Students selected for solos

MessiahBrochureCVREach year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

This year 16 students were selected for this honor, including seniors: Tyler Breneman, organ, Lincoln, Kansas,  Alyson Krohn, alto, Belleville, Kansas; juniors: Austyn Callahan, bass, Colorado Springs, Mark Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Esther Weicht, soprano, Branson, Missouri; sophomores: Sydney Johnson, soprano, Assaria, Kansas, Elisabeth Phelan, soprano, Longmont, Colorado, Alec Schneider, bass, Lindsborg, Landon Slipke, tenor, Norton; Freshmen: Kathryn Campbell, alto, Minneapolis, Kansas, Jaydon Evans, bass, McPherson, Kansas, Isaiah Fabrizius, bass, Wakeeney, Kansas, Annie Halterman, alto, Colorado Springs, Stephen Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Kayln Powers, soprano, Lindsborg, Alyson Wierman, soprano, Brownell, Kansas.

Dress rehearsal for “Messiah” will be performed for the public at Presser Hall Auditorium with tickets on sale for $15 per person at the door at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins Friday, March 18 and features art, music and theater events through March 27. The festival will open Palm Sunday weekend with a tribute concert for Dr. Walter L. Pelz at 3 p.m. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. All performances are in Presser Auditorium. Tickets for all performances can be purchased online at or by calling Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

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Jalkeus leads vocal clinic

Anders Jalkeus

Anders Jalkeus

Student vocalists from nine Kansas high schools and community colleges will have a rare opportunity to learn from a professional musician at the Bethany College Vocal Jazz Clinic on Monday, March 21, 2016. Anders Jalkéus, renowned Swedish musician, will conduct individual clinics with each of the ensembles participating in the event.

Jalkéus, who is visiting Bethany College as its 2016 Pearson Professor, is a founding member of The Real Group, a professional a cappella ensemble from Sweden. As a performer, he has toured more than 40 countries and recorded more than 20 albums. In addition to his performing, Jalkéus is also a professional choral leader and has served as an international juror and workshop leader for Interkultur, the leading international organization for the implementation of choir festivals and serious choir competitions.

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Join the Hallelujah!

Today at 3:00 PM marks the first rehearsal of the 135th season of the Bethany Oratorio Society’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah! Come join the chorus – just show up to Presser Hall at 2:15 PM prior to rehearsal for placement in the chorus. Questions? Email us at:

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Real Men Sing

Real Men Sing SMThe Real Men Sing vocal workshop at Bethany College is expected to draw 500 young men from across the state who will spend the day working with music professionals and perform in a free concert on Thursday, January 28 at 2:30 p.m.

In its second year, the Real Men Sing workshop offers vocal clinics for young men in the fifth to 12th grades and this year will feature guest conductors from collegiate and high school music programs. Bethany music professor and co-chair of the department, Dr. Mark Lucas, will be joined by Dr. Robert Ward of Ohio State University, Dr. Steven Curtis of the University of Oklahoma and Greg Bontrager of Buhler High School, to conduct the three choirs that will perform.

Students will participate in clinics throughout the day. The free concert is open to the public and will be performed in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus.

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Worship Symposium 2016

AR-141019624Bethany College is hosting a Worship Symposium on ​January 22-23 in the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on campus.

The symposium, titled “Collaborate, Integrate, and Innovate: CREATING VITAL WORSHIP,” is designed for Clergy, Musicians, and Laity. to assist them in Creating Vital Worship (for all ages) through Word, Music, and Drama.

The symposium will feature hands-on sessions that can help promote creative worship in congregations with limited resources. Intentionally scheduled in the month of January, the goal is that all who participate will come away renewed and reinvigorated in the creativity of worship.

For more information and to register online:

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Department of Music Nationally Recognized

DSC_4580The Bethany College Department of Music has received continued accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music. The Bethany music program has been an accredited school of music since 1935.

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 653 accredited institutional members.  It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation.

“Graduating with a music degree from a NASM accredited school is something that graduate programs look for in a student,” Daniel Masterson, associate professor and co-chair of the music department, said. “We have many students who look for NASM accredited schools as well. The accreditation process holds our program to a higher standard, recognized across the nation.”

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Messiah concert honors Pelz

Walter Pelz (v)Bethany College and the Messiah Festival of the Arts will present “A Tribute to Dr. Walter L. Pelz,” a concert on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, featuring the works by the composer, as well as a narrative describing his life and career as an internationally recognized musician.

Concert organizers are asking friends, former students, former parishioners, and others to share stories and thoughts about Dr. Pelz that will be used for a memory book or during the concert tribute.

Please respond to the prompts below to participate:

  1. During what years were you most close to Dr. Pelz, i.e. a student, etc. . . and at what institution, i.e. school, church, etc. . .
  2.  How did Dr. Pelz influence your life and/or career?
  3. Do you have any artifacts (pictures, video, etc. . .) you are willing to share?  If so, see note below.
  4. Please share any specific stories and/or other thoughts about Dr. Pelz.

Submit your story/memories to:

Bethany College Department of Music
c/o Linda Martin
335 E Swensson
Lindsborg, KS 67456


Please contact Dr. Mark Lucas with any questions, (785) 212-1362.


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Jultide at Bethany


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Jultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.

This year’s performance, “A Scandinavian Christmas,” is a celebration of the Scandinavian heritage of the Smoky Valley area and will feature music and dance from Scandinavian composers. A St. Lucia procession consisting of four ages of St. Lucia and Star Boys will begin the concert. Featured music will include “Jul, Jul” and “Nu är det jul igen,” among others.

The Swedish Folk Dancers and Lindsborg Folkdanslag as well as members of the Soderstrom Elementary fourth grade will all perform traditional Scandinavian dances. Music ensembles performing include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra. Continue reading

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Hymn Sing scheduled

Great-Pos-Ped Case“With Voices Raised: A Festival of Hymns,” will take place on Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Chris Nelson, Organist and Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa will lead the Hymn Sing.

Nelson received his Bachelor of Arts in music from Bethany College in 1996 and a Masters of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary with St. Olaf College. He has been at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 2009. In addition to his duties as principal organist and choir director, he administered an active music series including the National Organ Playing Competition, considered the longest running and widely respected competition for upcoming organists.

The Hymn Sing is free and open to the public.

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Fall faculty concert


From left: Cody Flory Robertson, Daniel Masterson, Paula Patterson, Ann Samuelson, Melody Steed, and Lillian Green. Not pictured is Kyle Hopkins.

The Bethany College music faculty will perform a concert on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured musicians include Cody Flory Robertson, cello; Lillian Green, viola; Kyle Hopkins, French horn; Daniel J. Masterson, piano; Paula Patterson, flute; Ann Samuelson, violin; and Melody Steed, organ. Works on the program include Brahms, Bunch, Chopin, Dvorak, Dohnany, and Kodaly.

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