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.
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Kendra Flory joined the Bethany College community in Fall 2012 as director of the Genesis Ringers. A McPherson, KS native, Flory earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia, where she studied with Dr. John Barr. Flory has rung handbells for over 25 years. Her studies have included ensemble and solo instruction under Eunice Tarum, multiple advanced ensemble intensives under the direction of Dr. William Payne, and solo instruction under Christine Anderson and Nancy Hascall. Flory has engaged the handbell instrument through large and small ensembeles, solo work, directing, and teaching workshops.
Career highlights include a solo performance for the 2004 CBS Christmas Eve special and working with and performing for the Handglockenchor Hannover, Germany during the celebration of it’s 10th anniversary. Flory has rung in several notable community handbell choirs, including The Agape Ringers of Chicago and Circle City Ringers of Indianapolis. Flory currently directs the handbell program at the McPherson Church of the Brethren and enjoys ringing duets with her sister Janelle.