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.
Originally from Clearwater, Kan., Courtney Long has been playing the saxophone for 15 years and piano for 20. She received her bachelor’s in saxophone performance from Friends University in 2008, where she had many great performance opportunities, including Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and Jazz a Juan in France. Long then received her master’s in music theory and composition from Wichita State University in 2010.
Long came to Bethany in 2012 after previously teaching in Wichita at The Independent School and the Word of Life Traditional School. She has taught private lessons for over ten years and actively composes and performs music.
Long has played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Band. She supports music education for youth by serving as a woodwind judge for the Kansas State High School Activities Association and saxophone teacher for the Kansas Lions Band.