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Performing Opportunities for All Majors

Music and theatre at Bethel is open to all students—no matter what your major. Join us!

Perks for Bethel Musicians

  • Perform in the marvelous acoustics of the Benson Great Hall, one of the best performance facilities in the Twin Cities.
  • Participate in all major musical festivals, including Festival of Christmas and the Classics in the Great Hall concert.
  • Some music groups tour annually. You might have the opportunity to see the country and even travel overseas.
  • Get discounted or free tickets to Bethel music group performances and priority ticketing for Festival of Christmas, Jazz in the Great Hall, and the Classics in the Great Hall concerts.

Q: Can I play and sing and act?

A: In some cases...

  • The Bethel Choir rehearses at the same time as the Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, so double participation is considered only on an individual basis.
  • The rehearsal schedule allows wind players to participate in both the Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and/or Philharmonic Community Orchestra.
  • It’s possible to participate in a jazz or chamber ensemble and a major performing group—even on a different instrument.
  • Theatre productions and music rehearsals generally do not conflict but performance dates sometimes do.

Rehearsal Schedules

Bethel Choir
Monday & Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m.

Women’s Choir
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Men's Choir
Monday & Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Rehearsals TBA

Festival Choir (all auditioned choirs)
Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Wind Symphony
Monday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m. 

Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m. (strings)
Wednesday: 4:10-5:50 p.m. (full orchestra)

Philharmonic Community Orchestra
Monday: 7-10 p.m.

Jazz Orchestras
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:15-12:05 p.m. (11:15 Jazz Orchestra)
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:40-6:50 p.m. (5:40 Jazz Orchestra)

Handbell Ensemble
Tuesday: 6:15-8 p.m.

Chamber Winds & Chamber Ensembles
Rehearsals TBA

Audition Information

Schedule a placement audition during Welcome Week for any of the major groups. 

For choral groups: Sign up for a choral audition time online. Bring an art song (contest-type) excerpt or a hymn, limited to 1.5 minutes in length, for your audition. Tonal memory and sight reading will also be assessed. An independent personal warm-up before your audition is required. Accompaniment will be provided.

For instrumental groups: Sign up for a band audition time or orchestra audition time online. Bring something to play such as an etude or prepared “contest type” piece for your audition(s). Scales and sight-reading will also be included.

For theatre productions: Auditions are open to all Bethel students. Check the Callboard across from the Bethel Theatre (CC100) for specific instructions and to sign up for an audition time. Students are usually asked to read from a script with another actor. For musical theater, prepare a show tune. You may also learn a short dance combination.

Music Features

Concerts & Performing Arts Events

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Bethel Music Recordings

Visit the online store to purchase recordings of Bethel University Festival of Christmas, Bethel Choir, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Orchestra.

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