The baton passes in music

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In the early 1960s the choral baton passed from Herbert C. Richert, who had served Tabor since 1932, to Paul Wohlgemuth. ?Dr. Paul? (pictured) came to Tabor to serve as chair of the music department in fall 1960 and led the choir until 1976. Music students remembered both long hours of practice in preparation for recitals and long bus rides on tours, not only to churches in California and British Columbia but also to eastern states, Romania and Western Europe. In 1974 Kansas Gov. Robert Docking designated Tabor?s choir as the official ?Kansas Wheat Centennial Choir,? celebrating the arrival of Turkey Red Winter Wheat with the Mennonites.

 

The above anecdote is included in ?Tabor College: A Century of Transformation 1908-2008,? the history of the college commissioned for this year?s centennial celebration. The book can be purchased for $48.39 (tax included) plus $5 for shipping. Call 620-947-3121 ext. 1212 for information or orders.

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