A rich tradition in music is reflected in the number of activities available for student participation. Four choral groups, four bands, a chamber orchestra, and a hand bell choir offer group musical experiences. Vocal and instrumental lessons offer opportunities for individual advancement.
Music Groups by Type
Music Coursework and Programs
Connect with Us
Making music is our passion and our calling. We’d love to share it with you. Please contact us with your questions about music opportunities and events at Bethany! More information is available on the Music Department page.
|Name||Title||Office / Phone||Courses|
|Lessons Instructor|| YFAC 205|
|Instructor - Lessons (instrument)|| YFAC 111|
|Evan Bierer||Instruction: Private|| |
|Tom Bierer||Instruction: Private|| |
|ProfessorChapel OrganistInstruction: Organ|| ML 115|
|Assistant Professor|| YFAC 213|
|Will Frame||Lessons Instructor|| |
|Adjunct FacultyChoraliers DirectorDirector - HandbellsMary Martha Singers Director|| YFAC 204|
|Instruction: Voice|| YFAC 204|
|Cynthia Krause||Lessons Instructor|| |
|Professor|| YFAC 209|
|Instruction: Organ, Piano, Voice|| YFAC 102|
|Peter McGuire||Lessons Instructor|| |
|Johnathan Moeller||Lessons Instructor|| |
|Dave Urness||Instruction: String|| |
|Mark Wamma||Instruction: String|| |
|Adjunct Faculty|| YFAC 204|
Opportunities for Involvement
We believe that music is a gift of God. We use that gift to reflect His glory, and to touch the lives of those around us. We believe and have seen the power of music to comfort, inspire, and to give expression to our deepest emotions. We have made use of music in its noblest calling as a bearer and servant of the good news of life and salvation in Christ. For all of those reasons music has been, and will remain, close to the heart of Bethany.
Each year about a quarter of Bethany students participate in a music activity. Students representing many majors are involved in Concert Choir, Concert Band, Mary Martha Singers, Handbell Choir, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, and more.
Student-led groups such as the flute choir, clarinet choir, drum line and “garage bands” of various flavors fill the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center with the sound of music at all hours. Students who study music privately are invited to present their art in formal recitals throughout the year, and many of the music students prepare music for daily chapel services.
Each year in February the music and theatre departments collaborate in the Choraliers production of a fully staged classic Broadway musical or an operetta, including works of Gilbert and Sullivan, Herbert, Gershwin and Kern.
Many student musicians participate in the annual band and choir tour, but the largest presentation of the year are the Christmas at Bethany concerts that take place during the first week in December. Several music performances are streamed live and archived on the Bethany Youtube channel.
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