Bands and Choirs


There are three major bands on campus. Concert Band, the largest, performs on campus and throughout the country. Students may also participate in the Jazz Ensemble, an increasingly popular ensemble that also tours frequently. The group supports Bethany's athletes with their love of music, sports, and school spirit. Chapel Brass is open to brass members of the Concert Band and performs for chapel services as well as other campus performances and tour.

Various chamber ensembles for woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, and mixed groups have also formed for special events or activites. For individual advancement, private lessons are readily available for most instruments.

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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. Music department director Dennis Marzolf leads the choir.



Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is a small ensemble (18-20 singers) drawn from the Concert Choir membership. They perform at the Christmas Concert and on the Choir Tour program in May.



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. The bell choir is open to all Bethany students by audition. Music department director Dennis Marzolf leads the choir.


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.


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.

Excellent instruments are a hallmark of the music enterprise at Bethany. In addition to a number of upright and Steinway grand pianos, the college owns four pipe organs for use by students and faculty. The Dobson 20-stop organ in the chapel has been featured in numerous recitals throughout the years. It has also been used for several professional recordings and been featured on Minnesota Public Radio several times. Since 1979 it has enhanced worship services and served as a premiere recital instrument. A smaller instrument, the 4-stop Dobson portative organ, is designed to accompany choral works on campus and, occasionally, on tour. Other organs by Casavant and Moller are available in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center. All organs and pianos are readily available for rehearsals.