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Media and Performing Arts Minor

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With a media and performing arts minor, you’ll refine your performance skills and develop expertise in media production, communication, and storytelling.

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By adding a media and performing arts minor, you’ll become equipped to create compelling content, preparing you for diverse roles in live productions, media creation, and storytelling. Through classes and performance opportunities in a variety of subjects, you’ll be equipped to not only tell meaningful stories, but produce them as well. You’ll gain the skills to produce video and film, audio and podcasts, social media posts, live events, and content for ad campaigns to enhance your career opportunities—especially if you plan to enter a creative field.

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Why should I add a minor in media and performing arts?

By adding a media and performing arts minor, you’ll become equipped to create compelling content, preparing you for diverse roles in live productions, media creation, and storytelling. Through classes and performance opportunities in a variety of subjects, you’ll be equipped to not only tell meaningful stories, but produce them as well. You’ll gain the skills to produce video and film, audio and podcasts, social media posts, live events, and content for ad campaigns to enhance your career opportunities—especially if you plan to enter a creative field.

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Courses and skills

What skills will I develop?

Storytelling is a valued skill in almost every industry and profession today. Acquiring the skillset to produce film, audio, and even social media content will enhance your career opportunities. Through your media and performing arts minor, you’ll cultivate skills in:

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Media production

Learn video and audio production, editing, and storytelling for digital media content.

Pre-production story design

Develop scripts, storyboards, and creative concepts for media projects.

Post-production editing

Refine editing skills, sound design, and visual storytelling in post-production processes.

Acting and singing

Develop your creative skills through classes and live performance opportunities in Bethel’s vibrant community.

Technical work

Learn about stage management, lighting, sound design, and other technical elements of theatrical productions.

Creative collaboration

Collaborate with peers and faculty on creative projects, honing your teamwork and communication skills in artistic endeavors.

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PFE 101

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PFE 301

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PFE 401

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Learning opportunities

What experiences will I have?

Hands-on learning is at the core of all Bethel majors. That means you’ll find numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in our vibrant musical community and gain hands-on experiences that shape you into a skilled and versatile musician.

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Professional networking

Engage with industry professionals, attend workshops, and participate in internships to build connections and gain hands-on experience.

Media Production Major

Train in media labs.

Learn to create digital media content, including videos, podcasts, social media campaigns, and more for live productions, musicals, and media pieces.

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Study abroad.

Participate in music ensembles that travel across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

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Real-world impact

How will this minor help my career goals?

The skills of performance, media production, and storytelling prepare you for diverse career paths in entertainment, media, and creative industries.

Media production

Work in media companies, production studios, advertising agencies, or digital content creation roles.

Performing arts.

Pursue opportunities in acting, singing, stage management, and technical production for live performances.

Creative entrepreneurship

Start your own creative ventures, such as production companies, theatre groups, or media platforms.

Cross-disciplinary roles

Apply your skills in communication, storytelling, and performance across various industries, including corporate events, education, and non-profit organizations.

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Department Chair

Merrin Guice Gill

Merrin Guice Gill

Associate Professor of Music, Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities | meg25835@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Associate Professor of Music Director of Choral Activities

Faculty

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).

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.

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.

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Zachary Gingerich

Private Lesson Instructor in trombone | zlg33377@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Private Lesson Instructor in trombone

Weily Grina-Shay

Weily Grina-Shay

Private Lesson 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.

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

Private Lesson Instructor in Violin | adh68496@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Hanson teaches violin lessons and performs frequently around the Twin Cities and is in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and is concertmaster of the Saint Paul Civic Symphony. In addition to teaching at Bethel, she teaches at the Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary and at home.

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.

Merilee Klemp

Merilee Klemp

Private Lesson Instructor in Oboe | music@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Private Lesson Instructor in Oboe

Carole Mason Smith

Carole Mason Smith

Private Lesson Instructor in Music and Theatre | cms87444@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Private Lesson Instructor in Music and Theatre

Zachary Miller

Zachary Miller

Private Lesson Instructor in Jazz Percussion | millerdrum@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2015

Private Lesson Instructor in Jazz Percussion

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Allyson Partin

Private Lesson Instructor of French Horn | alf73447@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Private Lesson Instructor of French Horn

Lindsay Schlemmer

Lindsay Schlemmer

Private Lesson Instructor in Cello | lis79882@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Schlemmer teaches private cello lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

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Justin Staebell

Private Lesson Instructor in Voice | jas84242@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Private Lesson Instructor in Voice

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.

Emily Urban

Emily Urban

Staff Accompanist | e-urban@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Collaborative accompanist

Catherine Victorsen

Catherine Victorsen

Private Lesson Instructor in Harp | csv65746@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Victorsen teaches private harp lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

Adjunct Faculty

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Brad Beale

Adjunct Instructor of Music | beale@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Director of Royal Register (TTBB ensemble)

David Crittenden

David Crittenden

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music | 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.

Jason Harms

Jason Harms

Adjunct Instructor of Music | j-harms@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Adjunct Instructor of Music; Director of Jazz Orchestras

Cheryl Oie

Cheryl Oie

Adjunct Instructor of Voice | coie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Coordinator of Music Organizations

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.

John Povolny

John Povolny

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

Adjunct Instructor in Percussion

Kevin Shull

Kevin Shull

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Director of the Handbell Ensemble and Manager of Music Organizations | 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.

Marshall Urban

Marshall Urban

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

Adjunct Instructor of Voice

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Debra Garvey

Private Lesson Instructor | deg45454@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Private Lesson Instructor

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

Brent Adams

Brent Adams

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

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

Mary Fall

Mary Fall

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

Associate Professor of Music Emerita

Herbert Johnson

Herbert Johnson

Professor of Music Emeritus | 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.

Herb Klem

Herb Klem

Professor of Global and Contextual Ministries Emeritus | hklem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Theology

Dennis Port

Dennis Port

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

Professor of Music Emeritus

Don Postema

Don Postema

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus | d-postema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1978

Don Postema is active in healthcare ethics in a variety of professional communities. His interests include aesthetics, bioethics, healthcare ethics, 19th-20th century history of philosophy, and film studies.

Paul Reasoner

Paul Reasoner

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus | reapau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Reasoner presents and publishes on Confucian sincerity, reincarnation and karma, and forgiveness in Buddhist and Christian rituals. His interests include Asian philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology.

Rick Rees

Rick Rees

Professor of Theatre Arts Emeritus | 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 Emeritus | 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.

Ruben Rivera

Ruben Rivera

Associate Professor of History Emeritus | ruben-rivera@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Ruben was the Chief Diversity Officer at Bethel University, and has long been a faculty of the history department and taught one course each semester at the college and one in the summer at the graduate school. As Chief Diversity Officer, Ruben engaged in numerous strategic initiatives across all our schools, including the Shalom seminar, developing institutional capacity in cultural intelligence and intergroup dialogue, racial and other forms of bias mitigation, hiring for inclusive excell. . . read more.

Jonathan Veenker

Jonathan Veenker

Associate Professor of Music Emeritus | 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.

Meg Zauner

Meg Zauner

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

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

Alumni perform in local musical theatre productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Ordway, the Guthrie, and the Minnesota Children’s Theatre Company.

Recent grads have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera, The Banff Festival Orchestra, The Aspen Festival, The Oregon Bach Festival, and the nation’s service bands.

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