The Bethany Oratorio Society will begin rehearsals for its renowned Easter performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

All vocalists, ages 16 and older, are invited to be a part of the choir. Rehearsal times are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays for “Messiah” and on Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. for those performing in Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” on Good Friday. Vocalists new to the choir should plan on arriving at 2:15 p.m. for voice placement. Scores will be available for purchase and will be provided to students.

For more information about how you can become a member of the Bethany Oratorio Society, please visit the website at or email:

Every year since 1882, the Bethany Oratorio Society has presented “Messiah” at Bethany College. The society has performed “Messiah” across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. It is the centerpiece of the Messiah Festival of the Arts, a 10-day celebration of music, theater and art. This year’s Festival begins April 6 and continues through Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.