The Bethany College Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1935. Music has played a central role in the life of Bethany College since its foundation in 1881. Many world renowned artists have traveled to Lindsborg to perform and teach.
Bethany Oratorio Society boasts one of the longest running annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, and PBS. This rich tradition of musical excellence remains strong and vibrant to this very day.
At Bethany, music is for everyone, and students majoring in the sciences and humanities regularly benefit from the wide array of musical ensembles available, just as Bethany music majors benefit from pursuing their specialized studies within the context of a liberal arts environment.
Bethany music students study with many different career goals in mind. They gain the knowledge and experience to carry them successfully through graduate study and/or careers.
Mark Lucas, Ph.D., returns to Bethany College from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a tenured associate professor of choral music education and the associate director of choral activities. He conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers. He founded the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at the University of Oklahoma, which has featured more than 1,000 young men in concert. Before the University of Oklahoma, Lucas served for four years as director of choral activities at Kansas Wesleyan University and taught vocal music to students in grades 6 to 12 in Marion, Kan.
Lucas received a degree in music education from Bethany and a Master of Music in choral conducting and a doctorate in choral music education from the University of Oklahoma. As a tenor, Lucas has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages.
Daniel J. Masterson, DMA, is an associate professor of music at Bethany College. He has also been the Billue-Burnett Distinguished Professor of Music since 2003.
Masterson joined the faculty at Bethany College in 2000. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Arts from McPherson College. At Bethany, he teaches piano, piano pedagogy and music theory. He is an active member of Kansas Music Teachers Association as the College Faculty Forum Chair.
Beyond his teaching, Masterson maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative artist. He has performed recitals in many central and southern states and has extensive experiences in accompanying for soloists and chamber ensembles. He brings additional versatility to the music department from his experience as a public educator, private teacher and church musician. He is regarded highly as teacher, clinician, adjudicator and director.