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Students with strong performance skills are prepared for graduate studies in music. They become professional musicians, college and university teachers, or private studio teachers.

Why should I study vocal applied performance?

The vocal emphasis provides you with technical knowledge and skills so that you’re ready to perform professionally. You’ll have the opportunity to work with other amazing musicians in your classmates and faculty through any of the many performance groups offered at Bethel.

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni have gone on to perform professionally as part of choirs or theatre.

What skills will I develop?

  • Advanced musical theory
  • Rich knowledge of music history and literature
  • Conducting
  • Teaching others to play piano
  • Collaboration with others in piano performance, writing, and interpersonally
  • Creative problem-solving

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: You'll perform with one of our highly-regarded musical groups, which travel around the Twin Cities, the country, and even around the world.

Performance Opportunities: Several home events like Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, and Jazz in the Great Hall also mean you'll perform regularly in our Benson Great Hall, a premier venue in the Twin Cities metro.

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music education grads since 2011 are teaching

Students have won a national composition prize and a statewide vocal competition.

Upcoming Events

MAR 8 2020

Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder"

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Baritone Gerard Sundberg will present Mahler's song cycle. The "FluteSpiration" flute quartet will present flute stylings on the other half of the program.

MAR 12 2020

Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Chamber Orchestra under conductor Hannah Schendel will present its 2020 spring concert.

MAR 26 2020

Bethel Women's Choir Home Concert

9:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Bethel Women's Choir conducted by Paula Holmberg will present their Home Concert prior to their Spring Tour to Duluth.

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