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Music

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

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Choral Music

Bethany has three choirs which perform at special events and on music tours. Choraliers is a lyric-theatre performance group which takes the stage each February.

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Band members during rehearsal in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center
Instrumental Music

Bethany has numerous opportunities in instrumental music. If you’d like to join one of these groups, please contact the director for more information. Recent Instrumental

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Music Coursework and Programs

Students during rehearsal for Mary Martha Singers in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center
Music Courses

This is a listing of Music (MUSC) classes available at Bethany. These are included in the requirements for the Music Major and other programs. Not

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Music Major

Bethany’s music major includes private study, ensemble participation, music theory, music skills (sight singing, ear training), and music history. As a music student at Bethany

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Private Lessons

Bethany students may take private lessons for piano, organ, band instrument, or voice. Lessons are individual 30-minute weekly sessions, subject to availability on consultation with

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Music Facilities

Bethany Band students practice in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center's band room.
Band Room

The Band Room is located in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center. This room buzzes with activity throughout the year with concert band, jazz band, chamber orchestra,

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organ instrument pictured in Trinity Chapel
Chapel Organ

The organ, designed by Lynn Dobson in consultation with chapel organist Arlene Hilding, was built in 1979. At that time, the organ consisted of 19

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Music Events

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.

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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