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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 are able to choose from one of our audition days each semester - Saturday, November 2 or Saturday, March 7. You can reach out to our admissions department with any questions about audition opportunities.

What’s your passion?

Whether it’s

  • singing
  • playing an instrument (or several)
  • music theater
  • composing
  • sharing music with others through teaching

you can pursue it at Bethel College.

Small is beautiful.

That’s more than a cliché. At Bethel, 25%+ of students are involved in music. Some are music majors or minors. Some are practicing their art while studying in other areas.

The size of our student body and a low student-to-faculty ratio means you can hone what you know as well as explore something new.

Take a peek into the music opportunities that await you here.


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

Check out what some of our alumni have done with their degrees.


Performance Opportunities

The performing arts are an important part of the Bethel College experience. Dedicated faculty, frequent performance opportunities and a campus and wider community that appreciate and support student artists make Bethel College the perfect choice for students seeking a performance experience that challenges and nurtures the individual. Learn more about the variety of performance opportunities available to Bethel College students.

European Choir Tour

Every four years, the Bethel College Concert Choir has the opportunity to travel and perform in numerous European countries. Past tours have taken us to Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition to the musical aspects of the study tour, choir members become familiar with varied aspects of European culture, history, economics, social structures, politics and religious life.

View the most recent tour schedule. We often sing in churches as well as in some cathedrals (formal or informal concerts).


Music students have a number of outlets for gaining hands-on experience on campus and in surrounding communities. A number of instrumentalists teach younger students through the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts. Students also get involved in area church services on a regular basis – many of them direct church choirs or play piano or organ. Students have also applied and been accepted for internships with larger music organizations such as a summer 2006 internship with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in New York City.

Possibilities for undergraduate research are open to Bethel music majors, designed by students to tailor to their specific interests and closely assisted by faculty. Some recent undergraduate research topics have included:

  • The 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano by Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Stuart Davis, Earl Hines and jazz-art influences
  • Four jazz transcriptions and a comparative analysis of the various jazz styles represented
  • 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

Private Lessons and Pedagogy Opportunities

Bethel offers private instruction in piano, organ, voice and all wind, string and percussion instruments, plus a cooperative program in piano pedagogy that 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.

Donna Hetrick

Adjunct instructor of organ

Howard Glanton

Adjunct instructor of guitar

Kay Buskirk

Adjunct instructor of viola

Kimberly Trujillo

Adjunct instructor of percussion

Kristin Shaffer

Adjunct instructor of flute

Matt Blauer

Adjunct instructor of trombone

Nancy Johnson

Adjunct instructor of violin

Seth Girton

Adjunct instructor of cello

Soyoun Chun

Adjunct associate professor of music / Adjunct instructor of music (voice)

William Eash

Professor and chair of music / Director of choral activities

Zach Hague

Adjunct instructor of bassoon

Joel Boettger

Director of bands / Assistant professor of music

Christina Liu

Assistant professor of music

Kristopher Hilding

Adjunct instructor of music

Brad Shores

Director of pep band and steel band / Director of summer programs

Cindy Thompson

Adjunct instructor of oboe and English horn

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.