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We want to talk to you directly about your interests in music. Please consider scheduling a campus visit. We will have you meet with our music faculty and even have you join a class or a rehearsal, if you request.

You can choose one of our audition days each semester – reach out to our admissions department with questions about audition opportunities and audition days.

Performance opportunities

As a Bethel student, you'll have numerous opportunities to participate in one or more of our musical ensembles. If you plan to study music or you simply want to participate in a group, we welcome all interested students into our ensembles.

These include

  • Concert Choir
  • Jazz ensembles
  • Chapel Choir (vocal treble ensemble)
  • Wind Ensemble or chamber orchestra
  • Steel Drum Band
  • Threshold (athletic band)
  • Woven (soprano/alto, a cappella ensemble) or Open Road (tenor/bass, a cappella ensemble)
  • Chamber Singers


Because Bethel is a liberal-arts institution, you’ll learn to

  • think critically
  • ask good questions
  • communicate effectively through speaking and writing

You’ll put music into its context of history, literature and other fine arts, which situates you well for

  • graduate school
  • teaching
  • a performance career
  • Masters in Collaborative Piano
  • Masters in Education
  • Masters in Orchestral Conducting
  • Masters in Performance:
    • Trombone
    • Jazz Saxophone
    • Voice
    • Trumpet
    • Double bass
  • Doctorates in Musicology
  • Doctorates in Choral Conducting

Bethel College prepares students to succeed wherever their passions take them.

Notable Alumni

Rachel de Benedet – ’88

Rachel de Benedet is a professional actor in New York City with roles in the national tour of Camelot, the Broadway production of The Addams Family and she created the role of “Paula Abegnale” in the world premiere of Catch Me If You Can, played at the Chicago Goodman Theater.

Dan Hege – ’87

Dan Hege is conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton symphony and Principal visiting Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony

Rachel Dirks – ’92

Rachel Dirks is an instructor of orchestra and cello at Kansas State University.

Arthur Marks – ’93

Arthur Marks is a professional actor in New York City and he was featured in the first American cast recording of Honk.

Dr. Paul Crabb – ’76

Dr. Paul Crabb is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Missouri.

Grace Bradfield – ’17

Grace Bradfield is in graduate school in Dentistry in Kansas City, MO.

Jordan Ortman – ’13

Jordan Ortman has completed his Master degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently on faculty at Metro State University and plays professionally in the Denver area.

Joel Linscheid – ’08

Joel Linscheid is pursuing doctoral work at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Brett Jackson – ’08

Brett Jackson is an adjunct collegiate teacher in Kansas City and playing professionally in Kansas City.

Amy Regier – ’02

Amy Regier teaches elementary music in the Newton Pubic system and teaches Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Music at Bethel College.

Major requirements for Music:
36 hours plus piano competency
Major requirements for Music teacher licensure:
59 hours, including 7 hours in the major performance medium, piano and guitar competency and aural skills competency, plus completion of professional education requirements.
Minor requirements for Music:
16 hours

Joel Boettger

Director of bands / Assistant professor of music

Seth Girton

Adjunct instructor of cello

Kristopher Hilding

Adjunct instructor of music

Nancy Johnson

Adjunct instructor of violin

Christina Liu

Assistant professor of music

Chris Miertschin

Assistant professor of music

Renae Peters

Library assistant for Interlibrary Loan / Adjunct instructor of music

Kristin Shaffer

Adjunct instructor of flute

Kimberly Trujillo

Adjunct instructor of percussion

Henry Waters

Director of choral music / Associate professor of music

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.