The first class of the Tabor Arts Hall of Fame will be officially inducted on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Eight selections represent this year’s class, spanning opera, visual arts, band, choir, and theatre. Inductees include: Carl Gerbrandt, A.R. Ebel, Malinda Nikkel, Jack Braun, Lonn Richards, Herbert C. Richert, Paul Wohlgemuth, and Jonah Kliewer.
A private dinner and banquet will open the evening and the inauguration ceremony will follow at 7:30 p.m. inside the Richert Auditorium in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The ceremony is the only event open to the public and tickets are required. They can be reserved by visiting www.tabor.edu/tickets. The event will also be live-streamed via the Tabor College Webcast channel on YouTube. You can watch it at the following link, www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3ou3jWgKZQ.
“Each of these men and women who are being inducted into the Arts Hall of Fame have touched a multitude of lives,” Dr. Greg Zielke, arts director and professor of music, said. “Truly they represent what is best about Tabor College: excellence, generosity, and service. I thank God for blessing Tabor with these supremely talented and gifted musicians and artists.”
The Arts Hall of Fame was created to give recognition to alumni and former faculty who have excelled and contributed in extraordinary ways in their fields of music, theatre, or art. They have also exemplified Tabor College, preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom.
Selection criteria, among others, require former arts faculty to have served the college for 10 or more years, while alumni must be out of Tabor for at least 15 years.