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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

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.


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

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

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lesson Instructor in Guitar | d-crittenden@bethel.edu

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

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.

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

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

Conductor of the Jazz Orchestra | j-harms@bethel.edu

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.

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

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.

Zachary Miller

Private Lesson Instructor in Jazz Percussion

Cheryl Oie

Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Coordinator of Music Organizations | coie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Adjunct Instructor of Voice

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.

Gene D. Peterson

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities | gene-peterson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

John Povolny

Adjunct Instructor in Percussion | jgp72794@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Adjunct Instructor in Percussion

Cindy Reents

Office Coordinator | c-reents@bethel.edu

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

Conductor of Bethel Orchestras, Director of String Activities | h-schendel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Hannah Schendel is a conductor and violinist. Recently she has appeared as Guest Conductor with the Bemidji Symphony (Bemidji, MN), and the Brevard Philharmonic (Brevard, NC), and as a violinist at the National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD). She actively works with community orchestras, youth orchestras, and choirs, and teaches private violin and piano lessons in the Twin Cities. She is particularly interested in approaching music as interconnected with science, math, history, and curren. . . read more.

Stephen Self

Professor of Music | selste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Self teaches organ, piano, and music history. He also serves in the West­ern Humanity program. He is active as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the Twin Cities. Self is an active member of the American Guild of Organists. He is a Fellow of the Guild, the highest certification level offered, and in 2000, he received the S. Lewis Elmer prize for the highest score of all major certification recipients of that year. A published musicologist, he specializes in music of the Medieval a. . . read more.

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

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

Accompanying, vocal coach, private piano lessons

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

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

Staff Accompanist | e-urban@bethel.edu

Marshall Urban

Private Lesson Instructor in Voice | m-urban@bethel.edu

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.

Richard Wyland

Private Lesson Instructor in Clarinet | r-wyland@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Wyland teaches private clarinet lessons and is active as a freelance musician in the Twin Cities area.

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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