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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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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