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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.

Jonathan Veenker

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music | j-veenker@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Areas of expertise

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.

Angela Hanson

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

Areas of expertise

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 te. . . read more.

Herbert Johnson

Professor of Music | herbert-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

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

Areas of expertise

Kausch teaches private double bass lessons with research interest in historically-informed performance.

Gene D. Peterson

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

Mark Rhoads

Professor of Music | rhomar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Areas of expertise

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 Pro. . . read more.

Stephen Self

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

Areas of expertise

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 . . . read more.

Pam Sohriakoff

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

Areas of expertise

Accompanying, vocal coach, private piano lessons

Steven Thompson

Professor of Music | s-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

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. . . read more.

Larry Zimmerman

Private Lesson Instructor in Low Brass | larry-zimmerman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Areas of expertise

Zimmerman is a professional musician with Grammy award-winning Chestnut Brass Company and principal trombonist in the Duluth-Superior Symphony and the Minneapolis Pop Orchestra. He also actively performs using period brass instruments including Renaissance sackbuts and 19th century saxhorns.

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