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The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) was founded in 1996 when Bethel College, in collaboration with the Newton community and its neighbors, acted on a need to provide increased opportunities for music instruction for students of all ages. The Academy of Music, including a Suzuki School of Music, opened its doors to 70 students. The name was changed to Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts when dance instruction was added in fall 2004. BCAPA currently serves nearly 200 students representing more than 140 families from Newton and the Wichita metropolitan area, and Bethel and Hesston colleges.

Mission statement

The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) enhances the quality of life in Newton and surrounding communities through expert, dedicated education in music, dance and the expressive arts. Catalyzing lifelong learning, BCAPA empowers students of all ages and levels of experience to derive meaning from personal and cooperative artistic expression. BCAPA provides unique performance opportunities in a nurturing, community-focused environment.


Address: 300 East 27th St., North Newton, KS 67117
Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus
Basement -- use doors east of front exterior staircase

Fall 2020



Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts
300 East 27th Street
North Newton, KS 67117
(316) 283-4902



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.