“Goshen Meets Broadway” during March 13 Afternoon Sabbatical program

GOSHEN, Ind. – Featuring some of the best loved Tony Award-winning musicals, Sandra Hill, soloist and Community School of the Arts vocal teacher, will be joined by special guest Doyle Preheim, professor emeritus of music, and local students for an afternoon on Broadway in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall. This Afternoon Sabbatical program will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 and is free and open to the public.

Accompanied by Professor of Music Matthew Hill, the group will perform pieces from such Best Musical winners as “Annie,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Evita,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Wicked.”

A coloratura soprano, Sandra Hill is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a master of music degree in vocal performance and has also done extensive vocal studies with master voice teacher Herald Stark. She has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvehjem and has appeared in a variety of musical and operatic roles including Julie Jordan in “Carousel,” Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” and Sister Mary Amnesia in “Nunsense.” Hill has actively performed and taught voice in the area since locating to Goshen in 2000 with her husband, Matthew Hill, and daughter Molly (one of the voice students featured in the program). Since 2007, she has also served as director of the Community School of the Art’s Shout For Joy Children’s Choir.

Preheim was professor of music at Goshen College for 30 years, teaching classes, giving voice lessons and directing choirs until retiring in 2003. In addition, he has been actively involved in the Goshen/Elkhart cultural scene as choral director and soloist. For several years Preheim directed the Elkhart Symphony Chorus, and he also directed the Camerata Singers of Elkhart County as a two-year interim director. In 1983 he founded the Goshen Community Chorale and served as director for 14 years. As soloist, Preheim has performed in area oratorio performances and in campus opera productions. He and his wife, Mary Jo, make their home in Santa Fe, N.M., where he is musical director of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale, a 48-voice community choir. He also has an active voice studio in his home. With Mary Jo on the piano, he has performed in Santa Fe as a soloist.

Other performers in the Afternoon Sabbatical program will include local voice students of Sandra Hill and members of the Community School of the Art’s Shout For Joy Children’s Choir.

A reception in the Music Center lobby will follow the program. Afternoon Sabbatical programs are usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall or the College Church Fellowship Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information on the Afternoon Sabbatical series call the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

Future programs in the Afternoon Sabbatical series include:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at noon in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall
International meal and program featuring “Lithuania: Small Surprises,” by Ervin Beck, professor emeritus of English, and Phyllis Beck
After a traditional Lithuanian meal, Ervin and Phyllis Beck, who taught for a year at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, will share surprises from this interesting country. In this ancient land on the Baltic Sea, formerly a Soviet territory, they found an unspoiled seacoast, traditional villages and architecture, and people whose language most resembles the original Indo-European tongue. Cost: $20. Register by April 6 ($5 late fee after deadline). Call (574) 535-7565 to register.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Spring Bus Trip – Chicago Art and Architecture
This trip to Chicago will feature art and architecture. In the morning the group will visit the Frank Lloyd Wright House and Studio in Oak Park to enjoy his amazing architectural style, then will return to Michigan Avenue to visit the Chicago Cultural Center housed in the beautiful 1897 Library, with its marbled and mosaic interiors and the world’s largest art glass dome by Tiffany. In the late afternoon there will be a docent-led tour of the highlights of the Chicago Art Institute. Cost: $80. Call (574) 535-7565 to register.

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College Acting News Bureau Coordinator Alysha Bergey Landis at (574) 535-7762 or alyshabl@goshen.edu.



Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report‘s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.