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Orchestras/Chamber Music Ensembles

Hannah Schendel, Director of String Activities

Chamber Orchestra

Bethel's premier orchestral ensemble provides challenging musical opportunities for the experienced student musician. The Bethel Chamber Orchestra performs two concerts per year and participates in Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, collaborative and outreach events, and tours throughout the United States and overseas. Members may also elect to play in the pit orchestra for the January musical. The Chamber Orchestra is open, by audition, to strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Philharmonic Community Orchestra

The Bethel Philharmonic Community Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra and is open to members of all ages, both from Bethel (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) and the general public who share a passion for exploring great symphonic music in a meaningful, challenging, and supportive atmosphere. The Philharmonic rehearses once per week and performs one concert per semester. Audition is by arrangement.

Chamber Music Ensembles

Bethel Chamber Music Ensembles is open to strings, solo winds, and piano, and provides an opportunity to develop musical, performance, collaborative, and communication skills at a highly nuanced level. Ensembles are typically small (2-5 players). Each ensemble will receive a private coaching with a faculty member once per week and are expected to lead a self-directed rehearsal together once per week (at minimum). Performances are typically once per semester, but more performances may be arranged, if desired.

Music and Theatre 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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