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.
Leah Ann Anderson began teaching at Bethany College in 2011. She in an Instructor of Voice, both principal and secondary emphasis.
Anderson earned the degree Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University. While there she studied voice with Dr. Vernon Yenni, and Choral Conducting with Dr. René Clausen. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Fontbonne University in St.Louis, Missouri, where she studied voice with Dr. Relford Patterson. Anderson’s first voice teacher was Dr. Elmer Copley at Bethany College.
Anderson was the director of choral music for the Smoky Valley School District for many years. In 2007 she was named the Outstanding High School Music Educator for the South Central District of the Kansas Music Educators’ Association. Anderson is the director of the Bethany Lutheran Church Men’s Choir and the Smoky Valley Men’s Choir.
Anderson teaches private voice lessons, and is a frequent performer in the community as a soloist and participant in small vocal ensembles.
Anderson has two grown sons. She and her husband live in Lindsborg.