Presser Hall Auditorium


Presser Hall auditorium seats more than 1,700 with an additional 500 seating capacity on the stage. The hall’s exceptional acoustics can support large choral/orchestral performances and solo recitals with equal clarity.

The DeWitt Center for Music occupies the second and third floors of Presser Hall, housing classrooms, studios, practice rooms and a fully equipped computer lab including the latest in computer software and hardware, synthesizers and recording equipment. There are two music libraries, the choral and instrumental libraries, and a student lounge. The instrumental music department is well equipped with instruments appropriate to the needs of band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble. Individual lockers are available for the protection and security of instruments.

Pipe Organs of Bethany College

The Auditorium Organ

The Thomson-Mingenback Organ

“The Thomson-Mingenback Concert Organ in Presser Hall Auditorium at Bethany College is one of the largest in the central United States. The versatility and quality of the instrument is that of a wide range of individual expression for organists, allows for accurate interpretation of the literature which reflects the heritage of the organ, and raises a challenge to composers to explore the resources of this instrument in new music.

Designed by Dr. Paul G. Bunjes, the instrument was built and installed in 1976 by the Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas. The organ is named for the major donors − Mr. F. Carl Thomson of Lindsborg and Mrs. E. C. Mingenback, Julia J. Mingenback Foundation of McPherson, Kansas.

The Thomson-Mingenback Concert Organ is significant not only because of size, but more importantly because of tonal design, versatility and craftsmanship. There are 80 ranks (sets of pipes), 4,329 pipes, two sets of Zimbelstern, and four manuals plus pedal. The Vorsatz (floating division) contains 7 ranks of pipes under higher wind pressure than the rest of the organ, and is playable from any division. The 32′ Bombarde stop in the pedal is the longest of the pipes. Two ranks of trumpet-style pipes are mounted horizontally on the front of the case. The instrument is visually and musically commanding. It fits the aesthetic setting of historic Presser Hall, and it enhances the existing acoustics. It is used for concerts, recitals, celebratory services, and everyday practice for students and faculty.”


80 Ranks | 4,329 Pipes | 6 Divisions | 4 Manuals – 61 Notes, Pedal – 32 Notes

Great (Manual II)
16’ Gross Pommer
8’ Principal
8’ Waldfloete
4’ Octave
4’ Querfloete
2 2/3’ Quinte
2’ Octave
II Quintenona
IV Mixtur
III Klingendzimbel
8’ Trompete
Swell to Great 8’
Positif to Great 8’
Choir to Great 8’
Choir (Manual IV) 
8’ Barduen
4’ Fugara
4’ Spillfloete
2 2/3’ Nasat
2’ Principal
II Terzsept
III Rauschzimbel
8’ Krummhorn
8’ Oboe (Prepared)
4’ Geigendregal
Positif to Choir 8’
Swell (Manual III) 
8’ Holzgedackt
8’ Salicional
8’ Celeste
4’ Principal
4’ Koppelfloete
2’ Hohlfloete
II Quartan
IV Plein Jeu
16’ Chalumeau
8’ Trompette
4’ Schalmei
Swell to Swell 4’
Positif to Swell 8’
Choir to Swell 8’
Vorsatz (Floating)
16’ Zink en Chamade
8’ Trompette en Chamade
V Kornett Praestant
Zimbelstern Forte
Zimbelstern Piano
Positif (Manual I)
8’ Rohrgedackt
4’ Geigendprincipal
4’ Spitzgedackt
2’ Blockfloete
II Sesquialtera
IV Scharf
16’ Rankett
8’ Konisch Regal
Choir to Positif 8’
16’ Principalbass
16’ Gedacktbass
8’ Octave
8’ Gemshorn
5 1/3’ Grossquinte
4’ Choral Bass
4’ Spitzfloete
II Rauschquinte
IV Mixtur
32’ Bombarde
16’ Posaune
8’ Trompette (Prepared)
8’ Dulzian
4’ Fagott
2’ Kornett
Great to Pedal 8’
Swell to Pedal 8’
Positif to Pedal 8’
Choir to Pedal 8’

The Chapel Organ

Chapel Organ

Built by the Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, KS in 1974, the chapel organ was a gift from the Julia J. Mingenback Foundation of McPherson, Kansas.

The organ is mounted in the southeast corner of the Burnett Center Chapel and contains 8 ranks of pipes, controlled by an electro-pneumatic console. All pipe work is free-standing and exposed without expression


8 Ranks – 459 Pipes | 2 Manuals – 61 Notes | Pedal – 32 Notes

8’ Principal
8’ Gedeckt
4’ Oktav
4’ Quintadena
2’ Rohrflöte
II Mixture
8’ Gedeckt
8’ Quintadena
(low 12 from 8’ Gedeckt)
4’ Rohrflöte
(low 12 from 4’ Quintadena)
2’ Principal
2’ Quintadena
(top 12 from 2’ Rohrflöte)
1 1/3’ Larigot
1’ Sifflöte
16’ Untersatz
8’ Principal
8’ Gedeckt
4’ Oktav
4’ Quintadena
2’ Rohrflöte
II Mixture

The Rieger Portativ Organ

“The Rieger portative organ was built by the Rieger Organ Company of Schwarzach, Austria.

It is a quality pipe organ with one manual, no pedal, with 6 stops. In addition to a basic 8’, 4’, 2’, and 1 1/3’ stop list, it also has a two rank mixture and an 8’ reed (Regal 8’). It has 56 keys, and all of the stops sound for the entire range of the keyboard. It is similar to a permanent installation, such as for a church, but the primary difference is in the scaling of the pipes; it is smaller. The organ’s basic purpose is to be an accompanying instrument, rather than a solo instrument. It is especially suited to be a chamber instrument, and it serves well as an accompanying instrument for choral groups, or as a continuo medium for instrumental/instrumental-choral groups. The scaling and voicing is toned lower, so it doesn’t blast – yet it projects well and has carrying powers because of its unique design.”

(Taken from dedicatory recital program – February 19, 1978)

Along with accompanying choirs and chamber ensembles, the Rieger organ is also used in the continuo of the famed Bach’s Passion of our Lord According to St. Matthew performed annually on Good Friday by the Bethany Oratorio Society.

7 Ranks – 392 Pipes
1 Manual

8’ Holzgedackt
4’ Rohrflöte
2’ Principal
1 1/3’ Quinte
II Cimbel
8’ Regal

The Klug and Schumacher Practice Organ

The Klug and Schumacher Opus 8 practice organ at Bethany College was built in 1982. Located on the third floor of Presser Hall in Room 319, this instrument has 3 ranks of pipes controlled by mechanical action.

SpecificationKlug and Schumacher Organ
3 Ranks – 130 Pipes
2 Manuals – 56 Notes
Pedal – 32 Notes

8’ Spitzprincipal
8’ Gedeckt
8’ Bourdon


Bethany College is the proud owner of many fine pianos. Most recently added to our collection is the Shigeru Kawai SK-6 Orchestra Grand piano, used for concerts in the Pearson Chapel. Most teaching studios and practice rooms are equipped with a grand pianio, and all music classrooms have an upright piano as well. The main choral rehearsal room has a K. Kawai RX-6 Grand Piano. Another notable instrument is our Bosendorfer Imperial Grand 290, a 9’6 concert grand piano with an extended compass of 97 keys, all the way down to Low C.

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May 24, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Concert Tour - NYC
June 1, 2015 - June 5, 2015
12:30 am - 3:30 am
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