Artist Profiles

Kent Beck first tenor

Kent grew up in Archbold, OH. He lives in Goshen where he has been working on the renovation of “Inn on South Fifth,” a bed and breakfast that he and his wife Karen Lehman will run. He has four adult children and two grandchildren scattered across North America. With degrees in both education and nursing, Kent has served as a school nurse and with the county health department. In the 1980’s, Kent worked overseas with Mennonite Central Committee as a teacher and the country director of MCC’s Egypt program. He also worked at a Friends school in Maryland, and taught science in a Christian high school in Philadelphia. Kent has always enjoyed singing but really found his “niche” when he joined the Washington DC Men’s Camerata directed by former Chanticleer director, Frank Albinder and then in Bucks Co. PA was part of Cordus Mundi. Returning to Goshen in 2015 Kent was pleased to get re-connected and together with Adam Tice to form The Open Fifths.

P. Jay Bontrager second tenor

Jay grew up in Middlebury, IN, attended Hesston College, and now lives in Goshen. For 27 years he had a floral, gift and interior design business in Middlebury, and for the last 10 years has been employed at Lowe’s in Goshen. Jay sang from a young age through high school, college and beyond, including with Camarata Singers and Goshen Community Chorale, with many great musical memories.

Andy Brubaker second tenor

Andy grew up in Goshen where he now lives. He teaches biology at Goshen High School. Andy enjoys singing most types of music, but has always loved singing in small mixed and men’s vocal groups. He has fond memories of singing in a men’s octet, Farther Along, and touring with Goshen College choirs. He enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, Ali, and their golden retriever.

Martin Brubaker baritone

Martin, grew up in Bluffton, OH and Goshen where he now lives. He provides technical and customer support for Red Post. His musical tastes are quite eclectic—from hip hop to electronic, 1980s music and light rock—as long as it’s groovy. A special music memory is taking a master class with members of Cantus and performing with them in a culminating concert. He says he’s really into mustard right now.

Dan Brubaker Horst second tenor

Dan grew up in Goshen where he and his wife Jessica live. He is a software developer in the Hesburgh Libraries at University of Notre Dame. Dan enjoys singing classical and traditional music from around the world, and loves opera and classical and modern ensemble concerts. He likes post-punk, electronica, and EDM music. When he sang with the Goshen College Men’s Choir he had the privilege of spending a day singing and socializing with Cantus, and even played dodge ball with them. Dan enjoys traveling and SCUBA diving with his wife. They have 4 cats and 2 dogs.

Lee Dengler bass

Lee grew up in Souderton, PA. Lee and his wife Susan moved to Goshen in 1996 after accepting a call to be Ministers of Music at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.  One of Lee’s primary responsibilities there is directing the 50-voice Adult Choir.  Lee is a composer with over 370 choral and piano works published by many of the major choral publishers in the United States.  Lee is also a freelance music editor and music engraver for several publishers.  Lee loves vocal and choral music of all kinds.  One of his fondest memories is singing in a select choir and performing in several of the great cathedrals in England.  Lee and Susan have two adult children and five “great” grandchildren and two cats.

Dan Eash bass

Dan grew up and lives in Bristol. He is a farmer, chicken wrangler, and part-time cook at College Mennonite Church. Dan enjoys all styles of music, so long as it isn’t pop country. He has special memories singing hymns with his family when loved ones were sick, and he thinks hymns are often best when sung outside of church. Dan admits he may have squealed a bit when he got a pressure cooker for Christmas. He plans to do a lot of canning and is willing to share with others.

Mark Eash Hershberger baritone

Mark grew up in Harrisonburg, VA, and now lives in Goshen. He is a media arts designer. Mark enjoys classic rock and piano rock artists such as Ben Folds, Billy Joel, and Elton John. He is always delighted when we sing Billy Joel’s “Lullaby.” He also likes Brandi Carlile’s great harmony. He cherishes the memory of singing with a touring choir in a few Catholic cathedrals in Germany and France—the most beautiful setting and sound resonance he has ever sung in. Mark has the gift of making the sound of one hand clapping. 

Richard A. Kauffman bass

Richard grew up in Lancaster County, PA, and now lives in Goshen. He retired recently as book review editor for the Christian Century. He and his wife Suzanne have two adult children and three grandchildren. He has very eclectic musical interests, but especial enjoys the sacred choral music tradition and classic rock. Richard’s claim to musical fame was singing once as a young person with Richard Sterban, who went on to become the bass in the Oakridge Boys. Reading, spending time with his grandchildren, and biking are his favorite pastimes.

Jon Kauffmann-Kennel baritone

Jon grew up in Lombard, IL, and now lives in Elkhart. He has worked in the communications profession, from public radio to public relations. He enjoys jazz and classic rock. A former member of Camerata Singers, Jon also currently sings in Vesper Chorale. He has both played cello and sung in Handel’s Messiah. Jon and wife Mary have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Clayton Miller second tenor

Clayton grew up locally and lives in Goshen. He works in sales for Miller Poultry. He grew up listening to jazz and WVPE, which has greatly influenced his musical tastes. He also likes R&B, hip hop, as well as classical and a cappella music. He appreciates the opportunities he had to sing in musical programs at Goshen High School and Goshen College. If needed, he is able to diagnose a sick chicken.

Grant Miller bass

Grant grew up in Danvers, IL, and now lives in Goshen where he works as a library assistant. He has a wide variety of musical interests, but never passes up a good folk tune. Grant has special memories of Messiah performances, but especially of singing it as a student at Goshen College. He started studying this spring at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.

Adam M. L. Tice baritone

Adam lives in Goshen with his wife Maria and son and works as a hymn writer. Growing up in lived in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Oregon, Indiana, and Maryland. Adam enjoys the human voice in all its varied forms. Special musical memories include singing in Carnegie Hall with the Goshen College Chamber Choir; the premier of a text he wrote premiered at the Washington National Cathedral; producing a CD featuring the St. Joseph Valley Camerata and Goshen College singers singing his collaborations with composer Sally Ann Morris. A co-founder of the group, Adam can’t figure out if he’s the youngest old guy or oldest young guy in The Open Fifths.

Brandon Yoder first tenor

Brandon grew up in Oskaloosa, IA. He now lives in Goshen and is a dairy veterinarian. Brandon enjoys listening to jazz and bluegrass music. A special music memory is singing in the inaugural Sauder concert hall performance. He roots for the Green Bay Packers.