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Fine Arts

Open Road

Open Road began in the fall of 2000 as a student-directed group of men who came united by singing.

Since that time, the group has established a concert schedule that serves both Bethel College and the surrounding community. All members of Open Road are active singers in the Bethel College Concert Choir and their music is often featured during the annual Concert Choir tour. 

In addition to local church concerts, Open Road performs at a variety of Bethel College events. They have been featured with the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus, the Mennonite Church USA conventions in Charlotte, N.C., and San Jose, Calif. They have been a selected choir at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) annual convention. As part of their concert schedule, they annually perform a home concert in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus. 

Open Road appreciates their audiences as they strive for excellence through their disciplined singing and their dedicated commitment to each other. Their music celebrates their love of male a cappella singing. 

Open Road history 

Open Road, a name chosen by the original ensemble, is rooted in a shared experience, told as follows: “We were singing at a church service on a Sunday morning when a homeless man came into the service. He was receiving aid from the church. We listened to the man’s story and discovered that he had no name; he went by the alias of ‘Open Road.’ Because we were moved by his testimony and his evident joy of life, despite his suffering and disappointment, we decided to honor him by assuming his name, Open Road. That story and his image have stayed with us ever since that experience.”

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.