The chorus for the performances of Bach and Handel is uniquely different in that community members, college students, and faculty join together to form the Bethany Oratorio Society. The chorus itself is rich in history. Mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons have made singing in the Messiah a tradition that lives on through the generations. Some members have been participating for over 50 years. This strong tradition is reflected in Lindsborg and Bethany College.
“The ambiance of old Presser Hall, an extremely talented director, outstanding orchestral accompaniment…organ, harpsichord, renowned soloists – PLUS the chorus of 200+ voices belonging to people who range in age ‘up and down the scale’ all contribute to an experience of a lifetime!” – Judy Anderson, Wichita, Soprano
“This is my sixth year singing. The first year I tried but was probably listening as much as singing. But no matter how many years I sing, each one has been and probably will be a thrill. I’ll be 70 in June and haven’t experienced many things as thrilling as this.” – Bob Lindholm, Lindsborg, Bass
“Coming from a community where the interaction of students and community members is highly prized, the Messiah is an extension of the wonderful relationship. There really is no feeling comparable to that of having the notes and words crescendo from the throats of more than 200 individuals and get swept up into the passion and glory of a magnificent work of art that will never lose its impact.” – Stephanie Bahr, Hazelton, Alto (’06 Bethany Graduate)
Jeffery Wall is the Elmer F. Pierson Distinguished Professor of Music and co-chair of the Department of Music at Bethany College. He serves as Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and conducts the Bethany Choir, the Chamber Singers, and the Bethany Oratorio Chorus for the annual Messiah Festival. Additionally, he teaches courses in choral pedagogy and conducting, aural skills, applied voice, and other vocal music classes.
Dr. Wall is in demand as a conductor, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator. He has experience in collegiate, high school, professional, community, and church settings. He has served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities at Georgia State University in Atlanta and Director of Choral & Vocal Activities at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, NM.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from the University of South Carolina, M.M. from The University of Tennessee, and a B.M. from Texas Tech University.
As a graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Carolina, he premiered and directed the University Carolers, he directed many of the other choirs, taught music theory, aural skills, music appreciation, and instrumental conducting. At the University of Tennessee, he was conductor of the U.T. Women’s Chorus. He also taught grades 7-12 in the public schools of Lubbock, TX.
Dr. Wall is married to his high school sweetheart and they have one fur-child (a chocolate Labrador retriever named Dolcé).
University of South Carolina: Doctor of Musical Arts