Bethel Balge, music department faculty and private lessons instructor

Bethel Balge

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  • Doctoral of Musical Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2014
  • Diplommusik, Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, 1994
  • Master of Music, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1990
  • Bachelor of Music with Honor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1987


Winner of the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts and of the McKnight sponsored Artist Grant, pianist Bethel Balge has performed in Germany, including at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, in Russia as soloist with the Voronezh Philharmonic, as well as in various American venues.  Balge’s “highly concentrated, technically secure and captivating interpretation” of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit attracted notice from a reviewer at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after a performance at the Alte Oper.  As a doctoral student of Lydia Artymiw, Balge performed in a Minnesota Public Radio live broadcast in the Bach Birthday concert organized by MPR host Michael Barone. She is founding Artistic Director of the Summit Avenue Music Chamber Music Series and Co-Artistic Director with Peter McGuire of the ProMusica Chamber Music Festival. After six years in Germany, Balge received a Diplom degree from the University of Frankfurt’s Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst. Previously she received her Master of Music M.M. from the University of Wisconsin under Howard Karp.  She is a cum laude graduate (Bachelor of Music) of Michigan State University, where she studied under Van Cliburn gold prize winner Ralph Votapek. Balge teaches piano and music history courses at Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) and is executive director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.


Member, Minnesota Music Teachers Association (1998-present) and the Music Teachers National Association.