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.
Richard Koshgarian’s orchestral experience began when he was accepted into the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at age 12. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Rhode Island College and a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Michigan. After spending two years on the music faculty at Western Carolina University, he returned to The University of Michigan to study orchestral conducting and composition.
After winning a national audition for the position of Assistant Conductor of the National Orchestra of New York, Koshgarian conducted at Carnegie Hall and Columbia University, working with principal players from most of the world’s leading orchestras. He also had the opportunity to work with renowned conductors Zubin Mehta, Seija Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, and Kurt Masur.
In 1989, Koshgarian began work toward a doctorate degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Iowa. Upon completing course work, he was hired as Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Hays State University. In 1991 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa and moved to Salina where he serves as Orchestra Director at Bethany College, Music Director at Salina Community Theater and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church.
Rhode Island College: Bachelor of Music Performance