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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.

Current Semester

  • Download the spring 2018 registration packet (coming soon)
  • Download the spring 2018 schedule (coming soon)

Join BCAPA for Spring Semester! We have classes, lessons, and workshops for all ages in Dance, Music, Suzuki Strings, Kindermusik, and Art. Spring classes begin January 8.

Register before December 31 and receive a 2% Early Bird discount on tuition fees. Deadline to enroll is January 15. 

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.


Academy of Music
Academy of Dance

Contact Information

Laurel Woodward-Breckbill, executive director

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

BCAPA Policies and Information

Coming soon!

Bethel College
Attention BCAPA
300 E. 27th St.
North Newton, KS 67117

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.