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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Jonathan Veenker

Jonathan Veenker

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music | j-veenker@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Veenker teaches composition, music theory, and orchestration courses. He is a frequently commissioned composer and arranger writing primarily for choir, wind ensemble, orchestra, and solo voice.

Faculty

Brent Adams

Brent Adams

Associate Professor of Theatre | brent-adams@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Acting, drama ministry, development of original works, directing, and playwriting.

Leigh Anne Adams

Leigh Anne Adams

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre | l-adams@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Acting, directing, new script development, and teaching acting for the BUILD program.

Kimberly Allmann

Kimberly Allmann

Private Lesson Instructor in French Horn | k-allmann@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Kimberly Allmann is a horn performer and instructor in the Twin Cities, MN. She teaches horn because of a passion for connecting with horn players and helping them improve, whatever their starting skill level. Through her decades of teaching horn, Kimberly has relied on teaching with encouragement and humor, rather than through intimidation and fear. Kimberly was principal horn of the Rochester Orchestra from 2002-2010, and now performs as a freelance hornist throughout the area.. . . read more.

Trudi Anderson

Trudi Anderson

Private Lesson Instructor in Flute | tja59526@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Anderson is an active freelance flutist in the Twin Cities and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, the St. Cloud Symphony, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Merida (Venezuela).

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Robert Berglund

Professor of Music Emeritus | info@robertberglundchoralseries.com | Started at Bethel: 1959

Professor of Music Emeritus

Jeff Brueske

Jeff Brueske

Private Lesson Instructor in Jazz Bass | jefjbrue@hotmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2003

Jeff Brueske has distinguished himself as a bassist for over two decades performing with Wessel Anderson, Grammy-winner Ted Nash, Ron Miles, Marcus Printup, Tim Armacost and a host of Twin Cities jazz luminaries.

David Crittenden

David Crittenden

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lesson Instructor in Guitar | d-crittenden@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Crittenden is a classical guitarist and composer. He has published work through Amoriello Guitar Publications and Alfred Music Publishing and was a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet for ten years.

Gary Crowe

Gary Crowe

Private Lesson Instructor in Saxophone | gwc57224@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Crowe teaches private saxophone lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

Mary Fall

Mary Fall

Associate Professor of Music Emerita | wkfall@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 1979

Associate Professor of Music Emerita

Weily Grina-Shay

Weily Grina-Shay

Adjunct Instructor of Music | whs68972@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Weily Grina-Shay is a freelance clarinetist in the Twin Cities area and performs frequently with her two chamber ensembles, Chione Woodwind Quintet and 10th Wave Chamber Collective.

Merrin Guice Gill

Merrin Guice Gill

Associate Professor of Music | meg25835@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Associate Professor of Music Director of Choral Activities

Emily Hagen

Emily Hagen

Private Lesson Instructor in Viola | emh86475@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Hagen teaches private viola lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

Angela Hanson

Angela Hanson

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lesson Instructor in Violin | adh68496@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Hanson teaches violin lessons, coaches chamber ensembles, and teaches the violin/viola portion of string methods. She performs frequently around the Twin Cities and is in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and is concertmaster of the Dakota Valley Symphony. In addition to teaching at Bethel, she teaches at the Association Free Lutheran Bible School and at home.

Jason Harms

Jason Harms

Adjunct Instructor of Music | j-harms@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Adjunct Instructor of Music; Director of Jazz Orchestras

Robin Helgen

Robin Helgen

Adjunct Professor of Music | rjh47597@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Robin Helgen has sung with the Minnesota Opera and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under conductor Helmuth Rilling. She maintains a voice studio in her home and teaches voice at area high schools. Helgen is the alto section leader/soloist at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and is in her tenth season with the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence.

Carrie Henneman Shaw

Carrie Henneman Shaw

Adjunct Voice Instructor | cls65472@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Soprano, specialist in 16th- through 18th-century performance practice and 20th- and 21st-century Western contemporary music.

Paula Holmberg

Paula Holmberg

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music | pjh95295@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music

Herbert Johnson

Herbert Johnson

Professor of Music | herbert-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Johnson teaches piano, piano theory, and piano pedagogy. He is an active solo and collaborative pianist in the Twin Cities and participates in numerous musical activities in the metropolitan area including chamber music recitals, worship services, and sacred concerts.

Mark Kausch

Mark Kausch

Private Lesson Instructor in Double Bass | mkausch@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Kausch teaches private double bass lessons with research interest in historically-informed performance.

Curtis Kettler

Curtis Kettler

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music | cjk52463@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Kettler conducts the Women's Choir and the chamber choir, acapella.

Tina Park

Tina Park

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lesson Instructor in Piano | l-juan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Tina Juan Park teaches private and group piano lessons at Bethel University as well as maintaining an active private studio. In addition to teaching, Dr. Park is an accomplished performer.

Dennis Port

Dennis Port

Professor of Music Emeritus | porden@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Professor of Music Emeritus

John Povolny

John Povolny

Adjunct Instructor of Music | jgp72794@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Adjunct Instructor in Percussion

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Cindy Reents

Office Coordinator | c-reents@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1977

Office Coordinator for the Music and Theatre department

Rick Rees

Rick Rees

Professor Emeritus of Theatre | reeric@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Technical theatre, stage design, costume design, light design, directing, and children's theatre.

Mark Rhoads

Mark Rhoads

Professor of Music | rhomar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Rhoads teaches courses in church music, music education, and gen. ed. arts courses. He is a member of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and is active in discussions on music and worship, with current research in American hymnody, especially the reform movement in the American Protestant church in the early 19th century. Rhoads is active in church music as director, hymn and tune writer, and worship planner. He also writes and publishes poetry.. . . read more.

Hannah Schendel

Hannah Schendel

Instructor of Music | h-schendel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Hannah Schendel conducts the Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic Community Orchestra, coaches chamber ensembles, and teaches violin. She was a Conducting Fellow with the Allentown Symphony during the 2018-2019 season, and recently has appeared as Guest Conductor with the Bemidji Symphony and the Brevard Philharmonic. She is an active guest conductor, guest clinician, and violinist.

Kevin Shull

Kevin Shull

Manager of Music Organizations and Director of the Handbell Ensemble | kevin-shull@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Shull oversees the management of all activity of the music department's performance ensembles including the planning, organization, and promotion of all music tours, performances on campus, as well as the production of Bethel's annual Festival of Christmas. He conducts the Bethel Handbell Ensemble and coaches smaller handbell ensembles and soloists.

Pam Sohriakoff

Pam Sohriakoff

Staff Accompanist | psohriak@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Accompanying, vocal coach, private piano lessons

Gerard Sundberg

Gerard Sundberg

Adjunct Professor of Voice | gbs45988@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Sundberg has distinguished himself as a concert artist with his mastery of the bass/baritone repertoire whose opportunities of solo performance have been balanced with his passion for teaching.

Steven Thompson

Steven Thompson

Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities | s-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Thompson teaches courses in instrumental conducting, instrumental pedagogies, private trumpet instruction, and conducts the Bethel Wind Symphony. Thompson maintains an active performing schedule as a trumpeter in the Upper Midwest and the Eastern United States. He is sought after as a clinician and as an adjudicator for numerous contest events.

Marshall Urban

Marshall Urban

Adjunct Instructor of Music | m-urban@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Hong Wang

Hong Wang

Private Lesson Instructor in Cello | h-wang@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Recognized as an outstanding performing recitalist, soloist, cello teacher and chamber music coach, Wang has performed extensively in concerts, recitals, and presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He has inspired audiences with his virtuosic, lyrical and colorful playing.

Meg Zauner

Meg Zauner

Associate Professor of Theatre | mzauner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Director/choreographer. Shakespeare, musical theatre, directing, theatre history, dance, and children's theatre.

Larry Zimmerman

Larry Zimmerman

Private Lesson Instructor in Low Brass | larry-zimmerman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Zimmerman is a member of the Grammy award-winning Chestnut Brass Company and principal trombonist in the Duluth-Superior Symphony and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. He also presents and performs chamber music concerts with Music Saint Croix, a professional ensemble in Stillwater, MN.

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