Bethany named All-Steinway School

Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce it has been named an All-Steinway School, joining an elite roster of colleges, universities, and conservatories that bear this designation. Peter Schmitt, CEO and fifth generation family owner of Schmitt Music, headquartered in the Twin Cities, will present Bethany with the prestigious distinction on Saturday, September 16 during…

Photo of classical trio in Trinity Chapel (oboe, piano, and cello players)

Balge to be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Bethany Lutheran College piano instructor Dr. Bethel Balge will be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on Thursday, December 31 at approximately 9:18 a.m. together with Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist Gabriel Campos Zamora and 2nd principal cellist Silver Ainomae. The trio’s performance was recorded in Bethany’s Trinity Chapel in September 2020 and includes a performance of Johannes Brahms Clarinet…

High school and college band members stand with instruments in front of chapel

High school musicians gather on the BLC Campus

Bethany Lutheran College Professor of Music Benjamin Faugstad, together with others from the campus, are hosting seventy high school musicians from four states for a weekend of top-level instrumental instruction and performance. The students representing fifteen high schools arrive at Bethany on Friday afternoon, November 15. The students will stay on the Bethany campus with…

Instrumental Music Assistant

Department: Music Supervisor: Ben Faugstad Responsibilities Logistics File documents, music, and equipment. Assist with mailings, record keeping, and information management. Update membership rosters, mailing lists, and alumni databases. Perform other duties assigned. Music and Equipment Loans Assist with the music and equipment loan process. Perform other duties assigned. Music Input Use Finale and Sibelius software…

Choral Music Assistant

Department: Music Supervisor: Responsibilities Assist with various aspects of choral music (e.g., polishing bells, assisting Choraliers, etc.). Perform other duties assigned. Work schedule Days per week:  flexible Hours per week:  ~ 4 Minimum qualifications Participate in concert choir and/or bell choir Certain degree of musical background Good organization, filing, and word processing skills Good communication…


Department: Music Supervisor: Responsibilities Accompany students for departmental recitals and rehearsals Perform other duties assigned. Work schedule Days and hours per week vary according to need Minimum qualifications Must be registered for studio piano Able to meet attendance requirements

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 Every year music students compose original music that is performed in the spring New Music Recital. Past recitals…

Handbell choir playing in Trinity Chapel.


Bethany’s Handbell Choir rehearses one hour each week, and members are chosen by audition. In addition to its performances on and off campus, the Handbell Choir travels and performs with the Concert Choir during its annual choir tour. The bell choir is open to all Bethany students by audition. Professor David Paulson leads the choir.

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.

student sitting at pipe organ with fingers on keys

Piano and Organ

Piano and organ students at Bethany study and perform on superior instruments. Opportunities for involvement include performing major keyboard works in recitals, accompanying student vocalists, and playing for daily chapel and weekly vespers services. Private lessons are available. Excellent instruments are a hallmark of the music enterprise at Bethany. In addition to a number of…

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…

B-Town Drumline

The B-Town Drumline was founded by Benjamin Faugstad in 2004, and continues to be led by students to this day. It is an energy-packed ensemble made up of Bethany students who love to drum, regardless of prior experience. The B-Town Drumline rehearses on a weekly basis, and performs at games and other events throughout the year….

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.

group photo of students at music instrument museum

Music Tours

Choir Tour – May 2024 Each spring, after commencement, the Bethany Concert Choir, Mary Martha Singers, and Handbell Choir embark on a regional or national music tour for about 10 days. At its conclusion, they perform at a homecoming concert in Bethany’s Trinity Chapel.  The Bethany Concert Band tours over spring break in March. Choir and band tours alternate between…

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