Bethany Oratorio Society

Oratorio SocietyThe 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.

BOS at JulTide Information

All interested singers are invited to participate with the Bethany Oratorio Society for the Jultide concert on Dec.7!  A few movements from Handel’s “Messiah” and some new pieces will be performed. This is an excellent opportunity for new singers who want to experience what it’s like to perform with the BOS and “try out” a few movements of Handel’s “Messiah.”  All are welcome!


  • Singers must attend at least three (3) rehearsals to participate;
  • Participants will be asked for a donation of $10 per singer to defray the cost of music; however, no one will be turned away.

Please RSVP to the Messiah Festival Office by October 31, so we can order music

Rehearsal Schedule: (all rehearsals on Presser Hall stage)

Sunday, November 9 7 to 8:30 p.m. (after organ concert)
Sunday, November 16 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 23 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 30 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 6 Dress Rehearsal at 8 a.m.
Sunday, December 7 4 p.m.  “Jultide at Bethany”

New singers are asked to meet with director Dr. Mark Lucas for a quick and easy vocal placement. To make an appointment, please contact Dr. Lucas at (785) 212-1362 or

For more information or to RSVP: Messiah Festival Office, (785) 227-3380, ext. 8237 or


2014 BOS Season

Rehearsals begin Sunday, Jan. 26th, Presser Hall Auditorium

  • Sunday rehearsals for Handel’s “Messiah”  – 3-4:30pm,
  • Tuesday rehearsals for Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” – 7-9pm

NEW!  Child Care Provided!

  • Messiah Lutheran Church, located just across the main ‘keyhole’ driveway from Presser Hall, is offering child care for the Sunday rehearsals.   Please contact the Messiah Festival Office by Jan. 24th to RSVP for this service, at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137.

First Rehearsal information

  • Orchestra begins at 2pm.
  • New singers are asked to come at 2pm.
  • Full rehearsal begins at 3pm, until 4:30pm.


Are you interested in participating in the Bethany Oratorio Society?

  • Must be 16 years old by April 1 to participate.
  • Orchestra players must contact Dr. Mark Lucas, 785-212-1362.
  • New singers:  No audition necessary!  Just a simple vocal placement hearing the first day of rehearsals.
  • Choral scores available for purchase at the first four rehearsals.                         Handel = $9, Bach = $14. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.


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Blakely Bunning

Messiah Coordinator
Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137
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