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Fine Arts

Instrumental Music

Bethel College has a strong music tradition.

Students have the opportunity to play in a variety of small and large instrumental ensembles as well as to study privately with excellent faculty. In addition to on-campus performance opportunities, Bethel students often perform in various settings throughout the Newton and Wichita community. Recent graduates of Bethel College have gone on to great success founded upon their significant musical experience in the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Orchestra.

Bethel College Wind Ensemble

Bethel College Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble that performs a wide range of wind ensemble repertoire including classic band music, contemporary works and chamber music. In addition to regular on-campus performances, the Wind Ensemble has received invitations to perform at the KMEA convention and has commissioned works by leading contemporary composers. In recent years the group has also worked with several significant guest artists, including Frank L. Battisti, Michael Kallstrom, Michelle Price and Steven Danyew.

Recent Repertoire:
  • Lincolnshire Posy — Percy Grainger
  • When Jesus Wept & Chester — William Schuman
  • Arrival — Michael Kallstrom – World Premiere performance
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 — David Maslanka
  • Ebony Concerto — Igor Stravinsky
  • Gran Partita — W. A. Mozart
  • Symphony No. 23 Ani — Alan Hovhaness
  • The Leaves Are Falling — Warren Benson
  • Suite No. 1 — Gustav Holst
  • Nobles of the Mystic Shrine — Sousa
  • Star Wars Trilogy — John Williams

Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra

Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble that is open to all students and community members. This group performs large orchestra repertoire and provides students with an opportunity work with faculty members in a performance and rehearsal setting. The group performs regularly on campus for the annual Masterworks concert, opera performances and symphonic concerts.

Recent Repertoire:
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major — Johannes Brahms
  • Symphony No. 8 in G major — Antonin Dvorak
  • Ein Deutsches Requiem — Johannes Brahms
  • Overture to Don Giovanni — W.A. Mozart
  • The Pirates of Penzance — Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Petite Suite — Claude Debussy
  • Symphony No. 5 — Ludwig van Beethoven

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.