Contact person: Joel Linschield
The jazz program at Bethel College boasts two big bands and various jazz combos. Jazz Ensemble I performs regularly at concerts and festivals during the school year and has received Superior ratings at the Wichita and University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festivals. Top area high school jazz musicians are encouraged to consider auditioning for the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with guest artists and local professionals.
The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Contact person: Christopher Westover
These two ensembles, composed of string, wind and percussion students, perform a wide variety of music from the Baroque era to newly composed world premieres. In addition to regular season concerts, the chamber orchestra also serves as the orchestra for Bethel’s opera productions and for the annual sing-along of the Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah.
Private Lessons and Pedagogy Opportunities
Contact person: Karen Bauman Schlabaugh
Bethel College offers private instruction in piano, organ, voice and all wind, string and percussion instruments. Additionally, a cooperative program in piano pedagogy gives pianists a unique and valuable opportunity for concentrated study. All students engaged in private study are occasionally invited to become paid apprentice instructors in the Bethel College Academy for the Performing Arts, where they are mentored by college faculty. More than 200 community students participate in BCAPA’s programs, which include private lessons, a Suzuki violin program and dance.