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.
Doug Talbott is the former Director of Bands at Bethany College were he directed the Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, Blue Dozen, Jazz Ensemble, was the Coordinator of the Music Education Program, and was Chair of the Fine Arts Division.
Doug previously taught in several Kansas public schools. In addition, he was Head of the Music Department at Butler County Community College in El Dorado. Doug received his B.M.E. from Bethany College and his M.M.E. from Fort Hays State University. He has done additional graduate work at Morehead State University and Wichita State University. Doug studied conducting with Lowell Burroughs of Bethany, Clarence Sawhill of UCLA, Al Wright of Purdue, and Lyle Dilley of Fort Hays State University.
Bethany College: Bachelors of Music Education