Choral Music

family photo, David Paulson, his wife, and three daughters

David Paulson selected as Choral Director

Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is delighted to announce the selection of David Paulson as Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director. He will lead the Choral Program through leadership and vision, direct the Concert Choir, teach a variety of music courses, advise new students and those within the music major, and assist in music leadership…

Choir and band playing at Christmas at Bethany concert

Performances and Recitals

Bethany hosts guest performers throughout the academic year for student enrichment, as well as student Honors Recitals and faculty recitals each semester. Upcoming Performances Student Recitals Recent Performances View the Music Playlist on Youtube. Featured Music Videos Last Days of Autumn was composed by Beret Ouren, a student who is double majoring in music composition…

Female student tuning a harp

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 the music department. For lesson fee information, see the tuition and fees page. Contact an instructor or the registrar for more information:

Ann Frederickson, a professor in the BLC Music Department, directs the Mary Martha Singers choir during a practice.

Mary Martha Singers

As its name implies, Mary Martha Singers is a four-part women’s chorus. The group, which consists of 20-30 members, performs regularly both separately and alongside the Concert Choir. The choir is open to all Bethany women by audition. Professor Ann Fredrickson leads the choir.

Man in german outfit poses with woman in greek goddess dress; all other women on stage watch - dressed in costumes from many different time periods.


Bethany’s Choraliers (a music and theatre department collaboration) present a musical theatre production each February of a classic Broadway musical or operetta. Musicals by Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan, Lerner and Loewe, Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein and the like have been performed to sold-out crowds. The cast typically has 40 to 60 participants, and rehearsals begin…

Prof. Dennis Marzolf directs a Bethany Concert Choir practice as they sing a hymn in Bethany's Silber Hall.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is typically the largest of the choral groups with 50-70 students participating each year. In addition to an annual choir tour, the auditioned SATB group performs for Fall Festival, Reformation, Christmas at Bethany, Commencement, and beautifies chapel services regularly. The choir is open to all Bethany students by audition.

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