Sing & Play in the Society

Messiah Women 2009“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, Kan., 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, Kan., Bass

“Coming from a community where the interaction of students and community members is highly prized, the Messiahis 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, ’06, Hazelton, Kan., Alto


Join the Chorus!

Full Rehearsal – 3-4:30pm

All persons aged 16 and over are welcome to participate! The Chorus Audition for new singers is a simple and low-stress process. Auditions take place one hour prior to the first few rehearsals. The audition itself consists of two parts:

  • Pitch retention exercise
  • Testing of the singer’s range (high and low).

Messiah Strings 2007Welcome to the Orchestra!

Interested orchestra players should contact Music Director, Dr. Mark Lucas

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Mark Lucas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music Director of Choral ActivitiesDirector of the Bethany Oratorio Society
Office Department of Music Presser Hall 209 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8348 Read Biography
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Messiah Festival Office – 785-227-3380, ext. 8137,  or

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Blakely Bunning

Executive Secretary to the President & Messiah Coordinator
Home President\’s Office Presser Hall Phone: President's Office: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8102 Phone: Messiah Festival Office: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137
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Messiah Office

Office Presser Hall 208 Monday – Friday: 1 – 5 p.m. Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137
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