credit from the school, perform their own rehearsals and schedule their own events.  They have represented Bethel College at Mennonite conferences in Charlotte, S.C. and San Jose, Calif. and have recorded three CD albums, the most recent being “Here by the Water,” released this fall. This year’s 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 located at 101 S. Washington Avenue in Moundridge.